A group of Clagett Athletes at the awards ceremony in 2018

Our Athletes

The story of The Clagett is one of vision, commitment and service, and as its motto suggests, it has encouraged everyone – from its own leadership to the growing adaptive needs sailing community to the many volunteers who make it happen – to “Reach for Success.”

When an athlete participates in Clagett they gain more than a world-class regatta experience. In the most simple terms, the athletes that participate in Clagett become part of an elite family of competitive adaptive sailors. 

Clagett has had participants enroll from across the USA (at least 19 states) and such foreign countries as Canada (4 Provinces), China, Ireland, Israel, Norway, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

We are immensely proud of all of the athletes that have participated in Clagett, below are a few highlights through the years.

If you are a Clagett participant athlete email cmr@clagettregatta.org to be included on this page.

Athlete Highlights

Sailor spotlight

Sarah Everhart-Skeels

Sarah Everhart-Skeels

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.

Kevin Holmberg

Kevin Holmberg

Kevin Holmberg, who hails from Tampa, FL, is a repeat Clagett 2.4mR sailor. In 2018 Kevin competed for the first time in The Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Clinic and Regatta. Rounding out an excellent summer racing season, Kevin and his crew won the Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Regatta. The team did not lose a single match at the event.

At the 2018 Clagett Regatta, Kevin placed ninth in the 2.4mR class. Later in the summer, in Sheboygan, WI at the 2018 Para Sailing World Championships Kevin came in 22nd in the 2.4mR class.    

Boat Grant athletes


The Y-Knot Program

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

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 Frazier

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

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 MacDonald

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.


Brian Peckover

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! 


Over its 17 year history The Clagett is honored to have had 44 participant athletes from six different countries represent their respective countries at The Paralympics.  

Throughout its history, The Clagett has successfully filled a void in advanced training opportunities for sailors with disabilities, and has been able to do this through the outstanding philanthropic and volunteer contributions of the tightly knit community dedicated to its mission. This training and support for the past 16 years has resulted in 19 Paralympic Medals for Clagett sailors:  three Gold, seven Silver, nine Bronze and three World Championship medals.     


2016 Rio de Janiero Paralympic Medalists

Silver Medal- Sonar

Rick Doerr (Clifton, NJ, USA), Hugh Freund (South Freeport, ME, USA) and Brad Kendall (Clearwater, FL, USA)

Silver Medal - SKUD 18

John McRoberts (Victoria, BC, CA) and Jackie Gay (Victoria, BC, CA)

Bronze Medal - Sonar

Paul Tingley (Halifax, NS, CA), Scott Lutes (Montreal, QC, CA), and Logan Campbell (Saskatoon, SK, CA)


2012 Weymouth, U.K. Paralympic Medalists

Silver Medal- SKUD-18

Jennifer French, (St. Petersburg, FL) and J.P. Creignou, (St. Petersburg, FL), Pictured standing



Aleksander Wang-Hansen (Oslo, NO), Per Eugen Kristiansen (Bekkestua, NO) and Marie Solberg (Sarpsborg, NO).

2008 Beijing Paralympic Medalists


Gold Medal- SKUD-18

Nick Scandone, (Fountain Valley, CA), 1966-2009

Maureen McKinnon-Tucker,  (Marblehead, MA) Pictured Left


Bronze Medal- SKUD-18

John Mcoberts, (Victoria, British Columbia) Pictured Right

Stacie Louttit, (Victoria, British Columbia)


Gold Medal - 2.4mR

Paul Tingley (Halifax, Nova Scotia)


Bronze Medal - 2.4mR

John Ruf (Pewaukee, WI)


Gold MEDAL - Sonar

Dor Cohen (Israel)


Bradley Johnson (Tampa, FL) and J.P. Creignou (St. Petersburg, FL)