Travel Regatta Tips & Advice

Sample letter from a veteran Parent Coordinator…

Good morning Opti parents,

Brandon has asked me to be the contact person for the upcoming regatta this weekend in Newport so I just wanted to reach out with some event details and reminders.  Please disregard if you have received this email in error.

My cell phone is 890-XXX-XXXX.

Go Mudratz!!!!


Sail Newport Youth Challenge link: http://www.sailnewport.org/regattas/youthChallenge/sailnewportyouthchallenge.html  You can find the NOR (notice of race) and SI (sailing instructions) to download on this page also.


Contact info/Address:

Sail Newport, Rhode Island’s Public Sailing Center

60 Fort Adams Dr., Newport, RI 02840

Tel. (401) 846-1983

Email contact: vincent.pattavina@sailnewport.org

Storage inquiries: nick.mauprivez@sailnewport.orgwww.sailnewport.org

At this point this is a byob (bring your own boat) regatta.  Please reach out if this is an issue for you and we will find someone to help.


Schedule:

0800-0900 Late Registration and Check In

0930 Mandatory Skippers’ Meeting

0945 Mandatory Coach/Support Boat Meeting

1000 Harbor Start

1100 First Warning Signal

We plan on arriving by 0700-0730 to ensure enough time to rig, dress, and check in – coach Matt@gmail.com will meet us at 8 to review set ups.  We will plan to meet up on the far corner of the Sail Newport field, closest to the mule barn and beach.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.


Dress for Newport in Early June:

Newport is historically pretty breezy.  Please have sailors dressed for success.  The days are long and wet.  Kids will be out on water all day without a chance to hit shore until end of day.


Lunches:

Please bring a labeled lunch for your sailor.  The coach boat (to be determined) will bring lunch coolers out and racers will break for lunch on the water.  Please make sure sailors have a good breakfast because the break for lunch is often later in the afternoon.   Also, please pack an extra water bottle/granola or protein bar to be kept in the boat for your sailors during the day. Reusable water bottles are advised and there are refillable stations at Sail Newport.


Spectator boat (with head):

We have a parent that will be bringing a power boat this weekend.  There is a strong chance that we will be able to go out on the water to watch the races. Parents, please bring your own lunch and drink of choice. Also, a pair of binoculars will come in handy.  Details to follow, but offering to pitch in for fuel etc is a nice idea.


Don’t forget:

-drysuit/wetsuit with spray gear

-sailing gloves

-booties

-life jacket

– Mudratz pinney

-winter hat

-warm change of clothes

-labeled lunch

-reusable water bottle/snack

-Digital WATCH for starts

 

 

 

MUDRATZ   OPTI – 420 – SPORTBOATS

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Dear Parents & Sailors,

What & Why – If your sailor is looking for a jump start on summer then we have a program for you!  Maybe you are an Opti green fleeter looking to move up, a 420 sailor wanting to improve on the wire, or maybe you want to try out the world of sport-boats and rip around on our Melges 24!

When & Where – Full Opti and 420 team practices are in Stonington mostly on Sundays late afternoons.  We will offer “Early Clinics” for sailors who demand more time on the water.  The new sailors on the Melges 24 team will meet on a weekend day TBD.

Full program and sign up details – MudRatz.com

Questions?  We will host a new parent and team confrence call April 6th at 8PM.  Call in to ask any questions and discuss spring schedule.  1-712-432-3100 Conference Code:  759994

Avoid the $50 late fee – Register by April 15th!

Photo Fundraiser

Here is the link to see the

photo’s for sale as donations online!

After receiving a donation of a Melges 24, the MudRatz M24 Team was formed !  Thanks to the generous contribution of time by local racing legends and a few international legends (Ben Bardwell, Tom Burnham, and even Charlie Enright), the team has improved by leaps and bounds.  They are headed to the Melges 24 World Championships in December and they are hoping you can help them get there by making a small contribution.  As a thank you, they’d like to provide you with digital copies of your choice of photographs from our previous events.

Suggested Donations:
1 Photograph – $10
2 Photos            – $15
3 Photos            – $20
5 Photos            – $25

100% of your donation will go directly to the MudRatz – Don’t forget, your donation is Tax Deductible!

FALL MUDRATZ   OPTI – 420 – MELGES 24

 

Dear Parents & Sailors,

What & Why – If your sailor is looking for some more time on the water this fall then we have a program for you!  Maybe you are an Opti green fleeter looking to move up, a 420 sailor wanting to improve on the wire, or maybe you want to try out the world of sport-boats and rip around on our new Melges 24!

When & Where – Full Opti and 420 team practices are at Niantic Bay YC mostly on Sundays @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  We will offer “Early Clinics” for Opti sailors who demand more time on the water.  The new sailors on the Melges 24 team will meet earlier on Sunday’s.  The full schedule for all teams will include five weeks of lessons and one travel regatta!

Full program and sign up details – MudRatz.com

We are welcoming two new coaches this fall!

On Opti’s – Urska Kosir, Izola, Slovenia.  Urska is a proven past champion winning both the 2009 Laser 4.7 World Championships and later in 2012 winning the Collegiate National Womens Championship B Division.  She is a past member of the Slovenian National Sailing Team and Yale Bulldogs Sailing Team respectively.  Urska will focus on proper set up and racing drills to help our Opti sailors step it up for the upcoming events.  Urska joins Kate Canningwho returns for her 5th fall!

