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David Dellenbaugh

Brazil is the epicenter of an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which the World Health Organization has called "an extraordinary event and public health threat." For sailors, additional risks of racing in the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay include the inherent health risk, plus the distinct possibility of hitting debris in the water, impacting the fairness of sailing  Brazilian organizers have reiterated they have no intention of canceling the Rio de Janeiro Olympics..

Enter David Dellenbaugh, US Sailing Team Coach, who will give the audience the inside scoop on what is happening down in Rio. He will provide a look into Olympic sailing in Rio and offer some lessons that YRA sailors can apply to their racing. Topics will include sailing in current, how to play windshifts, regatta routines, the value of extra wind pressure, the cost of maneuvers and upwind strategic choices. In addition, David will discuss the water quality in Rio and explain how sailors can make a local knowledge guide like his Olympic Venue Playbook.  The presentation will include photos and videos from David’s work with the team in the US and Rio, and will include an update on the US Team and their Olympic preparations.


David Dellenbaugh is the US Sailing Team Coach.  He is also the publisher, editor and author of Speed & Smarts. He was the tactician and starting helmsman on America3 during her successful defense of the America's Cup in 1992 and sailed in three other America's Cup campaigns. David is also a Lightning world champion, two-time Congressional Cup winner, six-time Thistle national champion, two-time winner of the Canada's Cup, two-time Prince of Wales U.S. match racing champion, past winner of the U.S. team racing championships for the Hinman Trophy. David was an associate editor of Sailing World and the original author of its popular Around The Buoys column.  He is a co-author of Smallboat Sailing, published by Sports Illustrated, and author of the Quick Reference Rules card. Dellenbaugh also wrote and narrated the Learn The Racing Rules video set. 

The YRALIS is pleased to have David at all four venues, two each on the north and south side of Long Island Sound. Lessons  Why not treat your loyal and hard-working crew to an evening out – come early for drinks and/or dinner.  And don’t forget to bring along a Junior Sailor or two (3 or 4) as these young racers would certainly enjoy hearing all about the Olympics.

All Programs Start at 7:30

 “Cash bar” from 6:00 – 7:30 PM and after presentation

For dinner reservations, call club directly:

MBYC (516-767-2159), RYC (203-), LYC (914-834-2440) 

Dining Room opens at 6:30 PM

Tours of the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture will be offered prior to the seminar.

The tours will take one hour and will leave from the registration desk from 6:00 to 6:30.  No tours will be offered after 6:30.


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