Welcome back to another Fall season of MudRatz racing!

The Opti team will be limited to the first 40 members to pay with preference given to past team members….

Details – Early Registration deadline is September 4th  (there is $50 late fee anytime after).

Time: Saturday @ 9am-noon (green fleet) 1 pm – 4 pm (RWB)

Dates: Saturdays, September 11,18, 25, October 9, 16

Cost: $175 per child (plus $30 uniform for new sailors & Mudratz membership if not currently a member – see below).

Location: Niantic Bay Yacht Club, 8 Shore Rd, Niantic, CT 06357

Parent Team Coordinator: Mischa Van Berkel mudratzopti@gmail.com

Boats can be brought down on or after September 11. Storage is free

Opti Team Registration Link

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

Mudratz Membership Link

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.

  1. Boats must be safe, meaning: no sharp edges, holes and loose parts. All loose parts must be attached to the boat by means of shock cords or lines.
  2. Optimists must comply with the IODA Class rules, which can be found on https://www.optiworld.org/index.php/default/classinfo/documents/ini/1
  3. For safety reasons, optimists with floating tanks are not allowed to be used during MudRatz sessions.

Check out our growing FAQ page!

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!  Please get the kids there early enough to be completely ready to sail at the start time of practice. We want to make the most of our time together!

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.

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