Welcome back to another season of MudRatz racing!
The Opti team will be limited to the first 30 members to pay with preference given to past team members….
Details – Early Registration deadline is September 1st (there is $50 late fee anytime after).
Time: Sundays @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Dates: Six Sundays – Starting September 15th (NEW DATE) – Please see the full calendar here.
Cost: $175 per child (plus $30 uniform for new sailors & $15 Mudratz membership if not currently a member – see below).
Location: Niantic Bay Yacht Club, 8 Shore Rd, Niantic, CT 06357
Parent Team Coordinator: Kerry S. & Harcourt S. firstname.lastname@example.org
Boats can be brought down one week before the programs begin. Storage is free.
An annual membership with the Mudratz is required now to be part of our team.
What to expect and prepare you and your Opti sailor 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 at the Green fleet level. 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.
Boats, Gear, and Volunteers…
We expect each sailor to bring their own Optis.
Please make sure kids are dressed for sailing (drysuits in the spring (wetsuits at a minimum), smocks, gloves, boots, hats) as we sail in ALL weather, rain, wind, snow, and sun. Please send each child with a snack and re-usable water-bottle as well. 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 day! Please get the kids there early enough to be completely ready to sail at the start time of practice.
Please ask how you can help… we are a 100% volunteer team and there is always something that needs to be done each week. We always could use loaner coach boats… they can be left in the water if you have one you can bring over.
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.