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.
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
The 14th C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta wrapped up in Newport, RI on June 26th. 15 2.4mr sailors competed in the event from Canada, Puerto Rico, and across the US from Rhode Island, Florida, Connecticut, New Jersey. Over the course of the three day event, the race committee set the race courses against the back drop of Newport’s Pell Bridge, in between Goat and Rose Island, on Narragansett Bay. Lead by Principal Race Officer (PRO) Tom Duggan (East Sandwich, MA), the race committee did a great job setting courses in challenging currents and and varying wind directions during the entire event. Fantastic coaching from Betsy Allison and Brian Todd had the fleet bunched up, with tight mark roundings and close finishes. Hee are the links for the final press release and finalu 2.4mr results. Press release, 2016 results.
The US 2.4mr Spring Clinic was held at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club on March 10th and 11th. High winds with gusts to 30mph kept the fleet dockside until early afternoon Thursday. At 2:30pm most were able to get out for a practice race and some speed tuning. Friday started out the same, with most(all but 1) of the participants “voting” to stay dockside enjoying the sunny Florida morning until the wind abated a bit around 11:30am. Mark Bryant was on the coach boat offering on the water insight and advise to all. Steve Olive handled RC duties, with helpers Chalmers and Kayla, and Dennis Peck providing double duty as mark/rescue boat. The fleet got plenty of work on their starting routine as each race was prefaced by 2 practice starts. With a short line and good breeze everybody was reasonably well behaved and managed to keep their heads up while jockeying for position during the start sequences. All appreciated the extra practice, and Charlie Rosenfield proved unbeatable with 4 bullets Friday, winning the naming rights for the clinic. Tony Pocklington was second and Jay Corcoran edged Erick Poirier by 1 point for third. Special thanks to the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club for accommodating the 2.4mr class for this fun event. CHYC hosted the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs Friday and Saturday which made for a very busy weekend at the club, and in the marina. click here for Spring Clinic photos
Saturday, March 12th the Punta Gorda Isles Yacht club hosted the 2016 Charlotte Harbor one design Leukemia Cup. Racing began with 10 2.4mrs on the line in a SW breeze near 13kts. The wind moderated to 6 -10 kts for the final races. Reading the big shifts correctly was a must for success as always. Race Committee was able to get 4 races in, with Dennis Peck and Charlie Rosenfield tied with 11 points each. Charlie won the tiebreaker for first, leaving third place for Tony Pocklington with 13 points. This fun event was a nice way to cap our Spring 2.4mr clinic. Thanks to the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club for allowing our class to utilize their facilities.
The Port Charlotte Yacht Club hosted the 2015 2.4mr US Nationals to end the year of 2015.
After a day of rest and repair from the US 2.4mr Midwinters, the US 2.4mr National Regatta was ready to begin. Winds again from the east-northeast set in as competitors headed out to starting area but by the time the racing was ready to start it had shifted slightly more east to almost 85 degrees. Nice course set by committee and racing was on its way. Wind was in the more moderate level with competitors having to monitor shifting winds back and forth. Nice regatta with 4 Canadian and 7 US boats competing. A few had to drop out on the last day, but overall the fleet continued the tight racing from the previous Midwinters Regatta.
This regatta saw Charles Rosenfield, USA 142, find his groove and take first place with 7 points accumulated in the regatta. Second was taken by Tony Pocklington, USA 3. This was almost a complete reversal of points between these two from the previous regatta. Third in the regatta was Peter Wood with 18 points. Third US boat, and fourth overall was Kevin Holmberg, USA 160 with 26 pts. Click here 2015 US Nationals results for the results of the regatta.
Thanks to the Charlotte Harbor Yacht club and all of the support staff that helped make this another fantastic 2.4mr event.
The US 2.4mr Class happy to be at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club once again. Getting the boats down from St. Pete regatta just a few days earlier made the usual hustle bustle that happens each year here just seem part of the norm. Boats arrive on Monday and by Tuesday things were ready for the start of the regatta.
Charlotte Harbor day one saw a stiff breeze from the northeast. With the starting area set just west of marker three in the clearest air to be found for the race, competitors sailed a fast downwind leg to the start. The wind was up and so were the seas which made for a challenging course to test the competitor’s willingness to receive some spray of Charlotte Harbor.
Day two of regatta saw the wind drop off some to test the competitors skills in lighter breeze. Tony Pocklington, USA 3, showed how much his time spent in the boat this year paid off with accumulating 7 points to take first place in the regatta. Second was Charlie Rosenfield, USA 142, with 15 points. Peter Wood, Can 14, took the third spot. 4 Canadian, and 8 US boats competed in the regatta. Click here 2015 2.4mr Midwinter results to see the full results.
There was fun to be had by all in the regatta. A big thank you again for crew put together to run the Mid-Winters for the 2.4mr Class.
Fifteen competitors attended the 2015 North American Championship hosted by Nepean Sailing Club, Ottawa, Ontario, on July 24-26. This annual event is held in either Canada or the United States with the two countries switching off every other year.
Fifteen competitors attended the 2015 North American Championship hosted by Nepean Sailing Club, Ottawa, Ontario, on July 24-26. This annual event is held in either Canada or the United States with the two countries switching off every other year. The fleet was made up of eleven Canadian and four US racers with the Canadians filling the top four finishing positions. Seven races were completed with five on Saturday and two races Sunday.