Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Regatta

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The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta held in Newport, RI is North America’s premier event for sailors with disabilities sailed in the three Paralympic class boats.

The Clagett mission is to provide sailors with disabilities the opportunity to improve their skills and reach personal goals through world-class coaching and competition.

The Clagett sailors have acknowledged how sail training, improving racing skills and enjoying the sport of sailing has significantly enhanced their quality of life. Skills acquired from sailing can be integrated into life. Things like teamwork and problem solving, which are both qualities needed to succeed in other areas of life.

Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Regatta

This inaugural Clagett/Oakcliff event in 2016 increased the opportunities for sailors with disabilities to enhance their skills in an increasingly popular format of match racing which was conducted in Sonars. It was hosted by the WaterFront Center and organized by Oakcliff Sailing with support from the Clagett.

SailAhead's contribution to this regatta consists of providing equipment, our safety team, and our RHIB for the duration of the event. This is an opportunity for us to be useful by providing medical assistance when needed to the athletes on the water. During such a prestigious event, our veterans learn new safety and rescue skills as well as exposure to the latest adaptive sports equipment. This is also a great opportunity for SailAhead to meet world class sailors and enthusiastic volunteers.

This is an article by Andrea Watson on the event itself.

The who's who of our Safety Team Program:

Brian DarrenBrian Darren USARMY

Safety Team Leader

Brian is currently retired from a full career during which he held different positions from computer programmer and analyst to project manager and consultant. He lives in Greenlawn, NY where he keeps himself busy with all sorts of activities such as: being a volunteer at the Northport VA, Recreation Therapy, American Red Cross, member of SailAhead, American Legion, Veterans Advocacy Council for Mental Health, Suffolk Archers, Team River Runner, ACA Kayak instructor, Archery Instructor and Aquatics Instructor assistant!

Brian is also a US Army Veteran from the Vietnam era, where he served at Army Ops Center Support Division, Pentagon.

Kathleen ErnstKathleen Ernst US Air Force

Lead Nurse, Assistant Safety Team Leader

Kathleen received her BS in Nursing from Adelphi University. Her extensive nursing experience includes NICU, OR and orthopedics in the US Air Force. During active duty, Kathleen was assigned to the Air Transportable Hospital Team and the planning/logistics committee responsible for AF Thunderbird Air Shows at her base.
Since discharge, Kathleen has specialized in employee health nursing (Airlines, Associated Press, Barclays Capital) and is a Certified Occupational Health Nurse-Specialist (COHN-S). She’s a member of Nassau County’s Office of Emergency Management, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the American Society of Safety Engineers and the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses. Kathleen keeps busy with family, being creative with computerized embroidery and outdoor activities.

Thank you C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta for allowing SailAhead be part of such a great sailing program. Clagett Memorial Clinic and Regatta

Call SailAhead at (631) 831-8763 for more information on past and future events.

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