A 2.4mR sailor competes at the Clagett Regatta in Newport, Rhode Island

Board and Committees

Board of Directors

Judy Clagett Mclennan, President and Co-Founder of The Clagett Regatta

Judy Clagett McLennan


Judy is retired from the U.S. Government where she served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women under President George H. W. Bush. Judy is co-founder and currently serves as President and Chair of the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta. Judy currently serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Naval War College Foundation, the Board of the Newport Hospital Foundation and is on the Committee for Sailors with Disabilities at US Sailing. Throughout her life Judy has been very active on numerous, International, National and Local Charitable and civic boards. Judy is a member of the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), the Ida Lewis Yacht Club (ILYC), the Newport Yacht Club (NYC) and the Tred Avon Yacht Club (TAYC). Judy lives in Portsmouth, RI.

Sarah Everhart- Skeels Vice President of on the water activities at The Clagett Regatta

Sarah Everhart-Skeels

Vice President On the Water Activities

Sarah is a former member of the US Sailing Team as a SKUD-18 Skipper.  She has participated in The Clagett since it’s inception in 2003.  Sarah teaches classes at Brown University and Boston School of Occupational Therapy at Tufts University.

Sarah currently chairs the committee at US Sailing for Sailors with disabilities.  As an athlete with disabilities, Sarah has taught other athletes with disabilities to snow ski and to sail. Sarah lives in Little Compton, RI.

Stephanie McLennan Vice President of on shore activities and co-founder of The Clagett Regatta

Stephanie McLennan

Vice President On Shore Activities

Stephanie W. McLennan, is co-founder of the C. Thomas Clagett Jr., Memorial Clinic and Regatta in Newport, Rhode Island. She is a graduate of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida and currently lives in Newport, Rhode Island and Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. Stephanie is active in the sailing community and is a member of New York Yacht Club (NYYC) and the Ida Lewis Yacht Club (ILYC). She serves as Jury Secretary to NYYC and has also done this role at Sail Newport, various Buzzard Bay Yachting Association Regattas, and 2013 she served as the Jury Secretary for the North American Championship in the Star Class in Oxford, Maryland. Stephanie is also a lifetime member of the Naval War Collage Foundation in Newport, RI. Stephanie also has two yellow labs Millie and Madison. She loves to travel and needlepoint.

Dan Dwyer, treasurer of The Clagett Regatta

Dan Dwyer


Dan is the owner of D.F. Dwyer & Associates, an insurance brokerage specializing in designing insurance programs for small business owners, Real Estate and non-profit organizations.   Dan is a  member of the New York Yacht Club, and former Chair of the Museum of Yachting and a Trustee of the International Yacht Restoration School.  Dan lives in Newport, RI and is an active sailor/racer.


Nanette Gifford, secretary of The Clagett Regatta

Nanette Gifford


Nanette has been with The Clagett since 2006 as a key administrator in the development of the non-profit organization. She graduated with honors from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth with a degree in accounting.  Nanette is also a partner and co-owner of Innovative Construction, Inc.  Nanette lives in Tiverton, RI.

Carol Barrow, Clagett Regatta board member

Carol Barrow

Carol Barrow lives in Chatham on Cape Cod. She learned to sail in Barnegat Bay, NJ where she grew up. She is a National Judge and is Chair of the Review Board of US Sailing. She serves on the New York Yacht Club Judge's Committee, as well as their Race Committee. Carol is also a Board member of the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, a member of the Narragansett Bay Appeals Committee, the Barnegat Bay Appeals Committee, and is an Advanced Judges Seminar Instructor. Carol is an abstract painting and photography artist, exhibiting her work at the Provincetown Art Museum.

Robbie Murphy Benjamin, Clagett Regatta board member

Robbie Murphy Benjamin

Robbie is a resident of Portsmouth, RI and a graduate of Smith College. Robbie is the owner of a small manufacturing company in Warren, RI.  She is a past Commodore of the Ida Lewis Yacht Club, and a member of numerous Race Committees at Ida Lewis Yacht Club and the New York Yacht Clubs.  She is a certified US Sailing Judge and has been Event Chair for numerous Local, National and World Championship sailing regattas.  In addition to the Clagett Board, Robbie’s volunteer activities include the Business Development Company of RI, and BDC Capital/New England Certified Development Corporation.

Ken Brockway, Clagett Regatta board member

Ken Brockway

Ken is a career non profit professional having been a YMCA executive for 35 years. Since retiring, he served as interim director of the Newport Historical Society and the Redwood Library and Athenaeum. As a Clagett Board Member, Ken chairs the Governance Committee. He also has been involved with, the Boys and Girls Club, the Newport Rotary Charitable Foundation, the Portsmouth Public Education Foundation and the Red Cross Flag Day Breakfast. Ken resides in Portsmouth, RI.

Dan Hatch, Clagett Regatta board member

Dan Hatch

As an Aquidneck Island native, Dr. Dan Hatch, PT, DPT is honored and excited to be a part of the The Clagett Board. Having received his graduate degree in physical therapy from the University of Rhode Island, he opened what is now NPT HealthWorks with a mission of helping individuals make better decisions about their health. This organization provides health and wellness services including physical therapy, massage therapy, mental health counseling, etc. Dr. Dan's passion is helping active individuals live a balanced, healthy, and more mobile life so that they can function at a high level with improved ease, less medication, and fewer doctor visits and surgeries. Outside of work, Dr. Dan loves running, biking, swimming, and golf.

