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Judy Clagett McLennan to be honored at national women's sailing banquet on May 26

Juliette (Judy) Clagett McLennan of Portsmouth, R.I. will be presented with the Sister Esther Whalen Sailing Achievement Award during the National Women’s Sailing Banquet in Ochre Court on Tuesday, May 26. The banquet is being held in conjunction with the 2015 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) national championships being held in Newport May 25-June 4.

More than 300 guests representing universities from across the country will be in attendance at the banquet, which will be held in Ochre Court with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. and awards beginning at 7 p.m.

McLennan is a retired U.S Government official, having served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women under President George H.W. Bush. She also served under President Ronald Reagan as manager of Blair House, the president’s guest house.

She is a former member of the board of directors of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and she is a member of the U.S. Sailing Committee for Sailors with Special Needs. She is the founder and serves currently as the chair and president of the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic/Regatta for sailors with disabilities. She is also a member of the board of directors of The Seamen’s Church Institute of Newport.

McLellan has served at the national, state and local levels in a variety of positions from 1975-2004. Throughout her life, she has been very active on numerous international, national and local charitable and civic boards of directors.

She is an associate member of the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance and was once co-owner of a ski school in Canada. She is also an associate life member of The Fraternal Order of Police.
Judy currently resides in Portsmouth, Rhode Island with her two yellow Labradors. She has two grown children and one grandchild.

Salve Regina’s sailing program was founded by Sister Esther Whalen, a long-time enthusiast who believed that sailing belonged at Salve Regina. An inductee into ICSA’s Hall of Fame and recipient of the association’s 2007-08 Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, Sister Esther’s vision established a proud Seahawk tradition that lives on in our sailors.


Co-hosted by New York Yacht Club, Brown University and Salve Regina University, the 2015 ICSA National Championships is being held in Newport May 25-June 4. Competition is as follows:

Sperry Women’s Nationals, May 25-28
The College Sailing / Sperry Women’s Nationals is a four-day event. May 25-26 is the Women’s National Semifinal Championship in which 28 schools compete to see which 18 will go on to the finals. May 27-28, 2015 is the Championship, in which the top 18 from the Semifinals will compete for the College Sailing/Sperry Women’s National Championship title.

LaserPerformance Team Race Nationals, May 29-31
The College Sailing/LaserPerformance Team Race Championship brings together 16 of the country’s best team racing teams for a three-day championship. Each team has three boats and teams face off against each other one at a time, so each race is either a win or a loss–there’s no second place. After a round robin, when a team races against all the others, the top eight teams will split off for a round robin to narrow it down to the top four who will then compete in a “Final Four” round in which the podium places will be determined and a National Champion named.

Gill Coed Nationals, June 1-4
The College Sailing/Gill Coed Championship is a four-day event. June 1-2 is the Coed National Semifinal Championship in which 36 schools compete to see which 18 will go on to the finals. June 3-4, 2015 is the Championship, in which the top 18 from the Semifinals will compete for the College Sailing /Gill Coed National Championship title.