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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.


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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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RACERS' BLEND! A four-part webinar series about coming from behind

This five-part webinar series, led by Dave Dellenbaugh and sponsored by Nyack Boat Club, covers a blend of strategic and tactical topics that are key for winning races. All sessions are on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm, and each will be about 80 minutes. Participant questions encouraged!

June 2    Windshift Strategies

June 9    Light vs. Heavy Air Tactics

June 16  Upwind vs. Downwind

June 23  Starting Tactics

June 30  TBA (chosen by participants)

7:30 pm

7:30 pm

7:30 pm

7:30 pm

7:30 pm


Includes all 5 webinars, plus 5 free copies of Speed & Smarts (one for each topic) and free access to a replay of all 5 sessions.

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THE DAVES: A Few of Our Favorite Rules

This four-part webinar series will be led by Dave Dellenbaugh and Dave Perry on Sunday evenings in June. Each session will dive deep into a specific right-of-way rule to understand its meaning and how it applies tactically around the race course. Dave and Dave will use videos, quizzes, an actual whiteboard and frequent references to relevant appeals and cases. Join the DAVES for this entertaining and authoritative look into some of their favorite rules.

June  7  RULE 10  Opposite tacks  (Dave D)

June 14  RULE 14  Avoiding Contact  (Dave)

June 21  RULE 16  Changing Course  (Dave D)

June 28  RULE 17  On the Same Tack; Proper Course  (Dave P)

7:00 pm

7:00 pm

7:00 pm

7:00 pm


$55  Includes all four webinars (80-90 minutes each) plus free access to a replay of each session. Register Here
COMEBACK! A four-part webinar series about coming from behind This unique new series is all about what to do when you find yourself in the middle or rear of the fleet. How do you get back on track, modify your game plan, avoid other boats, and go fast enough to finish in a reasonable position? Sessions include video, photos, diagrams, tips, rules of thumb and more. Participant questions encouraged.

This four-part webinar series will be led by Dave Dellenbaugh and is sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay YRA. All sessions are on Monday evenings from 8:00 to 9:15 pm EDT, starting on June 8.

June 8  Recover from a Bad Start

June 15  Boatspeed Blues

June 22  Mid-Pack Tactics

June 29  Playing Catch-Up

8:00 pm

8:00 pm

8:00 pm

8:00 pm


Includes all 4 webinars, plus a free back issue of Speed & Smarts for each topic (4 total) and free access to replays of all 4 sessions.

Register Here