By Sam Crichton
Twenty-four sailors with adaptive needs gathered in Oyster Bay, NY for the third annual Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Clinic and Regatta, which was hosted by Sagamore Yacht September 28 - 30, 2018. The WaterFront Center donated their Sonars for use in the event, and Warrior Sailing Program rigged them with the adaptive equipment.
Holmberg, Barrengos and Long won every match in this year’s event. © Francis GeorgeRead more
By F. K. George
With the introduction of affordable boats like the Waszp, foiling is coming to the masses and Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, NY is leading the charge. The 15 participants in Oakcliff’s inaugural Foiling Camp in August were once among the many starry-eyed sailors who watched the America’s Cup and dreamed of what it was like to defy gravity and lift out of the water. Now, thanks to Oakcliff, they no longer have to imagine; they’re doing it!
Chris Poole shreds the waters of Oyster Bay. © Oakcliff Sailing/Francis GeorgeRead more
Reaching for Success at the Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race
By F. K. George
Winning skipper Pauline Dowell receives helming instructions from sighted crew Kay VanValkenburgh (lime shirt), who also guides her during coaching sessions and briefings. © Oakcliff Sailing/Francis George
Twenty-seven competitors on 9 teams were served a mixed bag of conditions at the second annual Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race for sailors with adaptive needs, hosted by The WaterFront Center in Oyster Bay, NY August 25 - 27. Pauline Dowell (Boston, MA) and her crew of Christian Thaxton (Sommerville, MA) and Kay VanValkenburgh (Boston), who are returning racers at this event, clinched victory without a single loss on their scoreline. They even bested Rio Paralympic silver medalist Rick Doerr (Clifton, NJ), who made his debut in match racing at the Clagett/Oakcliff and earned a second place spot after a tiebreaker with Charles Rosenfield (Woodstock, CT).Read more
The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will start from Alicante, Spain this October and finish in The Hague, Netherlands in June 2018. With almost three times as much Southern Ocean sailing as in the previous edition, the eight competing teams will cover the longest distance in the race’s history at approximately 45,000 nautical miles, crossing four oceans and making stopovers in 12 cities on six continents.
Mark Towill (second from left), Charlie Enright (third from left) and their shipmates received a warm welcome in Newport after their transatlantic voyage from Portugal. © Stephen Cloutier/PhotoGroup.usRead more
Eight teams will take part in the inaugural Clagett/Oakcliff Match Racing event for adaptive sailors
Hosted July 15-17, 2016 by the Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay, NY, the inaugural Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race event is open to both adaptive and able-bodied sailors from the US and international sailors. Racing rules specify that at least one person on the boat should identify as having a disability. On hand to provide coaching in boat handling, boat speed, and match racing will be five time and current US match racing champion Dave Perry (Pequot Yacht Club, CT).
Clagett 2016 2.4mR sailors Charlie Rosenfield, Julio Reguero and Dan Evans with Carl Lessard and Judy McLennan. © Billy Black.jpgRead more
On December 12, Oakcliff Ocean Racing Team finished first in class and second overall in the RORC Transatlantic Race. Dan Flannigan, 23, Hobie Ponting, 23, Chris Kennedy, 26 and Andrew “OD” O’Donnell, 27, completed the 3,100 nautical mile race from Lanzarote, Gran Canaria to Grenada aboard Oakcliff’s new Class40 with an elapsed time of 12 days, 13 hours, 15 minutes and 41 seconds.
Andrew O’Donnell, Dan Flannigan, Chris Kennedy and Hobie Ponting celebrate their victory in the RORC Transatlantic Race. © RORC/Arthur Daniel & Orlando K RomainRead more
Oakcliff Ocean Racing Team competing in RORC Transatlantic Race
By Dawn Riley
The Oakcliff Ocean Racing Team, based at Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, NY, is competing in the inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race, which started Saturday, November 29 in Lanzarote in the Spanish Canary Islands.
The 2,700 nautical mile race finishes at the Caribbean island of Grenada. With an impressive fleet of boats, the race will be an intense proving ground for the team.
The Oakcliff Ocean Racing Team is sailing the Class40 Bodacious Dream (pictured here in The Atlantic Cup) in the 2,700 nautical mile RORC Transatlantic Race. © Billy Black/Atlantic CupRead more
By Samantha Pilz, Oakcliff Sailing Communications Director
The Around Long Island Regatta, a 190-nautical mile circumnavigation of Long Island hosted by Sea Cliff Yacht Club in Sea Cliff, NY, has become an annual tradition for Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, NY. This year, Oakcliff decided to make racing more captivating by match racing two Farr 40s, Oakcliff Racing (equipped with a steering wheel) and Oakcliff Sailing (a tiller boat), to add some friendly competition between the Oakcliff athletes.