The Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Clinic and Regatta Hosted by The WaterFront Center
Newport, R.I. (March 19, 2018) – The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta and Oakcliff Sailing are pleased to announce the 2018 dates for the Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Clinic and Regatta hosted by The WaterFront Center.
Building on the success of two previous events, this year the Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Clinic and Regatta will be held September 28-30 at Oakcliff and The Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay, New York. Invitations may be requested through the link below.
Clagett President and Co-Founder, Judy Clagett McLennan commented, “We are extremely excited to be partnering with Oakcliff and The WaterFront Center again this year to hold the third Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Clinic and Regatta for sailors for adaptive needs. We look forward to seeing previous attendees put in to practice skills they learned from the last two years and to watch new teams discover another racing format. These skills can be used in both match and fleet racing.”
In 2017, 27 competitors enjoyed a variety of conditions. It was a second-time competitor Pauline Dowell who epitomizes the spirit of this regatta. Dowell, from Boston, Massachusetts, was at the bottom of the leader board in 2016, and she along with her crew of Christian Thaxton and Kay VanValkenburgh took home the top spot in 2017 without losing a match. Dowell is a long time blind sailor who has raced across the country with her Massachusetts based team.
“I absolutely love the Clagett and both Dave Perry and Dave Dellenbaugh! These coaches make the whole weekend such a fun and wonderful experience. The competitors are amazing and super wonderful people. It's more collaboration than competition. Winning the Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Clinic and Regatta was an awesome experience and I look forward to taking part in this great event again this year!” commented Dowell. Dowell was reached for comment while in Morristown, N.J. training with her first ever guide dog, Dora. Dora will be living onboard Dowell’s boat, which is on Boston Harbor, at the end of March.
Five-time National Match Racing Champion, Dave Perry, who along with Dave Dellenbaugh, winning America’s Cup tactician, will be returning to coach over the three-day Clinic and Regatta, added,” I am so pleased that the Clagett organization and Oakcliff are continuing to partner. Together, we are able to bring the excitement and challenge of formal match racing to a growing community of sailors who are falling in love with this style of racing.”
Bill Simon, race program director at Oakcliff remarked,” We are expecting the best Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Clinic and Regatta this year. We moved the event to late September so we can expect better wind and even more competitive match racing. Requests for invitations are now open and it is important to get your request in now as many past competitors have already expressed interest. We expect a full regatta. Thanks to all of our partners, Sail Ahead, The WaterFront Center and Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, who help The Clagett and Oakcliff make this event possible.”
About The Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race: Founded in 2016, The Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race event is a match racing event open to both adaptive and able-bodied sailors from the US and outside the US. At least the skipper should identify as having a disability. The Clagett, whose motto is "Reach for Success", and 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,” has joined with Oakcliff Sailing, a non-profit coaching and training center for sailors who have progressed beyond traditional coaching methods. The event will be hosted by The Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay, NY and supported by Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, SailAhead and the Warrior Sailing Program.
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