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Oakcliff Sailing 
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Friday April 4, 2014 at 9:00 AM EDT
Sunday April 6, 2014 at 4:00 PM EDT

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Oakcliff Sailing 
4 South Street
Oyster Bay, NY 11771

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US SAILING ABC area (Grade 4)

Match Race Clinic April 4

Coach David Perry Dave Perry


Match Race Qualifier April 5 & 6


The US SAILING ABC area Qualifier Match Race, April 5 & 6, is a road to the 2014 U.S. Match Racing Championships and U.S. Women's Match Race Championship. The ABC regatta will be raced in Oakcliff's SM40s with a crew of five or six, subject to a weight limit of 962.5 lbs. US Sailing requires all skippers and crew members to be current members of US Sailing at the time of participation for this event.

The regatta is an Open Entry Event and serves as a qualification event for the 2014 United States Match Racing Championship. The highest ranking female skipper will earn a qualifcation for the United States Women's Match Race Championship. A world ranking is not required. This is the perfect opportunity to compete in your first Grade 4 event. Special consideration will be given to local and regional teams. Interested competitors can register below by MARCH 15. (If you are not selected to race in the event by the OA, your entry bond/fee will be refunded. If you are accepted to race but do not show, your entry bond/fee will not be refunded.)

SM 40 Match Race Clinic -- On Friday, April 4, Oakcliff will run a clinic on how to match race in SM40s. This clinic is open to ALL, though preference will go to teams competing in the ABC Qualifier that weekend.

Click here to  register for the clinic only

The coach for this Clinegatta will be Dave Perry. Dave is a 4 time US Match Race Champion, Americas Cup Advisor for three Campaigns, and two time US Oplympic Sailing Team. See below for details. Dave runs a great clinic starting with a thorough briefing about the skills to be practiced to detailed explanation of the drills, organized, efficient drills and some of the best debriefs around. Dave's passion to teach shows through his energy and engaging classroom style.

Now is the time to shake off the dust and get ready to race and to win.


We will be using stern poles on the boats for this event. Here is a link to a Question & Answer document regarding the use of these poles.

Stern Poles Questions and Answers

If you are interested in registering and/or volunteering to assist in this event, please fill out all information in the registration form, so we can respond effectively.

Click here to Volunteer for the ABC Qualifier

If you would like to volunteer at the US SAILING Area ABC’s Group Qualifier, register below and indicate your interest. There are plenty of jobs that give volunteers a front row seat to the action. You can choose from housing, hospitality, race committee, umpire assistance and more. Once registered online, the Oakcliff staff will contact you shortly with event details and to confirm your participation. 

All participants must read and acknowledge the Oakcliff Safety Rules and Regulations

Dave Perry
  • Professional Sailor
  • Coach / Consultant
  • Rules Expert
  • Author of three books on racing:

  • -       Winning in One Designs
  • -       Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing
  • -       Dave Perry’s 100 Best Racing Rules Quizzes
  • -       2011, 2008, 2006 & 1982 U.S. Match Racing Champion (POW Trophy)
  • -       2010 Toyota International Match Race for the Detroit Cup winner
  • -       2009 Seawanhaka Cup winner
  • -       2009 North American representative at ISAF Nations Cup
  • -       2007 South American Match Racing Champion
  • -       1998 & 1992 Knickerbocker Cup winner
  • -       1984 & 1983 Congressional Cup winner
  • -       1991-1992, Rules Advisor for Il Moro di Venezia, America’s Cup Challenger
  • -       2006-2007, Rules Advisor and Afterguard Coach for Victory Challenge (Swedish America’s Cup Challenge)
  • -       2011-2013, Rules Advisor for Artemis Racing, Challenger of Record for the America’s Cup
  • -       2008 & 2012 Rules Advisor for U.S. Olympic Sailing Team
  • -       Coach for the USSTAG Women’s Match Race Team and for Sally Barkow’s team in particular
  • -       US Sailing Senior Certified Judge
  • -       Chairman of the US Sailing Appeals Committee &
  •         Match Racing Committee
  • -      National Champion in Collegiate Sailing (Yale), Ideal 18’s and Tasar’s