Former Olympic coach and 12-time U.S. Sailing team member Jonathan Farrar, Northeasternâ€™s new head sailing coach, rips apart the myth that sailing is easy. â€śItâ€™s a mental sport,â€ť he says. â€śWe are constantly analyzing the wind and altering angles. Sailors also need to be physically fit, strong, and agile to endure long days on the water.â€ťÂ
â€śA couple of classes will teach the basics. The rest comes with practice.â€ť
Off the Boat
Dinghy sailors are fairly small, so focus on maintaining size, rather than building muscle, with a training regimen that consists of agility, coordination, and balance exercises. Body-strength symmetry is also important. Strengthen the upper, lower, and core muscles with medicine-ball exercises like squats, lunges, throws, and ab twists. Wall sits work quads. And cable pullsâ€”higher reps at lower weightsâ€”are crucial for building the powerful arms needed for sailing. If you donâ€™t have access to a gym, resistance bands are a great alternative to weights. Oh, and knowing how to swimâ€”and swim wellâ€”is a prerequisite.
Prep for all conditions by layering extra clothing. Lycra undershorts, leggings, and a fast-drying shirt are good options.
Boston Harbor Sailing Club
$799 for a beginner clinic,Â bostonharborsailing.com.Â
Â Boston Sailing Center
$850 for an advanced clinic,Â bostonsailingcenter.com.
Check out “Home Team Workouts” to find out how other college teams in Boston get fit.
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