Sunday, March 18th From 8:30 to 5pm

Speed & Smarts Seminars

‘You can’t always win the race, but you can always learn something that will give you a better chance of winning the next race.’

This has always been the guiding philosophy behind Speed & Smarts newsletter, and now it applies to the new Speed & Smarts Strategy and Tactics Seminars as well.

Most sailors want to keep learning, and that’s what these seminars are all about. They’re filled with race-winning tips, tricks and wisdom, much of which comes from nearly 25 years of Speed & Smarts newsletters.

Each seminar is about three hours long, including breaks, and features diagrams, videos, photos and other techniques for sharing strategic and tactical tips. The seminar will discuss how to handle common racing situations, and there should be plenty of time for questions.

Seminar 1: STARTING

This seminar examines the strategy and tactics of Starting. Topics include starting philosophy, pre-start planning, picking a place to start, the importance of line bias, using a line sight, current, defending your hole, making a final approach, coming off the line, troubleshooting, evaluating risk, key racing rules and more!

Seminar 2: UPWIND

This seminar explains the strategy and tactics of racing Upwind. Topics include how to pick the favored side, windshift strategy, risk and reward, first beat vs. second beat, laylines, current, strategic rules of thumb, covering, wind shadows, tactical positioning, light vs. heavy air, fleet management, key racing rules, and more!

All seminar participants get:

  • A course workbook you can use to track the discussion and take notes.
  • A 16-page issue of Speed & Smarts that covers the seminar topic. We will email this to you after the seminar.
  • A special seminar discount on all educational materials from Speed & Smarts, including subscriptions, back issues and our new online training course called ‘Learn The Racing Rules 2020’
  • A Speed & Smarts pen

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 learning program. 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 Olympics in Rio.

During the past 20 years, David has taught hundreds of seminars around the country about strategy, tactics, racing rules and boatspeed. He is currently teaching a series of strategy and tactics seminars that he created based on material that has appeared in his Speed & Smarts newsletter.

A special thanks to our Opening Of The Bay sponsors…

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