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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