In a press released published yesterday C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta President Judy McLennan said, “The Clagett will continue to support the athletes who strive to be amongst the world’s elite adaptive sailors by fulfilling our mission to enable sailors with disabilities to reach their personal levels of achievement.”
Clagett also thanked former IFDS President John Twomey and “Dr. Bernard Destrube who has agreed to take over the Disabled Sailing Committee at ISAF.” Destrube was the person inside the IFDS charged with keeping sailing on the Paralympic Program. IPC documents imply that IFDS, where Destrubé was leading the application process, fudged the numbers to try to get them to the mandatory minimum of 32. Destrubé himself has said he tried to argue away the numbers by asking the IPC to treat boats with 2 or more people in them as team events, so they would only have to meet the lower team minimum of 20.
Like US Sailing, despite repeated IPC indications that there is no chance for sailing to be included back on the 2020 Paralympic program, Clagett appears to be expending institutional efforts towards this goal. Their press release says, “Along with US Sailing and other national bodies, as well as organizations with similar missions, The Clagett will continue to work collaboratively to try and find ways to help the IPC reverse their decision to exclude Paralympic sailing from the 2020 Paralympics.”
The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta is scheduled to take place from June 24 to June 28. The regatta, first held in 2003, is considered one of the premiere races for disability sailors in the United States, and includes all three Paralympic disciplines: the three-person Sonar, the two-person SKUD-18 and the single handed 2.4 Metre. The organization responsible for the event is based in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.