For sailors with disabilities

Published on February 5th, 2020

The fifth annual Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Clinegatta for sailors with disabilities will be held on September 18-20, 2020. Sagamore Yacht Club will host the sailors for the third year and The WaterFront Center provides Sonars for the racing in Oyster Bay, NY.

In each of the previous four editions, there has seen a different winner and in 2019 Sarah Everhart Skeels (Little Compton, R.I.) with her crew of Cindy Walker (Falmouth, Mass.) and Spencer Raggio (Malta, N.Y.) took home the top prize for the regatta.

“We are definitely planning to be in Oyster Bay in September to defend our 2019 title,” said Everhart Skeels.

During the clinic and regatta, sailors receive tailored coaching, and while the emphasis in on match racing, Raggio found the skills to be transferable. “Match racing helps sailors improve on their fleet racing ability as it helps focus on boat handling, tactical and decision making skills.”

For the fifth year the world-renowned match racing coaching duo of Dave Perry and Dave Dellenbaugh will be providing expert coaching for the sailors competing. Perry is a five-time US Match Racing Champion and Dellenbaugh helmed America3 during her successful defense of the America’s Cup in 1992.

“Match racing makes you a better sailor…period. The races are close, so it calls on every sense and skill the sailors have to try and beat the other boat across the finishing line, and each person on the boat has a critical role to play. It is challenging, sometimes frustrating, but always exhilarating,” commented Dave Perry (Southport, Conn.)

An invitation for entry can be requested online at https://theclubspot.com/regatta/US6FMeDDrf

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