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J. Peter McArdle Jr. 1956 – 2020

J. Peter McArdle Jr., 64, of Mystic, CT, passed away of natural causes on Monday, August 24, 2020.

J. Peter McArdle Jr.

Born in East Hartford, CT on May 2, 1956, he was raised in Bozrah, CT. He attended Fields Memorial School in Bozrah, Norwich Free Academy and completed a post graduate year at Vermont Academy, before attending Boston College.

Peter lived in Morehead City, NC, Nantucket, MA, and vacationed at his family’s home on Sanibel Island, FL, before being introduced to sailing and moving to Mystic, CT. He later settled down on Masons Island, where he met some of his greatest friends.

He was a successful builder and business owner for many years, beginning working for his father as a teenager and eventually starting his own business. Peter had a passion for music, fishing, and sports, as his strong athleticism gave him the ability to pick up almost any sport.

He was a member of the Masons Island Yacht Club, Mystic River Mudheads and the Knights of Columbus. Peter was predeceased by his father, Jerome P. McArdle Sr. and his sister, Ellen Mary McArdle. He is survived by his mother, Dolores E. McArdle of Farmington, CT; his daughter, Mallory Constance McArdle of Mystic; uncle, Calvin (Susan) Cohn of Arizona; his brother, Matthew (Donna) of Bozrah;  sisters, Marcy (Edward) Hayden of Old Lyme and Megan (Michael) Parsons of Farmington and his brother-in-law, Dr. Andrew Larkin. Additionally, he is survived by his nieces and nephew Kristin, Andrew, India, and his great-nephew, Logan as well as many cousins. The family would like express a special thanks to Dr. Mike Feltes.

A funeral mass will be celebrated Tuesday, September 1st at 10:00 am at St. Patrick Church 32 East Main St. Mystic. His burial will follow the mass at St. Patrick Cemetery, Mystic. There are no calling hours for Peter. The Mystic Funeral Home has care of his arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Norwich Free Academy Alumni Association in Peter’s name.


Rhona Suzanne (Hellenbrecht) Heyl 1963 – 2020

North Stonington – Rhona Suzanne (Hellenbrecht) Heyl, beloved daughter, sister and friend, died unexpectedly Aug. 8, 2020, at her home in North Stonington. Our talented, creative, hard-working, organized, efficient and beautiful daughter found this moment too difficult and took her own life. She leaves countless family and friends stunned and deeply bereft.

Friends and family will remember Rhona for her “sparkle,” as one old friend put it, her willingness to pitch in on any project, her many civic contributions, her competitive sailing skills and her seemingly effortless ability to organize amazing parties at a moment’s notice.

Rhona was a past president of the Mystic Rotary Club and past president of the board of trustees of the Mystic and Noank Library. She was an active member of the Stonington Garden Club, one of the weekly weeders who maintained the children’s garden in Stonington, among many other activities she supported. As a member of the Off Soundings Club and the Mystic River Mudheads Sailing Association, Rhona raced aboard “Sans Souci,” an Ensign skippered by Ted Parker. She also crewed on “Barfly,” a J/24, skippered by Rob Lambert out of Jamestown, R.I. She began her sailing career as a pre-teen, Frostbiting with her dad in Penguins at the Thames Yacht Club, she became the best foredeck crew ever aboard “Hellion,” the family’s Morgan 27 sailboat, during the 1970s and 1980s.

Professionally, Rhona was a Certified Financial Planner®, most recently working for Zeiders Enterprises, Inc., providing financial counseling to members of the Connecticut National Guard, helping them plan for their financial futures – from helping new military members learn how to budget to assisting seasoned members with plans for retirement.

As a Coast Guard spouse for 13 years, Rhona lived in Connecticut, Haiti, Washington, D.C., Long Island and Key West. During that time, she served as a vice president at J.P. Morgan in New York and assistant vice president of Lehman Brothers in Boston. As an independent consultant, she led the team that established the first customer relationship management program at Prudential Financial in Newark, N.J. Rhona graduated from Wheeler High School. She earned a BA in French from the University of Connecticut and a MA in international management at the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Phoenix, Ariz.

Rhona was born Jan. 17, 1963. She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Shannon and Roger Santora of Venice, Fla.; father and stepmother, Edward Hellenbrecht and Renee Beaulieu of New London; brother Michael Hellenbrecht of White Plains, N.Y.; and sister Renee Hellenbrecht of Cambridge, Mass.; stepsisters, Sandra Levine and Mara Simoneau, both of Waterford; stepdaughters, Taylor Muric of Falmouth, Mass. and Lesley Heyl of Norton, Mass. She is also survived by lifelong friends, “sisters of another mother,” Lisa Szaro of Westerly and Nancy Free of Groton; and her companion, John Tregenza of Avondale, R.I.

