Brooke Gonzalez Clinic
The Brooke Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic is not just any sailing clinic. Young sailors from all over submit applications in the hope they are accepted for 4 days of advanced instruction and coaching by some of the best in the business. This year sailors from New England, Canada, California, US Virgin Island, and even Signapore were accepted for the clinic, which was hosted by Sail Newport in late June. Coaching staff was led by the Brown University Head Coach and J24 World Champ, John Mollicone, and included other big sailing names such as Yale Coach Zack Leonard, Tufts Coach Ken Legler and Coast Guard Academy Coach Brian Swingly, among others.
After three days of lectures, demos and on the water drills the clinic culminated in a regatta where the sailors could practice their new skills in a structured race setting. I was out on the water for this beautiful summer day where a sea breeze of about 11 knots picked up later in the afternoon providing a great finish for a long weekend clinic. These kids, while still in high school, were no novices to sailing and I'm sure you will see some of their names in world championships or olympic sailing in the years to come!
For a wonderful writeup on all of the activities at the clinic this year, be sure to read John Mollicone's clinic recap.
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