McClelland grew up swimming for his high school and sailing recreationally on Lake Lanier in Georgia. He joined the sailing team his plebe year and was a main trimmer on a Colgate. He then was the primary grinder and assistant navigator on Wahoo during the spring and summer. He competed in Marblehead to Halifax, Edgartown Raceweek, and Around Long Island Regatta. He is now the skipper of the Colgate Defender. Majoring in oceanography.