Day one of the 2021 Clagett Regatta and U.S. Para Sailing Championships, mother nature decided not to play ball with the fleet held ashore under the postponement flag until 1pm on a hot and humid summer day. The race committee went out onto the course to see what was developing and shortly after some storms cells moving through the area caused the race committee to call for racing to be postponed for the rest of the day.

“Unfortunately today’s racing was called off due to weather but the sailors are ready to put the knowledge and skills they learned over the previous two days of the coaching clinic to use.  Over 30 sailors will be on the start line tomorrow and come Sunday we will be crowning Clagett and U.S. Para Sailing Champions for 2021,” said Clagett Co-Founder and President Judy Clagett McLennan.

This year’s fleet has a number of competitors who are returning to Newport after a year’s hiatus due to COVID-19 along with a number of Clagett first timers. 

Amongst the fleet is a mother and daughter duo of Maureen McKinnon, a competitor at the 2016 Rio Games and a Paralympic Gold Medalist at the 2008 Beijing Games, who is racing in the single handed 2.4mR class and her daughter Dana McKinnon Tucker who is sailing for the first time at The Clagett as crew for Timothy Brown in the double handed Martin 16 class. 

In the largest fleet, the 2.4mR class, there are a number of first timers including a Clagett Boat Grant recipient from North Carolina, 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 at the Clagett Regatta. 

Sailing in the Martin 16 class as crew with Nicholas Bryan-Brown is Albert Pierce, brother of Robie Pierce, a local Newport sailor who was the visionary for the Clagett Regatta. 

The triple handed Sonar class has Sarah Everhart Skeels racing with crew Pauline Dowell, a blind sailor from Boston Mass. Joining them is Brown University sailing team member Emma Montgomery who is one of Skeels’ former students.  They will line up against the Sonar team from Chicago skippered by Patrick LoDuca and the third boat in the fleet is from Lake George, N.Y skippered by Dave Whalen who uses the Sip and Puff technology to steer the boat instead of the traditional tiller.   

List of entries:

EntrantCityState
2.4mR
Arthur BooksteinChestnut HillMA
Kathryn BreslinMarbleheadMA
Theodore GreenNorth KingstownRI
Matt KoblenzerFox PointWI
Shan McAdooEssexMA
Maureen McKinnonSalemMA
Tony PocklingtonFort MyersFL
Julio RegueroSan JuanPuerto Rico
Timothy RipleyRandolphNJ
Charles RosenfieldWoodstockCT
Antonio SanpereSt. PetersburgFL
John SeepeSemoraNC
Dee SmithPunta GordaFL
Douglas TreesHamiltonMA
Rudy TrejoPunta GordaFL
Martin 16
Colin SmithMiddleburyVT
Siobhan MurphyGansevoortNY
Timothy BrownBostonMA
Dana McKinnon Tucker
Nicholas Bryan-BrownJamaica PlainMA
Albert Pierce
J.R. HardenburghDorchesterMA
Jeff LongNewportRI
E Carwile LeRoyFresnoCA
Doug HorseyNewportRI
Sonar
Patrick LoDucaChicagoIL
Bryan TablerWinter ParkFL
Dawn HartTampaFL
Sarah SkeelsLittle ComptonRI
Emma MontgomeryWinthropMA
Pauline DowellBostonMA
Dave WhalenScotiaNY
Dan KennedyAlbanyNY
Spencer RaggioMaltaNY

Information is available at www.clagettregatta.org where you can follow all the news and results or on Facebook @ClagettRegatta or Instagram @clagett_regatta 

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).