What you'll do
No matter where you are, we can go sailing together, virtually! First, we’ll chat about my background and qualifications as a sailor. Despite us being in different places, I still want you to feel comfortable with me at the helm as your host. From competing in the 2012 Olympics to racing big boats offshore, I have a lot of experience on the water. Hopefully you'll meet my wife too, who's just as capable on the water, if not more so! Next, we’ll talk through the strategy and tactics of sailboat racing, including what we look for on the race course in the water, wind, and clouds. Then we'll have a little activity to show how sailors use wind shifts to their advantage. Then we'll check out a chaotic race from the London 2012 Olympic Games and explore these concepts in real life. Please note that our morning sessions are geared toward families, while the evening sessions have more of a happy-hour vibe. Though anyone is free to join at any time!
Try something new together
Try something new together
- Thoughtful hosts
Get to know hosts who share their expertise and a window to their world.
- Small group activities
Meet people from all over the world while learning something new together.
- Simple and global
Join easily and participate from home without a lot of prep.
I'm an Olympian who competed for Ireland in sailing. During the London Games, I raced in the Laser, a one-person dinghy. I'm now professionally big-boat racing and managing racing programs, from classic wooden boats to an extreme foiling boat that broke the sailing world speed record. I'm a licensed Yachtmaster based in the San Francisco Bay Area and London.
What to bring
3 small and straight objects of the same size (like toothpicks, matchsticks, baby carrots, or pen caps)
1 arrow- or dart-shaped object (like a fork or a carrot)
3 circular objects (like glasses, bottles, cans, wine corks, cherry tomatoes, or grapes)
Once we start watching the race, feel free to eat the food items. Or, if you want to snack on someth…
How to participate
Join a video call
Download Zoom for free on a desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
"Though we're physically apart, we’ll be sailing together in spirit. You might even be able to hear the lapping of water, since I’ll be joining you from a home located on the San Francisco Bay, or our apartment on the Thames in London."
Book a private group
Want to join with just your family and friends? James will host a private group for up to 30 guests starting at $150.
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Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.
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You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email. Up to 10 guests ages 14 and up can attend.
Sail the Virtual Seas with an Olympian