2016 Brooke E. Gonzalez Adv. Racing Clinic Info

2016 Sail Newport Advanced Racing Clinic Recap

The Premier Dinghy Racing Clinic on the East Coast

Recap: 2016 Sail Newport Advanced Racing Clinic in Memory of Brooke E. Gonzalez

The Sail Newport Advanced Racing Clinic in memory of Brooke Gonzalez was held June 16-19 at Sail Newport in Newport, RI.  Now in its 15th year, the BEG Clinic consistently attracts the highest level of competition in the i420, Laser Radial, 29er, and Club 420 where attendees join to push each other and soak up knowledge from a star-studded coaching staff.  The head coaches in each group are at the top of the game - Yale head coach and 470/i420 specialist Zack Leonard led the i420 group, Bern Noack led the Laser Radials,  US Sailing Youth Development Program Manager Richard Feeny led the 29ers, and dinghy coaching legend Ken Legler led the Club 420 group.  In addition to these leaders, the Quantum Sailmaking Group helped secure Ed Baird and Leandro Spina, who provided invaluable insight and leadership while working with multiple classes throughout the weekend.  Finally, we were joined by a talented staff of coaches, mixing the experience of career coaches at the top of the College Sailing game with the insight from US Sailing Team Sperry Athletes like Erika Reineke and Fred Strammer.  

This year's clinic kicked off with a Thursday tuning and speed session led by US Sailing Team Sperry Technical Director Grant "Fuzz" Spanhake.  This helped expand the sailor's understanding of what makes the boat go fast and exactly how small changes in sail controls manipulate sail shape and rig setup.  

Friday was a boathandling oriented day, and Saturday was lighter breeze but a very productive morning set-up demonstration and afternoon speed session.  Saturday night featured a talk with Ed Baird, who discussed the various avenues for success in sailing, including the many different paths his teammates had followed on his America's Cup winning teams and current TP52 teams. 

Sunday was the venerable clinic race day.  A nice SSW breeze in the 8-14 knot range provided for great racing, managed by race committee specialist Ken Legler.  5 excellent races were completed in each division, and top finishers from each division can be found below.  Full results are also attached and can also be found on the Sail Newport website: http://www.sailnewport.org/Clinics/gonzalezclinic

At the conclusion of racing, Helly Hansen provided awards for the top performers in the regatta, while also recognizing the Brooke Gonzalez Award finalists from each class, and the winner.  The Brooke Gonzalez Award recognizes that sailor who exemplifies Brooke's exceptional attitude and sailing spirit.  The coaches unanimously settled on Sophia Reineke (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), an accomplished Radial sailor who came to Newport determined to improve and gain as much knowledge as she could from her coaches and her fellow clinic attendants.

The Gonzalez clinic is a special opportunity for the best youth sailors in the country to interact with these top coaches as well as their peers.  This would not be possible without the support of the Gonzalez Family, Helly Hansen, and Quantum Sailmaking Group, who combine to provide this incredible experience and provide access to coaches like Ed Baird and Leandro Spina.  Furthermore, the clinic would not happen without the tireless behind the scenes effort from Brad Read, Kim Hapgood, Hannah Lasorsa, and the rest of the Sail Newport staff, who were even willing to chaperone sailors in the Salve Regina dorms to make sure every sailor had housing for the clinic!  Thanks to everyone for their support, and we look forward to pushing youth sailing forward in the USA again next year.

Justin Assad, BEG Clinic Head Coach

Clinic Regatta Results, Top 3 and Gonzalez Award Finalists by class:

Club 420:

Gonzalez Award Finalist: Connor Bayless/Kimmie Leonard (Annapolis, MD)

1st: Connor Bayless/Kimmie Leonard (Annapolis, MD)

2nd: Porter Kavle/Caroline McNeil (Annapolis, MD)

3rd: Julia Reynolds/Hobie Lew (Southport, CT)

Laser Radial:

*Gonzalez Award Finalist and Overall Gonzalez Award Recipient: Sophia Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

1st: Christina Sakellaris (Milton, MD)

2nd: John Kirkpatrick (Portsmouth, RI)

3rd: Jake Vickers (Annapolis, MD)

International 420:

Gonzalez Award Finalist: Ana Clare Sole/Sophia Sole (Houston, TX))

1st: Eddie Mintzias/Rhett Ullmann (Weston, FL/Greenwich, CT)

2nd: Peyton Thompson/Victoria Thompson (Newport Harbor, CA)

3rd: Emma Kaneti/Catherine "B" Lindsay (Mamaroneck, MA/West Palm Beach, FL)


Gonzalez Award Finalist: Teddy Nicolosi (St. Thomas, VI)

1st: Greta Stewart/Kate Stewart (Paget, Bermuda)

2nd: Charlie Hibben/CJ McKenna (Concord, MA)

3rd: Hannah Steadman/Gabby Rizika (St. Petersburg, FL/Brookline, MA)

Thanks to Club 420 Head Coach and Race Day PRO Ken Legler for the great pics, we hope to see many of you gain in 2017!

2016 Results




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.   

2015 RECAP - View here

2014 RECAP - View here

2013 RECAP - View here