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Clagett Boat Grant Taking Applications

2.4mRs sailing in the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic on Narragansett Bay.

© 2017 Rodrigo Fernandez / Clagett Clinic and Regatta

The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta invites North American community sailing programs and other sailing organizations aimed at expanding opportunities for sailors with adaptive needs to apply for the 2017 Clagett Boat Grant Program.

On offer for this second Clagett Boat Grant Program will be up to two race-ready 2.4mR boats with sails and trailer. Readers may recall that the 2.4mR is the design that former Marinite pro sailor Dee Smith raced in the Rio Paralympics. The singlehanded 2.4mR has been retained as the boat for the bid to reinstate sailing to the Paralympic Games (sailing is out for the 2020 Paralympics).

According to the US 2.4 Meter website, "The 2.4mR is 13 feet, 8 inches long. Designed for competitive sailing, it is easily handled, trailered, launched and stored." Sometimes called a Mini-12, the boat was originally designed to be a scaled-down Six Metre. Its 3.3-ft draft and ballasted fixed keel make it less sensitive to crew weight than a dinghy and virtually capsize-proof.

© 2017 Rodrigo Fernandez / Clagett Clinic and Regatta

"Applications can be for one or both boats depending on the needs of the organization applying," announced Judy McLennan, Clagett co-founder and president. "We raised the funds to purchase the two boats through a grant from the Newman’s Own Foundation and the generosity of supporters at the annual Clagett fundraiser."

The deadline for applications is November 30, 2017. For information about the Clagett Boat Grant Program application, contact Sara Klik. For more information about Clagett, visit

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