Coaching

Ken Legler
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Coaching Philosophy

As a career sailing coach and life long sailor, Ken believes sailboat racing is supposed to be fun. His experience, accomplishments and style reflects this philosophy.

Coaching Career

Head Coach at Tufts, 1980-present

  • 19 nationals championships (8 women’s, 5 team racing, 3 dinghy, 3 singlehanded)
  • 92 All-American (46 skippers, 25 Women skippers, 21 Crews)

Head Coach at US Merchant Marine Academy, 1978-1980

  • 2 nationals championships
  • 4 All-Americans

US Sailing Team, part-time, 1981-1985

  • 2 470 Worlds, Finn Gold Cup, Pan-Am Games, Pre-Olympics, Kiel Week
  • British University Tour

Competitor

  • 1st College Dinghy champs
  • 1st College Team Racing Champs
  • 1st Lark Class Nationals
  • 1st US Sailing Offshore Champs
  • 1st 8 times Blind Sailing Nationals as sighted guide
  • 1st Hinman Trophy Team Racing Masters
  • 1st Yale’s Snow & Satisfaction regatta
  • 1st Southern Ocean Racing Conference
  • Competed in six World champs
  • Captain of an undefeated Tabor Academy team
  • Captain of the University of Rhode Island Sailing Team
  • College All-American

Principal Race Officer

  • US Olympic Trials
  • 470 Class Worlds
  • Internationals Canoe Worlds
  • Miami Race Week, TP 52s and Farr 40s
  • Nordic Farr 40 Champs
  • 420 Nationals
  • Key West Race Week since 1994
  • Laser Nationals & Midwinters
  • Club 420 North American’s 3 times
  • Optimist New Englands 3 times
  • Nationals for the following classes: V-15, Jet 14, A Scow, Fireball, Comet and Winsurfing
  • Countless college races

Commentator

  • 4 Team Racing Worlds
  • 6 British Team Racing Nationals
  • Numerous Match Racing Regattas

Clinic Director

  • Numerous junior and adult advanced racing clinics, rules, tactics and race management seminars, and instructor training clinics

Program Director

  • Edgartown YC 2003
  • Wianno Yacht Club, Osterville, MA, summers 1989-1995
  • Manchester Sailing Association, Manchester, MA 1996-1998

kenneth.legler@tufts.edu
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