A 2.4mR sailor competes at the Clagett Regatta in Newport, Rhode Island

Board and Committees

Board of Directors

Judy Clagett Mclennan, President and Co-Founder of The Clagett Regatta

Judy Clagett McLennan

President

Judy is retired from the U.S. Government where she served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women under President George H. W. Bush. Judy is co-founder and currently serves as President and Chair of the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta. Judy currently serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Naval War College Foundation, the Board of the Newport Hospital Foundation and is on the Committee for Sailors with Disabilities at US Sailing. Throughout her life Judy has been very active on numerous, International, National and Local Charitable and civic boards. Judy is a member of the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), the Ida Lewis Yacht Club (ILYC), the Newport Yacht Club (NYC) and the Tred Avon Yacht Club (TAYC). Judy lives in Portsmouth, RI.

Sarah Everhart- Skeels Vice President of on the water activities at The Clagett Regatta

Sarah Everhart-Skeels

Vice President On the Water Activities

Sarah is a former member of the US Sailing Team as a SKUD-18 Skipper.  She has participated in the Clagett since its 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.

Stephanie McLennan Vice President of on shore activities and co-founder of The Clagett Regatta

Stephanie McLennan

Vice President On Shore Activities

Stephanie W. McLennan, is co-founder of the Clagett Sailing, formerly known as the C. Thomas Clagett Jr., Memorial Clinic and Regatta. She is a graduate of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida and currently lives in Newport, Rhode Island and Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. Stephanie is active in the sailing community and is a member of New York Yacht Club (NYYC) and the Ida Lewis Yacht Club (ILYC). She has served as past Jury Secretary to NYYC and has also done this role at Sail Newport, various Buzzard Bay Yachting Association Regattas, and 2013 she served as the Jury Secretary for the North American Championship in the Star Class in Oxford, Maryland. Stephanie is also a lifetime member of the Naval War College Foundation in Newport, RI. Stephanie also has two yellow labs Millie and Madison. She loves to travel and needlepoint.

Nanette Gifford, secretary of The Clagett Regatta

Robbie Murphy Benjamin

Secretary and Interim Treasurer 

Robbie is a resident of Portsmouth, RI.  Robbie was on boats before she could walk and learned to sail as a young girl in Buzzards Bay.  She signed on as tactician/navigator on a race crew with the man who eventually became her husband.  They sailed, racing and cruising, for years on a variety of boats.  She graduated from Smith College and managed a family marine business in Newport RI. She is a past Commodore of the Ida Lewis Yacht Club and a member of both ILYC and the New York Yacht Club.  She has served on numerous committees at both clubs including Race Committee and is a certified US Sailing Judge   She has been Event Chair for numerous local, national and world championship sailing regattas. In addition to Clagett Sailing's Board, Robbie's volunteer activities include the Business Development Company of RI and she has been on other boards including Sail Newport, Seamen’s Church Institute, and the Newport Art Museum. Robbie is currently the owner of a small manufacturing company in Warren, RI.

Carol Barrow, Clagett Regatta board member

Carol Barrow

Carol Barrow lives in Chatham on Cape Cod. She learned to sail in Barnegat Bay, NJ where she grew up. She is a National Judge. She serves on the New York Yacht Club Judge's Committee, as well as their Race Committee. Carol is also a Board member of the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, a member of the Narragansett Bay Appeals Committee, the Barnegat Bay Appeals Committee, and is an Advanced Judges Seminar Instructor. Carol is an abstract painting and photography artist, exhibiting her work at the Provincetown Art Museum.

Julia Dorsett

Julia Dorsett

Julia Dorsett, a 2004 wheelchair tennis Paralympian and two time runner up for the 2008 and 2012 Paralympics in sailing honed her skills for close to ten years competing in the Clagett Regatta. 

Now retired from professional sport and Paralympic campaigns she stays closer to home, but still competes when she can. Most notably she has just joined The Tred Avon Yacht Club in Oxford, MD and looks forward to bringing the spirit of competitive disabled sailing to the Eastern Shore.

