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2020 Clagett Regattas are cancelled

Published on May 30th, 2020

After considerable assessment and review, the board of the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta have determined that due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the 2020 Clagett Regatta (Newport, RI) and the Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Clinegatta (Oyster Bay, NY) will be cancelled.

The 2020 Clagett Regatta had previously been postponed from June 16-21 to September 1-6 due to the pandemic, while the Clagett/Oakcliff event had been planned for September 18-20. Dates in 2021 for the 18th Clagett Regatta and the 5th Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Clinegatta will be announced in due course.


Founded in 2003, the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta honors the late Tom Clagett (1916-2001), a U.S. Navy World War II veteran who learned to sail on Chesapeake Bay. As a youngster he suffered temporary paralysis as the result of a bout of meningitis; an experience that left him with a deep respect for the accomplishments of people with disabilities.

The Clagett’s stated mission is ” to provide sailors with disabilities the opportunity to improve their skills and reach personal goals through world-class coaching and competition,” Tom Clagett’s motto was “Reach for Success”, which resonates with every Clagett participant.

Clagett competitors have seen medal success at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games. Competitors often comment that, The Clagett, has improved their quality of life as they apply what is achieved on the water to everyday situations.

Source: Sam Crichton

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