The 2021 U.S. Para Sailing Championships will be hosted by The Clagett Regatta at Sail Newport, in Newport, R.I. on August, 24-29, 2021, according to a joint announcement from the host and US Sailing.
"We have had a very long working relationship with US Sailing and look forward to seeing the sailors competing again in August on Narragansett Bay," says Clagett Co-Founder and President, Judy Clagett McLennan. "After a challenging past 12 months, we are looking forward to having sailors from across North America sailing in three classes and all aiming to take home experience, new sailing skills and maybe a trophy or two."
Originally called the U.S. Independence Cup, The U.S. Para Sailing Championship is one of the oldest sailing regattas in the U.S. for sailors with disabilities, becoming US Sailing’s National Championship for sailors with disabilities in 1989.
The experienced fleet often includes Paralympians and US Sailing Team members as well as new contenders. This year’s championships will be raced in three fleets, all of which are adapted for sailors with disabilities. The fleets will be single, double and treble-handed, sailing 2.4mRs, Martin 16s and Sonars respectively.
Many competitors racing at the U.S. Para Sailing Championships and The Clagett have gone on to represent the United States at the Paralympics Games, including Nick Scandone and Maureen McKinnon, gold medalists in 2008; John Ruff, bronze medalist in 2008; Jennifer French and J.P. Creignou, silver medalists in 2012; Rick Doerr, Hugh Freund and Brad Kendell, silver medalists in 2016. For more information about the 2021 Clagett and U.S. Para Sailing Championship, visit clagettregatta.org