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2ND ANNUAL ROBIE PIERCE ONE DESIGN REGATTA - Adaptive Sailing
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WELCOME TO THE 2ND ANNUAL ROBIE PIERCE ONE DESIGN REGATTA!

THANK YOU TO OUR COMPETITORS AND HEINEKEN FOR MAKING LAST YEAR'S REGATTA A HUGE SUCCESS!  WE LOOK FORWARD TO MORE COMPETITOR'S ON THE STARTING LINE THIS YEAR!

AFTER FILLING OUT THE QUALIFICATION FORM ON THIS WEBSITE, PLEASE 

BECAUSE THE IDEAL 18S WILL BE ASSIGNED, THERE IS NO NEED TO FILL OUT THE BOAT INFORMATION ON THE REGISTRATION FORM.

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Second Annual Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta

Sponsored by: Heineken

Date: June 3-6, 2010

Hosted by: Larchmont Yacht Club, Larchmont, NY


2009 was a banner year for sailors with disabilities in the Northeast with the creation of the Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta, named after one of the  pioneers in disabled sailing competition.  Conceived of and hosted jointly by the American and Larchmont Yacht Clubs, the inaugural event was held at American Yacht Club in June, one year after the 2008 US Sailing Disabled Championship.


A total of 22 teams raced in specially adapted Ideal 18s on Long Island Sound, making it the area’s largest one-design regatta for sailors with disabilities. The objective of the Robie Pierce Regatta is to foster the sport of sailing among the disabled community – attracting new participants and opening new opportunities for established sailors. Competing with the physically disabled last year were two blind crews and one skippered by a stroke survivor. 


Larchmont Yacht Club plans to continue the high standard of competition and seamanship that were hallmarks of last years' regatta held at American Yacht Club.  This year the Committee is prepared to provide as many as 35 Ideal 18s adapted to meet the specific needs of each 
disabled sailing team to allow for competitive fleet racing.

 

May 14th              Deadline for Registration & Qualification Forms

 

Contact Information:

Buttons Padin, LYC           This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                        914-834-8286

Joanne Clark, LYC             This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it         203-637-4010

Siobhan Reilly, AYC          This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it           914-329-2761

 

Robie Pierce has been a driving force in National and International disabled sailing for nearly 20 years.    A life-long sailor prior to his 1985 diagnosis with MS was Robie's impetus to share his sailing experience with the disabled community.

He developed the Shake-A-Leg Sailing program in his homeport of Newport, RI into a world renowned facility with a variety of programs from recreational sailing to co-hosting world championships.  Robie recruited disabled sailors throughout North America for the first USSA Independence Cup in 1991. He collaborated for the first America's Cup for Sailors with Disabilities in San Diego in 1992. Robie was a guiding light in securing sailing as a medal sport in the Sonar for the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics.

It has not been all work. Robie and his team have won three US Independence Cups, the 1993 World IFDS Disabled Championship and 1994 Japan Match Race Cup. He served as chairman of US SAILING's Sailors with Special Needs 1992-1996 and represented USA as an executive board member of IFDS 1998-2002

 

 

 

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