Opti Team Information

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 August 15th (there is $50 late fee anytime after).

Time: Sundays @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm (note: additionally you may choose the all day option which includes an advanced clinic every Sunday from  12:00 to 3:00 before the full team practice)

Dates: Six Sundays – Starting September 3rd (note: some weekends practice will not be held due to weather or travel regatta plans, make up dates will be offered).

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

Boats can be brought down one week before the programs begin.  Storage is free.

Early Clinics Option:  We intend to offer six Early Clinics from 12-3pm on Sundays before normal full team practices. These are meant to be for the more advanced sailors. These kids are normally a bit older and can handle the attention required for 6 hours of practice in one day. There is just one coach and drills will be mainly about repetition and improving on what has been learned in full team practices.   If you choose yes for these online at registration we will email you an additional payment request for $200. Note because of coaching commitments this is not an either or choice.  To be part of the early clinics you must also sign up and pay for the full team practices also.

Opti Team Registration Link

Please join the Mystic River MudHeads.

This organization strongly supports the MudRatz and our team would just not be possible without them.  Junior ($15) or family ($35) membership is requested.

Please join the MudHeads with this link and in the comments area please mention you are with the MudRatz!

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.

Check out our growing FAQ page!

If we have a large group we may split the kids into as many as three groups.  Championship, Racing, and the Developmental team.  We completely understand that less experienced kids learn TONS from sailing with the more experienced kids, so half the practice will be spent together scrimmaging and doing starts.  PLEASE let your kids know these assignments are NOT AT ALL permanent and we fully expect kids to move up from one level to the next as their abilities improve.

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 (wet suits 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 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, we are not paying coaches to help rig, so please get the kids there early enough to be completely ready to sail at the start time of practice.  Parents will be asked to help launch the kids and derig at the end while coaches work with the kids at post practice chalk talks.

Please ask how you can help… we are a volunteer team and there is always something that needs to be done each week.  We really need loaned coach boats for this season… 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 practice as a team and travel around the country.

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