Inaugural Adaptive Match Race Coming This Summer

The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Regatta and Oakcliff Sailing have teamed up to offer a new opportunity for adaptive match racing in North America.

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Sonars racing at the 2015 Clagett Regatta.Billy Black

The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta and Oakcliff Sailing are happy to announce that the two organizations have joined forces to create a new match racing event for adaptive sailors in North America. Bill Simon from Oakcliff Sailing and Timmy Larr from The Clagett saw a need for competitive adaptive sailors to have options for racing and therefore the Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race event was created.

Hosted by the Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay, NY, the inaugural Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race event will be held July 15-17, 2016. The event is open to both adaptive and able-bodied sailors as well as US and International sailors, however at least one person on the boat should identify as having a disability. Five time and current US match racing champion Dave Perry (Pequot Yacht Club, CT) will be on hand to provide coaching in boat handling, boat speed, and match racing. Competitors will be sailing Sonars provided by The Waterfront Center and Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club.

"We at the Clagett are very happy to announce that The Clagett and Oakcliff Sailing have teamed up to provide a competitive sailing option for adaptive sailors in North America. The Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race will allow sailors to take part in a match racing event at The Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay," commented Clagett President and Co-founder, Judy McLennan (Portsmouth, RI).

"This is the first year we have offered an event like this, and all early indications show that it is shaping up to be something truly special,” remarked Bill Simon. “The potential for this event, with the support of all these remarkable organizations, is incredible. We are beyond excited.”

Participating sailors who are interested can get involved in two ways. Teams (consisting of two or more, including skipper) can request an invitation online and individuals looking to join a team can add their name to an online crew bank. Scholarships are available for travel and housing through The Clagett.

For more information about The Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race, including how to get involved, please visit: http://conta.cc/1YWiWgk