Pauline Dowell, Christian Thaxton and Kay Van Valkenburgh win 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 sailed June 3-5 at Larchmont Yacht Club and 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 of 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. In third was Ted King (Brentwood, NH) with crew Jim Scott (Portsmouth, NH) and AB Bill Sandberg  

The Women’s Invitational, sailed Thursday June 2, included five races sailed stadium style inside Larchmont Harbor. Tracy Schmitt (Toronto, ON) and fellow Canadian crew Mikayla Briere and LYC AB Alison Puleo.

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.

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

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Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta
Robie Pierce Women's Invitational
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