Brooke E. Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic

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.

After a year’s hiatus, Sail Newport will host the 19th edition of its premier youth racing clinic, the B.E.G., this coming June! Dedicated to the memory of Brooke Emmens Gonzalez in 2002, the clinic has built a reputation for attracting the best sailors and coaches for a weekend of immersive training in Newport RI. The 2021 version will stay true to its mission, but some significant organizational changes have been made as a consequence of the challenges that COVID-19 continues to present.


  • The clinic will be split up into two consecutive weekends:
    • Weekend 1 June 11 – 13 will host I420s, 29ers, and Laser Radials
    • Weekend 2 June 18 – 20 will host C420s
  • The schedule both weekends:
    • Friday 10 am – 6 pm
    • Saturday 9 am – 8 pm
    • Sunday 9 am – 5 pm

Housing and Food:

  • Housing will NOT be provided. Sailors who are selected to participate, and who will not be returning home each night during the clinic, will be required to have a chaperone.
  • Participating sailors will need to provide their own meals each day.  If COVID restrictions change, we may offer a food plan for an additional (optional) fee.

Most other clinic features that the B.E.G. in known for will remain:

  • Small group, skill training on and off the water with a low ratio of sailors to coaches
  • A focus on large course strategy where speed is a premium
  • Tuning and equipment optimization will be emphasized
  • A healthy mix of learning opportunities in various settings, be it in classroom briefings, end-of-day video analysis, a mid-clinic guest speaker, and a final day regatta format too
  • The people! The coolest part of the B.E.G. over the years is how it always brings together some of the most dedicated and talented sailors and coaches around to collaborate, share, and compete at one of our sport’s most iconic venues, Newport RI.

We are so excited to bring these people together again! Apply before the end of March to be considered.

“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 2021 Brooke E. Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic will be broken into two consecutive long weekends in the middle of June.


  • The clinic will be split up into two consecutive weekends:
    • Weekend 1 June 11 – 13 will host I420s, 29ers, and Laser Radials
    • Weekend 2 June 18 – 20 will host C420s
  • The daily schedule both weekends:
    • Friday 10 am – 6 pm
    • Saturday 9 am – 8 pm
    • Sunday 9 am – 5 pm

The application period is between February 1st and March 31st, 2021. Accepted sailors will be notified on April 15th, 2021.

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

The 2021 Application allows sailors to indicate a preference of weekend and class of boat, but Sail Newport may only allow participation on a single weekend.

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 2021 BEG Clinic is open February 1 – March 31st. Double-handed classes will apply with one application. Please note that the application is not able to be edited so please gather this information before applying:

  • Both helm and crew’s:
    • contact info
    • DOB
    • parent/guardian contact information
    • sailing accomplishments
    • sailing goals for the clinic, if accepted, and beyond
    • physical training programs
  • The application asks for your preferred and secondary class and weekend. Sail Newport may only allow participants to participate in one class and weekend, depending on applicant pool and other factors. Have your preference ready.

There is no application fee to apply. Accepted sailors will be notified on April 15th. The clinic fee for accepted sailors will be $450, and this does not include housing or food. If possible, we may offer a food plan for an additional fee. Financial Aid may be available.

If you have any questions please email Nick Ewenson.

Apply to the BEG Clinic 2021

The 3 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. 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 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 will be 2021’s Event Chair.

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!

Confirmed 2021 Coaches will be listed here soon.

Apply to BEG

For previous year recaps, view our results archive.

Have questions?

Contact Nick Ewenson, Race Program Director

Phone: (401) 846-1983