Brooke E. Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic

Brooke E. Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic

Brooke E. Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic

2021 Dates will be announced soon. Please check back here!

2020 Event Cancelled:
Sail Newport has made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 Brooke E. Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic. Without knowing the parameters that we will operate within due to the Coronavirus, effective planning for an event of this size is currently impossible. We are fortunate that the BEG Clinic attracts over 150 sailors and coaches from around the country, but encouraging their travel to Rhode Island does not make sense eight weeks from now when the short-term travel environment is tenuous.

BEG’s Head Coach, John Mollicone: “This was one of our deepest applicant pools since we started the clinic back in 2001. We also had some of the finest coaches we have ever had lined up. This was an incredibly tough decision and we will be back just as strong in 2021.”

We remain optimistic that summer sailing in Newport will be as vibrant as ever. Sail Newport is committed to staying as informed as possible and resuming its programming and services as soon as it is safe to do so.

On the youth racing front, we’ll aim to be light on our feet and offer smaller, class-specific training opportunities later in the year. Updates on these clinics will be available through our website, social media channels and email newsletter.

We appreciate your support and understanding. We can’t wait to see you back on the water soon.

About Brooke

Sail Newport’s annual Advanced Racing Clinic is dedicated to the memory of Brooke Emmens Gonzalez.

Brooke E. Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic“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 at age 17, 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.

“Brooke’s 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 launched the high-end clinic on the East Coast in her memory. Today we enjoy a reputation for the highest quality coaching and guest speakers, fabulous hospitality, and a range of sailing conditions and venues that only New England offers.

Sail Newport’s 2020 Brooke Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic will be held for the 19th year, Thursday, June 11th (mid-afternoon/report day) through Sunday, June 14th, 2020. Come learn from the best coaches and jump start your summer racing season!

The application period is between February 1st and April 10th, 2020.

Standard classes each year are Laser Radials, Club 420’s, I420s, and 29rs. The BEG is a bring your own boat clinic, although limited charter boats are available for many classes.

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 application period for the 2020 BEG Clinic is open February 1 – April 10. If you have any questions please email Nick Ewenson.

The application Resume Builder is closed for 2020.  Thank You!

The 3½ 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. With the help of Sailing Performance Training , we’ve stepped up the shore side physical training and education components of the clinic.

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 veterans, and Volvo Ocean Race competitors Ken Read and Jerry Kirby. In 2019, New York Yacht Club’s American Magic was represented by Terry Hutchinson and Andrew Campbell.

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 from all sailor athletes!

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

Sail Newport’s Race Programs Director, Nick Ewenson
Head Coach, John Mollicone

A stellar group of collegiate, Olympic, and professional coaches will be on hand. The coaching team in the past has included Anna Tunnicliffe Tobias, Willie McBride, Lior Lavie, Andrew Campbell, Leandro Spina, Elizabeth Kratzig, Skip Whyte and Sally Barkow, among other greats!

For previous year recaps, view our results archive.

Have questions?

Contact Nick Ewenson, Race Program Manager

Phone: (401) 846-1983
Email: nick.ewenson@sailnewport.org