Welcome back to another Fall season of MudRatz 420 sailing!
Hi everyone, I hope you had a wonderful Summer and enjoyed lots of beautiful days sailing with your family, friends and local clubs! I’m excited to be the 420 team parent coordinator for the Fall 2022 MudRatz season (Sarah Steere is now the Sportboat coordinator). Below please find information on registering and other details. Looking forward to meeting you for the first time or seeing you again!
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 September 4 (there is $50 late fee anytime after).
Time: Sundays @ 9-12pm
Dates: 5 Sundays in September and October: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/16
Cost: $175 per child (plus $35 uniform for new sailors & $30 MudRatz membership if not currently a member – see below).
Location: Niantic Bay Yacht Club
Boats may be brought down on or after September 4. Storage is free.
An annual membership with the Mudratz is required now to be part of our team.
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 and trap/spin experience is preferred. 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 very 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.
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.