Max-Skelly RCYC 2012 05J105 Fleet4 Coaching Event with Max Skelley

As expected Max's insight into sailing the J105 was impressive, with many commentators on the internal mail-out site commenting positively.

We have posted Day 1 & 2 video sessions (4 total) each between 10 and 45 minutes.

Day 1 (1 of 4)

10 Mins

Day 1 (2 of 4)

46 Mins

Day 1 (3 of 4)

30 Mins

Day 1 (4 of 4)

10 Mins

Day 2 (1 of 2)

10 Mins

Day 2 (2 of 2)

20 mins






In what promises to be one of the highlights of the 2012 season, and exclusive to the J105 Fleet 4 racing family, the Class Association has arranged to have Max Skelly, J/22 Worlds Champion, and  author of Ullman Sails J-105 Tip Sheet 2005 (U/S Tuning Guide).  

The Class Association is delighted to have invited Max, for a series of coaching sessions to be held Friday May 11th at the RCYC City Club, and Saturday and Sunday at the RCYC Island.

Max will conduct a series of chalk-board and on-the-water sessions to highlight J/105 sailing, tactics and on-off the water preparation tips, including the full effect of rig tuning, possibly the key ingredient in assuring improved regatta results.

Max's sailing credentials and his loft's success in communicating via his tuning tips and speed testing specific to class sails, make this a not to be missed event, for skippers, tacticians and interested crew members.  Download event agenda:

Ullman\Skelleys (U/S) impact on the J-105 Class has been undeniable.  Many years of outstanding results many major regattas across the United States (and Canada) have established U/S as the #1 winning sailmaker of the class. Their success is not only attributed to excellent sail development but is closely tied to the full understanding of the effect of rig tuning in respect to sail/boat performance. Max and U/S are well know for their ability to communicate that information to their J105 customers. 

AGENDA for J105 Fleet 4 Coaching Event with Max Skelley 


  • Where: Commodore's Room City Club 141 St George Street
  •  Friday 6PM to 9PM Talk and Light Dinner available for cash / cash bar

A debrief session with Max to the City Club and have him sketch out the weekend's plans and ideas to the fleet. This will be an informal, beer, sandwich chat and get to know Max talk. Maybe we could be in the front Commodore's room or the model room


GUEST INSTRUCTOR: Max Skelley, President Ullman-Skelley Sails

(please note that this timing is only a suggestion and subject to change as needed)


Location: Patricia room with Flip Chart

9:30 – 11:00 AM Classroom session - pre race discussion

Suggested Topics include:

  1. Rig Tune
  2. How to prepare to win
  3. How to practice to improve
  4. How to setup boat to win
  5. How to win a regatta
  6. How to Set a Game Plan / setting goals
  7. How to Start, Manage Course Strategy, Finish- The Theory
  8. What to look for in the Kattack System to help us improve.

On The Water

11:30 – 2:00 PM

  1. Practice Drills
  2. Practice Starts
  3. Practice Short Course – 1st to Windward Mark – 300 meters
  4. On the Water coaching

Location: Patricia room with Flip Chart, or Sailors Bar with drink

2:30-3:30 PM Return to Classroom and Debrief

Max can take notes and comment on each boat's strengths and weaknesses

  • What to work on tomorrow


Location: Patricia room with Flip Chart

9:30 - 10:30 AM Classroom session - pre day discussion

Suggested Topics include:

  1. What we learned yesterday
  2. What we didn't learn yesterday
  3. What we plan to learn today
  4. What to work on in the future

On The Water

11:00 – 1:00 PM

Short W-L Races

On the Water coaching

Location: Sailors' Bar or upstairs veranda ( tbd )

(optional – those celebrating Mother's day may leave after on the water events complete)

2:00 – 3:00 PM Wrap up discussion in Sailors Bar


Robert Baker

J105 Fleet4 Captain