2015 Brooke E. Gonzalez Adv. Racing Clinic Info

2015 Sail Newport Advanced Racing Clinic Recap

The Premier Dinghy Racing Clinic on the East Coast

June 11 - 14, 2015

 The 14th Annual Sail Newport Advanced Racing Clinic in memory of Brooke Gonzalez was held June 18-21 in Newport, RI.  It was another great success with a near record number of participants and great conditions with breezes ranging from 6-16 knots which 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. 20 Club 420 teams, 15 International 420 teams, 20 Laser Radial sailors, seven Laser Full-Rig sailors, and six 29er teams rounded out the group of 109 sailors, ages 14-19, from 13 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Bermuda, and the Bahamas.  Many of the nation's top sailors were in attendance to jump start their summer sailing and get some top level coaching at one of the premiere venues in the world of sailing.  Coaches this year included:

 Clinic Head Coach/Director:

John Mollicone, Brown University Head Coach and Two-time J/24 World Champion

 Club 420 Coaches:

Ken Legler, Tufts University Head Coach and Professional Race Manager

Justin Assad, Dartmouth College Head Coach

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

Emma Geary, Sail Newport 420 Coach

Carder Stout, Sail Newport 420 Coach

Charlie Welsh, Sail Newport 420 Coach

 International 420 Coaches:

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

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

 Laser Radial Coaches:

Richard Feeny, U.S. Sailing Youth Development/Olympic Development Program Manager

Sarah Lihan, 2012 Olympic 470 Crew, Two-time College All-American Women’s Skipper

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

 Laser Full-Rig Coach:

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

 29er Coaches:

Chris Rast, Three-time Olympian (470, twice in the 49er)

Grant “Fuzz” Spanhake, Competed in Six America’s Cups and Four Around the World Races

 On Friday, June 19 Dave McGlaughlin from Clean Ocean Access and Jaime Haines, an ambassador from 11th Hour Racing, talked about marine debris and how our participating sailors could help to promote the health of our oceans.  Afterwards, clinic coach Grant “Fuzz” Spanhake, U.S. Sailing Team Technical Director, sail designer, coach of Olympic medalists, and multi-time America’s Cup and Volvo competitor,  presented a great slidehow and talk about the philosophy of strategy and tactics to the entire clinic.

 For Saturday, June 20 “Fuzz” gave another presentation on Wind and Geographic effects such as land, current, and clouds.  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! The Quantum Sails Group also sent us Coaches Chris Rast, a three-time Olympian in the 49er and 470 classes, and Leandro Spina, the US Sailing Development Coach.  We cannot thank Quantum enough for their continued support of the clinic!

 Sunday, June 21 was our annual Clinic Regatta.  Four races on trapezoid courses were run by race committee expert Ken Legler for the International 420s, Club 420s, Lasers, and Laser Radials.  Chris Rast ran 6 races on windward/leeward courses for the 29ers on a separate course.  Congratulations to winners Matthew Logue and Cameron Giblin (Cos Cob, CT) in the International 420 class,  Louisa Nordstrom and Katie Lounsbury (Osprey, FL) in the Club 420, Richie Gordon (Ridgefield, CT) in the Laser class, Henry Marshall (Newton, MA) in the Laser Radials, and Shane Riera and Pere Puig (Palmetto Bay, FL) in our first ever 29er class.

 At the conclusion of racing on Sunday awards from Helly Hansen in Newport were given to the top teams.  Club 420 sailors Victoria Marquez and Laura Whelan (McClean, VA) were presented the Brooke Gonzalez Award by Club 420 Head Coach Ken Legler.  The coaches agreed that Victoria and Laura best exemplified Brooke’s sailing spirit and exceptional attitude. Congratulations to Victoria and Laura!

 Special thanks to the Gonzalez Family, 11th Hour Racing, the Quantum Sails Group, 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 coach Ken Legler for taking great pics from Sunday’s racing and throughout the clinic.  He is planning to get them out to all participants soon.

2015 RECAP-  




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.”


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.     

Sail Newport's 2015 Brooke Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic will be held for the 16th year, Thursday, June 11th (mid-afternoon/report day) through Sunday, June 14th, 2015. Come learn from the best coaches and to jump start your summer! 

Standard classes each year are Lasers (Radial & Full Rig), Club 420's and I420s .  The BEG is a BRING YOUR OWN BOAT Clinic, although limited charter boats are available for many classes.  


The online application/resume builder is now closed..  NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.   Selected sailors will be notified on April 15th

To request to be added to the BEG email list for 2018, please send name and email to:  Kim Hapgood

For information regarding the application process, pre-requisites and selection, please email:  John Mollicone


Applicants 14 - 18 years of age are selected based upon their resume. This is a very intense, high-level program. Participation is 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, boat speed 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 2017 Coach Roster will be posted in February and will include two coaches from the current US Olympic Sailing Team, later this spring.

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 Members, America's Cup veteran and Volvo Race Competitors Ken Read and Jerry Kirby.

The most important thing to remember is that when you get here at Sail Newport, there will be no reason to leave. Meals, 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 all 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." 

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.   

2014 RECAP - View here

2013 RECAP - View here