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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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The Newsletter

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If you’re like most racing sailors, you enjoy learning and you will do almost anything to sail your boat faster and smarter. That’s why you should purchase back issues or bundles of the Speed & Smarts newsletter.

Speed & Smarts is a bi-monthly instructional newsletter that’s been around for almost 25 years! It is written by winning America’s Cup tactician David Dellenbaugh for all racers, including crews, skippers, big boat and one-design sailors. Every issue has 16 color pages and covers a specific theme with practical tips, techniques and strategies to help you win more races.

Of course, winning isn’t everything. You can’t win every race, but every race can help you learn how to improve your performance for the next race or regatta. That’s what Speed & Smarts is all about!

Newsletter topics:

  • Starting strategy
  • Starting tactics
  • Upwind srategy
  • Upwind tactics
  • Downwind strategy
  • Downwind tactics
  • Boatspeed
  • Sail trim
  • Boathandling tips
  • Finishing
  • Racing rules
  • Communication decision-making

    ...and much more!

Every issue is packed full of advice and tips to improve your race results!

The purpose of Speed & Smarts is to give sailors a regular dose of tips and techniques to help them sail their boat faster and smarter. This makes racing more fun and gives them a better chance of finishing near the top of their fleet. The newsletter covers a wide range of critical skills such as tactics, strategy, speed, boathandling, rules and much more. Each issue addresses one main theme and includes:

  • Concise, easy-to-understand articles;
  • Practical tools like charts, graphs, lists and quizzes;
  • Photos and diagrams to explain key principles; and
  • No advertising!

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