On April 25 of 2015, 17 year old Adam Clark lost his life in Mobile Bay during the Dauphin Island Regatta tragedy. Promoted as the largest single-day point-to-point sailboat race in the United States also became the most costly, in terms of human life, in modern American sailing. Five others were lost; Kris Beall (Pineville, LA), Robert Delaney (Madison, MS), Jimmy Charles Brown (Madison, MS), William Massey (Daphne, AL.) and Robert Thomas (Pickens, MS). A massive search took place for Adam during the five days he was missing that involved many agencies and private boaters.
Adam was a great kid who enjoyed life. He was finishing up his Junior year at Baker High School in Mobile and already had his sights on the Engineering program at Auburn University. In past years he played soccer, ran Cross Country and loved learning about computers and video gaming as well. He enjoyed spending time with his family, particularly his three siblings. Adam was a runner for several years, competing in local events and he represented Baker High School on the Cross Country team. A native of Mobile, he also spent many days on the island, enjoying the beach and especially fishing.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Adam Clark Foundation.