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C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta

June 20 - 24, 2018

Clagett Regatta 2012 Notice of Race Available Online

08-Mar-2012

NEWPORT, R.I. (March 8, 2012) – The Notice of Race for the tenth annual C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta, scheduled for July 6-9, 2012, is now available online at www.clagettregatta.org.

As North America's premier event for sailors with disabilities, "The Clagett" is open to both U.S. and foreign competitors and will, this year especially, be an integral part of preparing athletes for the 2012 Paralympic Games when the event takes place at Sail Newport, Rhode Island's community sailing center. Traditionally held in late-August, the move to July will facilitate additional athlete training prior to the Paralympic Regatta which takes place the first week of September in Weymouth, England.

For the last two years, the singlehanded 2.4 Metre has been open to able-bodied sailors which doubled the number of competitors on the starting line. Starting with the 2012 event, able-bodied sailors may also compete in the three-person Sonar which will be raced with mainsail, jib and whisker poles. The inclusion of able-bodied competitors translates into stiffer competition which makes for the best possible training opportunity for the Paralympic competitors and also reinforces The Clagett's mission of providing sailors with disabilities the opportunity to improve their skills and reach personal goals through coaching and competition.

"The Clagett is a wonderful event that allows me to combine a good training camp with a quality regatta shortly before the Paralympic Games," said Mark LeBlanc (New Orleans, La.) who will represent the U.S.A. in the 2.4 Metre class in England. LeBlanc not only won the 2.4 class at The Clagett in 2011 but also was presented with the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Trophy as the sailor with the best overall performance out of the four classes racing at the event.

Under the guidance of Betsy Alison (Newport, R.I.), who is not only head coach for The Clagett but also the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Paralympic Coach, the team that will conduct the event's signature pre-race clinic and provide on-the-water coaching includes 2008 Canadian Paralympic Coach Craig Guthrie (Halifax, Nova Scotia), Tornado National Champion Jonathan Farrar (New York, N.Y.), as well as Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar (New York, N.Y.) and Stan Schreyer (Northampton, Mass.), both of whom are 2004 Olympians.

The pre-race clinic (Friday, July 6), and racing (Saturday-Monday, July 7-9), will take place in the three boats chosen as the equipment of the Paralympic Regatta: the three-person Sonar, the two-person SKUD-18 and the singlehanded 2.4 Metre. Through a Quality of Life Grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, event organizers are in the process of purchasing three hydraulic-powered lifts that will facilitate the transfer of wheelchair-bound sailors into their boats.

About the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta:
Founded in 2002, the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta honors the late Tom Clagett (1916-2001), a U.S. Navy World War II veteran who learned to sail on Chesapeake Bay. As a youngster he suffered temporary paralysis as the result of a bout of meningitis; an experience that left him with a deep respect for the accomplishments of people with disabilities, especially athletes. "The Clagett" began as an event for a single class of boat with a stated mission of assisting sailors in realizing their potential on the water by providing them – through the one-day clinic that precedes racing – both the knowledge and tools to improve their skills, and the opportunity to test them in competition. The event has expanded to include all three boats that have been chosen as the equipment of the Paralympic Regatta: the three-person Sonar, the two-person SKUD-18 and the singlehanded 2.4 Metre. Not only has The Clagett formula paid off with medal success by event veterans at the 2008 Paralympic Games in China, it has, according to competitors, improved their quality of life as they apply what is achieved on the water to everyday situations.

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