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It’s been just over a month since two Eagle Scouts were electrocuted on a Texas lake along with the 11 year old boy they were teaching to sail catamarans.    It’s been just over a month since a boy was brutally killed by a prop strike while taking sailing lessons in Long Island.  And this morning, Channel 7 reports that an unresponsive 17-year old first-time sailing student was pulled from Lake Washington.

According to the 7 report, the student had ‘just waded into the water’ along with 6 or 7 others so instructors could observe their comfort level, and as instructors got ready to teach them how to put on PFDs, they noticed one student had disappeared.  “Four instructors” finally found him, estimating he was underwater for six minutes.  The boy had ‘a faint pulse’ after CPR from instructors and then EMT personnel, and he is in critical conditions as of late last night in a Washington hospital.

After pulling him from the water, they began CPR. When medics arrived, the boy had no pulse. After medics began giving the victim aid, he had a faint pulse by the time the ambulance left for Harborview hospital in Seattle.

Staff at Sail Sand Point said the incident was the first after training hundreds of kids each year how to be in and around the water, but that’s no excuse or justification for a problem that seems to have kicked into overdrive.  Is this a systemic failure for America’s system of teaching sailing, and if so, who will show leadership and try to come up with a way for kids to stop dying while learning to sail?

We say it’s time for US Sailing to step up and do something about it.  SSP is a US Sailing-accredited sailing school, and Centerport is an accredited US Yacht Club.  It’s our opinion that the governing body of sailing in the USA need to get off their asses and fix it.  If they don’t, their primary competition in the training game should use the opportunity to highlight US Sailing’s failure and introduce solutions themselves.

There is no reason for parents to worry that their kid might die from a beginning sailing lesson.  None.

Title shout.

 

August 29th, 2017 by admin

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If you’re a parent, a grandparent, or a junior sailor, the Secor Volvo Fishers Island Sound Race has got to make you smile.  100 kids from all over the Northeast, racing their 420s on oddball point-to-point courses and having the time of their lives.  Past winner of the event Peter Cronin (with crew Zach Champney) is leading after 3 legs, and he’s also going for the On-Board Reporter award (more on that later) with some excellent storytelling in this short clip of the pre-race buildup.

Thanks to the Mudratz and friends, this race has a bigger digital footprint than most adult regattas, which might just be one of the reasons it’s been so successful.  Here are some features to pay attention to:
-Kids all sleeping in the school gym
-Live streaming each leg of the race on their Facebook page at 0900 ET today.
-Over 50 teams registered from 15 yacht clubs, including around 30% all-female teams.
-On board photographer on the water posting images to Facebook and Instagram
-Look for #FISVolvo
-Daily press releases
-OBR video competition with some great prizes.  Stay tuned for the good stuff after 7/21.
Huge thanks to media pro and Starboat sailor Laura Beigel for helping the kids tell the story.

 

July 14th, 2017 by admin

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screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-12-15-21-pmWe are massive fans of the Mudratz, and of their unintentional discovery of just how to fix that problem we’ve all been asking about for more than a decade: “How do we turn junior sailors into lifelong sailors?”

If you haven’t followed the kids from Mystic (and beyond), take this opportunity to peruse their recent history here.  They’ve got a team of kids racing at the Melges 24 Worlds in Miami, and to celebrate, they’re auctioning off Charlie Enright’s genuine, brand new, autographed Musto/Team Alvimedica HPX Smock from the last Volvo Ocean Race.  It’s live on eBay with the auction set to end this evening – 100% goes to the team’s 501(c)(3) charity fund, and we encourage you to get over there and bid it up right now.  Hell, at the current bid of $435, it’s cheaper than retail.  Let’s raise some money!

Your auction price will be a tax-deductible contribution, and it comes at the perfect time for your 2016 tax year.  Get over there now.

 

December 1st, 2016 by admin

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ratz24With so many thousands of proud sailing parents realizing that ‘the way we do it’ isn’t creating lifelong sailors, we’re not quite sure why there aren’t dozens more programs like the Mudratz.  The New England youth-only team has been inspired by the chance to compete at the 2016 Melges 24 World Championship with an all-teen crew, and they’ve taken the first big step with the procurement of a Melges 24 donated by an unnamed area sailor.  

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 for what should be one of the most exciting events on anyone’s 2016 calendar!

Mudratz proud papa and co-founder said grass roots programs like the Mudratz are one of the keys to the long term health of yacht racing. “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 or your kid might be interested in sailing with the Mudratz, or you want to contribute to our volunteer organization or make a tax deductible donation, please go to Mudratz.org today!

 

January 14th, 2016 by admin

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Our old pal Chris Museler always has something interesting to share with us.

Thought this would make you guys laugh.  My friend and his 5 year-old daughter were playing around on mother’s day and thought of me when their lego session turned into this. 

-CM

For a shot of how the rescue turned out, click here.  And to all the mothers out there, we hope you had a great weekend.

May 11th, 2015 by admin

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Over and over, we hear parents complain that their kids don’t want to sail, or that they can’t find the opportunities.  Complaining makes you part of the problem; be like Brandon Flack and be part of the solution; here are Brandon and the MudRatz with some tips on getting kids into the game:

1. Identify a group of kids that want more sailing. Start a team with the premise that more time on the water together is good for everyone.

2. Do not duplicate, compete or conflict with local sailing programs that are already in your area. Choose times like Sunday nights in the spring and fall where there is no conflict with other sports. Strive to send the kids back to their local programs as better sailors and you will raise the bar for everyone!

mudratz3. Keep it affordable. Soccer & Baseball are normally about $150 for a season… strive to keep your costs and overhead low enough to match up with these other sports. Reaching out further then the elite kids will really grow your team.

4. Find a local sailing association or club that is willing to support your team with some seed money. All these associations are looking for ways to grow and you are going to provide it. Five hundred dollars here and there can go a long way.

5. Hire the best coaches “reasonable” money can afford. Hire the better summer coaches that are home from college or attending school nearby. Even good racing coaches in yacht club summer programs are less than $30 per hour. Coaches making a $100 every Sunday night is a great way to cover their bills from Friday and Saturday!

6. Find local clubs to act as your “host”. Spread the wealth around if you have a few clubs in your area. By running practices at new locations you will get new kids to sail with your team. As you move around you pick up more and more kids that come back each season after!

7. Offer parents deals on your program in exchange for using their whaler as a coach boat.

8. Join US Sailing and get your team into the burgee insurance program to cover officers and coaches. It’s not much for a small team.

9. Get the kids AND the parents together a few times away from the boats. Having the kids get to know each other off the water makes future meetings on the water that much more fun. Helping the newer non sailing parents to understand more about the sport by just sharing experiences goes a long way too.

10. Go sailing. Kids that sail as often as possible in a variety of conditions are naturally going to enjoy (and be better at racing in) those same conditions later. Keep it light and fun and they will be begging you for more.

Once you have all that come up with a cool team name and add in the uniforms, and then get on the computer and write a story for Sailing Anarchy to promote it!  We’ve put together our MudRatz Opti raffle to win a brand new Zim Optimist; buy a ticket today and you’ll have a great chance of winning the Opti or one of the other prizes on June 15 – and thanks for your support!

 

May 29th, 2014 by admin

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