Applications now open for elite youth racing clinic

Published on February 6th, 2015

Sail Newport’s 2015 Brooke Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic will be held for the 14th year, Thursday, June 18th (mid-afternoon/report day) through Sunday, June 21st. The online application/resume builder is now online. Deadline for applications is April 1, 2015.

In 2001, Sail Newport and the family of Brooke Emmens Gonzalez embarked on a plan to create a high end youth clinic on the East Coast, providing elite coaching, fabulous hospitality, a range of sailing conditions from flat tidal waters to choppy bay, open ocean, and a variety of wind conditions and remarkable guest speakers.

This clinic is held in Lasers and Laser Radials, International 420’s, Club 420’s, and new for 2015 the 29er. It is a BRING YOUR OWN BOAT Clinic, although limited charter boats are available for most classes.

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 Ed Baird, Andrew Campbell, Bern Noack, Alice Manard Leonard, Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar, Elizabeth Kratzig, Jonathon Farrar, Skip Whyte, Sally Barkow, Ken Legler, as well as many other top coaches. The 2015 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, Josh Adams, Dean Brenner, 470 Gold Medalist Kevin Burnham, Olympic Team Member Katie McDowell, US Sailing Team Technical Director Grant “Fuzz” Spanhake, and America’s Cup veteran and Volvo Race Competitor Ken Read.

“These youth sailors receive the highest level coaching from some of the best sailors 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.”

Questions: John Mollicone or Kim Hapgood

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