Fitness Components for Sailing
In addition to the high level of skill required to compete in sailing, to be successful you need, among other things, good muscle strength and endurance, balance and coordination! However, which of these are more important? Below is a discussion about the fitness requirements for sailing, which can help with developing training programs for this sport, and for interpreting fitness testing results and determining the relative strengths and weaknesses of a sailor.
You Need Muscular Endurance, Strength, Balance and Coordination
We have a poll about the component of fitness most important for success in sailing. Out of the options of Body Size and Composition, Muscle Strength, Muscular Endurance, Power, Speed / Quickness, Agility, Flexibility, Balance and Coordination, and Cardiovascular Endurance, the factors which are considered most important by the readers of this site are Muscular Endurance, Muscle Strength, Balance/Coordination. You can add your vote too, and see the latest results.
You need to be skillful under pressure
In a similar poll, we have asked people to rate the 12 factors of success for sports. Visitors to this site have rated each of these factors for the sport of sailing, and the most important according to them are: skill/technique, coping with pressure, balance/coordination and reaction time. You can also add your ratings of Which Factors Make Successful Sailors, and see the latest results.
Most Important Factors for Success in Order of Importance (data from 2018)
4.8 Skill and Technique
4.7 Coping with Pressure Situations
4.2 Balance & Coordination
4.1 Reaction Time
4.1 Analytic & Tactical Ability
3.9 Motivation & Self Confidence
3.9 Strength & Power
3.8 Speed / Quickness
3.7 Aerobic Endurance
3.2 Body Size and Composition
Are You an Expert?
I have found that asking all site visitors for their opinion, while it is interesting, does not always lead to accurate results. We want to know what the experts think. If you consider yourself an expert in sailing, go here to add your opinion.