Newbies win Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race

Published on September 30th, 2018

Twenty-four sailors with adaptive needs gathered in Oyster Bay for the third annual Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Clinic and Regatta, held September 28-30 in Oyster Bay, NY. The WaterFront Center donated their Sonars for use in the regatta and Warrior Sailing Program rigged them with the adaptive equipment. Sagamore Yacht Club generously offered their facilities and docks for the regatta.

Five-time US Match Racing Champion Dave Perry and America’s Cup legend Dave Dellenbaugh gave the competitors a crash course on match racing from the basics all the way through to advanced penalty skills. The practice day was a case of practicing what they were taught and the first day of the regatta executing these skills.

Kevin Holmberg (Tampa, Fl.) and his crew of Noah Barrengos (San Francisco, Calif.) and Jeff Long (Newport, R.I.) came out on top (above), not losing a single match. Holmberg first competed in the Clagett regatta seven years ago but this was his first time match racing and competing in the Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race. Holmberg usually races in the singlehanded 2.4mR class and recently raced in the World Sailing Championships in Sheboygan, WI.

“I really enjoyed sailing with a crew and have learned a lot this weekend,” said Holmberg. “I’m looking forward to doing some sailing in the WETA trimaran soon.”

Improving on their 2017 result and finishing in second place was the team of skipper Charlie Rosenfield (Woodstock, Conn.), Tim Ripley (Randolph, N.J.), and Stuart Caplan (Larchmont, N.Y.) who only lost one match out of seven over the two days of racing. “I’ve learned so much here at this regatta,” noted Caplan. “It is concentrated learning and unbelievable tutelage.”

Rounding out the podium for this year in third place is the team of skipper Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Matt Amatruda (Guilford,Conn.), and Charles McClure (Brookline, Mass.). Doerr, who raced with McClure at this regatta last year, said after sailing, “This year we had better breeze and the level of competition has stepped up a level. It’s great to see teams bringing great sailors to the mix and I enjoy wrapping up the summer sailing season with this regatta.”

Coach of the last three Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Clinic and Regattas, Dave Perry remarked, “The improvement in the racing between the first day and the final day today has been very notable. Overall the racing level has become better.”

Final Results
1 Kevin Holmberg, Noah Barrengos, Jeff Long
2 Charlie Rosenfield, Tim Ripley, Stuart Caplan
3 Rick Doerr, Charles McClure, Matt Amatruda
4 Dave Whalen, Spencer Raggio, Dan Kennedy
5 Sarah Everhart Skeels, Brian Skeels, Brenda Hopkin
6 Pauline Dowell, Christian Thaxton, Kay Van Valkenburgh
7 Dennis Moran, Daniel Moreno, Greg Murphy
8 Jen French, Tim French, Sam Parsons


About The Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race:
Founded in 2016, The Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race event is a match racing event open to both adaptive and able-bodied sailors from the US and outside the US. At least the skipper should identify as having a disability.

The Clagett, whose motto is “Reach for Success”, and stated mission is “to assist sailors in realizing their potential on the water by providing them both the knowledge and tools to improve their skills and the opportunity to use these skills in competition,” has joined with Oakcliff Sailing, a non-profit coaching and training center for sailors who have progressed beyond traditional coaching methods.

The event will be hosted by The Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay, NY and supported by Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, SailAhead and the Warrior Sailing Program.

Source: Sam Crichton

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