This summer Sean has taken on a coaching role, looking after the athletes from the Australian Sailing Team during the SailDownunder Sailing Series in Australia; three RS:X events including SailBrisbane, SailSydney and SailMelbourne, which is an ISAF World Cup Regatta. Sean will be looking after multiple Olympian Jessica Crisp, who earlier today won the SailSydney regatta in good form and will be looking to follow that up with a win at the SailMelbourne regatta next week.
Jessica talks to Sail-World about the event in an excerpt from the magazine article on SailSydney:
Triple Olympian Jessica Crisp (AUS-15) has taken over the RS:X Sailboard lead held by Yasuko Kosuge (JPN-9) since Day 1. Crisp cites coaching from sailboarder, Sean O’Brien (AUS-120), as the reason for her improved performance in higher winds.
Crisp, who has finished just outside the medals at the last two games, racked up three wins from three races to take a two point lead from the petite Japanese sailor who admitted yesterday she struggled in conditions over 15 knots, and although conditions did not go over, it was quite gusty on the Harbour.
‘I finally got my act together,’ Crisp laughed. ‘Everything went well; it couldn’t have gone better. I’m getting better in the higher end of the wind scale – it’s all about technique, rather than strength,’ she said.