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INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE

2010 Clagett Regatta Delayed Due to Persistent Storm

26 Aug 2010 By IPC

A north-northeasterly breeze on Tuesday kept the athletes from entering the first day of competition at the 2010 Clagett Regatta held at Sail Newport Rhode Island, USA.

A-typical August weather with a top temperature of 15 degrees Fahrenheit below average and rain concluded in the decision to cancel the first day of competition. Instead of racing, the athletes did an additional training session with their coaches to be best prepared.

Wednesday morning saw the same situation, as the athletes were kept ashore, because the sea still was too rough to ensure a good competiton. By early afternoon the conditions had improved so that the sailors were sent to the race course.

Beijing 2008 Paralympic gold medalist Maureen McKinnon Tucker, Gerry Tiernan and John Porter (all USA) took the lead in the five-boat sonar fleet competition by winning all five races. Followed by Brad Johnson, Tom Brown and Paul Callahan (all USA), who finished second in all five races. Eric Roberts, Jim Thweatt and Dennis Moran (all USA) are ranked third.

Scott Whitman (USA) and Julia Dorsett (USA) are leading in the SCUD-18 competition, followed by Sarah Everhart-Skeels and husband Brian Skeels (both USA), who are only one point off the lead. Mark Lewis (USA) and Barbara Wilson are in third.

The 12-strong 2.4 metre fleet sailed three races on Tuesday, after which Britt Hall (USA) is in the lead. Followed by Peter Wood (CAN) and Scott Lutes (CAN).

2006 IFDS Blind Sailing World Champions JP Creignou (USA) and Jan Bertleson (USA), accompanied by 2000 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Magnus Liljedahl (USA) and David Bannister (USA), are leading the J/22 competition. Followed by Sengil Inkiala, Nancy Jodoin, Ken Legler and Harry Berman (all USA). Matt Chao, Ryck Lent, Lisa O'Connor Dalton and Bill Rapp (all USA) are placed third after the first day of competition.