2017 Brooke E. Gonzalez Adv. Racing Clinic Info

2017 Sail Newport Advanced Racing Clinic Recap

The Premier Dinghy Racing Clinic on the East Coast

The 16th Annual Sail Newport Advanced Racing Clinic in memory of Brooke Gonzalez was held June 15-18 in Newport, RI. It was another great success with a record number of participants and a wide range of conditions with breezes ranging from 5-18 knots which made for two great training days culminating with a foggy regatta day on Sunday. Boathandling and boatspeed were the focus for the first two days along with starts and races. 30 Club 420 teams, 8 International 420 teams, 23 Laser Radial sailors, 10 Laser Full-Rig sailors, and 10 29er teams rounded out the group of 129 sailors, ages 14-19, from 16 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, and Ireland. 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:

Clinic Head Coach/Director:

John Mollicone, Brown University Head Coach since 1999 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 and former NEISA Coach of the Year

Amanda Callahan, Roger Williams University Head Coach and Two-time Team Racing World Champion

John Vandemoer, Stanford University Head Coach and Executive Director of the Club 420 Class

Skip Whyte, University of Rhode Island Head Coach and Coach of 5 Olympic Medalists

International 420 Coaches:

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

David Hughes, 2016 Olympian in the Men’s 470 Class and 2016 Melges 24 World Champion Tactician

Stu McNay, Three-time Olympian in the Men’s 470 Class and 2016 Melges 24 World Champion Skipper

Scott Flanigan, 2012 Olympian in the Men’s 470 Class and Irish College Sailor of the Year in 2016

Laser Radial Coaches:

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

Stan Schreyer, Boston University Head Coach and Two-time NEISA Coach of the Year

Leandro Spina, U.S. Olympic and Pan-American Team Coach and U.S. Olympic Development Director

Mark Bolger, Irish Team Race National Champion and Irish College Freshman of the Year in 2016

Laser Full-Rig Coaches:

Javier “Rulo” Borojovich, Olympic Laser Coach and U.S. Olympic Development Program Laser Coach

John Pearce, U.S. Sailing Youth Director and former Head Coach at George Washington University

29er Coaches:

Richard Feeny, U.S. Sailing Youth National Coach and Thee-time National Champion

Kevin Hall, Three-time 49er Worlds Bronze Medalist and 2007 AC Navigator for Team New Zealand

Joe Morris, 2016 Olympian in the 49er Class and Four-time All-American Skipper at Yale University

On Friday, June 16 we had an impressive panel discussion with Chief of U.S. Olympic Sailing and multiple Olympic Medalist in the Men’s 470 for Australia Malcolm Page, five-time Olympic Coach Skip Whyte, and Olympians Kevin Hall (U.S. Finn in 2004), David Hughes (U.S. Men’s 470 in 2016), Stu McNay (U.S. Men’s 470 in 2008, 2012, 2016), Joe Morris (U.S. 49er in 2016), and Scott Flanigan (Ireland Men’s 470 in 2012). 420 Head Coach Ken Legler led the discussion on the Olympic path, campaign, and experience from this incredible group.There were many great questions asked by the sailors to end the evening discussion.This wrapped up a terrific day of sailing in cold and windy conditions on Narragansett Bay for the doublehanded classes and the Laser Radials and Laser Full-Rigs sailing in the ocean in 10 foot waves - an experience many of them will never forget.

Saturday, June 17 started out with no wind and lots of on land presentations and video took place until a 5-7 knot northerly filled in for a few hours. The breeze died once again for a few hours mid-afternoon and then a southerly filled in for some late afternoon on-the-water drills. After dinner our famous BEG Clinic Powertalks were given for the last hour and sailors had the option to choose which topics they were most interested in. The Power talk options were: Current, Starting Strategy, Geographic Effects, Gate Selection, the Inner Game of Sailing (Psychology), and How to Practice Alone. Each sailor was able to choose three of the topics with each Powertalk lasting 20 minutes.

Sunday, June 18 was our annual Clinic Regatta. Only two races on trapezoid courses were completed by race committee expert Ken Legler for the International 420s, Club 420s, Lasers, and Laser Radials. Heavy fog delayed the racing and kept everyone on shore for much of the morning. The 29er coaches ran six races on windward/leeward courses for the 29er class on a separate course in the harbor where visibility was better for the small fleet. Winds ranged from 10-15 knots out of the southwest. Congratulations to winners Emma Kaneti and Ciara Rodriquez-Horan (Mamaroneck, NY) in the International 420 class, Luke Arnone and Noble Reynoso (Mantoloking, NJ) in the Club 420, Paul Lobree (Miami, FL) in the Laser class, Chase Carraway (Wrightsville Beach, NC) in the Laser Radials, and Catherine “B” Lindsay and Jana Laurendeau (North Palm Beach, FL) in the 29er class.

At the conclusion of racing on Sunday awards were given to the top teams in each class. Club 420 sailors Teddy and Helen Horangic (Palo Alto, CA) were presented the Brooke Gonzalez Award by Club 420 Coach Justin Assad and Peter and Diana Gonzalez. The coaches agreed that sisters Teddy and Helen best exemplified Brooke’s sailing spirit and exceptional attitude. Congratulations to Teddy and Helen!

Special thanks to the Gonzalez Family, Jim Menzies and the Quantum Sails Group for supporting the clinic and providing us with some incredible coaches, Chief of U.S. Olympic Sailing Malcolm Page and U.S. Sailing, Laser Performance, Zim Sailing and Sturgis for providing charter boats, 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 if not already.

We look forward to seeing all of you next year!

Sunday Regatta Results can be found here: http://www.sailnewport.org/Clinics/gonzalezclinic

2017 Results

BEG 2017 C420 Results BEG 2017 C420 Results

BEG 2017 I420 Results BEG 2017 I420 Results

BEG 2017 Laser Full Rig Results BEG 2017 Laser Full Rig Results

BEG 2017 29er Results BEG 2017 29er Results

BEG 2017 Laser Radial Results BEG 2017 Laser Radial 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.   

2016 RECAP - View here

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2014 RECAP - View here

2013 RECAP - View here