Hometown: Providence, RI
Resides: Providence, RI
John, Boston University ’98, has been the Head Coach of Coed and Women’s Sailing at Brown since 1999. John was an All-American Skipper at BU in 1998, leading his team to the New England Dinghy Championship and finishing 3rd at the Collegiate National Dinghy Championship. John currently lives in Providence, RI where he actively races everything from dinghies to keelboats.
On Ocean and Sailing Passion...
I spend nearly every day of my life on the water either coaching or racing, so obviously I am very passionate about sailing and the waters we sail on. I always try do my part and encourage and ask others to do the same every time I am near the ocean, lakes, seas. Everyone needs to do contribute to make our waters and shores a cleaner and better place.
I am always trying to spread the message about sustainable living to the College Sailing World and at the clinics I do, such as the Sail Newport Advanced Racing Clinic in memory of Brook Gonzalez. On our team at Brown we are now recycling our old sails and having bags made as gifts for alumni and parents, and we are constantly donating our old boat parts to programs in need. We are about to build a new facility for our team and we are looking into ways to make it sustainable and be a model for future facilities in the college and high school sailing world.
Since coming to Brown, John has coached 54 All-Americans, 17 Academic All-Americans, 87 All-New England Sailors and has led the Bears to 48 National Championship appearances. During this time the team has finished top five at 21 National Championships and has won 12 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 Championships, 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.
Highlights from John’s 2015 season:
Good sailing boots for coaching, lifejacket, good sailing wind pants and jacket, hat