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C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta

June 18 - 23, 2019



Applications open for the 2017 Clagett Boat Grant Program


C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta

Applications open for the 2017 Clagett Boat Grant Program

NEWPORT, R.I. (October 31, 2017) –  The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta would like to invite North American community sailing programs and other sailing organizations aimed at expanding opportunities for sailors with adaptive needs, to apply for the 2017 Clagett Boat Grant Program. 

On offer for the second Clagett Boat Grant Program, will be up to two 2.4mR boats with sails and trailer race ready.

In December of 2016, the Y-Knot program in Lake George, New York, was the recipient of the first of the Clagett Boat Grant Program boats, a Sonar, and they have been putting it to good use.  Sailing the Sonar at The Clagett regatta in Newport this year the team won the Sonar class.  They then put their Sonar sailing skills to use at the Clagett/Oakcliff Match Racing Regatta in Oyster Bay in August.  

"The Clagett Regatta's award of a brand new Sonar to Y-Knot Sailing, through its Boat Grant Program, has had a huge impact on our adaptive sailing program. The publicity and excitement surrounding the award generated a lot of interest, both locally with new sailors and volunteers, and nationally as it brought Y-Knot recognition among the larger adaptive sailing community. We've developed several different seating and steering adaptations for the Sonar, including the sip and puff steering operation for our quadriplegic sailors. And taking that boat down to Newport and winning the Sonar fleet in the Clagett Regatta was the high point of a very busy and successful summer sailing season," commented Y-Knot Sailing program chair Spencer Raggio.

This year the boat that has been selected for the Boat Grant Program is the single handed 2.4mR, which has been retained as the technical boat for the bid to reinstate sailing to the Paralympic Games. 

"This year we are pleased to be able to offer two 2.4mR boats from the Clagett Boat Grant Program.  Applications can be for one or both boats depending on the needs of the organization applying.  This year we raised the funds to purchase the two boats through a grant from the Newman's Own Foundation and the generosity of supporters at the annual Clagett fundraiser this year. The 2.4mR boat is one that sailors continue to comment is a challenge to sail for any sailor," remarked Clagett Co-founder and President Judy McLennan.

The deadline for applications for this boat grant is November 30 2017.  

For information about the Clagett Boat Grant Program application please contact Clagett Administrative Assistant Sara Klik email   

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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.  Clagett competitors have seen medal success at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 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 2017 sponsors and supporters: The Clagett organization would like to thank the following 2017 sponsors - Fiduciary Trust International and Newman's Own Foundation at the Platinum level; American International Group, Inc. (AIG) at the Gold level; The Horance A. Kimball & S. Ella Kimball Foundation and Innovative Construction Inc., at the Silver level; Barbara and Richard Bohan, Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty and Alice and Bruce Whelihan at the Bronze level.


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