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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 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 our sponsors Subaru, Keurig Green Mountain, and Burke Rehabilitation and Research.

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

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Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta
& Women's Invitational

​June 1-4, 2017


One of North America's Leading Adaptive Sailing Regattas

This year marks the ninth Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta, named after one of the founding fathers of adaptive sailing. Over the years, the "Robie" has become one of the country’s foremost regattas for sailors with a broad array of disabilities including physical, neurological, and visual impairments. Last year, the combined Women’s Invitational and One-Design (men and women) had over fifty sailors with disabilities on the water over the weekend. Add to that headcount the 50+ volunteers from the host Larchmont and American Yacht Clubs plus community supporters, the Robie is one of North America’s largest adaptive regattas.​The 9th Annual Robie Pierce Once Design Regatta will be held at the American Yacht Club in Rye, NY.  The one-day Women's Invitational will run on June 1, 2017, followed by the three days of the Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta (men and women) from June 2-4. 

Click on the links below for additional background on the Robie Pierce One-Design and Women's Invitational Regatta, to see photos of past events, to contact the Robie Committee, and to register.