Strategy and Tactic

Philipp and Julian Autenrieth: "The best tactic and strategy decide the outcome, while the boat and the conditions are more or less the same for everyone.  Whoever can make the best out of these conditions, wins."


David Dellenbaugh (USA)

The Winning Tips from David Dellenbaugh, Tactician at America’s Cup

David Dellenbaugh is the publisher, editor and author of Speed & Smarts. He was the tactician and starting helmsman on America3 during the successful defense of the America's Cup in 1992, and sailed in three other America's Cup campaigns. Tactical Sailing presents some of his "How to Play the Wind" tips, all of which are audio-visual animated and simulated. These are very valuable tips for beginners as well as advanced sailors.

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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, two-time Prince of Wales U.S. match racing champion and past winner of the U.S. team racing championships for the Hinman Trophy. Dellenbaugh 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. As director of marketing for North Sails, he wrote the North U. Fast, Smart, One-Design and Cruising courses. He is currently a member of the US Sailing Racing Rules Committee (and was its chairman from 2005-2008).

The “Top 100 Tips”, a collection of the best 100 tips from David Dellenbaugh, are described in his newsletter #100. He gives practical tips from starting to finish line.

We recommend reading the anniversary edition (#100); you can order it from him. David writes regularly about special topics. You can subscribe to his newsletter here: