Mother Nature stops day one of racing for 2021 Clagett Regatta and US Para-sailing Championships

On day one of the 2021 Clagett Regatta and the US Para-sailing Championships, Mother Nature decided not to play ball with the fleet held ashore under the postponement flag until 1 p.m. on a hot summer day. and humid. The race committee went to the course to see what was going on and soon after, thunderstorm cells moving through the area prompted the race committee to ask for the races to be postponed for the remainder of the day.

“Unfortunately today’s race has been called off due to the weather, but the sailors are ready to put the knowledge and skills they have learned over the previous two days of the training camp to use. More than 30 sailors will be at the start line tomorrow and Sunday, we will crown Clagett and the US Parasailing Champions for 2021, ”said Clagett Co-Founder and President Judy Clagett McLennan.

This year’s fleet has a number of competitors returning to Newport after a year-long hiatus due to COVID-19, as well as a number of Clagett newbies.

Among the fleet are a mother-daughter duo of Rio 2016 Games competitor and 2008 Beijing Paralympic gold medalist Maureen McKinnon, who races in the 2.4mR class solo and her daughter Dana McKinnon Tucker who sails for the first time at the Clagett as a crew of Timothy Brown in the Martin 16 class in doubles.

In the larger fleet, the 2.4mR class, there are a number of newbies, including North Carolina Clagett Boat grant recipient John Seepe. Seepe received the boat from the Clagett Boat Grant program in 2019 and this is his first opportunity to race the boat in Newport during the Clagett Regatta.

Albert Pierce, brother of Robie Pierce, a local sailor from Newport who was the visionary of the Clagett Regatta, sails in the Martin 16 class crewed with Nicholas Bryan-Brown.

The Three Hand Sonar class includes Sarah Everhart Skeels and crew Pauline Dowell, a blind sailor from Boston Mass. Emma Montgomery, a member of the Brown University Sailing Team, is one of Skeels’ alumni. They will line up against the Chicago Sonar team skippered by Patrick LoDuca and the third boat in the fleet is from Lake George, NY skippered by Dave Whalen who uses Sip and Puff technology to steer the boat instead of the traditional tiller .

List of entries:

Participant City State
2.4 mR
Arthur bookstein Hill of Chestnuts MY
Catherine breslin Marble head MY
Theodore Green North Kingstown IR
Matt Koblenzer Fox tip WI
Shan McAdoo Essex MY
Maureen McKinnon Salem MY
Tony pocklington Fort Myers Florida
Julio Reguero San Juan Porto Rico
Timothy Ripley Randolph New Jersey
Charles Rosenfield Woodstock CT
Antonio Sanpere Saint PETERSBOURG Florida
John seepe Semora NC
Dee Smith Punta gorda Florida
Douglas trees Hamilton MY
Rudy Trejo Punta gorda Florida
Martin 16
Colin Smith Middlebury Vermont
Siobhan murphy Gansevoort new York
Timothy brown Boston MY
Dana McKinnon Tucker
Nicholas bryan-brown Jamaica Plain MY
Albert Pierce
JR Hardenburgh Dorchester MY
Jeff Long Newport IR
E Carwile LeRoy Fresno California
Doug Horsey Newport IR
Patrick LoDuca Chicago HE
Bryan tabler Winter park Florida
Dawn Hart Tampa Florida
Sarah Skeels Little Compton IR
Emma Montgomery Winthrop MY
Pauline dowell Boston MY
Dave whalen Scotland new York
Dan Kennedy Albania new York
Spencer raggio Malta new York

The information is available on www.clagettregatta.org where you can follow all the news and results or on Facebook @ClagettRegatta or Instagram @clagett_regatta

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