Posts Tagged ‘mudratz’
From 13 to 18 years old, this Mudratz Racing-produced crew is the youngest-ever Melges 24 Worlds team. They’re also fun, smart, and great at telling their story, and we enjoyed chatting with them on the eve of the final day of the biggest sailing event of their young lives. Enjoy this uplifting 20 minute Skype chat with the future of the sport of sailing, with lessons for anyone who cares where we go over the next 50 years in sailing.
December 3rd, 2016 by admin
We 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
Perhaps no sailing team in the world is inspiring more young racers than the Mystic River Mudratz. Full of Anarchists and driven by some very clever industry-insider parents, the New England-based youth sailing initiative continues to give anyone who sees them hope for the future. But now, their hope for competing at the Melges 24 Worlds may be in jeopardy, and if there was ever a cause that deserved your help, this is it. Here’s a note from one of those co-founding parents:
“You will never forget the day you break your first rig” were the words of encouragement from world-renowned pro sailor and Race Officer Anderson Reggio. Unfortunately for our team of youth sailors… it happened on the very last day of practice! After a full season that started back in May, the kids were finally getting the art of blow-through-jibes while ‘sending it’ off of waves in 18-22 knots last Saturday. We had a foiling UFO and Waszp in town for demos that morning, and the kids were inspired to just go faster and faster… the day could not have been going any better, until…BANG!
With the Melges 24 Worlds under 30 days away, our boat probably cannot be fixed in that time. These kids have scratched and clawed their way to respectability with over 20 days of racing and 40 days of practices. As guest coach Charlie Enright shared with them one night this past July “The hardest thing about big events – is getting to the starting line”.
We have fundraised relentlessly to cover travel costs and even lined up a final tune-up in Miami with former Rolex Sailor of the Year Stephanie Roble. These kids have worked so hard and are dying to become bright future members of our adult sailing community. Does anyone have a Melges 24 they would consider chartering to us?
The Mudratz are celebrating our three year anniversary while all this is going on. If you are interested to see what this team is about check out the video here. If you don’t have a spare Melges 24 lying around, PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING OUR TEAM TO HELP US GET BACK ON THE LINE!
October 30th, 2016 by admin
With 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
The next generation of sailing studs is clearly taken with Charlie and Team Alvimedica, even if they can’t say the name. This is too damned cute, and thanks to Brandon for the heads up about our favorite Ratz of all. And while we hate to give love to another idiotic use of the ‘Everest of Sailing’ tautology, it’s good to see the young American getting some solid ink from the WSJ.
October 6th, 2014 by admin
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!
3. 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