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C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta

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Clagett Regatta Chosen as SKUD-18 Paralympic Team Qualifier

16-Mar-2013

Portsmouth, RI (March 17, 2013) - US SAILING, the national governing body of the sport of sailing, announced that the 2013 C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta has been chosen as the qualifying event to determine two members of the US SAILING Team Sperry Topsider Paralympic Team. The event is scheduled for June 27 through June 30. 

Clagett Regatta Chairperson, Judy McLennan (Portsmouth, RI) said, "We are honored that the Clagett Regatta has been chosen to select two team members to represent the U.S. in the SKUD-18 Class. We have a decade of success providing world-class training and competitive racing for the sailors."

Open to both U.S. and foreign competitors, the clinic and regatta will take place in the three boats chosen as the equipment of the Paralympic Games: the three-person Sonar, the two-person SKUD-18 and the singlehanded 2.4mR. Three years ago, at the competitors' request, regatta organizers opened the 2.4mR class to allow able-bodied sailors to compete in The Clagett which doubled the number of entrants on the starting line. Starting with the 2012 event, the Sonar class also became open to able-bodied sailors. Having more boats on the line translates into tougher competition and offers the best possible training opportunity for Paralympic hopefuls.

Now in its 11th year, the Clagett Regatta provides sailors with disabilities the tools to improve their skills and the opportunity to test them in competition, which allows each individual to achieve their personal competitive goals. The event’s signature pre-race clinic (Thursday, June 27 ) is run by world-class and Olympic sailors who share their expertise boat handling, sail trim, racing theory and racing rules.  The clinic is followed by a three-day regatta, Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30.

The Clagett Clinic and Regatta is headquarted in Portsmouth, RI and runs sailing operations from the Sail Newport Sailing Center in Fort Adams State Park. Spectators can watch the competition between Rose and Goat Islands from points on the western shore of Goat Island during the hours of 10 A.M. and 4 P.M. each day.

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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 2.4mR.  Clagett sailors have won Paralympic medals at both the 2008 (Gold and Bronze) and 2012 (Silver) Paralympic Games. All participating sailors, have given testimony that participation in the Clagett has not only improved their sailing skills, but skills learned have improved their quality of life as they apply what is achieved on the water to everyday situations.


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