Clagett Sailing, a multi-dimensional program for sailors living with disabilities and mobility issues, for 20 years has hosted sailors from across the world in enjoying friendly competition and camaraderie in the sport of sailing.
Clagett Sailing's mission is to provide sailors with disabilities the oppportunity to improve their skills and reach personal goals through world-class coaching and compitition.
'“We are so excited to let you know that Clagett Sailing, formerly known as The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta, has grown from a small five boat regatta in 2003 to a multi-dimensional program which is still fulfilling our original mission. Clagett Sailing is celebrating our third decade and is proud to continue to provide opportunities for sailors with disabilities elevating their racing skills as they reach towards their individual goals.”
- Judy McLennan, President, Clagett Sailing
Clagett Sailing presents premier non-profit adaptive sailing clinic and regattas, including a fleet racing clinic and regatta in Newport, Rhode Island and a match racing clinic and regatta in Oyster Bay, New York.
The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta (Clagett Newport) takes place in Newport, Rhode Island each year and is dedicated to the memory of Tom Clagett. Tom was a strong, tough, driven person who was dedicated to the values of Corinthian sailing and sportsmanship. This adaptive sailing regatta seeks to emulate his spirit for healthy competition.
Five leading sailing organizations in the Northeast have combined efforts to offer the first ever match racing regatta in the area for adaptive sailors. After four years of success the Clagett/Oakcliff regatta has become an annual event. Now in its third year, the Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race is not to be missed!
If you care to make a tax deductible, charitable donation to Clagett Sailing to help these amazing athletes, please click on the "Donate" button below.
Clagett Sailing needs volunteers for the fleet and match racing clinic and regatta, both on land and on the water. Sign up today!
During Clagett Newport we can alway use extra support, spectator and race committee boats. You can loan or volunteer with your boat for Clagett Newport.
Sponsor support of Clagett Sailing helps provide recreational and competitive sailing opportunities for persons with adaptive needs. Sponsorship allows Clagett Sailing to develop a program that will enable sailors with disabilities to reach their personal levels of achievement.
“Regardless of our performance it doesn’t matter. It’s the fact that we actually learning a lot and we’re able to get out racing and take all of this back with us to improve our sailing.”
Jen French, 2018 Clagett/Oakcliff
“As a quadriplegic, to be able to be on the starting line and race with an incredible crew against other skilled sailors is just as breathtaking and amazing experience, without equal in any other aspect of my life.”
Dave Whalen, skipper of The Clagett Sonar granted to the Y-Knot program in 2016
“I haven’t been able to sail and it’s just, it’s that freedom again."
Sarah Everhart-Skeels, 2018 Clagett/Oakcliff
“It is so so liberating, getting out of my wheelchair, just the sense of adventure, being outside, being on the ocean, very liberating.”
Tim Brown, 2018 Clagett Newport
“Clagett’s awesome...I’ve been learning a lot from a lot of really great sailors and coaches.”
Cristina Rubke, 2018 Clagett Newport
“I wish every event that I’ve been to is like this, because you feel very special, they take great care of us”
John McRoberts, 2018 Clagett Newport
“I’ve learned more in the past few days than I have over the past few summers”
Tim Brown, 2018 Clagett Newport
“The coaches, and the organizing committee and the race committee is spot on, overall 10/10...I’m going to come back for as many years as they’ll have me”
Delani Hulme-Lawrence, 2018 Clagett Newport
“It’s just life changing, definitely sailing changed my attitude towards life. I think it brings more happiness to me and brings more stability”
“At The Clagett Regatta, I had the Atlantic ocean coming over the bow...and I wore that smell of the salt into my bed last night and I cried. And I thank God for giving me a second chance”
“I was a sailor before the stroke, but ever since...this is what keeps me living”
“It doesn’t matter if you have a disability or not, it’s the same sport. It’s about adaptations.”
“World class coaches here, in a world class venue, it is a world class regatta”
“I am glad, I am grateful. To get me here, get me out of my box and just give me the freedom that I always wanted and always fought for.”
