Yacht Racing Service from Andrew Palfrey

Professional Coaching

Throughout the many decades of my sailing career, I have really enjoyed my ability to help others realise their full potential, whilst also focusing on helping to create an enjoyable learning environment. I have been coaching elite level sailing teams since 2003.

I spent three years as Head Coach for the Artemis America’s Cup Team in the 34th America’s Cup. More recently, I have been lucky enough to have coached World Championship winning teams in several one-design keelboat classes - Farr40’s, Farr30’s, RC44’s, Etchells and the Star. I also helped guide an 18ft skiff team to success at the highest level.

In 2018 and 2019, I had a great span of clients from a 100ft superyacht with 26 professional crew, to a 20 foot one-design J70. So I am very comfortable in a group setting with a large and diverse team or a close-knit group of just a couple of people.

I consider myself an all-rounder as a coach. As I do sail myself in parallel to the coaching,  it is a constant reminder of the empathy required in the coaching of sailors.  What do sailing teams and sailors need to hear from a coach and when do they need to hear it? To repeat a phrase told to me recently "A good coach should trouble the comfortable , and comfort the troubled". Suffice to say that I consider the coaching of sailors part art and part science. It continues to fascinate me.

So whether you want to beat the local rockstar who's been beating you every week in the sailing club or are trying to win a World Championship, get in touch today.

Or for convenient and cost effective professional coaching, why not use the state of the art online platform, SLOCOACH and send in your video to me today to analyse.

There are several sessions available through the platform. These include specific skills like helming, starts and manoeuvres to an open session for a set price of AUS$100 or around €60/US$70 –


  • Open session – Upload 3 or 4 videos on any aspect of sailing - AUS$100

  • Sail trimming – let’s work together on sail trimming and help you develop the skills to best set up your sails for your boat - AUS$100

  • Helming – helping you become a faster driver and extract the best possible performance form your boat - AUS$100

  • Manoeuvres, boat handling and team work – book his session and we will work through any issue, be it tacking, gybing, sets, drops, mark rounding or communication - AUS$100

  • Mast and sail set up – Need a refresher on how your rig actually works? Want to know more about the effect of backstay, shrouds and headstay? This is the perfect session for you - AUS$100

  • Starting – book this session and I’ll help you address any weaknesses, giving you plenty of guidance on achieving consistency - AUS$100

  • Strategy and tactics – book this session and we’ll work at building your skills and knowledge as a tactical sailor - AUS$100 AUS

  • Racing bundle – This session will cover three sessions I’ll assist with your helming, starting and strategy, all at a discounted rate – AUS$249

  • Question only session – Dog - details about a discounted question only session? How is this dissimilar to the strategy and tactics session?