Frequently Asked Questions
When does the program start and finish?
The sessions are pre-recorded, and once you are signed up, you will always have access to them. So go at your own pace! We are rolling each chapter out week-by-week from the start of December until the end of February, so how many modules you can access when you sign up depends when you sign up. You can check out the exact timings just below this section.
How long do I have access to Road To Gold?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course, so keep coming back to the material for as long as you like.
If this is such high-level stuff, why such a low price?
This is the launch of a brand new course. To our knowledge, no one has ever put out a course in this subject as comprehensive as this. But we need you to help us validate it and to give us feedback. The concept and structure is right, and we've probably got 90% of the puzzle, but we're also going to have gaps. This is a work in progress, and probably always will be! We hope that you will ask the questions that will allow us to flesh Road To Gold out even more. The concept's right, and we expect it to evolve and evolve. So if you sign up early you’ll be one of our valued test pilots. Not only that, but you'll have FREE access to future editions of Road To Gold, so the program will grow alongside you. You're also doing it in a time of great uncertainty when regattas have been in short supply. We think Road To Gold is the perfect opportunity to ‘upskill’ yourself and emerge out the Covid crisis a better sailor than when the pandemic started.
Why is the price so high?
From his 40 years of sailing and coaching experience, Hamish Willcox has put his life's work into Road To Gold. The system in this course are the same steps he put gold-medallists Pete Burling and Blair Tuke through, and the countless other sailors Hamish has coached to victory over the years. Based on these results, the opening price at a level much less than it really should be. Much less than the price of entry for a major championship... the price of a jib for even the most basic of dinghies... the sunken costs of failed campaigns (including equipment, travel, etc)... Much less than hiring Hamish for the day (the market rate for a coach of Hamish's calibre is around $1000/day) and that's before you factor in travel, accommodation, rib hire, fuel etc... With Road To Gold, you are getting 12 weeks of action-oriented instruction that will systematically whip you into shape and make you into an all-round better sailor. It provides a really cheap opportunity for you to measure yourself accurately and identify where your gaps are, all for about half the price of entry to one sailing championship. If you want to make a strong long-term investment in your sailing career, one that will last much longer than a jib, then get on the Road with us!
I'm not an Olympic sailor, nor do I want to be! I'm just a casual racer. Will this work for me?
This program hits the spot for Olympic sailors, but it doesn't matter what level you're at. Or what age you are. Hamish used the Road To Gold principles to coach the New Zealand Optimist squad to previously unscaled heights at the World Championship. Sailing is a matter of problem solving, the minimisation of mistakes around the race course. It's also the minimisation of mistakes before you even turn up at the regatta. Preparation, in other words. The sailor who wins is the one who is best prepared and executes their skills on the race course the most efficiently. The one who makes the least mistakes. And the nuts & bolts, the mechanics of putting together a winning campaign are pretty much the same whatever you sail and whatever level you're at. Whether you race a dinghy, a keelboat, a catamaran, a windsurfer, a kiteboard or a sportsboat – the Road To Gold provides you with a blueprint for improving your skills and results on the race track.
How much time do I need to put in to the course?
The program includes 17+ hours of video learning, averaging around an hour and a half each week. Each Live Coaching Call will last an hour, so you can expect to be putting in 2.5 hours of time each week. The course content is densely packed with action-oriented advice, so notebooks at the ready! You'll probably need to be pausing to write down your thoughts, ideas and plans while working through each chapter. And to get the most out of Road To Gold, that's what we recommend, as each step of the program builds and compounds on the last. Commit 2-3 hours of learning time per chapter – while of course implementing the strategies in your campaign – and you'll be in tip-top shape by the time we're through with you!
What if I am unhappy with the course? How does the 30-day guarantee work?
If at any point for any reason you feel that Road To Gold is not for you, we’ll give you your money back within the first 30 days. Basically we want you to experience the first four Chapters, which is one third of the total course. That should give you long enough to work out if Road To Gold is taking you in the right direction. If not, and you want your money back, no hard feelings. Contact us in the first 30 days of your purchase and we will give you a full refund.
What if I get stuck?
If you ever have any problems accessing parts of the course, or have any other questions, you can send us an email at [email protected]. We'll be happy to help! And if you have questions you want answered about the course content, make sure you join the Live Coaching Calls each week.
What if I already have a coach? Will this create a clash?
The structure of Road To Gold is open enough that you'll be able to make it work with your current campaign and coaches. It's really all about spotting the chinks in your armour, and then how to properly patch them up to make you an all-round world-class sailor. By the end of the 12 weeks, you won't be in any doubt as to the path you need to take going forward.
English isn't my first language. Will I be able to follow along OK?
As most of the program comes in the form of video sessions, the language barrier may be an issue, depending on your level of English. We provide computer-generated English subtitles on the videos, which are not always perfect, but we've received feedback from customers that they do help! But if Road To Gold is too difficult for you to follow, well, that's why we offer a 30-day moneyback guarantee. It is absolutely no problem for you to try the program and if it's not working well for you, we'll pay your money back in full.
How will the Weekly Live Q&A Coaching Calls work?
The Live Calls will be run on Zoom – we'll send you a Zoom invite by email – and will run for an hour each week. Dates might change according to Hamish's America's Cup commitments, but they will happen some time in the week after the Chapter goes online. We'll always confirm the timing of each Live Call a few days beforehand.
Each call, Hamish will be open to any and all questions you may have about the topic of that week. We'll try to answer all the questions in the time available, but will lean towards questions that benefit the most people. To get the most out of Road To Gold, make sure you try to get on each call, but if you miss one, have no fear! Recordings of the session will be made available in your account dashboard shortly after going live.
IMPORTANT: The Live Calls are not included in the base Road To Gold package – you will need to select the premium option when checking out.
My crew would be interested in signing up too. Do you offer team plans?
We sure do! If you want to sign up multiple sailors in one deal, send us some info about you and your team to [email protected] and we'll see if we can arrange a special custom plan for you.