The sail demands from the athlete vast knowledge of hydrodynamic, meteorology, rules and tactics, beyond physical and psychological demands as concentration and attention. The aim of this study was, through a literature review, to investigate the attention and your implication in the practice of sail. Attention is a variable of great importance in the context of competitive sail, considered the necessary ability to a best performance. For the athlete to reach and maintain good levels of attention it is necessary that he establishes performance goals, mental routines and use "trigger words". The attention is intimately linked with the characteristics of sail, and could be considered a basic cognitive capacity for sailors.
Attention; concentration; sail; athletic performance