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C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta

June 21-25, 2017

Four weeks to go for the 13th annual C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta

28-May-2015

C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta
Four weeks to go for the 13th annual C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta

NEWPORT, R.I. (May 28, 2015) – In four weeks time, sailors from across the USA, Canada and the US Virgin Islands will be converging on Newport RI to take part in the 13th annual C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta.  The Clagett, as it is commonly known, is a must do event on the disabled sailing calendar for North America.  Over the 12 years this event has been held, sailors from across the USA (19 states), Canada (4 Provinces), Israel, China, Ireland, Norway, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas VI have taken part in this world renowned event.

The entry list for this year has many familiar faces returning to learn from the best when they take part in the clinic portion of the event on Thursday June 25.  After a day spent with international coaches, led by newly appointed ISAF's Disabled Sailing Committee Chairman Betsy Alison, the sailors will put this knowledge into action when they compete for three days of racing on Narragansett Bay.  Racing will again be run by returning Principal Race Officer, Ron Hopkins.   

Sarah Everhart Skeels, skipper of the SKUD 18, will return to take part in The Clagett from the Netherlands after taking part in the Delta Lloyd regatta.  "Every year I look forward to The Clagett and seeing many familiar faces and new ones joining the ever growing group of sailors who enjoy all that The Clagett has to offer adaptive sailors", said Skeels.

With four weeks to go, entries from Connecticut, Chicago, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Canada and the US Virgin Islands have been received across all three classes of boats hosted at The Clagett, the single handed 2.4mR, the double handed SKUD 18 and the three person Sonar. 

"We are looking forward to another fantastic event this year.  For the sailors to be able to race on the same race course area used by the Volvo Ocean Race during its recent stopover in Newport, epitomizes what The Clagett stands for.  Our mission is to give sailors the best available coaching, race management and location to assist them to optimize their potential", commented Clagett co-founder and President, Judy McLennan.

For more information about The Clagett visit : www.clagettregatta.org

About the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta:  Founded in 2003, 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.  The Clagett’s stated mission is "to assist sailors in realizing their potential on the water by providing them both the knowledge and tools to improve their skills and the opportunity to use these skills in competition".  Tom Clagett's motto was "Reach for Success", which resonates with every Clagett participant.  The event includes all three boats that have been chosen as the equipment of the Paralympic classes: the three-person Sonar, the two-person SKUD-18 and the singlehanded 2.4 Metre.  Clagett competitors have seen medal success at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games.  Competitors often comment that, The Clagett, has improved their quality of life as they apply what is achieved on the water to everyday situations.

C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta 2015 sponsors: The Clagett organization would like to thank the following 2015 sponsors - Fiduciary Trust International and Three Golden Apples at the Platinum level; American International Group, Inc. (AIG) at the Gold level; The Horance A. Kimball & S. Ella Kimball Foundation at the Silver level; 7D Ranch, BNY Mellon, Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty, Innovative Construction Inc.,  John MacGowan Studio & Gallery and The Rhode Island Sailing Events Commission at the Bronze level.

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