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:
|Arthur bookstein||Hill of Chestnuts||MY|
|Catherine breslin||Marble head||MY|
|Theodore Green||North Kingstown||IR|
|Matt Koblenzer||Fox tip||WI|
|Tony pocklington||Fort Myers||Florida|
|Julio Reguero||San Juan||Porto Rico|
|Timothy Ripley||Randolph||New Jersey|
|Antonio Sanpere||Saint PETERSBOURG||Florida|
|Dee Smith||Punta gorda||Florida|
|Rudy Trejo||Punta gorda||Florida|
|Siobhan murphy||Gansevoort||new York|
|Dana McKinnon Tucker|
|Nicholas bryan-brown||Jamaica Plain||MY|
|E Carwile LeRoy||Fresno||California|
|Bryan tabler||Winter park||Florida|
|Sarah Skeels||Little Compton||IR|
|Dave whalen||Scotland||new York|
|Dan Kennedy||Albania||new York|
|Spencer raggio||Malta||new York|
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