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2017 Brooke Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic

Published on March 1st, 2017

Sail Newport’s 2017 Brooke Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic will be held for the 16th year on June 15 to 18.

This clinic is held in 29ers, Lasers and Laser Radials, International 420’s, and Club 420’s. 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.

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, with the focus on delivering the highest quality coaching and hospitality in a range of sailing conditions from flat tidal waters to choppy bay, open ocean, and a variety of wind conditions and remarkable guest speakers.

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, Chris Rast, Leandro Spina, as well as many other top coaches.

The 2017 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.

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 from the sailor athletes!

“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.”

The online application/resume builder is online with the deadline for applications on March 31, 2017.

Acceptances will be contacted via email by April 15th by Clinic Director and Head Coach John Mollicone. 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 charter boat information.

Information and the Online Application/Resume Builder can be found at

For questions:
Clinic Director John Mollicone at or Kim Hapgood at

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