Youth racing

Youth Racing Programs

The Sail Newport summer youth program includes race training in some of the two-week dinghy sessions. However, for students with a goal to pursue racing, there are several options for high-performance training in our youth racing programs.

The Rhode Island Opti Team (R.I.O.T.) meets in the spring and fall for weekend training. Whether it’s improving on the skills and experiences gained during the summer, or getting a head start on the summer through early practices in the spring, there are many great opportunities for young dinghy sailors. The programs include opportunities for Opti sailors (Green Fleet to Champ Fleet) on weekends and after school. The Sunday Club 420 program offers practices with the intent of refining boat handling techniques, tactics and strategy, regatta management, conditioning, and more.

R.I.O.T. Program

The Brenton Cove Racing Program (BRCP) is a summer program, customized for youth sailors serious about racing Optis, Lasers, and C420s. Fundamentally, the program is designed to provide a comprehensive and intensive training/practice and racing format. From local regattas in Narragansett Bay (both team and fleet racing), to traveling to regional and national events, the racing program is about creating opportunities for racing experience.

Brenton Cove Racing Program

The “BEG” has grown to be one of the most highly respected summer clinics in the U.S. for serious youth racing sailors. Space is limited. Classes include Club 420, 29er, Lasers, and l 420.

Brooke E. Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic

Powered by the Edward Oliver “Tad” Sanchez, III Memorial Fund, the Sail Newport Big Boat Program provides shore side and on-the-water recreational and competitive opportunities for those youth who may not otherwise have an opportunity to gain experience on big boats. This summer program is open to community youth ages 14-22 year of age, and who demonstrate “Tad Worthy” qualities, including:

  • Appreciation for the importance of punctuality
  • Selflessness
  • Work ethic
  • Decorum
  • Respect for people and traditions
  • Commitment
  • Good communication skills
  • Good academics

Big Boat Program

How to enroll

It is recommended that a parent consult with Race Programs Director, Nick Ewenson before applying for racing programs. Nick will help place your child with the right program for his/her age, experience level, size, and racing goals.

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