About Joe Cooper

  • Specialist in solving problems common to sailing 30 to 60-foot-long cruiser/racers
  • Experience sailing all boat types and sizes – from 9-foot sailing dinghies to 180-foot super yachts, race boats, cruising boats and everything in between.
  • Racing expertise, close to 50 years, from day sailing to long distance.
  • Over 30 years’ experience as a sailmaker, with extensive knowledge of sailcloth, rigging, and deck layout
  • Individual (and family) & Team coaching for racing boats
  • High school coach
  • America‚Äôs Cup veteran (1977 & 1980 campaigns for Australia)
  • Yachtmaster Offshore license – master of vessels up to 200 tons
  • 60,000 miles of sailing experience
  • Writer-Coop’s Corner in WindCheck Magazine, Sailing world, Cruising world and sail magazine
  • Lectures and seminars (for your yacht club, class, builder association in the winter)
  • Born in Sydney, Australia; U.S. resident for 25+ years
  • Located in Newport, Rhode Island

Joe Cooper giving a talk about sailing techniques and equipment, at the West Marine store in Middletown, RI


Prout sailors receive in instruction on Genoa sheet rigging

Coach Cooper instructing young sailors on rigging headsail sheets on a J-105

Poster for a presentation at Barrington YC


Cooper in action at a seminar in California last year.