Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Who and what is SailTrim.Org???

I am still being asked "Who and What" is SailTrim.Org . . .I hope this helps:

SailTrim.Org ~ To the sailing community:
  • A free resource of health, fitness and wellness information gathered together by a sailor for the sailor.
  • A science teacher
  • Hopefully . . .a motivating voice to keep people sailing and encourage new participation


  • A free monthly e-newsletter
  • Seminars, clinics and virtual training
  • Being active in the community through on and off the water participation ~ sailing!

SailTrim.Org ~ To the competitive sailor:

  • An "insurance policy" ~ "ace in the back pocket" when your body says "NO" and the helmsman say "Hike Harder", "Grind Faster" and "Get the kite down . . . NOW!!" . . .I want to be the person who ensures your body responds with a flat back, speedy trim and a flawless douse.


  • Independent consulting for individuals and teams: this is the where people seem to get fuzzy because I can and do wear many hats due to my past professional experiences.

That "Hats" are:

Project Management ~ Was a geeky science type (still am!) running large projects which required working across domestic and international lines at Pfizer Pharmaceutials . . which crosses over nicely into team management skills . .

Sports Nutrition and Training ~ about time I did something more fulfilling with my degree in Medical Biology . . .add in a little more training/schooling and number of years as a competitor in distance running, triathlon and sailing: now help individuals with strength, conditioning and weight management.

Therapist ~ I love kinesiology and how the body moves so decided to go back to school for massage therapy while still at Pfizer (biomechanics of sailing and injury prevention is my specialty area).

Sailor ~ I was born into this one; but was lucky enough to follow the other paths mentioned above, and with some support from family in friends: SailTrim.Org came about.

How can these "hats" help?

Think back to your last regatta: how did you feel after the first day of racing, add in day 2, maybe 3,4,5 if it's a big event or was preceded with training sails . . .how did your body feel? I've been there and respect what we put our bodies through so the mind can have the "rush" typically associated with competitive sports. I also know how much better I feel physically and mentally if I do a few little things for my body to ensure day 2 is not hampered by day 1; day 3, I may be tuckered but ready for whatever the day brings . . .day 4,5 . . .etc.

Now imagine if there was a fellow sailor who had the background and training to help you recover quickly from a day of sailing . . .helpful nutritional tips, physiotherapy/massage and stretching . . . wake up next day with decreased soreness and more alert. Picture how well you'd feel on the water after such therapy, even the anticipation of a post sail session has you mentally feeling good . . .

Its been a few years now; that I've been discussing the aches and pains of sailing. Developing plans to recover or prevent sailing related injuries. Do not except hearing how someone may not return back to sailing as a result of their therapist, doctor or surgeon being unfamiliar with the biomechanics behind our sport and during the critical time of recovery . . . did not receive the treatment needed.

I started SailTrim.Org out of love for science and passion for sailing, putting the two together and creating a resource unavailable at the time: to a community that deserves it as much as baseball, football, soccer, etc. These sports have people like me, and my goal is to ensure the "sport of sailing" receives the same support in resources and information.

SailTrim.Org is here to teach and provide guidance to the community as a whole with hopes to grow into an organization of folks from around the world with the same goal of "sailing into a healthier tomorrow". I personally enjoy working with sailors and teams doing sports therapy, training and consulting to prevent time off the water and ensure peak performance on the water.

Being a competitive sailor I understand the time tables these "athletes" have, their priorities for a day of racing and the first thing on their mind at the end of the day (smile). I understand there may only be a few moments to address a concern. The cockpit or dock will be the "massage table" and the tent party is apart of the recovery plan. The teams with someone looking after their sailors is ensuring consistent on the water performance every day of the event. . . and having that person understand and respect the world we play in guarantees each member will get the care they need.

Any questions?

I would like to work with a Farr 40 team this summer as they prepare for Worlds and demonstrate how good it feels to sail physically and mentally strong (smile) from event to event leading into a world class regatta. Please email for details . . .it's a "win-win" offer.

Fair Winds ~ Jenn

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