Welcome back to another season of MudRatz sailing!
The 420 team will be limited to the first 12 teams to pay with preference given to past team members…
Details – Early Registration deadline is April 15th (there is $50 late fee anytime after).
Time: Sundays @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm (note: additionally you may choose the all-day option which includes an advanced clinic every Sunday from 2:30 to 5:00 after the full team practice).
Dates: Six Sundays – May 5th – Please see the full calendar here.
Cost: $175 per child (plus $30 uniform for new sailors & $15 MudHead membership if not currently a member – see below).
Location: New England Science & Sailing Foundation
Address: 72 Water St, Stonington, CT 06378
Phone: (860) 535-9362
Parent Team Coordinator: Melissa K. MudRatz420@gmail.com
Boats can be brought down one week before the programs begin. Storage is free.
Advanced Clinics Option: We intend to offer these after normal full team practices. These are meant to be for the more advanced sailors. These kids are normally a bit older and can handle the attention required for 6 hours of practice in one day. There is just one coach and drills will be mainly about repetition and improve on what has been learned in full team practices earlier. If you choose yes for these online at registration we will email you an additional payment request for $150. Note because of coaching commitments this is not an either-or choice. To be part of the advanced clinics you must also sign up and pay for the full team practices also.
Please join the Mystic River MudHeads with an annual membership.
This organization strongly supports the MudRatz and our team would just not be possible without them. Junior ($15) or family ($35) membership is requested.
What to expect and prepare your 420 sailors for next…
Please understand that our team is not a learn to sail group… we are a learn to race group. Most kids start on our team after enjoying a season of racing 420’s to some extent before. During the first practice, your child will be evaluated. If it seems they need more coaching to get up to speed with the group we may refer you to private lessons or suggest waiting a season.
While we can try to pair kids up, it’s much easier to join the team with a partner in mind. If your child does not have a partner or boat we will invite them to the first practice to see if we can pair them up with someone else.
Boats, Gear, and Volunteers…
We expect each team to bring their own 420’s. Storage space will be provided at the host club site for free. Charter boats might be available on a limited basis from season to season.
Please make sure kids are dressed for sailing (drysuits, smocks, gloves, boots, hats) as we sail in ALL weather, rain, wind, snow, and sun. Please send each child with a snack and water-bottle as well. Please, NO PLASTIC SINGLE USE WATER BOTTLES. Each season we see kids become limited by the clothes they have… dress your child for success… you would not send them onto the ball field without cleats!
Kids should be rigged and ready to launch BY the start of practice each day, we are not paying coaches to help rig, so please get the kids there early enough to be ready to sail on time. Parents will be asked to help launch the kids and derig at the end while the kids have their post-practice chalk talks.
Please ask how you can help… we are a volunteer team and there is always something that needs to be done each week. Thank you for being part of our team. We really hope to create a good experience for all the kids!
MudRatz Mission statement: The mission of the MudRatz is to complement local youth sailing programs by enabling sailors to improve as a team and travel around the world.