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:  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:

Storage inquiries:

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.


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 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.


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


-life jacket

– Mudratz pinney

-winter hat

-warm change of clothes

-labeled lunch

-reusable water bottle/snack

-Digital WATCH for starts




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 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

Thanks also to Clay at the Dog Watch Café for the photos.  Check them all out here, and download your favorites with code flack123