Living , Modern




1953 -

For the past 20 years, Dave has written the Speed and Smarts newsletter, has been a coach of both men and women at the highest level of sailing including coaching Olympic Gold medalist Anna Tunnicliffe, and has produced instructional videos for the sailing industry.

Accomplishments and Honors:


Publication and Videos

  • 1994 to present Speed and Smarts newsletter
  • 1985 to present Learn The Racing Rules, six editions of two-part DVD
  • (website of the Southport Sailing Foundation and now US Sailing). Designed and managed the implementation of the site
  • 1990 Sports Illustrated ‘Smallboat Sailing’, co-author with Brad Dellenbaugh
  • Davis Instruments Quick Reference Racing Rules Card

1985 to 1993 North Sails Worldwide Marketing Director 

  • North U Fast and Smart Courses – major revision and rewrite of manual and course
  • North U Cruising and One-Design Courses – created new manuals and courses
  • Scheduled and oversaw about 50 North U courses annually around North America
  • Created and produced the first-ever ad in the U.S. Rulebook (“Sail fast. Sail Fair.”)
  • Trim for Speed– Wrote, organized and co-produced this movie about boat speed
  • Helped organize and run the first-ever Yacht Racing Hall of Fame Regatta (circa 1982)

Sailing World Magazine 

  • 1981 to 1985 Associate Editor
  • Covered and wrote major articles that included: 1985-1992 Around the Buoys, 1984 Olympics, 1984 Sportsmanship, 1983 America’s Cup

Olympic Coaching

  • Tactics and Strategy coach for the U.S. Sailing Team, Rio 2016
  • Team Maclaren (Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer, Debbie Capozzi)
  • Coached the team from 2010-2012 at training and regattas all over the world
  • Ranked # 1 in world for about 18 months, 2011 World champions, 2012 World Champion Runners-up
  • Two-time winner of ISAF World Sailing Cup
  • Two-year campaign was one of the most successful in US Olympic sailing history
  • Coach, US Sailing Team 2010-2011
  • Coached US match racing clinics and regattas
  • Coached several US Sailing Team clinics for Soling match racers in the 1990s

Youth Coaching

  • Started the Long Island Sound-based Optimist Team that evolved into LISOT
  • Coached teams that won the U.S. Youth World Championship Qualifier in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011
  • U.S. Team Leader and coach at the 2006 ISAF Youth World Championship
  • Coached Optimists, 420s, Lasers and 29ers at many local, regional and national regattas

Boards and Committees

  • ca. 1990 to present US Sailing Racing Rules Committee; Chairman 2005-2008; integrally involved with major rules change in 1997
  • 2004 to 2011 Southport Sailing Foundation
  • Formerly on: Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound, US Sailing Youth Championship Committee, and US Sailing Sportsmanship Committee
  • US Sailing Senior Judge


Year(s) Places(s) Event
2013 2nd Lightning North American Championship
1984, 2005, 2013 1st US Match Racing Championship
1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2009 1st Thistle National Champion
1988, 2007 1st Canada’s Cup, tactician (match racing between the U.S. and Canada since 1896)
1987, 1992, 1995, 2007 Tactician, America’s Cup Campaigns
1992 1st America’s Cup, tactician and helmsman America3
1992 Named Cup Final MVP by helmsman Buddy Melges
1992 1st Lightning World Championship
1992 Only US sailor at unique Bercy D’Or Indoor MR Championship in Paris stadium
  Won the Congressional Cup twice sailing crewing for Dave Perry

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