Matthew Hill, Clagett Regatta board member

Matthew Hill

Matthew is a resident of Barrington, RI and is the Director of Race Administration for US Sailing. Previously Matt spent many years as an English teacher.  He is past Commodore of the Saunderstown Yacht Club, a US Sailing regional race officer, a certified Judge and a Small Boat Level One instructor.  Matt has been the Principle Race Officer (PRO) for a variety of sailing events for both youth and adult sailors.  Matt has been associated with the Rhode Island Sailing Association (RISA) and the Narragansett Bay Yachting Association(NBYA).

Bird Stasz, Clagett Regatta board member

Bird Jones

Bird grew up learning to sail at Ida Lewis and developed a passion for sailing that is only equaled by skiing and making maple syrup. She received her doctorate in Education from Syracuse University and devoted her career to teaching domestically as well as working extensively in Central Asia specifically Tajikistan. There she supported the modernization of teaching practices working with Ministries of Education and USAID. She retired as professor emerita from Elon University.

Janice Kennedy, Clagett Regatta board member

Janice Kennedy

Janice has assisted with the Clagett fundraising event for the past five years. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Newport County YMCA for two terms as well as Big Sisters of Newport County Chapter.  She has been involved in numerous Sail Newport events over the past 20 years including the most recent Newport Volvo Stopover.  She is owner of Kennedy Personnel Services founded in 1987.

Timmy Larr, Clagett Regatta board member

Timothea S. Larr

Timmy received her B.S. in Engineering while specializing in Naval Architecture at the University of Michigan. She has worked at many well known naval architecture firms such as McCurdy & Rhodes, MacLear & Harris and Sparkman & Stephens. She presently volunteers for several organizations which include: SUNY Maritime College, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, US Sailing, Mystic Seaport Museum, Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound, Etchells 22 Class Association, New York Yacht Club and Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club. Timmy’s numerous sailing awards include: Ethcells North American Champion (two times) Etchells Canadian Champion, North American/US Women Sailing Champion (three times) Nathanial G. Herreshoff Award, Marty Luray Award, Ned Anderson Achievement Award (2014 URA of LIS), National Sailing Hall of Fame (inductee 2013), College Sailing Hall of Fame (1971 inductee), Rolex Yachtswomen of the Year (two times).  Timmy reside in Oyster Bay, Long Island.


Christopher J. McNally

Chris attended St. Georges School in Middletown, RI and earned a degree in Marine Biology from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. He spent 15 years in various roles in maritime industries and then decided to earn his JD from Roger Williams University School of Law.  Chris successfully competed in the National Admiralty Moot Court competition, earning second place and recognition for drafting the Best Respondent’s brief. His practice at Sayer Regan & Thayer has a strong focus in Admiralty and Ocean and Coastal Law as well as Business organization, Land Use and Environmental Law.  Chris belongs to the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA), Propeller Club of Narragansett Bay, Marine & Oceanographic Technology Network (MOTN), Cruising Club of America (CCA), Bermuda Ocean Race Organizing Committee (BROC), and the Maritime Law Association (MLA). Chris continues to be an active racer in various sailboats.

Barbara Odegaard, Clagett Regatta board member

Barbara Odegaard 

Barbara Odegaard has lived on and off in Newport over the last 25 years. She has settled permanently here with her husband John, after both retired from careers in the US Navy. After receiving her JD from the College of William and Mary Law School, Barbara served as a JAG officer for 15 years. She has been active in many Aquidneck Island organizations, including the Potter League, the Aquidneck Land Trust, and the Newport Garden Club.

Charles Rosenfield, Clagett Regatta board member

Charles Rosenfield

Charles is a 2.4mR sailor who has been participating in the Clagett Regatta since 2005.  He also chairs the U.S. Sailing Disabled Championships Committee.  He is a small business owner and lives in Putman, CT.  In addition to sitting on the Board of the Clagett Regatta, Charles is currently the head of the 2.4 mR Class Association.

Robin Wallace, Clagett Regatta board member

Dr. Robin Wallace

Robin lives in Newport, RI where he has been the force behind developing Newport as a world-class sailing center for fifty years. Robin settled in Newport after he served in the U.S. Army as a Physician and ran his practice as a leading pediatric physician. Robin has worked tirelessly inspiring and mobilizing the entire community by recruiting and managing sailing events, regattas, and world Championships. Robin has served in roles to develop several yacht clubs, sailing organizations, and he has been a leader with US Sailing and World Sailing Association. He is the former chairman of the Rhode Island State Yachting Committee, the Rhode Island Sailing Foundation. He serves on the Medical Committees of US Sailing and World Sailing. He also is a Trustee of the Stride Memorial Foundation. Robin is an active member of the New York Yacht Club, the Ida Lewis Yacht Club and Sail Newport.

Clinic/Regatta Working Committee

  • Judy Clagett McLennan, Chair
  • Debora Abrams-Wright
  • Betsy Alison
  • Annette Bourbonniere
  • Kim Cooper
  • Sam Crichton
  • Tom Duggan
  • Chafee Emory
  • Gene Hinkel
  • Bam Miller
  • Spencer Raggio

Advisory Committee

  • Chafee Emory
  • Jerry Kirby
  • Laura Leslie
  • John Marshall
  • Steve McGowan
  • Rives Potts
  • Spencer Raggio
  • Tom Rich