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Dave Dellenbaugh Sailing

David Dellenbaugh is a champion helmsman, tactician, author, coach, rules expert and seminar leader who has spent his career helping sailors sail faster and smarter.Here are the learning resources that he has created to help you improve your racing skills.

Webinar Schedule

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Dave has scheduled webinars to replace and supplement his in-person seminars that were cancelled this spring. Here is the current list of events. All are open to the public.
All webinars will be led by Dave Dellenbaugh, and all include 1) a free Speed & Smarts back issue for each of the webinar topics, and 2) free access to a replay of each webinar session after it’s done. 
If you are interested in attending any of these webinar series (or getting more info), click on the appropriate ‘Register here' link.
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Webinar Series  Price

Description, Dates and Topics


THE DAVES: Rules at Marks and Obstructions


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Includes all four webinars (90 minutes each) and free unlimited access to the replays of each session – plus a link to all the series questions and answers from the Chat.

This four-part webinar series offers a detailed explanation of three complex rules that come into play at marks and obstructions: Rule 18 (Mark-Room); Rule 19 (Room to Pass an Obstruction); and Rule 20 (Room to Tack at an Obstruction). Dave Dellenbaugh and Dave Perry will explain the meaning of each rule (including changes to those rules in the 2021-2024 rulebook) and will analyze common situations around the race course using videos, quizzes, animation and references to relevant appeals and cases. While one Dave is presenting, the other Dave will be answering questions in the Chat.

Begins 7:00pm

Sept 13 RULE 18 Downwind Marks (Dave P)

Sept 20 RULE 18 Upwind Marks (Dave D)

Sept 27 RULE 20 Room to Tack at an Obstruction (Dave P) 

Oct 4 RULE 19 Room to Pass an Obstruction (Dave D)


 Wind Strategies

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Includes all four webinars (90 minutes each), plus free pre-read materials for each session and unlimited access to the recording of each webinar.

Understanding the wind is a key ingredient in successful racing. This unique four-part webinar series will examine how to take advantage of puffs, lulls and wind shifts from both meteorological and strategic racing perspectives. Meteorologist Chelsea Carlson will look at changes in wind pressure and direction from a weather point of view, with a focus on using clues (e.g. clouds, the presence of land) to predict what the wind will do next. Coach Dave Dellenbaugh will explain how to translate your understanding of puffs, lulls and shifts into practical race-winning strategic moves, both upwind and downwind.

Begins 7:30pm

Sept 21 Puffs and Lulls 1: Weather Analysis (Chelsea)

Sept 28 Puffs and Lulls 2: Racing Strategy (Dave) 

Oct 5 Wind Shifts 1: Weather Analysis (Chelsea) 

Oct 12 Wind Shifts 2: Racing Strategy (Dave )