Each year, the Clagett Regatta provides selected sailors and sailing programs with a granted boat. This grant provides the selected recipients with the opportunity to experience, train, and race in adaptive sailing events. The grant provides for the use of the boat and equipment for up to 4 years.
The Clagett Boat Grant Program is open to any North American sailor with adaptive needs with a desire to train and race, or a sailing program that has either an existing program or is looking to create a new program working with adaptive needs sailors.
The Sonar boat was granted in 2016 to the Y-Knot Program based in Lake George, NY. The granted Clagett Sonar has raced in The Clagett Regatta in Newport each year since receiving the boat.
The Sonar is skippered by Dave Whalen with crew Spencer Raggio and Dan Kennedy. The Sonar team has also participated in The Clagett/Oakcliff Match Racing Clinic and Regatta in Oyster Bay, NY.
Delani Hulme-Lawrence, who's campaign is called Life over Limb, is the recipient of a 2.4mR boat in The Clagett's second year of the Boat Grant Program.
At the 2018 Clagett Regatta, Delani placed eighth in the 2.4mR class and won the Larry Gadsby Most Improved Award, nominated by the coaches.
Wendy began sailing in 2013. In her own words, she is "a sailor in a landlocked prairie province." Wendy regularly travels from Calgary to Victoria to train and compete. In addition to the 2.4mR, she also competitively sails the Martin 16.
Wendy is also a curler! She has been to the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships five times with Team Alberta.
Challenged Sailors San Diego is a non-profit that was established in 2015. The organization provides sailing opportunities to people with disabilities to enhance their "dignity, well-being and independence."
Currently, Challenged Sailors San Diego has a fleet of eight Martin 16s, and will add The Clagett 2.4mR to its program to be shared amongst its sailors. The program also hosts and runs it's own regattas each year.
Siobhan's first competitive sailing experience was at the 2013 Clagett Regatta. She won a bronze medal in the 2.4mR class at the 2017 Canada Summer Games.
Siobhan was recently voted to be the Keelboat Captain for the Queen's University Sailing Team. In addition to sailing her 2.4mR competitively, Siobhan is the head instructor at her family's local sailing club, Sail Mabou in Nova Scotia.
In his youth, Brian grew up sailing lasers in Montreal. Brian returned to sailing in the Able Sail program at the Nepean Yacht Club in Ontario. At the 2018 Clearwater Mobility Cup, he won gold fleet in the Martin 16.
Brian is a veteran, he served in the Canadian Armed Forces. He also enjoys skiing!