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Speed & Smarts.

US Sailing members get access to special editions of America’s Cup winning tactician David Dellenbaugh’s newsletter Speed and Smarts.

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Below is an excerpt on developing a strong pre-start strategy.

Your strategy is an invaluable guide to keep you on the right track throughout your race. It must be in place when you come off the starting line, and this means you have to begin working on your gameplan well before the start of the race.

There are many things you should consider when putting together a gameplan. Here is a simple three-step process you can use before the start of any race to come up with a solid strategy. The steps are explained in greater detail throughout the rest of this issue.

Step 1: Figure Out What the Wind is Doing

I’ve put the wind in Step 1 because it is often the most crucial strategic factor. In most races, even a small change in the wind can produce a big change in the results. That’s why, in most cases, you should think about the wind more than other strategic factors. The wind is almost always changing in both direction and velocity, and you must consider this when making up your game plan.

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I-LYA Traveler Series Regatta a Huge Success

This past Saturday, June 1st, Buckeye Lake Yacht Club hosted the kickoff to the 2019 I-LYA Traveler Series. Seventy-five youth sailors, aged 6-17, made the trip to Buckeye Lake, east of Columbus, and enjoyed a great day of racing. Buckeye Lake, after several years of low water, was back in top form with comfortable temperatures and steady southwest winds blowing 6-15 knots. Spectators lined the piers of BLYC and the new North Shore bike path to watch the racing up close. The series continues next week at Alum Creek Sailing Club in Lewis Center, Ohio and will continue throughout the summer with the finale at Hoover Sailing Club in August.

Thank you to all of the BLYC volunteers who made this event successful. It was truly a team effort and the comments from competitors, parents, and other visitors were very complimentary of the Club and the event.

Full results can be viewed here: 
https://theclubspot.com/regatta/cbLzmJhubW/class

Photos: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/149354960@N07/albums/72157708905702301

Learn more about the Traveler Series here: 
http://i-lya.org/junior-sailing/traveler-series/

Today in Sailing History

Thirty-two years ago today, Dennis Conner became the first person both to lose the America’s Cup and then win it back when he beat the Australian defender Kookaburra III four wins to nil, taking sailing’s greatest prize back to the United States.

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