NEWPORT, R.I. (June 25, 2017) – Another successful year for the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta wrapped up today in Newport, RI. Fifteen years ago five boats sailed in the inaugural Clagett and over the last three days of competition, twenty one boats have taken part in the clinic day and raced the 10 races.Sailors from Rhode Island, Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut, Indiana, New York, Massachusetts andCanada have enjoyed a variety of challenging conditions while racing on Narragansett Bay. The three Sonars and 18 2.4mR’s had three races on the final day, after waiting ashore under the postponement flag until the breeze started to build from the South West.Rhode Islander Ben Hall took home first in all three of the races for the 2.4mR class and finished in the top 10 overall for the regatta. Hall, from Bristol RI, commented after racing, ” This is my first Clagett regatta and learned a lot from sailing the boat (the 2.4mR) in the MetreFest recently. I was sailing in a borrowed boat so I didn’t want to crash so I got out in front to avoid anyone.”Canadian Paul Tingley won the top prize in the larger of the two fleets, the 2.4mR’s. Tingley, who is no stranger to the Clagett or the 2.4mR boat, won a Bronze medal in Rio at the 2016 Paralympic Games in the Sonar and decided to come to the 15th Clagett and race the 2.4mR this year. In the 2008 Paralympics he won the Gold medal in the 2.4mR and has represented Canada at five Paralympic Games.”I love coming to The Clagett and plan on being here racing for many more years to come. It is the tightest racing has ever been and I had to make every race count. I’d like to thank Ben Hall for not being here the first day of racing,” said Tingley after the awards ceremony today.Racing at her first ever Clagett regatta in the 2.4mR was Barbara Galinska, from Chicago. She started sailing the boat in November, prior to that she has steered a Freedom and Sonar out of the Judd Goldman program. “It was the hardest thing I have ever done and I am hoping to do again very soon,” she remarked after racing wrapped up today.In the Sonar class the three teams left everything on the race course with very close racing and finishes for the entire 10 race series. After taking home the gold podium place in the Sonar class the team from Y-Knot Sailing, from Lake George,NY couldn’t have been happier with their results. Spencer Raggio, who is mainsheet trimmer on the Y-Knot Sonar commented, “If it wasn’t for the Clagett and the Clagett Boat Grant Program we wouldn’t be here. The help from everyone to get the Sip and Puff steering system operational has been amazing and to have Dave steer the last two days with the system has been fantastic. We have had great competition from the other Sonars with really close racing and finishes. We’d also like to thank Mike Ingham, for his coaching over the last four days, it really helped raise everyone’s game.”Closing the regatta for the 15th year, Clagett President and Co-Founder, Judy McLennan commented, ” We’ve had another successful year and I am thrilled that we have had the chance to have 18 2.4mR sailors on a Clagett start line. We will be working with the 2.4mR class on expanding the presence through the Clagett Boat Grant Program and we expect to see the 2.4mR as a class at the 2024 Paralympic Games. We are looking forward to being back in Oyster Bay at OakcliffSailing Center in August with the Clagett/Oakcliff Match Racing Regatta and being able to provide the opportunity for sailors to increase their match racing skills which they can then use in fleet racing. We’ll see you all back in Newport next June for the 16th Clagett.”The dates for the 2018 Clagett were announced with registration being held on June 20, the clinic June 21 and the regatta June 22-24 and will be held at Sail Newport, located in Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI.
In the largest fleet of the 2017 MetreFest regatta with 17 entries on the starting line, Dee Smith, US-7 dominated the 2.4mR class chalking up a perfect regatta. Not only did Smith win every race, he led at every single mark rounding. Ben Hall, US-77 placed second overall with 13 pts. and Theodore Green, US-175 finished third overall with 15pts. In Friday’s Around Rose Island Race, Theodore Green, US-175 finished second with Charles Rosenfield, US-142 (Woodstock, CT) in third. At Friday’s METREFEST NEWPORT 2017 dinner, upon accepting his Around the Island prize, Dee Smith suggested staging a 2.4mR World Championship in tandem with the 2019 12mR World Championship in Newport; his idea was met with resounding cheers from the 300+ gathered Metre sailors.
