Chris Watters, Founder
Chris brings over 20+ years of coaching and sailing experience. In 2004, Chris took on the role of National Team Coach in the British Virgin Islands. It was there that he fielded his growth as a coach, having spent nearly 1000 days coaching on the Sir Francis Drake Channel, while working with sailors of varying skill levels. Chris has developed a curriculum and style for Laser sailing that is easy to understand, all the while keeping techniques simple and focused.
Outside of coaching Lasers, Chris has focused on his own sailing, having competed internationally in different classes that include Melges 20, 24 and 32, J70, IC24, VXOne, and most notably the SSL 47 (RC 44) for Team Canada in the 2022 Star Sailors League Gold Cup.
Chris has coached multiple sailors to national, continental and world championships in a variety of classes. Starting in 2014, Chris coached both for Sail Canada team member Claire Merry, as well as BVI Sailor Alec Anderson on their campaigns for the 2016 games. Posting a top 20 ranked ISAF sailor, as well as 9th at the Junior 49er Worlds.
Chris’ accomplishments also include coaching sailors to 3 other Top 10 results at worlds, including the 2009 Youth Sailing Worlds (7th Alec Anderson), 2010 Radial Open Worlds (10th Alec Anderson), and 2015 Laser Radial Youth Worlds (2nd Delores Moriera).
Junior Pan American Games | 2021
6th, ILCA 7 Class, Cali, Columbia. Team: British Virgin Islands
National Youth Championships | 2021
2nd, 3rd, 7th and 9th, ILCA 6 Class. Kingston Canada Team: Nova Scotia
Youth Sailing World Championships | 2018
14th, ILCA 6 Class, Texas USA. Team: British Virgin Islands
Melges 24 World Championships | 2016
22nd, Miami USA. Team: Zingara, Canada
49er Olympic Trials (North America) | 2016
2nd, 49er, North America. Team: British Virgin Islands
49er North Americans | 2015
1st, 49er North America, Clearwater, USA Team: British Virgin Islands
World Cup Final | 2015
18th, Laser Radial, Abu Dhabi Team: Canada
Laser Radial Youth Worlds | 2015
2nd, Laser Radial Female, Kingston Canada Team: Uruguay (event coach)
49er Junior Worlds | 2014
9th, 49er, Aarhus Denmark Team: British Virgin Islands
Laser Radial North Americans | 2010
1st, Laser Radial, Texas USA Team: British Virgin Islands
Laser Radial Open World Championship | 2010
10th, Laser Radial, Largs Scotland Team: British Virgin Islands
Youth Sailing World Championships| 2009
7th, Laser Radial, Buzios Brazil Team: British Virgin Islands
Bacardi Event 2 | 2022
1st, J70 Class, Miami, USA. Team: Dingbat, United States of America
Team Canada Gold Cup | 2021/22
24th, SSL 47 Class, Neuchatel, Switzerland. Team: Canada
Bacardi Event 2 | 2021
3rd, J70 Class, Miami, USA. Team: Rosebud, United States of America
BVI Spring Regatta | 2018
1st, Melges 24 Class, 1st Overall, British V.I Team: Firewater, British Virgin Islands
Canadian Nationals| 2017
1st, Melges 20 Class, Ontario, Canada Team: Character 2.0, Canada
St Thomas International Regatta| 2017
1st, CSA 2 Class Melges 24, St.Thomas, USVI Team: Firewater, British Virgin Islands
International Match Racing | 2007-2011
50th, World Ranking, International Sailing Federation. Team: Colin Rathbun, British Virgin Islands
St Thomas Rolex Regatta | 2009
2nd, IC24 Class, St. Thomas USVI. Team: INTAC, British Virgin Islands
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"Chris is very accurate in identifying the physics of boat speed and techniques. He brings very fresh and also appropriate new ideas which helped energize my sailing career. His coaching helped me greatly in leading up to my 7th place finish at the 2009 Youth Worlds in Buzios Brazil. It was then that I decided I wanted to be a professional sailor, and I haven't looked back!"
I've had the opportunity of sailing with Chris on a few boats recently and I've been more than impressed by his ability to quickly master unfamiliar boats, crew positions and playbooks. He is a commited student of the sailing and coaching game plus has an infectous possitive attitude that brings out the best of everyone on the boat! Chris will make you and your team better!"
"Training with Chris was some of the best Laser sailing I have done in my life. On a regular basis, I was practicing boat handling and speed testing in the morning, and hiking hard in the afternoon. Working with Chris, I was able to achieve a greater understanding of strategy, tactics, and preparing for regattas"
"After I outgrew the Optimist, I was unsure of what to do next. After speaking with Chris, he encouraged me to get into the Laser Radial and come train in Canada. 2 years later, I would go on to finish 14th at the Youth Worlds after just turning 16. Chris' knowledge of the Laser is profound, Chris also always puts the athlete first."