The efforts and initial evidence described in this dissertation focused on developing a novel approach to capture, understand and predict perceptual-cognitive skills in sailing (Chapter 2) with the aim to provide detailed descriptions of the key differences between skilled and less skilled sailors. More specifically, multiple key performance indicators were identified that contributed to skilled performance while rounding the windward mark rounding (Chapter 3). During upwind sailing, neither external nor internal foci of attention were per se correlated with better performance, as quantified by means of an action sport camera (Chapter 4). Finally, expert sailors were more sensitive in picking up differences in wind direction, particularly when confronted with low wind speeds that demanded higher sensitivity (Chapter 5).
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