Brooke E. Gonzalez Adv. Racing Clinic 2014

The Brooke Gonzalez "BEG" Advanced Racing Clinic

The Premier Dinghy Racing Clinic on the East Coast
June 19th - 22nd, 2014


2014 11th Hour Racing Sail Newport Advanced Racing Clinic Recap

The 13th Annual Sail Newport Advanced Racing Clinic in memory of Brooke Gonzalez and presented by 11th Hour Racing, was held June 19-22 in Newport, RI.  It was another great success with a near record number of participants and perfect weather. Breezes ranging from 4-12 knots made for two great training days culminating with the regatta day on Sunday.  Boathandling and boatspeed were the focus for the first two days along with starts and races. 31 Club 420 teams, 28 Laser Radial sailors, seven Bytes, and three International 420s rounded out the group of 103 sailors, ages 14-19, from 18 states and Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, and the Bahamas.  Many of the nation's top sailors were in attendance to jumpstart their summer sailing and get some top level coaching at one of the premiere venues in the world of sailing.  Coaches this year included:


2014 Clinic Participants 

Clinic Head Coach/Director:

John Mollicone, Brown University Head Coach and current J/24 World Champion, J/24 Midwinter Champion, and J/70 Midwinter Champion


Club 420 Coaches:

Ken Legler, Tufts University Head Coach and Professional Race Manager

Jonathan Farrar, Northeastern University Head Coach and Professional Sailor/Coach

Elizabeth Kratzig-Burnham, U.S. International 420 Worlds Coach and 8-time U.S. Sailing Team Member

Stan Schreyer, Boston University Head Coach and Professional Sailor/Coach

Skip Whyte, University of Rhode Island Head Coach and Coach of Multiple Olympic Medalists

Lucy Bolger, Sail Newport 420 Coach

Mike Brendlinger, Sail Newport 420 Coach


Laser Radial Coaches:

Bern Noack, Harvard University Coach and Coached Four College Sailors of the Year

Colin Smith, All-American Skipper at Brown and Radial North American and Youth Laser Champion

Leandro Spina, U.S. Olympic Coach in the Nacra and U.S. Development Team Coach

Brian Swingly, U.S. Coast Guard Academy Head Coach and 2013 NEISA Coach of the Year


Byte Coach:

Cristian Noe, Professional Coach and Coach of Multiple Olympians and World Champions


International 420 Coaches:

Zack Leonard, Yale University Head Coach and 4-time U.S. Team Race Champion

Alex Bishop, Sail Newport 420 Coach


On Friday, June 20 Jessie Fielding, past clinic participant and winner of the Brooke Gonzalez Award in 2004, gave a great talk to everyone on how the clinic inspired him and helped to jump start his passion for racing at the highest level.  Jessie was in the Disney “Morning Light” movie in 2007 and has raced thousands of miles in top offshore events such as the Transpac, the Transatlantic Race, and the Fastnet Race.  He had just returned from the transatlantic crossing on board the Volvo 65 Alvimedica from Portugal to Newport.


For Saturday, June 21 we had Kate Neubauer from our sponsor 11th Hour Racing and a great panel of ambassadors from 11th Hour Racing to talk about being a part of 11th Hour Racing and what they do to promote the health of our oceans.  The ambassadors included Matt Knowles (Moth Class), Andy Green (America’s Cup Commentator), Rob MacMillan (Owner of Quantum Sails Newport and Hood Sails), Anthony Kouton (Moth sailor and Melges 32 World Champion), and John Mollicone (J/24 World, North American, and Midwinter Champion).   


Our special guest for the day was Grant “Fuzz” Spanhake, U.S. Sailing Team Technical Director, sail designer, coach of Olympic medalists, and multi-time America’s Cup and Volvo competitor. He spent the day with all groups at the clinic and gave an incredible closing presentation on sail shape and sail controls.  We thank the Quantum Sails Group for supporting the clinic and sending Fuzz to spend time with us. He was impressive and amazing to have! 


Sunday, June 22 was our annual Clinic Regatta.  Four races on trapezoid courses were run by race committee expert Ken Legler with the last three races sailed outside of Narragansett Bay in a building seabreeze. Congratulations to winners Martina Sly (Weston, FL) and crew Ian Morgan (Annapolis, MD) in the Club 420, William Marshall (Newton, MA) in the Laser Radials, and Justin Vittecoq (Montreal, Canada) in the Byte class.


At the conclusion of racing on Sunday awards from Helly Hansen in Newport were given to the top teams.  Laser Radial sailor Scott Meggitt (Surf City, NJ) was presented the Brooke Gonzalez Award by Radial Coach Brian Swingly.  The coaches agreed that Scott best exemplified Brooke’s sailing spirit and exceptional attitude. Congratulations to Scott!


Special thanks to the Gonzalez Family, 11th Hour Racing, US Sailing Helly Hansen, Zim Sailing, everyone who housed our great sailors, the entire Sail Newport staff, and our great coaches. Thanks as well to photographer Cate Brown for taking great pics from Sunday’s racing.  Photos can be found on her website at  


We look forward to seeing all of you next year!