Jack Grant

Jack Grant

Jack Grant is a lifelong Newporter who has enjoyed one design racing, recreational sailing & cruising and race committee volunteering for over fifty years. An active member and Past Commodore of the Newport Yacht Club Jack has also served on the boards of several Newport County non-profits and was executive director of Seamen’s Church Institute for eight years. A graduate of Roger Williams University and Bryant University, Jack had a 30-year career in health insurance and was on the adjunct faculty at Salve Regina University. He currently administers a private fund that assists Newport residents experiencing financial challenges and volunteers in support of community activities.

Dan Hatch, Clagett Regatta board member

Dan Hatch

As an Aquidneck Island native, Dr. Dan Hatch, PT, DPT is honored and excited to be a part of Clagett Sailing's Board. Having received his graduate degree in physical therapy from the University of Rhode Island, he opened NPT HealthWorks and NPT Performance & Recovery with a mission of helping individuals make better decisions about their health. These organizations provide reactive and proactive health and wellness services including physical therapy, mental health counseling, human performance coaching, etc. Dan's professional background in the sailing world includes head physio for SailGP Team USA, support physio for American Magic, and working with countless professional sailors over his 12 year career. Dr. Dan's passion is helping active individuals live a balanced, healthy, and more mobile life so that they can function at a high level with improved ease, less medication, and fewer doctor visits and surgeries. Outside of work, Dr. Dan loves running, biking, swimming, and golf.

Matt Hill

Matthew Hill

Matthew is a resident of Barrington, RI and is the Race Administration Director for US Sailing. A lifelong sailor, in his previous career Matt was a classroom teacher at the elementary and middle school levels. He is past Commodore of the Saunderstown Yacht Club and a US Sailing race officer, judge and instructor. Matt has been the Principal Race Officer (PRO) for a variety of sailing events for both youth and adult sailors. Matt has been a board member and Junior Programs Chair for Narragansett Bay Yachting Association (NBYA) and served on the Rhode Island International Sailing Association (RIISA) board.

 

Brad Johnson

Bradley Johnson

Brad is a bronze medal Paralympic winner in the Sonar class at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. At the Athens Paralympics Brad sailed with John Ross Duggan and J.P. Creignou. 

Brad is a practicing lawyer in Florida. He was also a member of the US Paralympic Volleyball Team.

Bird Stasz, Clagett Regatta board member

Bird Jones

Bird grew up learning to sail at Ida Lewis and developed a passion for sailing that is only equaled by skiing and making maple syrup. She received her doctorate in Education from Syracuse University and devoted her career to teaching domestically as well as working extensively in Central Asia specifically Tajikistan. There she supported the modernization of teaching practices working with Ministries of Education and USAID. She retired as professor emerita from Elon University.

Janice Kennedy, Clagett Regatta board member

Janice Kennedy

Janice has assisted with Clagett Sailing's fundraising event for many years. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Newport County YMCA for two terms as well as Big Sisters of Newport County Chapter.  She has been involved in numerous Sail Newport events over the past 20 years including the most recent Newport Volvo Stopover.  She owned Kennedy Personnel Services from 1987 to 2018. Janice's connection to sailing came when she married her husband, Pat, an avid sailor with multiple racing campaigns including Maxi Yacht series, and was lucky enough to travel with him internationally to sailing venues.

Greg Kiely

Greg Kiely

Greg Kiely was introduced to the sport of sailing at 10 weeks old on Long Island Sound where he has been a lifelong member of Noroton Yacht Club in Darien, CT. Greg now resides in Portsmouth, RI with his wife and two daughters. Greg led the St. George's School sailing team and sailed on the Naval Academy dinghy team in college before becoming the year-round Head Coach at Annapolis Yacht Club. Greg is a former national chairman of the US Match Racing Championship Committee for US Sailing and serves as an active International Umpire and National Judge around the world. While all types of sailing and racing have been a part of Greg's life, teaching and coaching, as well as the match racing discipline have been Greg's greatest passions.

