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Photos Courtesy of Rob Migliaccio


The Brown University Sailing Team is one of the oldest and most successful organizations on campus. The Brown University Yacht Club was founded in 1896 and was one of the first college sailing programs in the country. The current Sailing Team is consistently ranked within the top ten in the country, racing in the highly competitive New England District of College Sailing. We are an active athletic team: we have two full time coaches, we practice four days a week, and we enter several regattas every weekend from September through November and March through May.

The Sailing Team is one part of the larger Brown University Yacht Club. The Yacht Club works to provide everyone in the Brown community with the opportunity to sail, whether they are a novice sailor or an experienced racer. Thus the Yacht Club is divided into two parts:

Recreational Sailing: Recreational members are welcome to come down whenever the team practices, depending only on the weather.

Sailing Team: Team members practice at least three days a week and compete in regattas on the weekends. The Sailing Team is a “Club Varsity Sport” that is supported by both the athletic Department and the Student Union.

No matter what aspect of sailing appeals, all are encouraged to come down to practice. We meet four days a week at Wayland Arch on Brown Street:

Tuesday and Thursday: 2:30pm

Wednesday and Friday: 3:00pm

For the racing team, practice is made up of a large variety of drills and practice races that emphasize boat handling, boat speed, short course tactics and strategy, and team racing.

Location: We sail at the Ted Turner Sailing Pavilion, part of the Edgewood Yacht Club in Cranston RI. A short drive from campus, Edgewood boasts some of the finest winds on Narragansett Bay. In addition, the varied shoreline allows the team to practice in a multitude of different conditions that mimic the varied venues in college sailing. The club is approximately 4 miles from campus and visible from the Science Library.

Boats: The fleet is comprised of 18 Zim Flying Juniors (FJs), 18 Z420s, 4 Lasers, 2 Vanguard 15's and is supported by two motorboats. The FJs were purchased in March of 2017 and the Z420s were purchased in September of 2014.

Meetings: Every Wednesday night the team holds a meeting at which we review previous weeks results, assign teams for upcoming regattas, discuss tactics and rules, plan social activities, etc.

Coach: John Mollicone, Boston University '98, has been the Head Coach of Coed and Women's Sailing at Brown since 1999. Since coming to Brown, John has coached 67 All-Americans, 59 Academic All-Americans, 109 All-New England Sailors and has led the Bears to 61 National Championship appearances. During this time the team has finished top five at 25 National Championships and has won 14 New England Championships and six Atlantic Coast Championships. In 2010, John was awarded the U.S. Sailing National Sportsmanship Award for the Van Alan Clark Trophy and won the J-24 World Championship in Malmo, Sweden. He was a member of the 2011 U.S. Sailing Team, winning a Silver medal in J-24's at the 2011 Pan-American Games in Puerto Vallarta, MX. John was named a U.S. Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Finalist in 2012 after winning the J-24 North American and National Championship, and finishing second at the 96-boat J/24 World Championship. In 2013 John won the J-24 World Championship for a second time in Howth, Ireland, along with the J-24 Midwinter, J-70 Midwinter, and J-24 North American Championships. In 2014, John won the J-70 and J-24 Midwinter Championships, the J-70 North American Championship, finished second at the J/24 U.S. National Championship, and third at the 70-boat J/24 World Championship in Newport, RI. John finished third at 2015 J/70 World Championship in La Rochelle, France and 3rd at the 2015 J/24 North American Championship. In 2017, John was the winning tactician in the 42-boat J/70 Class at Quantum Key West Race Week and in the NYYC/Swan 42 Nationals.

Applicants to Brown who are interested in racing are encouraged to contact John Mollicone (401) 935-0594.

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