World Class sailing coaching, tactics and racing rules expertise
Working with sailors at all levels, I will help you achieve your sailing and coaching goals.
Sailing strategy and tactics
Author of RYA Tactics, I also produce articles and video content to simplify racing rules and race winning tactics.
An epic passage, a warm welcome, a racing area with new challenges and different…
I left the rib at home and raced a couple of days of Cowes week…
After a couple of weeks catching breath in the UK, this October gave me the…
Mark was very helpful to us in understanding the correct strategy for
the sometimes complex cross tide at the 2017 Laser 4.7 Worlds in
Nieuwpoort. His boundless enthusiasm and deep knowledge are unmatched in
making the complex simple.
Best of all: Mark never gives a flat answer. Instead, he guides sailors
to the correct conclusions by asking counter-questions; Much more memorable!
We didn’t do as much sailing before the Worlds as in previous years, mainly due to family and work commitments, but every day we sailed we made sure counted. We have also being sailing together for seven years now and that makes our communication in the boat strong.
However, the big turning point was definitely a coaching day with our ‘Coaching God’, Mark Rushall. He identified some issues in how we were setting up the rig and some shoddy techniques I had developed over the years. Those improvements not only made us faster, they also gave us a lot of belief in ourselves.
“The cool thing about working with Mark is that his broad based knowledge is second to none. Without a doubt one of the best coaches around. I know James and Frances (Peters) have always really benefited from working with him.
The Smart RS coaching DVD that Mark has produced recently for RS have really hit the spot. To my mind, Mark’s innate understanding of boats and rigs sets him apart, and with both huge experience in the racing dinghy business, and a cracking record of championships under his belt. He is never short of an opinion and always worth listening to!”
“Mark Rushall has been training us, Oman Sail, on the Tour Voile. We are a mixed crew of professionals and Omani sailors learning offshore racing. Mark has been really valuable for me as a skipper, to help have a clear view on situations. He’s always been very clear in his observations.
Mark also trained the Omanis on their 100% Omani regatta and he was also onboard with them on two occasions. Mark’s approach does fit well with the Omani mentality, as any learner, they need very simple explanations and tips. They also need someone who can say straight forward things with a gentle way – this is probably something that is one of Mark’s biggest characteristics. Thank you Mark, for your very valuable work with us.”
I only knew of Mark as the man who wrote THE book everyone reads when they take up racing. Then I found we could retain him for personal coaching – Wow! Mark has done two regattas with us and some single training days for the Class (Solent Sunbeams). He has made every element of training and practice valuable yet fun. He always has the perfect anecdote for every occasion and can improvise a training opportunity out of nothing.
What have I taken from our time with Mark? The confidence that we can work out what to do using some basic Rushall principles. He made us focus on what is going to really make a difference in any specific race or part of a race. And concentrate on what will create speed or advantage in that particular situation – i.e. to prioritise. Often he helped us not to try to be too clever. For example, when on a run in Chi harbour, if there’s no clear advantage left or right, just go straight! Simple but often forgotten. Mark, please come and sail with us again soon!”