Greg is the CEO of Mott & Chace Sotheby's International Realty based in Providence, RI. In his professional career Greg has served over 500 hours per year on volunteer boards and committees, including serving as the Treasurer and then President for a 3000 member board. Greg currently sits on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Realtors, the largest trade association in the USA.

Greg is a member of New York Yacht Club and Noroton Yacht Club, and spends most evenings and weekends on the water chasing sailboats in a RIB or enjoying coastal New England aboard his Surfhunter 32 with his family.

Timmy Larr, Clagett Regatta board member

Tom McGue

Dr. Tom McGue graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1975 and then completed a Navy Residency in Family Medicine in Jacksonville Florida. Tom served 30 years in the United States Navy till his retirement in 2012. In the Navy he progressed from a clinic level physician to be the Commanding Officer of Naval Hospital Great Lakes, Illinois. During his Navy time Tom deployed to the Mediterranean and Black Seas, the Indian Ocean, and to the waters off Norway. Following his Navy career, he served as the Chief Medical officer at Newport Hospital. Tom is a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Practice, a Member of the American College of Health Care Executives, and a lifelong member of the Naval War College Foundation.

Barbara Odegaard, Clagett Regatta board member

Barbara Odegaard 

Barbara Odegaard has lived on and off in Newport over the last 25 years. She has settled permanently here with her husband John, after both retired from careers in the US Navy. After receiving her JD from the College of William and Mary Law School, Barbara served as a JAG officer for 15 years. She has been active in many Aquidneck Island organizations, including the Potter League, the Aquidneck Land Trust, and the Newport Garden Club.

Andrew Parish

Andrew Parish

Andrew Parish grew up on the upper Chesapeake Bay, sailing and running various water crafts up and down the East coast.  This led him to graduate from New York Maritime College in 1994 with a BS in Naval Architecture and a USCG 3rd Mate Unlimited license.  As Captain of his high school and college sailing teams, he raced PHRF and one design alike to a number of wins.  In 1998, he was appointed Pilot apprentice for the Pilots Assoc for the Bay and River Delaware.  2021 begins his 20th year as working pilot, navigating commercial vessels into the Ports of Philadelphia.  Andrew began sailing Stars in the late 90’s, became an owner in ’02 and sailed his first championship at the 2012 Western Hemispheres.  In 2014, he was honored to chaired the Star North Americans at his home club of Tred Avon YC in Oxford, Md and in 2016, was honored again by the class to chair the 2018 Star Worlds.  He is an avid ocean racer as well, having completed his first Bermuda ocean passage in 1970, Newport to Bermuda in 1988, Navigator in N2B ’94 & Marion ’95 as well as watch captain in 5 other N2B’s.  He has raced and delivered boats extensively on the east coast. Andrew is a member of the Cruising Club of America and Tred Avon YC in Oxford, MD, past TAYC board member, helped managed the TAYC Junior Sailing program for 12 years and Co-chaired the 2010 USODA ACC’s at TAYC.  Andrew lives in St. Michaels, Md with his wife of 24 yrs, Christine, children, Adison(17) and Spencer(14) and 3 dogs. 

Spcner, Raggio

Spencer Raggio

Spencer is a marketing/communications consultant, and an avid sailor and racer. He is certified as a US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor and Adaptive Sailing Instructor. Spencer has been volunteering with Y-Knot Sailing, an adaptive program on Lake George, NY, since 1999. He also volunteers with US Sailing as a member of the Training Committee and as chair of the US Sailing Para Sailing Committee. He lives in Malta, NY.

Charles Rosenfield, Clagett Regatta board member

Charles Rosenfield

Charles is a 2.4mR sailor who has been participating in Clagett Sailing regattas since 2005. Charles is active in the 2.4mR class.

