Mary is an experienced Coach and having been part of RYA GBR squads from youth level has received herself, much high level coaching.

Mary has worked with various different levels of sailors from Yacht racing teams, youth and junior squads to Olympic and Paralympic teams.

Mary has a broad racing background encompassing many different types of boat from lasers, 420’s to keelboats and skiffs and using her knowledge of high level racing, helps to bring the best out of the sailors she coaches.

“I really appreciated the guidance and feedback from my teammates and in particular Mary, as a professional racer and coach. On the way back to the Solent the wind and sea state picked up, Mary led a master class in downwind sailing, culminating in us surfing Pure Joy at over 14 knots through the water – I had a permanent grin as I helmed the boat at these speeds! The wind and sea state continued to pick up and we had to battle to keep the boat going in the direction we needed and not round up. Mary’s guidance allowed us to remain confident as the conditions became more challenging.” 
Ewan Weatherhead, Pure Racing squad member, extract from his first Offshore Race blog – the RORC Cowes to Cherbourg, September 2016 – See more at:


Mary Roo yacht coachingHaving raced for many successful Yacht racing teams Mary understands what it takes to make a good team gel.

Mary has worked with a variety of yacht and keelboats teams each with an individual objective to be achieved. From weekend coaching from a rib with a unique training programme to coaching whilst on board during racing.


Mary is an RYA coach and has workeMary Rook Youth Coachingd with many top youth and junior sailors to build on their racing skills, often with the aim to allow them to compete successfully at their chosen championship. Mary can offer an individual package for each sailors or group of sailors identifying the key skills they need to work on. Mary has had  extensive experience in all of the RYA classes and is able to cover a wide variety of topics from boat handling to race planning and tactical understanding.


omanMary has worked extensively with the Oman sail keelboat programme. Sailing Farr 30’s, SB20’s and J80’s in Arabia and in Europe coaching as part of the sailing team itself, leading by example and bringing new skills to the Oman team.

Mary has competed four times in the Sailing Tour of Arabia, an offshore race made up of several stop overs with in port racing as well as long passages. Introducing the top Omani sailors to offshore racing and the intensity required to keep sailing at 100% through out the whole tour.

Mary has also run the Women’s J80 campaign competing in the french circuit, taking a group of girls out of their native country and using each event to work on their process goals towards a performance goal at the end of the season.


coaching-4Mary worked with the Singaporean team of Jovin and Desiree in 2011 in the run up to, and for the IFDS (Paralympic classes) World Championships in Weymouth.
The Skud 18 boat is an exciting and challenging boat, it is a two person keelboat but with a very skiff type feel! It has an asymmetric spinnaker, fully battened sails and a wide dishy hull!

The team had already sailed together for several years and Mary worked with this relationship to profile their strengths and weaknesses and build on their sailing towards the upcoming event. Mary provided event support for the team helping them gain the most from their racing performance and added her extensive knowledge about the sailing venue.


Mary is always looking to do more coaching and if you would like more information about what she can offer your racing programme contact her here.