Photo credit @ Anna Guerin 2021
2019 Robie Pierce Regattas
Thank you to our sponsors!!!
Commodore Mike Bruno Passes The Robie Pierce regatta lost a great friend and supporter, with the sudden passing of Commodore Michael S. Bruno in August, 2019. Mike was Commodore of American Yacht Club when the club hosted the US Sailing Disabled Nationals in 2008. Shortly after the regatta, he was approached by members about establishing a permanent regatta for sailors with disabilities, to be hosted by American and Larchmont in alternate years. He embraced it immediately, and the Robie was born. Over the years, Mike was a great friend of the regatta. He is sorely missed.
2019 Robie Pierce Women's Invitational
Welcome to the 2023 Robie Pierce Regattas!
Robie Pierce Women's Invitational Regatta - June 1st
Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta - June 2nd - 4th
Larchmont Yacht Club
We are back to a full four days of Robie Sailing! Join us this year at the Robie Pierce Regattas that will be held at Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY. The Ideal 18s will be ready to go. Put your team together or get matched up with Skipper or Crew. We have ABs available who would love to be part of your team. This will be the 14th Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta!! We are looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and welcoming new sailors to our adaptive sailing regatta.
Named after Robie Pierce, a disabled sailor himself and a driving force in sailing with disabilities in the U.S., this regatta was conceived by the Flag Officers of the Larchmont and American Yacht Clubs to be run jointly by the Clubs and hosted by each on alternating years. 2009 inaugural regatta at American Yacht Club drew 22 teams sailing in specially adapted Ideal 18s. 2011 saw the inauguration of the first all women's disabled regatta. Seven teams participated from both the U.S. and Canada.
For those of you who never had the pleasure of meeting Robie Pierce, he was a wonderful man who worked tirelessly to bring adaptive sailing to a larger group. He was a sailor who battled MS for over 30 years and his illness fueled his passion to create new adaptive sailing and training opportunities. Leading the way, he continued to sail after being diagnosed and was most proud of winning the World Disabled Sailing Championship in 1993. We lost Robie in 2017 and though we promised Robie that we would never call this the Robie Pierce Memorial Regatta, he did agree that we could toast him each year. We look forward to having you participate in the regatta and toasting Robie!
Thank you to all of our generous sponsors, our multitude of volunteers, Larchmont Yacht Club, American Yacht Club and most importantly to our participants for making the Robie Pierce Regattas successful year after year.