2022 Youth Racing Clinic Series

RIOT & JK Sailing Advanced Optimist Clinics

Rhode Island’s Optimist Team and JK Sailing are teaming up again to bring three two-day clinics to Sail Newport this spring. These clinics will be geared towards dedicated champ fleet sailors with at least a full season of red, white, and blue fleet regatta experience. Joakim Karlsen and Nick Ewenson will be the primary coaches and will focus on Optimist-specific tuning and boat-handling, but also tactical lessons that will translate to future classes. Sailors can expect efficient practices that maximize time on the water with video analysis to review after each individual clinic. These are bring-your-own boat programs. Registered sailors can add coaching for Sail Newport’s Youth Challenge Regatta (June 11 & 12) for an additional fee.

Dates: Clinic 1 – March 19 & 20; Clinic 2 – April 23 & 24; Clinic 3 – May 21 & 22
Time: Rigged and Ready at 1000. Wrapped up by 1600.
Price: $250/two-day clinic. Financial Aid is Available

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Intro to High School Sailing

This clinic is designed to teach the foundations of racing with an emphasis on sailing the high school/collegiate 420. High school and eighth- grade sailors with strong sailing skills will learn intermediate boat-handling drills and techniques, along with skills to make the simplified 420 go fast around a race course. Tactics and strategy will also be introduced with an emphasis on the short-course races as experienced in high school racing.  Pairings will be switched each day and sailors will be expected to learn both helm and crew positions. Whether you are already sailing on a high school team or not, we hope that this clinic will be fun and worthwhile for a range of sailors. Appropriate wetsuits or drysuits will be required. Sail Newport’s Nick Ewenson and Matt Duggan will coach.

Dates: Clinic 1 – April 20 & 21
Time: 0900-1600
Price: $200/two-day clinic. Boats included.  Financial aid is available.

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Advanced C420 Racing

This group will sail in C420s, utilizing the trapeze and spinnaker to focus on speed and big course racing. The ideal sailor for this clinic series has a minimum of one full summer of racing experience in the boat, so they have proficiency in both positions, and have the ability to race aggressively in most conditions. Most sailors will come with their own boat and partner, but help on both fronts can be provided. (Reach out to Nick Ewenson before registering). Registered sailors for this clinic have the option add coaching from Sail Newport during the Youth Challenge Regatta on June 11 & 12.

Dates: Clinic 1 – May 7 & 8
Time: Rigged and Ready at 1000. Wrapped up by 1600.
Price: $220/two-day clinic. Financial Aid is Available

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Intro to ILCA (Laser) Racing

If you’ve sailed an ILCA more than five hours, this is not for you. This clinic is for junior sailors with strong dinghy-handling skills who want to learn how to tame, then race an ILCA. A strong foundation of sailing skills is required, but good athleticism will go a long way. A summer of racing experience is not required, but a plus. We will teach basic ILCA-specific boat-handling and how to use the sail’s controls to set up for success in various conditions. These training days will be include elements of actual racing, but will mostly focus on skill building. These clinics will be two half days, Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings.

Dates: Clinic 1 – May 14 & 15; Clinic 2 – June 4 & 5
Time: Rigged and Ready at 1200. Wrapped up by 1600.
Price: $150/two-day clinic. Boats included. Financial Aid is Available

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Advanced ILCA (Laser) Racing

Sail Newport is teaming up with our local Frostbite Fleet 413 to help junior ILCA racing continue to grow in New England. This clinic series will have a mix of training and racing and is designed for the experienced youth ILCA racer. Ideally, sailors will have a summer of racing experience in the boat, but experienced racers in other classes may be considered. Most sailors will bring their own boats, but Sail Newport has a few charters that may be available. Each weekend clinic will consist of a half-day of small group training on Saturday and coached racing during the Sunday Frostbite Series through Fleet 413.

Dates: Clinic 1 – March 12 & 13; Clinic 2 – April 2 & 3; Clinic 3 – April 9 & 10
Time: Rigged and Ready at 1200. Wrapped up by 1600.
Price: $120/two-day clinic. Financial Aid is Available

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The Brooke Emmens Gonzalez Advanced Race Clinic (B.E.G.)

The East Coast’s premiere training clinic for advanced youth dinghy sailors.  This three-day intensive clinic is for sailors ages 14-18 and serious about racing.  An all-star line-up of coaches with a very low coach-to-sailor ratio focus on boat handling, sail trim, racing strategy, regatta preparation and high performance racing.  Guest speakers, daily debriefs, video analysis, and as much sailing as possible during daylight hours is rounded up on the last day with a regatta.

Dates: June 14-18
Time: Rigged and Ready at 0800 each day. Day ends after 2000.
Price: TBA. Financial Aid is Available

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Area A C420 Training Clinic

This Clinic will be the ideal tune-up before the Area A Bemis Championship the weekend after, but also for the summer season in general. The ideal sailor for this clinic series has at least a summer of racing experience in the boat, so they have proficiency in both positions, and have the ability to race aggressively in most conditions. Most sailors will come with their own boat and partner, but help on both fronts can be provided. (Reach out to Nick Ewenson before registering). Registered sailors for this clinic have the option to add coaching from Sail Newport during the Area A Championships on June 25&26.

Dates: June 23 & 24
Time: Rigged and Ready at 1000. Wrapped up by 1600.
Price: $220/two-day clinic. Financial Aid is Available

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NBYA’s Mary Rose Marshall Girls’ Clinic

This girls-only clinic revolves around the clubs of the NBYA each year and in 2022, Sail Newport will host. This is a multi-class event with Optimist, C420, and ILCA sailors invited with some top female coaches running on-the-water drills and land side sessions. This is usually a clinic with a broad range of racing experience, but an emphasis on skill building and sharing knowledge makes for fun for all participants.

Dates: July 12 & 13
Time: Rigged and Ready at 1000. Wrapped up by 1600.
Price: TBD

Registration opening soon.

USODA New Englands Training Clinic

Sail Newport will host a three-day training camp in the lead-up to USODA New England Championship. Come to the regatta site early and get acclimated to the venue. This group will join the Brenton Cove Race Team (BCRP) (along with others) with a focus on larger fleet dynamics and boat speed. We’ll replicate scenarios sailors will experience at the regatta and train on the same racetrack. Registered sailors can opt to add coaching for the actual regatta for an additional fee.

Dates: August 6 & 7
Time: Rigged and Ready at 1000. Wrapped up by 1600.
Price: $260

Registration opening soon.

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Questions on youth racing clinics?

Contact: Nick Ewenson, Racing Programs Director

email: nick.ewenson@sailnewport.org
Telephone: (401) 846-1983