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About Coachworks


This column is going to be filled with articles about the sport-technical
side of sailing. The idea is to present you with ideas, visions, but also
answers on matters that count on the water. 

As we all know our sport is full of  various aspects that can influence the result. Just think of meteorology, physical fitness, sail shape you name it.
I hope to give my view on all the aspects that I will stumble upon on my way as a professional sailor and coach. Therefore it wise to start with an introduction.
About me

My name is Rigo de Nijs, born in Heemskerk in the Netherlands on April 28,
1964. I'am the son of a sail fanatic father who first took me out in his old 16M when I was 6 week on this planet, after that I never left the sport.
At the moment I'm on of the happy few that can call themselves a full time
professional sailing coach/sailor.


My Work

After that I was an "olympic federation coach" preparing sailors for the Olympic Games for 10 years, and
had several successes with top sailors and top windsurfers like Dorien de
Vries (bronze in Barcelona 1992 Lechner class), Martijn van Geemen (Mistral
class), Kouwenhoven brothers (470-class), Ron van Teylingen, Paul Manuel and
Herbert Dercksen (Tornadoclass) and Roy Heiner (bronze in Atlanta 1996 Finn


After my studies at the Academy of Physical Education in Amsterdam, at first
I worked at the department of  Eduction of the Royal Netherlands Yachting
Federation to educate and "train the trainers".




After my career with the federation I started as "Coachworks by Rigo de Nijs" as a  freelance coach for campaigns like: Team EF Whitbread winner '97-'98, Team Brunel Sunergy the Dutch Whitbread Team, the Heinz Nixdorf Verein (europe class), Team Heiner and The Specialist 3rd Soling campaign with Dirk de Ridder and Peter van Niekerk and Roy Heiner  (4th in Sydney Olympics 2000 Soling class).

The most recent campaigns are: Team Powerpartner (Tornado class) preparing
for the Athens Olympics and Xiphias Racing (off shore racing as trimmer).



Apart from all that I provide training and expertise in all levels in the sport of sailing. From the youth squad training at a club till the match race-opponent analysis preparing the Olympics.

Of course, if you're interested in any sort of on-water training or other services you can always contact me to discuss the possibilities of a
cooperation and come to a better performance.


Good winds ! 

Coachworks by Rigo de Nijs in the news
(GER) Team PowerPartner Kieler Woche
(NED) 470 European Championship 2001
(NED) Olympic Soling Campaign Team Heiner
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