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C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta announce 2018 Clagett Boat Grant recipients

by Sam Crichton 9 Nov 02:50 PST
Clagett Boat Grant recipients Shay Ley and Siobhan MacDonald racing at the Clagett Regatta © Clagett Regatta / Ro Fernandez

The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta is pleased to announce that there will be four recipients for the 2018 Clagett Boat Grant Program.

"We are thrilled that through the fundraising efforts for the Clagett Boat Grant Program we are able to award 2.4mR boats to sailors in the US and in Canada. The US boat is going to the Challenged Sailors program in San Diego, California and the boats going to Canada will be going to sailors in Ontario and Alberta. These boats will bring the total of boats that have been granted through the Clagett Boat Grant Program to six over the three years it has been operating. It is important that adaptive sailors are supported in their important endeavors and through this program we at The Clagett are able to provide opportunities to sailors to pursue their individual goals in sailing," commented Clagett President and Co-Founder Judy Clagett McLennan.

In 2017 Shaylagh Ley from Nepean, Ontario received a 2.4mR boat from The Clagett Boat Grant Program and will be sharing the boat with a fellow Nepean Sailing Club member, Brian Peckover. Peckover, who prior to his military service raced catamarans as a youth, spoke about being a recipient of the Clagett Boat Grant Program, "In the coming year, I will be getting acquainted with the 2.4mR. Expect to see me on the sailing circuit. My long term goal is to qualify for the Special Olympics and perform to the best of my ability. Once I gain some useful experience, I hope to assist other sailors on their journey."

Receiving boats from the 2018 Clagett Boat Grant Program will be two individuals from Canada, Wendy Frazier from Calgary, Alberta and Siobhan MacDonald from Halifax, Nova Scotia and the Challenged Sailors San Diego program from San Deigo, California.

Wendy Frazier learned to sail in 2013 in a 2.4mR through a learn to sail camp in Victoria, British Columbia after being encouraged by disabled sailor Dale Keith, a member of Disabled Sailing Association of Alberta. Three weeks after this camp she competed in the Mobility Cup and placed sixth out of a 20 boat fleet and "has been hooked on sailing since then."

Frazier, who has a sporting background as a curler, commented about receiving the 2.4mR through the Clagett Boat Grant Program, "First, even though I am passionate about sailing, being selected for the Clagett Boat Grant has heightened this passion and commitment. I am very honoured for this recognition. I am quite excited that I will have to opportunity to increase the amount of sailing I have been able to do by having a boat. I am hoping that some day I would to be named to Team Canada. On top of working to bring disabled racing back to Alberta, I plan on attending the Clagett Regatta, 2.4mR regattas through the CanAms and potentially Worlds. I believe getting exposure will help promote programs in Alberta and attract people with disabilities to para-sport."

Siobhan MacDonald from Halifax, Nova Scotia, has been a Clagett sailor for a number of years in the 2.4mR class, having been introduced to the boat by a Canadian 2.4mR Paralympic Gold medalist Paul Tingley. When asked what receiving the boat means to her she replied, "To me, receiving the Clagett boat means experiencing the level of support I received from staff and competitors at my first regatta ten times over. I now have the opportunity to improve my tactics and strategy skills on the water. I felt, along with other coaches and competitors, that my previous boat was holding me back from getting the results I wanted. This is an incredible example to what the sport of para sailing is all about. I am extremely grateful to all that Clagett has done for me and I hope to make them all proud!"

The boat that will be going to the West Coast in the US will be utilized by the Challenged Sailors San Diego program in California which was formed in 2015. Kevin Wixom, president of Challenged Sailors San Diego, attended the first Clagett Regatta held in Newport, where he earned the Sportsmanship award. The program currently has a fleet Martin 16's which are used weekly and the addition of the 2.4mR will provide the program with a boat that will help train the sailors and allow them to travel to regattas to race the boat.

Wixom commented about the program being a recipient of the 2.4mR in the 2018 grant cycle, "It is an incredible opportunity for CSSD to improve its racing skills, and motivate our sailors to improve. It will also allow CSSD to show the San Diego community that we are growing and expanding."

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