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2024 CISA Clinic



2024 CISA Clinic


Alamitos Bay YC

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CISA Advanced Racing Clinic 2024
March 16 - March 18

Alamitos Bay Yacht Club | Long Beach, CA


Clinic Goals
Preparation for the 2024 Youth Worlds trials (March 21st-24th, ABYC)


CISA Advanced Racing Clinic began in 1978. In the words of Charlie McKee: “it’s the best and longest running Youth Clinic in the US,” and it will be held this year from March 16-18 at ABYC in Long Beach, California, with the goal of teaching the nation’s best youth sailors how to do it better. While all sailors must apply to attend, invitations to apply will be sent to a portion of the elite sailors in each of the supported classes which include the ILCA 6, 29er, I420. The clinic has a long tradition of great coaches and legendary sailing and this year is no exception. The 2024 CISA Coaching Staff will be unique, with a mix of veteran perspectives and new, young energy.

Alamitos Bay Yacht Club is perfect for a classroom setting with ocean access. Participating athletes will experience a variety of conditions with lighter air and flat water most mornings, and building breeze and waves most afternoons. Sailors will also get first hand experience sailing the 2028 Olympic Sailing venue and local knowledge from some of the foremost expert coaches in their classes before several high stakes National regattas to be held in the spring and summer including some the weekend directly after the clinic.


Important Dates/Information
Application Deadline: February 10th
Acceptance Notification: February 17th
Enrty fee dealine to confirm place: Feburary 23rd
Cost per sailor is $600 and covers 3 days of coaching & meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). It is a full day program from approximately 8am-8pm daily and includes fitness run by a professional. All participants must supply their own boats; however, there may be charter boats available, especially for those traveling from out of state. Please contact the clinic director for more information. You will be charged a $25 application fee upon submission. If accepted, that $25 will be applied to your entry fee. 


2024 CISA Coaches 


Clinic Director
Rosie Chapman

  • 2 x ILCA6 Youth Gold medal coach
  • US Coach of the year
  • US Team leader - Nations Trophy Youth Worlds winning team 2018

ILCA6 Head Coach
Luke Elliot ("Swifto")

Swifto says "I am very excited to work with a keen bunch of young sailors in the same waters the Olympic Games will be happening in 4 years time! Can't wait to see what they can do".

  • A member of the Australian National Team for 10 years and training partner to the last 2 gold medalists in the ILCA 7.
  • 3 top ten results in the last 5 world championships.
  • Current Australian national youth team coach.


ILCA6 coach, Tania Elias Calles:

- Current ILCA6 Olympic coach for Mexico at the Paris 2024 Games
- 2023 Ocean Race sailor onboard Viva México
- 4 x Olympic athlete representing Mexico 2000-2012
- Bronze medalist at 2005 Laser Radial World Championships


ILCA6 coach, Maru Urban:

- Optimist, Europe, Snipe & Big boat sailor with National & International podium finishes
- ⁠2016 Olympic & Paralympic coach
- ⁠Successful American coach in multiple classes, predominantly in the ILCA coaching the winners of Orange Bowl in 2020 & 2023


ILCA6 coach, Kyle Martin

- Sail Canada National Training Centre Coach and Canadian Sailing Team Alumni in the Finn
- Represented Canada at the World Sailing Youth Championships in 2011
- Top 3 at the 2020 World Cup in the Finn


ILCA6 coach, Brenda Mullins (Bowskill):

- 2016 Rio Olympian representing Canada in the ILCA 6
- Top 5 at the 2017 ILCA Women’s World Championship
- 6 time Canadian Sailing team member


29er Head Coach
Francesca Clapcich-Barkow

  • 2 x Olympian (London 2012 in Radial, Rio 2016 in 49er FX)
  • 2015 49er FX World and European champion
  • 2 x The Ocean Race (2017/2018 Volvo Ocean Race onboard Turn the Tide on Plastic, 2022/23 race onboard 11th Hour Racing Team)
  • First italian to ever with The Ocean Race
  • Solitaire du Figaro 2021
  • Sailor for the NYYC/AM women’s america’s cup team 


29er coach, Willie McBride:

- Coached 5 World Championship medalists in Youth Worlds classes.
- 2016 Olympic Coach for Paris Henken and Helena Scutt in the 49er FX
- Pro sailor with 2x national titles, 1x European championship, 1x North American & 1x World Championship


29er coach, Briana Searle (Provancha):

- 2016 Olympian in the 470
- 5x Collegiate National Champion
- 2x Youth World Medalist (Gold medal in 2007, 29er)


29er coach, Evan Heffernan:

- Attended CISA as a sailor and a coach each 3 times
- Competed in the 29er in youth sailing
- Ran a Formula Kite campaign for Paris 2024

Fun fact - this will Briana’s 10th Cisa Clinic!



I420 Head Coach
Alex Maloney
Sailor, part time coach & part time, post grad student. Achievements in my junior & youth level sailing: including 3rd at an Optimist Worlds in 2007, winning the 420 Women's Worlds in 2009 & a Silver medal at my last Youth Worlds in the mixed 29er class in 2010.

  • Winning the first 49erFX Worlds in 2013 was a highlight of my Olympic career with Molly Meech, as well as placing 3rd in the 2017 class worlds.
  • Silver in Rio was a notable moment & representing NZ at the Tokyo Olympics.
  • Redbull athlete


I420 coach, Steve Keen:

- Coached 28 teams to medals at World and European Championships
- Coached single handed sailors to National and Conventional Championship victories.
- 202One Olympic coach


I420 coach, Susannah Chapman (Pyatt)

- 2012 Olympic Athlete representing New Zealand
- 2016 Olympic Coach
- Top 10 at the 2019 World Cup in the 470

I420 coach, Udi Gal:

- 2004 and 2007 Olympic athlete representing Israel in the 470
- Coached USA at the 2012 London Olympics and Israel at the 2016 Rio Olympics
- 20+ years of coaching/ sailing experience

2024 CISA Clinic Director: Rosie Chapman | Contact:



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