- Originally learned to sail on Inland Scows - M, E, A - on Lake Winnebago,
at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in the early 1960's.
- Moved on to single-handed (Butterfly, Laser, Force 5) and multihull
(Hobie 14 and 18, 18 Sq Meter, NACRA 5.5sl, Tornado) boats. Still attempt
to race as coaching schedule allows, by begging/borrowing whatever boat
might be available.
- US Sailing Team member in the Tornado Class in the late '70's (remember
the '80 Olympic boycott...?)
- Finished "in the hardware" in 12 different classes in many
National and North American events, in both catamarans and monohulls;
won 20+ National and North American Championships; 4-time participant
in US Sailing's Championship of Champions (3 as invited helmsman, once
as crew), two-time O'Day finalist.
- Assorted offices held: Commodore, Oshkosh Yacht Club (2 terms); Commodore,
National Butterfly Association (2); President, US Tornado Association
(4); member, US Olympic Yachting Committee (4);Vice President, International
Tornado Association(4); President, International Sailing Coaches Association
(6); Vice-Chairman, North American Formula 18 Class Association (4);
President, International NACRA F18 Class Association (current).
- Assorted jobs/positions: General Chairman for many events, local to
North American level, including 4 Nationals; Editor-in-Chief, CENTURY
OF SAIL ON WINNEBAGO, the Centennial Yearbook and history of the Oshkosh
Yacht Club (1969); Oshkosh Yacht Club Sailing School Director, late
60's through the 70's; Judging from the local to international level
- US Sailing Senior Judge, '84-'94; Founding Director of the Sportsmedicine
Program for the US Olympic Yachting Committee, '82-'84; member, International
Sailing Federation Coaches Working Group, 2003-04.
- Articles on sailing published in many US magazines, in Switzerland,
and in Japan, plus internet reporting for a number of sites including
US Sailing Team, 81-84, 89 - Tornado Class coach, Assist. Team Coach
Swiss Sailing Team, 90-96, Head Coach, '02-'04, Coaching Consultant
Private coaching, continuous part-time since '85, full time 97-present.
US Tornado Coach, 2 World Championships with Randy Smyth/Jay
Glaser, '81 and '82
Assistant US Team Coach 81-84, Tornado plus additional work with
sailboard (Windglider), Finn, 470, Soling
Head Coach/Team Leader, US Sailing Team at the 1983 Pan American
Games in Venezuela (8 medals in 10 events)
Assistant Coach/Training Center Director (at Alamitos Bay Yacht
Club) 1984 US Olympic Yachting Team (boat specialties Tornado, Finn,
Soling) - best Olympic Sailing result ever, by any country, 4 Silver
and 3 Gold in 7 events
Head Coach, Swiss Sailing Team from 1990-1996
including the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona (Best-ever Swiss results
in Finn, Flying Dutchman) and 1996 Olympic Games in Savannah (first-ever
Swiss Olympic race win, in Tornado), with class specialties Tornado,
Laser, Finn, Star, FD, with some work in the other Olympic classes,
and again as Coaching Consultant to the Swiss Sailing Team prior to
the Athens Olympics in 2004.
During 2001-4, had two international training groups preparing
for the Athens Olympics, in the Finn and 49er classes; the sailors from
the Finn group finished 5th and 6th in Athens, while the 49er sailors
finished 5th and 9th.
- In late 1996, was one of the founding partners in SailCoach
Asssociates, an international coaching consultancy headquartered
in the UK (since moved to France), with a variety of coaching products
aimed at both elite sailors and international federations; regularly
conducts training camps in a variety of boats, plus coaches education
seminars. Work has been with Tornado, Laser, 49er, Finn, and 470, with
some other catamaran work, especially youth and developmental projects.
The sailors countries have included USA, CAN, SUI, AUS, BEL, BRA, DEN,
NED, NZL, ISR and GBR, with additional work supporting coaches from
RUS and UKR.
- Since 2005, under the name of Jim
Young Sailing, runs a number of Youth projects, including a
special club level coach/instructor training program developed by Jim
for overseas use but since presented at a number of USA clubs. In addition
to a variety of international catamaran youth coaching projects in 4
different countries, Jim regularly runs training clinics and camps for
junior Opti, Butterfly and 420 sailors in the USA, and offers consulting
services to clubs on Youth programs.
- Areas of expertise; coaching, including psychological, boathandling,
technical and tactical skills, race management (race committee + judging),
event management, youth programs.
- Jim holds a US Coast Guard Masters License (50 GT,
Near Coastal with Towing endorsement) so that all of his activities
in motorboats chasing sailboats all over the lakes and oceans of the
world are both safe and legal.
- Jim has also worked as the Domestic Cross Country
Development Coach and head of Coaches Education for the US Ski Team,
and was Head Coach of the US Biathlon Team. His skiing background is