World Champions

A group of Clagett Athletes at the awards ceremony in 2018

Our Athletes

The story of Clagett Sailing is one of vision, commitment and service, and as its motto suggests, it has encouraged everyone – from its own leadership to the growing adaptive needs sailing community to the many volunteers who make it happen – to “Reach for Success.”

When an athlete participates in a Clagett Sailing program they gain more than a world-class regatta experience. In the most simple terms, the athletes that participate in Clagett Sailing become part of an elite family of competitive adaptive sailors. 

Clagett Sailing has had participants enroll from across the USA (at least 26 states and territories) and such foreign countries as Canada (6 Provinces), China, Ireland, Israel, and Norway.

We are immensely proud of all of the athletes that have participated in Clagett Sailing, below are a few highlights through the years.

If you are a Clagett Sailing participant athlete email operations@clagettsailing.org to be included on this page.

Athlete Highlights

 

Boat Grant athletes

The Y-Knot Program

THE Y-KNOT PROGRAM

The Sonar boat was granted in 2016 and in 2023 to the Y-Knot Program based in Lake George, NY. The granted Clagett Sonar has raced in Clagett Newport each year since receiving the boat.

The Sonar team has also participated in The Clagett/Oakcliff Match Racing Clinic and Regatta in Oyster Bay, NY.

Delani Hulme Lawrence

DELANI HULME-LAWRENCE

Delani Hulme-Lawrence, who's campaign is called Life over Limb, is the recipient of a 2.4mR boat in Clagett Sailing's second year of the Boat Grant Program. 

At the 2018 Clagett Newport, Delani placed eighth in the 2.4mR class and won the Larry Gadsby Most Improved Award, nominated by the coaches. 

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PETER NORWOOD

Peter has substantial one-design experience including racing in North American Albacore Championship, Sarasota Mid-Winter One Design, Canadian Albacore Championship, to name a few.

Peter is an all around sailor as well with cruising experience in the Strait of Georgia (BC), Northumberland Strait, and The Georgian Bay (Ontario, Canada).

Peter Eagar

PETER EAGAR

Peter Eagar, from York, Ontario, Canada, has sailed in five Clagett Newport regattas and won the overall C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. trophy in 2019. Peter started sailing when he was nine years old and racing about a year later in the International Shark 24 class. Between 1985 and 2003 he won the Shark Class World Championship four times.

In 2010 he was completely paralyzed by Guillain Barre Syndrome. After over one year in hospital and a second year in rehab he started sailing again. He resumed racing first in the Martin 16 fleet and then in the 2.4mR.

Siobhan MacDonald

SIOBHAN MACDONALD

Siobhan's first competitive sailing experience was at the 2013 Clagett Newport. She won a bronze medal in the 2.4mR class at the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

Siobhan was recently voted to be the Keelboat Captain for the Queen's University Sailing Team. In addition to sailing her 2.4mR competitively, Siobhan is the head instructor at her family's local sailing club, Sail Mabou in Nova Scotia.

Erick Poirier

ERICK POIRIER

Erick Poirier is from Repentigny, Quebec, Canada. Erick has sailed in two Clagett Newport regattas in the 2.4mR.

Erick “learned to sail in a Martin 16 with the Association Québécoise de Voile (AQVA) in Montreal starting in 2007 and was soon an active participant in their race training program. He discovered the 2.4mR when a fellow AQVA member, Scott Lutes, purchased one. He fell in love with the boat and eventually bought my own which I raced in several regattas, including two Clagett Newport regattas.

Julio Reguero

JULIO REGUERO

Julio Reguero has been to two Paralympics Games, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Julio has won the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta (Clagett Newport) three times. In 2019 Julio finished 8th overall in the open worlds in Genoa, Italy and 1st in the master division.

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Tyler Robertson

Tyler currently lives in San Diego, California but sails with the 2.4mR fleet on the east coast USA. He started skippering at the age of 10 during his summers at Crystal Lake, Frankfort, Michigan. He was the top sailor in the local junior fleet with the Butterfly sailboats, placed 6th in Nationals and crewed on the 1st place E-scow boat. At 16 years old he was involved in an accident which left him a quadriplegic. Now 20 years later he is getting back to competitive sailing with a 2.4mR boat thanks to Clagett Sailing.

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Maureen McKinnon

Maureen is a 2008 gold medal Olympian. She has competed in 3 Paralympic sailing classes and was a member of the US Disabled Sailing team 9 times. She recently represented the US at the 2022 ParaWorld Sailing Championships in The Hague. Maureen began competing in parasailing after an accident in 1995. She is a competitor in the 2.4mR class and has attended quite a few Clagett Regattas and clinics.

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Chuck Allen

 

Paralympians

Over its 20+ year history Clagett Sailing is honored to have had 44 participant athletes from six different countries represent their respective countries at The Paralympics.  

Throughout its history, Clagett Sailing has successfully filled a void in advanced training opportunities for sailors with disabilities, and has been able to do this through the outstanding philanthropic and volunteer contributions of the tightly knit community dedicated to its mission. This training and support has resulted in 19 Paralympic Medals for Clagett sailors: three Gold, seven Silver, nine Bronze. In addition to several World Championship medals.     

PARALYMPIC MEDALISTS

2016 Rio de Janiero Paralympic Medalists

Silver Medal- Sonar: 

  • Rick Doerr (Clifton, NJ, USA),
  • Hugh Freund (South Freeport, ME, USA)
  • and Brad Kendall (Clearwater, FL, USA)

Silver Medal - SKUD 18

  • John McRoberts (Victoria, BC, CA)
  • and Jackie Gay (Victoria, BC, CA)

Bronze Medal - Sonar

  • Paul Tingley (Halifax, NS, CA),
  • Scott Lutes (Montreal, QC, CA),
  • and Logan Campbell (Saskatoon, SK, CA)

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2012 Weymouth, U.K. Paralympic Medalists

Silver Medal- SKUD-18

  • Jennifer French, (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • and J.P. Creignou, (St. Petersburg, FL)

BRONZE MEDAL - SONAR

  • Aleksander Wang-Hansen (Oslo, NO),
  • Per Eugen Kristiansen (Bekkestua, NO)
  • and Marie Solberg (Sarpsborg, NO).

 

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2008 Beijing Paralympic Medalists

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Gold Medal- SKUD-18

  • Nick Scandone, (Fountain Valley, CA), 1966-2009
  • Maureen McKinnon-Tucker,  (Marblehead, MA) Pictured Left

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Bronze Medal- SKUD-18

  • John Mcoberts, (Victoria, British Columbia) Pictured Right
  • Stacie Louttit, (Victoria, British Columbia)

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Gold Medal - 2.4mR

  • Paul Tingley (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

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Bronze Medal - 2.4mR

  • John Ruf (Pewaukee, WI)

2004 Athens PARALYMPIC MEDALISTS

Gold MEDAL - Sonar

  • Dor Cohen (Israel)

Bronze MEDAL - SONAR

  • Bradley Johnson (Tampa, FL)
  • and J.P. Creignou (St. Petersburg, FL)