“What disabled sailing meant to use was actually pretty much a miracle.”
“To make it back at the end of a day of competition has to really give people that boost that, ‘Hey listen anything else in life I think I can handle.’
And that’s what, I think, the sport of sailing really does for us as disabled. It really helps us integrate back into society.”
“I don’t think that a lot of people believe in those of us who have a disability and when we go into a situation with the confidence that you get from competing in a sport you can convince somebody more that you are worth more than they might think you are”
“We’re all given the opportunity to gain inner strength and shine within ourself and it brings us back here each year. And for that I’m grateful, they gave me what I needed”
“It’s the most fun I’ve had in 32 years. I am riding high”
“It doesn’t matter what your abilities are, or your disabilities, communication is really key in this because you have to basically have your own language...it’s sort of like a wet, watery chess game”
Pauline Dowell, 2018 Clagett/Oakcliff Match Racing Clinic and Regatta
To show your support to get sailing back into the Paralympics please post on your social media with #SailtoLA, #BacktheBid, #Clagett, #WorldSailing and #USSailing. By using these hashtags when you post you are helping create awareness to get Paralympic Sailing re-entered into the 2028 Los Angeles Paralympics.
Clagett Sailing has established a Boat Grant Program for adaptive sailing. The goal of Clagett's Boat Grant Program is to provide selected sailors and sailing programs the opportunity to experience, train, and race in adaptive sailing events and disabled sailing regattas by granting the recipient a competitive boat with insurance coverage for the selected sailor or sailing program.
The Grant provides for the use of the boat and equipment for up to 4 years.
Team Clagett is an exciting new program, established in 2020, as a means of providing selected sailors the opportunity to experience training and racing at elite sailing events.
Team Clagett builds upon Clagett’s Boat Grant Program, by providing places for up to four sailors who compete in the 2.4mR class at Clagett Newport with funds to attend and compete at World Championship level events.
Clagett Sailing is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity located Rhode Island. Founded by Judy and Stephanie McLennan in 2003 Clagett Sailing, formerly the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta, honors the late Tom Clagett (1916-2001).
Tom was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran who learned to sail on Chesapeake Bay. As a young man Tom Clagett experienced temporary paralysis as the result of meningitis; an experience that left him with a deep respect for the accomplishments of people with disabilities, and all sailors with adaptive needs.
Clagett Sailing's mission is to "provide sailors with disabilities the opportunity to improve their skills and reach personal goals through world-class coaching and competition."
Clagett Sailing was inspired by a conversation the co-founders had with their friend Robie Pierce (pictured below).
Competitors often comment that Clagett Sailing has improved their quality of life as they apply what is achieved on the water to everyday situations. Through sailing the "playing field," so to speak, is leveled.
Clagett Sailing has hosted the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorialc Clinic and Reagtta (Clagett Newport) in Newport, Rhode Island for the past twenty years. Clagett Newport is the original Clagett sailing program. Each year sailors with disabilities, adaptive sailors, and able bodied sailors sign up to participate in this regatta on Narragansett Bay.
The boats sailed were originally based on the Paralympic class boats, which were then adapted to fit the needs of each individual using handicap boat accessories. After the recent decision not to include sailing in the forthcoming Paralympics the Clagett Sailing boat classes have changed.
In the past the boat classes at the Clagett Newport have included Sonars, 2.4mRs, SKUD-18s, RS Venture Connect, and Martin 16s. At the regatta Hoyer Lifts, or handicap boat lifts, which provide handicap boat access and boat access for wheelchair users. All of the participants, volunteers and Race Committee strive to deliver the best experience possible for Clagett Sailing's sailors.
After over ten years of success in the original C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta (Clagett Newport) for sailors with disabilities, Clagett Sailing partnered with Oakcliff Sailing Center in Oyster Bay, New York to bring match racing to disabled sailing and adaptive sailing.
The Clagett Oakcliff Match Race is the first regatta of its kind, sailed in Sonars on the Long Island Sound in New York. Each year teams compete, with a high success rate and excellent coaches.