After considerable assessment and review, the board of the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta have determined that due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the 2020 Clagett Regatta in Newport and the Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Clinegatta will be postponed until 2021.

C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta

The Clagett mission is to provide sailors with disabilities the opportunity to improve their skills and reach personal goals through world-class coaching and competition.

The Clagett Regatta's premier non-profit adaptive sailing clinic and regattas include a fleet racing clinic and regatta in Newport, Rhode Island, a match racing clinic and regatta in Oyster Bay, New York. 

The Clagett's programs also include: The Clagett Boat Grant Program, Team Clagett, and "The Dave's" Master Class for Clagett sailors.

Our Impact

Clagett Regatta Participants

265

Participants

Clagett Regatta Volunteers

157

Volunteers

Clagett Regatta Scholarships

$52,545

in scholarships

Clagett Regatta Years

17

Years

OUR Sponsors and Supporters

Fiduciary Trust Company International

Michael and Pat Kidder

Judy Clagett McLennan

The Horance A. Kimball & S. Ella Kimball Foundation

Rhode Island Bridge and Turnpike Authority Foundation

Stephanie McLennan

Alice and Bruce Whelihan

Richard and Barbara Bohan

Matt and Anne Hamilton

Roy Pfautch

The Roxe Foundation

Tom Hockaday and Bill Martin

Robbie Murphy Benjamin

Suzette Schochet

Thank you for supporting The Clagett's mission!

Upcoming Regattas

Clagett 2.4mRs sailing by Rose Island in Newport, Rhode Island

Clagett Regatta Newport

The Clagett Regatta take place in Newport, Rhode Island each year and is dedicated to the memory of Tom Clagett. Tom who was a strong, tough, driven person who was dedicated to the values of Corinthian sailing and sportsmanship. This adaptive sailing regatta seeks to emulate his spirit for healthy competition. 

Clagett sailors match racing in Oyster Bay, New York at The Clagett/Oakcliff Match Racing Clinic and Regatta

Clagett Oakcliff Match Race

Five leading sailing organizations in the Northeast have combined efforts to offer the first ever match racing regatta in the area for adaptive sailors. After four years of success the Clagett Oakcliff regatta has become an annual event. Now in its third year, the Clagett Oakcliff Match Race is not to be missed! 

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The Clagett needs volunteers for the clinic and regatta in Newport and Oyster Bay, both on land and on the water. Sign up today!

Lend Clagett Regatta Your Boat

Lend your Boat

During Clagett we can alway use extra support, spectator and race committee boats. You can loan or volunteer with your boat at Clagett Newport to help us!

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A sailor and a volunteer work to roll 2.4mR sails on the dock at The Clagett Regatta in Newport

Boat Grant Program & Application

The C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta has established a Boat Grant Program for adaptive sailing. The goal of The Clagett Boat Grant Program is to provide selected sailors and sailing programs the opportunity to experience, train, and race in adaptive sailing events and disabled sailing regattas by granting the recipient a competitive boat with insurance coverage for the selected sailor or sailing program.

The Grant provides for the use of the boat and equipment for up to 4 years.

Clagett sailors sailing 2.4mRs

Team Clagett

Team Clagett is an exciting new program, established in 2020, as a means of providing selected sailors the opportunity to experience training and racing at elite sailing events.

Team Clagett builds upon The Clagett’s Boat Grant Program, by providing places for up to four sailors who compete in the 2.4mR class at The Clagett Regatta in Newport with funds to attend and compete at the 2020 2.4mR World Championships and 2.4mR Para World Championships.

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The Story of The Clagett Regatta

ABOUT THE C. THOMAS CLAGETT, JR. MEMORIAL CLINIC AND REGATTA

The Clagett Regatta is a sailing charity in Newport, RI. Founded by Judy and Stephanie McLennan in 2003, the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta honors the late Tom Clagett (1916-2001). 

Tom was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran who learned to sail on Chesapeake Bay. As a young man Tom Clagett suffered temporary paralysis as the result of meningitis; an experience that left him with a deep respect for the accomplishments of people with disabilities, disabled sailors and sailors with adaptive needs.

The Clagett Regatta's mission is to "provide sailors with disabilities the opportunity to improve their skills and reach personal goals through world-class coaching and competition." 

The Clagett Regatta was inspired by a conversation the co-founders had with their friend Robie Pierce (pictured below). 

Competitors often comment that The Clagett has improved their quality of life as they apply what is achieved on the water to everyday situations. Through sailing the "playing field," so to speak, is leveled.

THE FIRST EVENT: FLEET RACING REGATTA NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND

The Clagett Regatta has hosted a regatta in Newport, Rhode Island for the past seventeen years. The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta in Newport, Rhode Island is the original Clagett program. Each year disabled sailors, adaptive sailors, and able bodied sailors sign up to participate in this regatta on Narragansett Bay.

The boats sailed were originally based on the Paralympic class boats, which were then adapted to fit the needs of each individual  using handicap boat accessories. After the recent decision not to include sailing in the forthcoming Paralympics the Clagett boat classes have changed.

In the past the boat classes at the Clagett Regatta have included Sonars, 2.4mRs, SKUD-18s, RS Venture Connect, and Martin 16s. At the regatta Hoyer Lifts, or handicap boat lifts, which provide handicap boat access and boat access for wheelchair users. All of the participants, volunteers and Race Committee strive to deliver the best experience possible for the Clagett sailors.

THE SECONT EVENT: MATCH RACING REGATTA OYSTER BAY, NEW YORK

After the over ten years of success in the original C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta for disabled sailors, The Clagett partnered with Oakcliff Sailing Center in Oyster Bay, New York to bring match racing to disabled sailing and adaptive sailing.

The Clagett Oakcliff Match Racing Clinic and Regatta is the first regatta of its kind, sailed in Sonars on the Long Island Sound in New York. Eight teams have competed over the past three years, with a high success rate and excellent coaches. 2019 is Clagett/Oakcliff's fourth year of match racing.

Robie Pierce at the first Clagett Regatta in 2003
A coach boat, Sonars and the Race Committee boat on the water at the first Clagett Regatta in 2003

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