Clinics matter. The first-ever clinic for adaptive sailors was a critical innovation 16 years ago, at the inaugural Clagett Regatta in Newport, Rhode Island. The Clagett is as close to a classic as you will find in this game, and 19 alumni have gone on to win Paralympic medals. Regatta spokesperson Sam Crichton sees new faces every year. A clinic is essential for the 2018 Clagett, and also for the separate Clagett/Oakcliff Sailing partnership match-racing event, running this September after the Para Worlds and combining the coaching talents of Dave Perry and Dave Dellenbaugh on the waters of Long Island Sound. Past participants have included Paralympic medalists Jenn French and Rick Doerr, as well as blind skipper Pauline Dowell, who went from last in the 2016 inaugural to first in 2017. The biggest difference was knowing there was a regatta attached to the clinic. Also, Crichton says, the second time, “We brought our magnetic board and boats so my sighted crew could ‘illustrate’ what Dave Perry was drawing on his board.” Racecourse Braille, anyone?