The 9th annual Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta, which is geared towards sailors with disabilities, was held the weekend of June 1st through 4th at the American Yacht Club in Rye. Burke serves as a sponsor of the event and numerous athletes participate in the event through Burke’s adaptive sports program.
“We had a total of 18 boats compete, with approximately 36 sailors of varying abilities. The astonishing range of sailors included Paralympic athletes, life-long seamen, international competitors and newcomers enjoying their first time on a sailboat,” says Burke’s Director of Therapeutic Recreation Alexandra Oudheusden, who also runs Burke’s adaptive sports program.
Named after Robie Pierce, a disabled sailor himself and a driving force in sailing with disabilities in the U.S., the 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.
A number of volunteers from Burke were on hand to help with boat transfers, equipment installation and take-down.
Says Oudheusden: “One of our sailors said to me about his participation in the event: ‘I know you all know, but it’s worth repeating—what you do for everyone with various types of disabilities is greatly appreciated by all. Events like this regatta, yoga, bike riding, rock climbing, kayaking and all the other adaptive sports, play a large roll in helping people like me navigate this thing we call 'LIFE'."
To learn more about the Regatta, click here.
For more on how you or a loved one can become involved with Burke’s adaptive sports program, click here.
Below, you will find a few photos from the event: