A complete on-line training course on the Racing Rules of Sailing

8 Hours English Unlimited Access

Learn the Racing Rules with David Dellenbaugh

This program has 3 key elements:

  • On-Line Program
  • Recorded Webinars
  • Live Updates

1. On-Line Program

Learn the Racing Rules 2021-2024 is a complete on-line training course on the Racing Rules of Sailing. This web-based program provides in-depth training on the Rules of Part II – When Boats Meet – with a combination of 3d animations, videos, photos, and diagrams.

Presented by David Dellenbaugh – US Sailing Rules Committee past Chair, America’s Cup and multi-class champion – the program will help you know your rights and obligations under the rules. With 6 modules, you’ll learn to recognize rules situations and underlying tactical opportunities at starts, finishes, mark roundings, and on the open course upwind and downwind.

LTRR 2024 – Contents

  • Module 1: Right of Way Rules
  • Module 2: General Limitations
  • Module 3: Mark-Room
  • Module 4: Room to Pass an Obstruction
  • Module 5: Room to Tack at an Obstruction
  • Module 6: Exoneration and Penalties

Course features

  • 3 hours of training about the right-of-way rules
  • Explanation of common racing situations
  • 3-D animation throughout
  • Lots of live sailing demonstrations
  • Text of all rules discussed
  • Covers all applicable definitions
  • Knowledge Checks and Assessment Tests to measure learning
  • Personalized username and password
  • Unlimited viewing and reviewing

Viewable on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone (free TalentLMS App preferred for tablet and phone viewing), Learn the Racing Rules 2024 includes self directed knowledge checks and tests so you can be sure you understand and can apply what you’ve learned.

Your subscription is good for a full year. You can view at your own pace, skip around to areas of interest, and review as often as you like. Annual renewals are available at a discount.

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LTRR 2024 – Module Contents

Understand your Rights and Obligations All the Way Around the Course.

Module 1: Right of Way Rules

There are 4 Right of Way Rules that are the foundation of the Racing Rules.

We start here: Right of Way is really about Who Keeps Clear.

Module 2: General Limitations

To understand how the Right of Way Rules work we need to understand the limitations and transitions between them.

Module 3: Mark-Room

Upwind, Downwind, Starting, and Finishing: Mark-Room Rules are tricky. Learn your rights and obligations in every situation.

Module 4: Room to Pass an Obstruction

What is an Obstruction? Who gets room?

Module 5: Room to Tack at an Obstruction

One of two times hails are required! Learn all about it.

Module 6: Exoneration and Penalties

How and when to take a penalty.

2. Recorded Webinars

Racing Champion & Rules Expert Dave Dellenbaugh hosts the program

Recorded Webinar with David Dellenbaugh

Two-hour, two-session recorded webinars for Learn the Racing Rules subscribers.

  • Takes you to the next level after the online program
  • Session 1 addresses Modules 1 & 2
  • Session 2 addresses Module 3

The program will focus on applying the rules to common (and uncommon) scenarios, as well as some commonly misunderstood situations. We’ll look at upwind, downwind, mark-room and starting situations, both boat-on-boat and in crowds, for one-designs and mixed fleets. We’ll pay particular attention to transitions – the transition from one rule to another as situations evolve.

Discussion will include the rights and obligations of each boat and also the tactical choices the rules create.

3. Live Updates

Periodic Webinars with David Dellenbaugh

As a Learn the Racing Rules subscriber you’ll also be invited to periodic update webinars. These programs are offered a few times each year and address the latest developments in rules, a review of interesting cases, and discussion of questions you send in.

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David Dellenbaugh is a US Sailing Rules Committee past Chair, America’s Cup and multi-class champion.