Clare Weisman

Claire "Vicky" Wiseman

Dr. Claire “Vicky” Wiseman grew up sailing on Nantucket sound in a variety of dinghy sailboats. She was captain of the Cornell sailing team and has a lifelong love of sailing, teaching and racing. Most recently she moved to Barrington, RI where she strives to share her love of sailing and is involved with the women’s sailing program and races with her crew of 8 women in the Bay and New England. She is also a member of the Waterville Valley Ski Patrol and in her spare time enjoys riding horses. When she is not sailing or skiing, she works as a clinical psychologist part-time at St Georges School and RICBT with her two Labrador Retriever therapy dogs. She founded and serves as executive director of an animal assisted therapy program with equines at Red Skye Foundation in East Greenwich, RI. She has a PhD from American University in Washington DC and has held a variety of academic positions, including Cornell Medical School, Trinity College, and Yale Medical School. She was Commmodore of Stone Horse YC in Harwichport, MA and is a member of Barrington YC.

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Of Counsel, Christopher J. McNally

Chris attended St. Georges School in Middletown, RI and earned a degree in Marine Biology from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. He spent 15 years in various roles in maritime industries and then decided to earn his JD from Roger Williams University School of Law.  Chris successfully competed in the National Admiralty Moot Court competition, earning second place and recognition for drafting the Best Respondent’s brief. His practice at Sayer Regan & Thayer has a strong focus in Admiralty and Ocean and Coastal Law as well as Business organization, Land Use and Environmental Law.  Chris belongs to the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA), Propeller Club of Narragansett Bay, Marine & Oceanographic Technology Network (MOTN), Cruising Club of America (CCA), Bermuda Ocean Race Organizing Committee (BROC), and the Maritime Law Association (MLA). Chris continues to be an active racer in various sailboats.

DECEASED BOARD MEMBERS

Bob conner

ROBERT "BOB" CONNER

Bob was a past Commodore Ida Lewis Yacht Club; Past President Narragansett Bay Yachting Association; Treasurer US Sailing; US National Judge; International Judge (IJ); US 12 Meter (Liberty) Syndicate Member; Member New York Yacht Club (Judges Committee); NYYC Membership Committee; Past President Rhode Island Olympic Sailing Trials

Ken brockway

Ken Brockway

Ken was a career non-profit professional having been a YMCA executive for 35 years. After retiring Ken served as interim director of the Newport Historical Society and the Redwood Library and Atheanaeum. As a Clagett Board member, Ken chaired the Governance Committee. He also was involved with the Boys and Girls Club, the Newport Rotary Charitable Foundation, the Portsmouth Public Education Foundation and the Red Cross Flag Day Breakfast.

Robine Wallace

Dr. A.R.G. "Robin" Wallace

Robin lived in Newport, RI where he had been the force behind developing Newport as a world-class sailing center for fifty years. Robin settled in Newport after he served in the U.S. Army as a Physician and ran his practice as a leading pediatric physician. Robin worked tirelessly inspiring and mobilizing the entire community by recruiting and managing sailing events, regattas, and world Championships. Robin served in roles to develop several yacht clubs, sailing organizations, and he has been a leader with US Sailing and World Sailing Association. He was the former chairman of the Rhode Island State Yachting Committee, the Rhode Island Sailing Foundation. He served on the Medical Committees of US Sailing and World Sailing. He also was a Trustee of the Stride Memorial Foundation. Robin was an active member of the New York Yacht Club, the Ida Lewis Yacht Club and Sail Newport.

Clinic/Regatta Working Committee

  • Debora Abrams-Wright
  • Betsy Alison
  • Kim Cooper
  • Sam Crichton
  • Joseph Dill
  • Tom Duggan
  • Barbara Ferris
  • Gene Hinkel
  • Liz Isdale
  • Les Larson
  • William Martin, Jr.
  • Bam Miller
  • Sharon Pavignano
  • Muggsy Skinner
  • Brenda Sorg

Advisory Committee

  • Schuyler Benson
  • Tim Burns
  • Dan Dwyer
  • Chafee Emory
  • Nanette Gifford
  • Jerry Kirby
  • Laura Leslie
  • John Marshall
  • Steve McGowan
  • Rives Potts
  • Tom Rich