The 8th annual Charlotte Harbor Regatta was held Feb. 2-5, 2017. Classes included the 2.4mR, Precision 15, Harbor 20, Flying Scot, F18, F16, Hobie 16, WindRider 17 and Weta trimaran.
Featuring nightly regatta dinner parties, nine one-design classes and competitors from around the country racing on three race circles, the Charlotte Harbor Regatta is one of the most talked-about regattas in the nation. Free beach, ramp and lift launching facilities, free or low-cost storage, affordable hotels and low registration fees make the Charlotte Harbor Regatta, “the fun, affordable regatta.” Find out why SAIL magazine designated Charlotte Harbor as “one of the top 10 greatest places to sail in the United States.”
Since its inception in 2010, the National Association of Sports Commissions recognized the regatta as its “Best Local Event” and the Charlotte County Visitor and Convention Bureau honored regatta organizers with its 2010 “Event Development Award.” The CHR board staged the International Association for Disabled Sailing’s 2012 IFDS World Championships and the 2013 regatta featured the 64-boat strong Laser Masters Midwinters East. Charlotte Harbor has also played host to the 2.4mR North Americans and the U.S. 2.4mR Class Association Nationals since 2012.
The Charlotte Harbor Yacht club will host the 2016 2.4mr North Americans, Dec 6-7, 2016. This event will be open to all 2.4mr sailors , and will also be scored as a part of the first inaugural 2016/2017 2.4mr CanAm series. NOR for the regatta http://www.regattatech.com/events/CHYC/24mNA16
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The St Petersburg Yacht Club will once again host the Americas Disabled/Open Regatta December 1st 2016 – December 4th 2016.
This event will be scored as a part of the inaugural 2016/2017 2.4mr CanAm series
This will be the 20 th consecutive year that the St Petersburg Yacht Club, St Petersburg ,Florida has hosted this international event for 2.4mR boats and Sonars. It includes 3 days ( Friday , Saturday and Sunday) Dec 1 thru Dec 4, 2016 of racing on Tampa Bay. Last year we were delighted to have 2 teams of wounded warrior vets in Sonars plus a sonar team from the Judd Goldman sailing Foundation in Chicago. Ten 2.4mR sailboats competed from USA and Canada. Each year the Grunson Milam trophy is awarded to the top female skipper and the top female crew in order to encourage women in sailing. Jen French , silver medalist at the Paralympic Games 2012, presented this award last year. We are looking forward to a fun regatta with good winds, sunshine, and an excellent race committee.
Janet Walker America’s Disabled Open Regatta , Chair
Darrell Suderman of National Yacht Club, Toronto won the 2016 Canadian 2.4mR Championship in a hotly contested fleet of 21 boats edging out Allan Leibel of Toronto by one point and Charlie Rosenfield of Woodstock CT by two points in the six race series.
Racing on Friday August 12, was held in 14 to 16 knot North easterly winds and grey clouds as Suderman and Leibel each took a first and a second in the two races run with Rosenfield barking at their heals with two third place finishes.
Saturday August 13th saw lighter winds in the 8 to 12 knot range with Rosenfield having the more consistent record of a one first, two seconds and a third. However Suderman won the final two races to hold onto first place while Leibel was able to discard a fifteenth to hold second.
The racers arrived at the club on Sunday August 14th to find Lac St Louis total calm. Although the wind was forecast to come in mid morning it didn’t arrive until after 1:00pm which was too late to assemble the fleet on the water prior to the cut off time at 2:00pm
The 2016 Canadian Championship had entrants from as far away as Calgary, Alberta, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and Fort Myers, Florida and speaks well for the health of the class in Canada which is enjoying its largest class membership.
Winter 2016 – 2017 events Include the North American Championships and US midwinter Championships in Charlotte Harbour Florida December 6 – 10 and the CAN AM winter series through Dec 2016 – March 2017