in the J-24 class
Coach of the Year
Winner of J-70 and J-24
Having a presence at regattas as 11th Hour Racing creates incredible awareness about what we can all do to make our waters and environment a better and cleaner place.
John Mollicone, Boston University ’98, has been the Head Coach of Coed and Women’s Sailing at Brown University since 1999. John was an All-American Skipper at Boston University in 1998, is a two-time World Champion in the J-24 class, and has won more than a dozen North American, National, and Midwinter Championships in multiple one-design classes. In 2010, John was awarded the U.S. Sailing National Sportsmanship Award for the Van Alan Clark Trophy. 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 and was recently named the 2020 Sail1Design/Sailing Anarchy Coach of the Year. John currently lives in Cranston, RI, with his wife Holly and daughter Ava (almost 2 years old).
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE AN 11th HOUR RACING AMBASSADOR?
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 to do my part and encourage and ask others to do the same every time I am near the ocean, lakes, and seas. Everyone needs to contribute to making our waters and shores a cleaner and better place.
SUPPORTING THE MISSION
I am always trying to spread the message about sustainable living to the College Sailing World, and at the clinics, I coach, such as the Sail Newport Advanced Racing Clinic in memory of Brook Gonzalez. On our team at Brown University, we are now recycling our old sails and having bags made as gifts for alumni and parents, and we are continually donating our old boat parts to programs in need. Through a grant from 11th Hour Racing, I am currently working with the East Bay Sailing Foundation in Bristol, RI on an electric outboard engine on a coach/race committee boat for their program and for some college sailing coaching. I am really hoping that electric engines will become more affordable and the technology will get to the point where they will become the norm for all coach boats, safety boats, and race committee boats in the near future.
John’s coaching resume at Brown University
- 2020 Sail1Design/Sailing Anarchy Coach of the Year
- 2019 College Sailing/Sperry Women’s National Champions
- 2019 College Sailing/Quantum Sails Women’s Sailor of the Year
- 82 sailors named to the College Sailing All-American Team
- 85 sailors named to the College Sailing All-Academic Team
- 118 sailors named to the All-New England Team
- 67 College Sailing National Championship appearances since 1999
- Top five overall finishes at 30 College Sailing National Championships
- Winners of 16 New England Championships
- Winners of eight Atlantic Coast Championships and Fall Showcases
- 2010, U.S. Sailing National Sportsmanship Award for the Van Alan Clark Trophy and won the J-24 World Championship in Malmo, Sweden.
- 2011, Member of the U.S. Sailing Team, winning a Silver medal in J-24’s at the Pan-American Games in Puerto Vallarta, MX.
- 2012, John was named a U.S. Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Finalist after winning the J-24 North American and National Championships, and finishing second at the 96-boat J/24 World Championship.
- 2013, 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.
- 2014, 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.
- 2015, finished third at J/70 World Championship in La Rochelle, France, and 3rd at the J/24 North American Championship.
- 2017, winning tactician in the 42-boat J/70 Class at Quantum Key West Race Week and in the NYYC/Swan 42 Nationals.
- 2018, finished 3rd at the J/24 North American Championship, and finished 2nd out of 57 J/70s at the Marblehead NOOD Regatta and 1st out of 47 J/70s at the Ted Hood Regatta as tactician.
- 2020, finished 2nd at the J/24 Midwinter Championship in Melbourne, FL in February, and won New York Yacht Club Race Week and the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta as tactician on the Swan 42 “Impetuous.”