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VIDEO: Displaying their mettle

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Sailed in Paralympic-class boats, the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta is open to U.S. and foreign competitors using the three-person Sonar and the single-handed 2.4 Meter boats. It is North America’s premier regatta for sailors with disabilities.

The event is hosted by Sail Newport at the Alofsin Pier in Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island. It will be held June 21-25 this year.

The Clagett offers opportunities to sailors with disabilities to learn new techniques and skills while competing against world-class sailors.

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Last year’s regatta was attended by 22 sailors from Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and across the United States from Rhode Island, Florida, Connecticut, New Jersey, California and Michigan.

Founded in 2003, the regatta honors Clagett (1916-2001), a dedicated sailor who as a young man was stricken with meningitis and left temporarily paralyzed. He developed a deep respect for the things that people with disabilities are able to achieve.