Results from the Sunday Regatta are attached 

2014 Byte Results 2014 Byte Results

2014 C420 Results 2014 C420 Results

2014 Radial Laser Results 2014 Radial Laser Results

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2014 INFO

The application period for the 2014 BEG Clinic is now closed.  Notification of accepted sailors will begin on Tuesday, April 15th.  if you wish to be added to the email list to receive notice next year when the application period for the 2015 clinic is opened, please email:  Kim Hapgood

WHEN:  Sail Newport's 2014 Brooke Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic will be held for the 13th year, Thursday, June 19th (mid-afternoon/report day) through Sunday, June 22nd. Come learn from the best coaches and to jump start your summer! 

APPLYING:  The online application/resume builder will be up and running on February 1, 2014.  Deadline for applications is April 1, 2014.

WHAT:  In 2001, Sail Newport and the family of Brooke Emmens Gonzalez embarked on a plan to create a high end clinic on the East Coast. We enjoy a reputation for the highest quality coaching, fabulous hospitality, a range of sailing conditions from flat tidal waters to choppy Bay , open ocean a variety of wind conditions and remarkable guest speakers.

BOATS:  This clinic is held in Lasers, International 420's, Club 420's, Bytes and F-16's.  It is a BRING YOUR OWN BOAT Clinic, although limited charter boats are available for most classes. 

WHO:  Applicants 14 - 18 years of age are selected based upon their resume. This is a very intense, high-level program. Participation will be limited and is by application and acceptance only.  


The 3 ½ day program will consist of lectures and on-the-water drills with an emphasis on boat handling technique, boatspeed and strategy.  This will be combined with information on what it takes to reach your goals in sailing.

The Clinic is led by Head Coach John Mollicone, and involves a stellar group of collegiate, Olympic and professional coaches . The coaching team in the past has included Andrew Cambell, Bern Noack, Alice Maynard, Isabelle Kinsolving, Elizabeth Kratzig, Jonathon Farrar, Skip Whyte and Sally Barkow, as well as many others.  The 2014 Coach Roster will be posted shortly and will include two coaches from the current US Olympic Sailing Team.

On Saturday Night of the clinic, sailors are treated to a speaker from the highest levels of the sport.  Prior speakers have included: Gary Jobson, Dean Brenner, 470 Gold Medalist Kevin Burnham, Olympic Team Member Katie McDowell, America's Cup veteran and Volvo Race Competitor Ken Read.

The most important thing to remember is that when you get here at Sail Newport, there will be no reason to leave. Showers, food, spare parts, etc. will be here. Even locals will be required to stay on site for the full day. Our coaches want your undivided attention. The more you put into this clinic, the more you will advance because of it so we expect full commitment the sailor athletes!

"These youth sailors ages receive the highest level coaching from some of the best trapeze dinghy and coaches in the country" says Brad Read, Executive Director of Sail Newport.  "Emphasis is on speed producing factors and techniques that work on long courses where speed is at a premium." 

Acceptances: Will be contacted by April 15th. 

Selected participants will receive an online link to Sail Newport’s registration and payment gateway.  At that time, you will be able to view the final coach list, updated schedules and charterboat information.   

Entry Fees: $500 per sailor. 

Cost includes: 

  • High-quality coaching
  • Housing
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Friday Saturday and Sunday)
  • T-shirt
  • Clinic Materials

Archive BEG Results

Results Archive 2012 BEG- Lasers Results Archive 2012 BEG- Lasers


Results Archive 2012 BEG- 420s Results Archive 2012 BEG- 420s


Sail Newport’s annual Advanced Racing Clinic is dedicated to the memory of Brooke Emmens Gonzalez.

“Excellence” is the word most often articulated when those that knew Brooke Gonzalez reminisce about her. Her life cut short in a tragic accident in 1997, Brooke left a lasting impression on those that knew her. The Gonzalez Family and Sail Newport have acknowledged that; tenacity, sportsmanship, drive and determination are what set her apart from her peers.

“Those qualities are the ones that Sail Newport wishes to instill in all of our young sailors that attend our Advanced Racing Clinic” said Brad Read, Executive Director of Sail Newport. “This clinic will showcase the best in coaching from the collegiate and Olympic level. We will demand hard work and the highest degree of focus from all of the students in this clinic. Championship values that Brooke demonstrated in her life.”

Other tributes to Brooke Gonzalez include:

Sail Newport, Newport, RI: Brooke Gonzalez Scholarship Fund (Est. 1998)

The Brooke Gonzalez Fund was established to remember a fine young woman, racer and sailor. Her presence at Sail Newport in the summer of 1997 provided inspiration for the children in the Sail Newport Sailing Programs. These children were able to observe firsthand, how much time, dedication, and effort it takes to become a world class competitor. The income from the Brooke Gonzalez fund is used by Sail Newport to assist small boat sailors less than 24 years of age to attend small boat National or World Championships.

American Yacht Club, Rye, New York: Brooke Gonzalez Trophy

In memory of Brooke Gonzalez, a member of JAYC 1988-1996 (awarded to a young woman who, like Brooke, has demonstrated sportsmanship, exceptional ethical behavior, leadership and dedication to the sport of sailing).