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2016 Results of the Robie Pierce One-Design and Women’s Invitational Regattas

Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta
& Women's Invitational


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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. Robie Pierce is a disabled sailor himself and a driving force in sailing with disabilities in the U.S.

2009’s 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 US and Canada.

2017 will be the ninth annual Robie Pierce One Design Regatta for sailors with disabilities. 


Pauline Dowell, Christian Thaxton and Kay Van Valkenburgh were the winners of the  2016 Robie Pierce One Design Regatta

Pauline Dowell, a blind sailor who lives aboard a boat in Boston Harbor, won the 2016 Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta for sailors with disabilities. The even took place June 3-5 at Larchmont Yacht Club and was co-hosted by American Yacht Club. Dowell’s success was shared with her all-Boston crew comprised of Christian Thaxton and sighted guide Kay Van Valkenburgh. After winning three of the six races and taking a second in another, Dowell ended with a three-point lead over 2014 Blind Sailing World Champion, and fellow Bostonian, Matt Chao. Chao was sailing with Larchmont Yacht Club’s Bill Blanchard and able bodied sailor (AB) Bud Heerde. Ted King (Brentwood, NH), Jim Scott (Portsmouth, NH) and Bill Sandberg (AB) took third.


​The sailors, committee, volunteers and supporters would like to acknowledge the support of Heineken USA, Mercedes Benz of New Rochelle, Keurig Green Mountain, and Burke Rehabilitation and Research.

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