On 420’s – Matt Sola.  Matt is a recent graduate and former captain of the University of Rhode Island Sailing Team. He has extensive coaching experience with 420s including recently at NESS where his team took the top placement at the 2015 ECSA All Star Regatta.  Matt joins Taylor Martin who returns for his second fall!

OK, How Much?

The cost is $150 for new sailors (and $175 for new sailors who need uniforms).

Avoid the $50 late fee – Register by September 4th!

Spring 420 & Opti Tune Up Clinics

June 25th and 26th, Niantic Bay Yacht Club
MudRatz Parents and Sailors,

What & Why – The second annual pre-season tune up clinic is ready to roll.  Any local youth Opti or 420 sailors are welcome to attend – regardless if you have ever sailed with us before.

When & Where – This full two-day clinic is on June 25th & 26th from 10am to 4pm at the Niantic Bay Yacht Club.

Who –  Our all star lineup of coaches are slated to speed up your sailors!

On 420’s – Nick Ewenson, Newport, Rhode Island.  Nick is a 420 coach with a wide range of experience and success. He has been US Sailing’s coach for the Youth Championships and the Ida Lewis Trophy, and has taught at top-level clinics like Sail Newport’s Brooke Gonzalez Clinic and Chicago Yacht Club’s Neill Clinic. As a collegiate coach at College of Charleston and University of Rhode Island for seven years, Ewenson coached numerous collegiate All-Americans and his teams won five national championships.

On Opti’s – Urska Kosir, Izola, Slovenia.  Urska is a proven past champion winning both the 2009 Laser 4.7 World Championships and later in 2012 winning the Collegiate National Womens Championship B Division.  She is a past member of the Slovenian National Sailing Team and Yale Bulldogs Sailing Team respectively.  Urska will focus on proper set up and racing drills to help our Opti sailors step it up for the upcoming summer events.

How Much – The cost is $100 for new sailors (and $75 for current team members).

Avoid the $25 late fee and register by June 15th with the links below!

New sailors wishing to join our clinic please sign up with this link.

Current team members (sailed with us this spring or fall) please sign up here:

BOAT DROP OFF PARTY

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After dropping off the boats in Stonington please plan to come by SHYC for the MudRatz Boat Drop Off Party –  Saturday, May 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  Dinner will be available for parents and kids @ $12 and $10 each.  Coaches will be reviewing the upcoming season with the kids and the Kentucky Derby will be on at 5:45!

MELGES 24 SPORTBOAT TEAM

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We plan to start practices in early May for this all new team.  The program is intended for the older 420 sailors who wants a bigger team and a faster boat.  The program will cover six lessons with a coaching fee of $150.
Any sailors wishing to race with the MudRatz Melges 24 team this year must complete a six lesson program.Saturday afternoons and Wednesday nights are projected to be our sailing times, but exact schedule is TBD based on group input.

Sign up here if your child is interested as space will be based on first paid with preference given to current or past MudRatz.
Full refunds will be offered if the agreed sailing times do not work for your sailor.
Sign up is open via this link now.  We will finalize the schedule by May 1st.

Melges 24 – Donated to MudRatz!

MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT (USA) – The MudRatz youth sailing team is excited to announce the donation of a Melges 24® Sportboat!  The reputation of the Melges 24® precedes itself.  Best known for its very competitive disposition and easy-to-sail personality, this modern Sportboat maintains its status as a leader in high-performance, one design yachting.  With hundreds sailing around the world, it continues a tradition as a platform for of America’s Cup, Olympic Medalists, and Volvo Ocean Race sailors.  Simply put the Melges 24 builds better sailors.

Starting this May look for the MudRatz “Sportboat Saturday” practices, followed by the team joining The Donzo Wednesday Night Series Melges 24 fleet with the Mystic River Mudheads. This all leads up to our first year goal of sending a youth team to the 2016 Melges 24 worlds in Miami this November… where we are already registered in the 100+ boat event!

Brandon Flack, President of the MudRatz added.  “Bridging the gap between junior and adult sailing is one of the most challenging aspects of our sport today.   Enthusiastic kids often find themselves as young adults who drop out of sailing due to limited time and large financial constraints.  Having a boat like a Melges 24 will allow our youths to see first-hand what the next level of racing is all about.  This awesome platform will open up some huge doors for them into a world they might not have known even existed!”

If you are interested in sailing with us, contributing to our group of volunteers, or making a tax deductible donation, please go to Mudratz.org today!

SECOR Volvo – Results & Photo’s

winnersCongrats to Zach Champney & Peter Cronin as the inaugural Secor Volvo Fishers Island Sound 420 Race Champions!  Just three points separated the top three boats!  Well done to all the teams that completed the almost 10 mile course!  Full results are posted here https://mudratz.com/545-2/

Thanks also to Clay at the Dog Watch Café for the photos.  Check them all out here http://www.burkhalterphotos.com/p587761236, and download your favorites with code flack123

Secor Volvo – Thanks!

We hope all the kids had a much fun as the parents and volunteers did today! We laughed, learned, and were truly in awe at how well our young ECSA sailors got around Fishers Island Sound.

Please remind the kids to upload the RaceQs tracks from their home WIFI. Right now it looks like about 22 teams have done this… you can watch the reply of the whole day right here http://raceqs.com/regattas/46002

Also please have kids email us by reply with their submission for the OBR $100 award. Those submissions are due by July 11th at the end of the day.

We will announce the RaceQs and OBR awards next week.

Thank you everyone for bearing with us as got the inaugural race off! Thanks again to our sponsors Secor Volvo, Dime Bank, and Zim Sails.