The 8th Annual CJ Buckley Jr. Team Race Regatta will be held at Goddard State Park in East Greenwich, RI on August 9-11, 2010. For the second year in a row, this popular regional event has been designated as the Club 420 Assn. Jr. National Team Race Championship.
Last year, 24 teams with 144 young sailors from as far away as the US Virgin Islands, Texas and Wisconsin participated, making this the largest team racing event in the US and the second largest in the world. With online registration, we expect an even greater number this year.
Regatta organizers and volunteers, chief race officer, Justin Assad, and the entire race committee worked tirelessly and an unbelievable 340 races were completed over 3 days. The combination of beautiful weather with good wind conditions, delicious food, and the general camaraderie of all involved made for a great experience.
The regatta began in 2003 to honor the memory of Lucy and Carter Buckley’s son, CJ Buckley, a member of the Greenwich Bay Sailing Association (GBSA), East Greenwich, RI, and Tabor Academy sailing teams, who lost a valiant fight against brain cancer in 2002. The courage, spirit and determination which defined his life continue to inspire all who have heard his story. CJ was 17 years old, a talented sailor and a fierce competitor, whose passion was team racing.
Apart from building seamanship, teamwork, self confidence, and strategic thinking, the purpose of the event is to support the CJ Buckley Sailing Foundation, which provides scholarships to youth sailing programs on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay. Many of the recipients have become accomplished sailors, instructors, and coaches at the college level.
Junior sailors receive an event t-shirt and team photograph and are provided breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the event. The regatta continues to grow and to inspire and to benefit young sailors and all contributions will be acknowledged on the website, in media coverage and on printed materials.
Please visit the event website for more information: