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2014 Robie Pierce One Design Regatta
- Beyond Disabilities

  HOSTED BY LARCHMONT AND AMERICAN YACHT CLUBS

May 29 - June 1, 2014

For Registration and Regatta Documents, see below

2014 will be the sixth annual Robie Pierce One Design Regatta for sailors with disabilities. 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’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.

For more information about the regatta, please go to the website at: robiepierceonedesignregatta.com

For Registration and Regatta Documents, see below.

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Robie Pierce Women's Invitational Regatta

Thursday, May 29

0800 - 0900 Registration and Continental Breakfast - located on The Veranda

0915– Competitors’ Meeting & ABs Meeting

1000 – 1100 – Practice sailing

1100 – First Warning

1630 – Awards ceremony - Casual snacks, Heineken keg and cash bar

NOTICE OF RACE

REGISTRATION - Click here

CONTACT INFORMATION AND MEDICAL FORM

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

RESULTS

PHOTOS

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ROBIE PIERCE ONE DESIGN REGATTA

Thursday, May 29

1600 - 1800 Registration - Veranda

Friday, May 30

0800 - 1000     Continental Breakfast- Veranda - Sponsored by Green Mountain Coffee

0900-1000         Registration - Veranda

1000                    Competitors and ABs Meeting - Veranda

1100 – 1200      Practice Sailing

1200                    First Warning

1800                    Event Dinner, Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of New Rochelle with Heineken and cash bar

Saturday, May 31

0800 - 1000     Continental Breakfast- Veranda - Sponsored by Green Mountain Coffee

1100                    First Warning

1830                    Event BBQ – sponsored by Heineken USA, Heineken keg and cash bar - Pandemonium

Sunday, June 1

0800 - 1000     Continental Breakfast- Veranda - Sponsored by Green Mountain Coffee

1000                    First Warning

1500                    No Warning Signal after this time

                            Awards Ceremony following Racing Heineken keg and cash bar - the Front Lawn

NOTICE OF RACE

REGISTRATION - Click here

CONTACT INFORMATION AND MEDICAL FORM

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

RESULTS

PHOTOS

Youtube video by Maureen Koeppel


      

Continued from Sailing News...

Last year was the first year the Robie included wounded veterans in its roll. The following is a thank you note from one of those vets, Vivian Snyder from San Francisco. Vivian piloted an Apache helicopter in the early Iraq invasions (Shock and Awe) and was badly injured when her aircraft crashed. While her outward appearance makes her look like any woman, inside she suffers from the lasting effects of her injuries as well as PTSD. As many of us involved with the Robie have found a new lease on life through our association with the scores of disabled sailors we’ve met over the past seven years of hosting adaptive regattas, sailing has totally saved Vivian’s life.
 
Here’s her thank you note to the Robie committee from last year. It is a compelling and heartfelt story and clearly explains why the hundreds of LYC and AYC members who have volunteered for the Robie do what they do.
   "I’ve been a 100% disabled veteran for over a year now.  When I first became so disabled that I couldn’t work I stayed on the couch for an entire year.  I gave “couch potato” a entirely new definition.  I went from the bed to the couch and back every day.  Netflix was my new best friend.  My poor service dog “Snow Angel” just didn’t know what to do with me.  I’ve had to since learn to make pain my best friend and just make room to take it with me wherever I go.  It’s not going away so might as well give it some attention and make it part of whatever I do.  I so often suffer alone.  No one sees the severe desiccation and nerve damage in my spine, all the burst discs, the effects of having a 95 y/o (exactly what my surgeon stated) spine and the limitations from bilateral knee reconstruction, or the devastating effects of PTSD.
    
   Through a random meeting with another veteran I discovered BAADS:  Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors.  They have a 9-week sailing class in dinghy’s for disabled veterans.  Well that was my savior, my saving grace.  That gave me a reason to get up.  I finally had a reason to move and looked forward to each of the classes.  I began to melt.  I began to feel again.  There was so much I couldn’t do, everything I used to love, all the passion in my life and this was my replacement!   I began to volunteer to help other challenged athletes and vets.  Wow what a difference this made in my life!!!

   Through BAADS I heard about the Robie Pierce One Design Regatta.  I sent in an application to go. Buttons Padin made sure I was going to be able to go, everyone there made every effort to help an athlete get there no matter what the challenge.  Well, I went and came in third place in the all women’s regatta.  Again WOW!  I fell in love with sailing.  Winning that third place award and competing with such positive happy people, I felt pure JOY.  Just a hint at first and then it grew.  That is the first time of feeling pure joy since before my last tour many years earlier. I no longer wished I was anyone else but myself. 
    
   Because of the Robbie I have competed with another BAADS group and came in second overall on our 3 person team on the Sonar.  I have sailed every Sunday since then and competed in every beer can race I could find.  I volunteer with many sailing organizations and am well on my way to living again.  I am so grateful to the Lord for steering me to sailing, BAADS and all the organizers at the Robie Pierce Regatta for making this possible.  Thank you for this opportunity to share."  

Vivian Snyder

Sail Magazine’s article and video from the 2013 Robie Regattas: http://www.sailmagazine.com/sailors-leave-your-wheelchairs-behind