Brooke E. Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic
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 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 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!