Please select your home edition
Edition
Mariners Museum 728x90

C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta - The Future is now

by Kirsten Ferguson on 28 Jun 2013
The Clagett has been designated as the qualifying event that determines the four SKUD-18 sailors that will become members of the 2013 US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider - C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Regatta 2013 Clagett/Thornton Cohen
11th annual C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta kicked off today. The event has clinic sessions that are the hallmark of training and competitive racing opportunities for sailors with disabilities.

The event utilizes the same equipment as used in the Paralympic Games – the single-person 2.4 Metre, the two-person SKUD-18, and the three-person Sonar – and among the 36 competitors are a number of first-time participants who are offering a glimpse into the future of the sport.

US Disabled Sailing Team Coach Betsy Alison (Newport, R.I), who has led the coaching side of the event since its inception said: 'This year at Clagett we have a lot of participants that are new to the event; many from Canada and the U.S.A., and many of them are younger sailors in their mid to late teens and early 20s. Those sailors really are the future of the Paralympic programs, not only here in the U.S.A. but also in Canada, and it will go a long way towards bolstering our collective efforts for 2016, 2020 and 2024. The Clagett’s purpose was always to support the Paralympic efforts of aspiring young sailors and we are really starting to fulfill that mission.'

Among the first-time competitors are 19-year-old Kevin Holmberg of Tampa, Fla., and 15-year-old Siobahn MacDonald of Mabou in Cape Breton, Canada. While both will be sailing solo in the 2.4 Metre class, each was introduced to the sport in very different ways. Holmberg started sailing as a child through the summer program at Tampa Yacht Club, progressing to competing on the Opti circuit, including racing previously in Newport at the 2008 Opti New England Championships, before moving into the Laser 4.7 in which he won the 2009 Midwinters East. MacDonald, on the other hand, has only been sailing a few years, drawn into the sport by cousins who wanted to try it in their small rural community. Their enthusiasm has led to the formation of the Mabou Sailing and Boating Club, and MacDonald has progressed enough in the sport that she will represent her province in the 2013 Canada Games, the biennial multi-sport event modeled after the Olympics where sailors with disabilities will make their debut in the 2.4 Metre when the games are held this August.

The coaching aspect of The Clagett is what defines it from other events. The competitors spend the first day working with their assigned coach who shares his or her expertise on boat handling, sail trim, strategy and the racing rules. The coaching team was assembled by Alison and includes world champion and Olympic sailors as well as specialized coaches: local sailmaker Bill Shore (Newport), who holds championship titles in numerous classes; 2003 Yngling Open World Champion Lee Icyda (Boulder, Colo.); Craig Guthrie (Halifax, CAN), who coached Paul Tingley to a Paralympic gold medal in 2004; and John Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.), the head sailing coach at Stanford University whose teams have reached the national championships during his tenure.

When racing gets underway on Friday, June 28 (through Sunday, June 30), the coaches follow the action on the water, and, during post-race briefings, suggest ways to improve. The action takes place between Rose and Goat Islands, making it possible for spectators to watch from the western shore of Goat Island.

Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best EyewearMackay BoatsProtector - 660 x 82

Related Articles

Oracle Team USA opens 35th America's Cup with a convincing win
Oracle Team USA opened its quest for a three-peat with a win over Groupama Team France on Saturday afternoon in Bermuda. In picture perfect conditions, skipper Jimmy Spithill won the first start of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers with a timed run to the starting line.
Posted on 27 May
Thrilling races during tropical 33rd Delta Lloyd Regatta
The organisation was testing new formats for 49er, 49erFX and RS:X. It was a great success and made the finals exciting Medemblik welcomed a lot of talent, including those preparing for World Championships and World Cups, and some starting new Olympic campaigns. There were also many Olympic Rio sailors who’ve just started their season again.
Posted on 27 May
Onboard Phaedo^3's Transpacific Course World Record run across Pacific
The past few years we have had a good share of success with at least one wrong turn in our racing program. When Brian Thompson and I were planning the Phaedo3 program we had a wish list of races and records which would be nice to attempt if we had a MOD70.
Posted on 27 May
Riva Cup – Some more action shots by Elena Giolai
Photographer Elena Giolai has provided this gallery of images of Dyas, 5O5, Korsar Int. 14' classes Photographer Elena Giolai has provided this gallery of images of Dyas, 5O5, Korsar Int. 14' classes
Posted on 27 May
Riva Cup images by Elena Giolai
Photographer Elena Giolai has provided this gallery of images of Dyas, 5O5, Korsar Int. 14' classes Photographer Elena Giolai has provided this gallery of images of Dyas, 5O5, Korsar Int. 14' classes
Posted on 27 May
A Few Rays – Hypo-allergenic sunscreens, a must have for some
Allergic reaction to sunscreen can be avoided if you know what to use Allergic reaction to sunscreen can be avoided if you know what to use A standard hypo-allergenic sunscreen will be designed to reduce the chance of allergic reaction by limiting ingredients in the formulation that cause the irritation.
Posted on 27 May
Delta Lloyd Regatta – Medal race time for 470 and Laser
The wind was a bit tricky but Laser and 470 were able to start as scheduled giving them some time before the medal races An exciting Friday saw the last of the races before the medal races are sailed. The wind was a bit tricky in the morning, but Laser and 470 were able to start their races as scheduled, giving them some time before the medal races to prepare.
Posted on 26 May
The Atlantic Cup returns
Longest offshore race in the Western Atlantic dedicated to the Class40 will start from Charleston, one year from today. The race was created in 2011 to showcase short-handed, offshore racing with hard fought competition and exciting shore based events, while also being the most environmentally sustainable sailing race in the United States. The Atlantic Cup has been carbon neutral since 2012 and was the first and is the only sports event in the U.S. to be ISO 20121 compliant.
Posted on 26 May
Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac set sail from Chicago on July 15th
More than 300 boats have registered for the 109th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust More than 300 boats have registered for the 109th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust, one of the world’s longest-running freshwater distance races. “The Mac”, which takes most competitors well over 24 hours to complete, is a 333-mile sprint from the Chicago Lighthouse, just east of Navy Pier, to the Round Island Channel near Mackinac Island, Michigan.
Posted on 26 May
Key West Race Week 2018 - Cancelled
After extensive discussion/deliberation Storm Trysail Club decided not to organize Key West Race Week in January 2018. After extensive discussion and deliberation the Storm Trysail Club has decided not to organize and hold Key West Race Week in January 2018. Many factors led to this difficult decision. The bottom line is that with declining participation, the event has become heavily dependent upon sponsorship making the event unsustainable in its current format.
Posted on 26 May