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Clagett Regatta and 2018 U.S. Para Sailing Championships Day 1: Picture perfect conditions

by Sam Crichton 23 Jun 2018 06:57 BST 19-24 June 2018
Julio Reguero and Dee Smith lead the 2.4mR fleet after day 1 of racing - 2018 Clagett Regatta and U.S. Para Sailing Championships © Clagett Regatta-Ro Fernandez

Newport turned on the charm Friday for the 46 sailors racing in the 2018 C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta and the U.S. Para Sailing Championships. After a short postponement ashore as the Principal Race Officer Tom Duggan waited for the Easterly breeze to come in, the three fleets got the first race nerves out of the way. The race committee had a busy day having to move the course a number of times due to the shifting breeze.

In the 22 boat 2.4mR fleet, Dee Smith (Annapolis, Md.), Julio Reguero (Puerto Rico), and Peter Wood (Ottawa, CAN) relished the predominately Easterly conditions for the four races which fluctuated in strength from seven to 15 knots as it moved around.

"It's been great to be back at The Clagett, the last time I sailed the 2.4mR was at The Clagett in 2016. The level of sailing just gets better every time I come here and the coaching definitely helps a lot," commented Reguero who sailed at both the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games.

For the four teams racing in the triplehanded Sonar class, it is Rio Paralympic Silver Medalist Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.) who is sailing with Dawn Hart (Dade City, Fla.) and Charles McCLure (Brookline, Mass.), and the team from the Midwest of Gary Pierce (Highland Park, Ill.), Patrick LoDuca (Chicago, Ill.) and Jeff Long (Newport, R.I.) who are tied for first place. In second place in the Sonar after racing today is a new team to The Clagett from Texas, David Gaston (Port Bolivar, Texas), Mike Janota (Galveston, Texas) and Kevin Somers (Missouri City, Texas).

Skipper Dave Gaston said after racing today, "This is our first time racing in Newport at The Clagett. We've known about it for a while and this was the year to be here. It's a wonderful opportunity to race against the best in our sport and the coaching has been phenomenal."

In the RS Connect fleet the seven teams rotated through a round robin race schedule, as the two person teams tested the boat for consideration as a potential for a Paralympic class. Teams from the US and Canada have been making the most of the opportunity to put the boats through the paces. West Coast sailor Fernanda Castelo from San Carlos, California who is sailing with East Coast based Cindy Walker (Weymouth, Mass.), has been sailing the RS Venture Connect in California and this is her first chance to race the boat against other teams.

"This has been a fantastic opportunity to show people how great this boat is. This is my first time sailing with Cindy and my first time at The Clagett. The coaches have pushed us and I see sailing as an equalizer and it teaches camaraderie and innovation. Sailing has taught me how to utilize my equipment (my chair) and it triggers me to be more aware of my senses on land," said Castelo after they finished up racing today.

Saturday's forecast is for an Easterly breeze ranging from six to nine knots with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning.

Results after Day 1: (four races)

PosSail NoCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1  USA 7  Dee Smith [USPS2.4mR]  STC  1  1  1  1  4  
2  PUR 14  Julio Reguero [USPS2.4mR]  CDVC  2  6  4  3  15  
3  CAN 14  Peter Wood  Nepean Sailing Club  3  7  5  2  17  
4  USA 142  Charles Rosenfield [USPS2.4mR]  Sail Newport  7  3  2  6  18  
5  USA 165  Daniel Evans [USPS2.4mR]  Daniel Evans  4  5  6  4  19  
6  CAN 22  Peter Eagar [USPS2.4mR]  National Yacht Club  5  4  3  8  20  
7  USA 3  Tony Pocklington  Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club  9  2  8  9  28  
8  USA 11  Timothy Ripley [USPS2.4mR]  Sail Newport  6  8  7  15  36  
9  CAN 95  Delani Hulme‑Lawrence [USPS2.4mR]  Royal Victoria Yacht Club  13  10  11  7  41  
10  USA 160  Kevin Holmberg [USPS2.4mR]  Davis Islands Yacht Club  8  9  23/RET‑AF  5  45  
11  CAN 12  Christine Lavallee [USPS2.4mR]  Nepean sailing club  10  11  9  16  46  
12  CAN 1  Alain Dubuc  pointe‑claire yacht club  11  13  12  11  47  
13  NS  Siobhan MacDonald [USPS2.4mR]  Mabou Sailing Boating Club  17  12  10  13  52  
14  USA 123  Zak Kordik [USPS2.4mR]  Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program  14  14  14  12  54  
15  CAN 88  Aaron Wong‑Sng [USPS2.4mR]  Nepean Sailing Club  16  16  13  10  55  
16  CAN 42  Janice Graham‑Foscarini  National Yacht Club  12  15  16  14  57  
17  USA 179  Theodore Green  Sail Newport  19  17  15  18  69  
18  USA 114  Barbara Galinska [USPS2.4mR]  Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program  18  19  18  17  72  
19  CAN 18  Audrey Kobayashi [USPS2.4mR]  Kingston  15  18  17  S  73  
20  ISV 1  Antonio Sanpere [USPS2.4mR]  N/A  20  20  19  19  78  
21  CAN 35  Shaylagh Ley [USPS2.4mR]  Nepean Sailing Club  21  S  S  S  90  
22  USA 2  Maureen McKinnon [USPS2.4mR]  Jubilee Yacht Club  C  C  C  C  93  
1  1  Rick Doerr/Dawn Hart/Charles McClure  Ocean Gate Yacht Club  1  1  2  3  7T  
2  541  Gary Pierce/Patrick LoDuca/Jeff Long  Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program  2  2  1  2  7T  
3  IRL 844  David Gaston/Mike Janota/Kevin Somers  Sea Star Base Galveston  F  3  3  1  12  
4  USA  David Whalen/Spencer Raggio/Dan Kennedy  Y‑Knot  3  4  4  4  15  

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