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Clagett Regatta and 2018 U.S. Para Sailing Championships Day 2: Contrasting weather

by Sam Crichton 24 Jun 02:21 BST 19-24 June 2018
2.4mR sailors from across North America racing at the Clagett Regatta and U.S. Para Sailing Championships © Ro Fernandez

Conditions for day two of the 2018 Clagett Regatta and U.S. Para Sailing Championships, hosted by Sail Newport, was a complete 180 to day one with a gray, overcast day greeting the 44 sailors. The Race Committee took the three classes out to the course in a very light breeze that started out in an Easterly direction and moved to a North Easterly.

Overnight leader in the 2.4mR class, Dee Smith (Annapolis, Md.), has held on to his single digit results to stay in first place after today's three races. Completing the podium in the 22 boat fleet after racing today are Julio Reguero (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) and Peter Wood (Ottawa, Canada).

"I love sailing here in Newport, the tidal aspect of racing here is very different to the lake racing we do at home, it definitely impacts the on water decisions. This is a great learning regatta and the town of Newport and the racing are always fun. It's a great opportunity to race against people from all over North America," commented Wood who is the highest placed Canadian sailor in the 2.4mR class after two days of racing.

Sonar sailors managed to finish three races for the day and Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.) and his crew of Dawn Hart (Dade City, Fla.) and Charles McClure (Brookline, Mass.) have retained their first position in the fleet. The team based in Chicago consisting of Gary Pierce (Highland Park, Ill.) and Patrick LoDuca (Chicago, Ill.) who are sailing with Newport local sailor Jeff Long, are still in touch with Doerr, just four points behind in second place. The Texan team of David Gaston (Port Bolivar, Texas), Mike Janota (Galveston, Texas) and Kevin Somers (Missouri City, Texas) are holding on to third place.

Chicago based sailor Pierce, who is racing at his fourth Clagett Regatta, remarked after racing, "It's been a great day of racing today and the coaching clinic with Dave Perry was fantastic, I learned a lot from his method of coaching. It's definitely different sailing here in Newport to the racing we have on the lake in Chicago, the lake always has bigger waves."

The RS Venture Connect sailors finished up the round robin schedule and for the last day of racing will be semi-finals and finals. The Canadian team of John McRoberts (Victoria, BC) and Scott Lutes (Mahone Bay, NS), both of whom are former Paralympians, and the bi-coastal U.S. team of Christina Rubke (San Francisco, Calif.) and Kris Scheppe (Naples, Fla.) have guaranteed themselves a place in the finals. The top two teams from the semi-finals tomorrow will join them to race for the class title tomorrow.

"It feels like being home to be back racing at The Clagett. I've seen lots of familiar faces and a lot of new ones in particular female sailors joining the ranks, which is great. I last sailed at this regatta with my wife Jackie in the SKUD 18 and we won, so to be back here sailing with Scott brings a new dynamic to the boat," said McRoberts.

Racing in the 2018 Clagett Regatta and the U.S. Para Sailing Championships concludes tomorrow and trophies for both regattas will be awarded. The forecast for tomorrow is for a Westerly breeze of around five knots becoming South West in the afternoon.

Provisional Results after Day 2:

PosSail CrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
2.4           
1USA 7Dee Smith [USPS2.4mR] 1111[2]217
2PUR 14Julio Reguero [USPS2.4mR] 26431[23/DSQ]218
3CAN 14Peter Wood 3[7]5254322
4USA 165Daniel Evans [USPS2.4mR] 4564[7]1424
5USA 142Charles Rosenfield [USPS2.4mR] [7]32645727
6CAN 22Peter Eagar [USPS2.4mR] 54383[15]831
7USA 3Tony Pocklington [9]28967638
8USA 11Timothy Ripley [USPS2.4mR] 687[15]910545
9USA 160Kevin Holmberg [USPS2.4mR] 89[23/RET‑AF]51061351
10CAN 95Delani Hulme‑Lawrence [USPS2.4mR] 1310117[14]31054
11CAN 12Christine Lavallee [USPS2.4mR] 10119[16]1281161
12CAN 1Alain Dubuc 1113121111[14]1472
13CAN 42Janice Graham‑Foscarini 1215[16]148121273
14CAN 88Aaron Wong‑Sing [USPS2.4mR] [16]1613101316977
15USA 123Zak Kordik [USPS2.4mR] 14141412[17]91578
16NSSiobhan MacDonald [USPS2.4mR] 171210131611[19]79
17CAN 18Audrey Kobayashi [USPS2.4mR] 151817[23/DNS]15131896
18USA 179Maureen McKinnon [USPS2.4mR] [19]171518191716102
19ISV 1Antonio Sanpere [USPS2.4mR] [20]2019191818171T
20USA 114Barbara Galinska [USPS2.4mR] 18191817[21]19201T
21CAN 35Shaylagh Ley [USPS2.4mR] 21[23/DNS]DNSDNS202021128
22USA 175Theodore Green [23/DNC]DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC138
Sonar           
11Rick Doerr/Dawn Hart/Charles McClureOcean Gate Yacht Club112[3]1117
2541Gary Pierce/Patrick LoDuca/Jeff LongJudd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program2212[4]2211
3IRL 844David Gaston/Mike Janota/Kevin SomersSea Star Base Galveston[5/RET‑AF]33123416
4USADavid Whalen/Spencer Raggio/Dan KennedyY‑Knot3[4]4434321

RS Venture Connect (7 teams)

F John McRoberts Scott Lutes (CAN) 28.4pts
C Cristina Rubke Kris Scheppe (USA) 33.7pts
A Eli Workman Jim Thweatt (USA) 33.7pts
E Fernanda Castelo Cindy Walker (USA) 37.9pts
B JR Hardenburgh Nick BryanBrown (USA) 51.6pts
G Tim Brown Jasmine Nijjar (USA) 60.0pts
D Joe Guay Curt Leatherbee (USA) 71.6pts

For more information about The 2018 Clagett Regatta and U.S. Para Sailing Championships visit www.clagettregatta.org

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