Welcome back to another Fall season of MudRatz sailing!

This program is intended for the older sailors who want a bigger team and a faster boat.  Each season new sailors will be guaranteed five practices that will have a focus on learning various roles with coaching from other team members and outside experts.

This season will focus on the Melges 20 and we plan to sail all four of them every week.  The Sportboat team will be limited to the first 20 sailors who pay with preference given to past team members.

Any sailors wishing to later race with the Sportboat travel team must have completed at least five (5) full practices (with a final evaluation completed by head coach) AND be registered members of the MudRatz.  The kids who seem to most enjoy the program range in ages from 14 to 19.

Sailors who have previoulsy completed a season with the sportboat program will recive an invite to our “After Dark” program that starts at 6pm every Satruday and goes until 9pm.  This is an all new program with a focus on racing and navigating at night in modifed Melges 20’s.

Details – Early Registration deadline is September 1st  (there is $50 late fee anytime after).

Time: 2pm – 5pm Saturdays.

Dates: Five days starting September 14th  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: Niantic Bay Yacht Club, 8 Shore Rd, Niantic, CT 06357

Parent Team Coordinator: Cindy F. mudratzsportboat@gmail.com

Sportboat Team Registration Link

Please join the Mystic River MudHeads.

An annual membership with the Mudratz is required now to be part of our team.

Mudratz Membership Link

What to expect and prepare your Sportboat sailors for next…

Our head coach will reach out to you to set up a work date to prep the boats for the season.  We will then confirm the practice times for the next few Saturdays and plan teams around winter/offseason events.

Check out our growing FAQ page!

Boats, Gear, and Volunteers…

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 ready to sail 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.

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