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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.


Strategy and Tactics seminars from Speed & Smarts:

Most Speed & Smarts seminars are taught by Brad or David Dellenbaugh. Brad and Dave have been racing sailboats, coaching and leading seminars for many years. They especially enjoy tactics, strategy and rules, and they bring an easy-to- follow analytical approach to their teaching. 

David Dellenbaugh is the publisher, editor and author of Speed & Smarts, the racing newsletter. He was the tactician and starting helmsman on America3 during her successful defense of the America's Cup in 1992 and sailed as tactician in three other America's Cup campaigns from 1986 to 2007. David is also a Lightning world champion, two-time Congressional Cup winner, seven-time Thistle national champion, two-time winner of the Canada's Cup, three-time Prince of Wales U.S. match racing champion and past winner of the U.S. Team Racing Championship for the Hinman Trophy.    

Dellenbaugh wrote and narrated the Learn The Racing Rules online training course. When he was director of marketing for North Sails, David helped write the North U. Fast, Smart and One-Design courses. He is currently a member of the US Sailing Racing Rules Committee (and was its chairman from 2005-2008). David was a coach for the 2012 US Olympic Sailing Team in England. In 2016 he was the team’s tactical coach and served as rules adviser during the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

David on Team GerDavid as tactician during the 2007 America’s Cup in Spain.


Brad DellBrad Dellenbaugh grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut, sailing on Long Island Sound.  Brad has been involved in three Olympic campaigns in the Soling class, as well as serving as tactician or helmsman in numerous national, continental and world championships in a wide variety of one-designs and offshore boats.

bluecoolfishBrad has been a teacher, lecturer, and coach for over forty years, including coaching sailing teams at Brown University and the U.S. Naval Academy, and he recently retired after twelve years as the Sailing Director at the New York Yacht Club. He is an International Judge and Umpire and has been involved in the America’s Cup competition as an umpire since 2002.

Brad's technical and humorous drawings have appeared in every issue of Speed & Smarts newsletter, and in every edition of Dave Perry’s Understanding the Racing Rules.