Because of restrictions for social distancing, the funeral and burial at sea will be private. The family plans to have a Celebration of Life, when we can once again meet in large groups. We are optimistic and hoping that will be next spring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to The Stonington Garden Club in memory of Rhona Heyl. The Stonington Garden Club is a non-profit organization to which Rhona generously donated her time and talents. Donations may be mailed to The Stonington Garden Club P.O. Box 385 Stonington, CT 06378. Donations may also be sent to the Brian Dagle Foundation, dedicated to the healing of grieving adults as well as community education on suicide prevention and awareness. Brian’s Healing Hearts, 461 Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357.

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Mudheads-

We have good news!! We have just received confirmation from the State that we can begin racing the Donzo Wednesday Night Series as of June 24th provided all racers adhere to the State guidelines.

This includes:

1. If a 6ft distance between us cannot be maintained, (let’s be honest here, almost all of the time while racing) face coverings must be worn.

The board has also decided to lower the registration fee to $175 for the season, registration and racing fees are due prior to the first race. Skippers must sign waiver prior to first race as well.

Please see the below message from our race committee for more details.

The midsummer party has also been postponed until July 29th, in hopes that we can safely host a party at that point. Please save the date, more details will be coming soon.

OJ O’Connell, Commodore


Dear Mudhead Racers,

This is an unusual year in the midst of the ever-changing Coronavirus pandemic and we hope you are safe, healthy and smart. We have planned a few changes to the “normal” season and we hope to salvage some good racing.

Here is a summary of plans so far.

1. Start the season on Wednesday, June 24th with a one series schedule of races through September 5th.
2. The Registration fee to race for the entire season has been lowered to $175.00 and must be paid prior to your first race. We urge you to register on Yacht Scoring now so we can begin to sort the classes. If you already paid a higher fee, you will receive a refund.
3. Waiver must be signed.
4. We will offer skippers the option of racing with your Spinnaker (S) or Non-Spinnaker (NS) PHRF rating to help those who may have issues finding enough crew. You will have the option of changing from one to the other ONCE during the season. Classes will be set up as previous years, with types of boats and PHRF ratings grouped together as close as we can depending on number of entries. If you decide to change from NS to S or S to NS, your rating will be changed but you will remain in the same class.
5. If we find ourselves shorthanded on the Race Committee we will consider use of Appendix U – Audible Signal Racing System – which is the three minute sounds only procedure detailed in the Racing Rules of Sailing. You will be notified well in advance if we plan to use the system.
6. We remind all Mudheads, their crew and friends about RRS 4. “DECISION TO RACE The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone.”

The Race Committee is monitoring State and local guidelines and we strongly urge all skippers to do the same.

Information can be found online at portal.ct.gov/coronavirus. See Get the Latest Guidance. If you have any questions or suggestions, we are ready and able to respond. Please contact us at prorcosc@gmail.com or 860.625.0094.

More to come, so stay tuned.
Go Fast! Pass Boats! Tell Stories!

Mudhead Race Committee
Greg Gilmartin, RRO
Frank Murphy, PRO


peter cannningA celebration of Pete’s life will be held at Masons Island Yacht Club on September 7th at 5pm. The Canning Family looks forward to seeing friends and family who can come.

Peter Hill Canning was born in the early evening of Sept. 10, 1982. He was a beautiful baby.

He had a happy childhood growing up on Mason’s Island. His best friends were and always will be David Andrias, Tim Sheffield, Jon Ball, and Lucas Freye.

He loved summer, the beach and boating. He was a Legomaniac.

He was a good athlete and was one of the original SEALS Lacrosse Team. He was always grateful to his favorite coaches, Todd O’Donnell and Dave Schulz. Pete scored the most goals in the inaugural season of the Stonington High School Lacrosse Team. He later was the co-captain of the Williams School Team.

Pete was a member of the Mount Snow Ski Team He won his last race in 1997. The four racers that finished behind him that day became members of the US Ski Team.

Peter attended Deans Mill School, Mystic Middle School and Stonington High School. He spent his winters at Mount Snow Academy and graduated from the Williams School.

Peter graduated from Trinity College with honors in economics in 2005.

Pete loved boating with his friends. He spent many summer afternoons with them at Ram Island, East Harbor and Sandy Point…or just cruising the Mystic River.

Pete was the mainsail trimmer on our family sailboat, the Melges 32, Wild Horses.

He loved picnics, the Fourth of July and the New London fireworks. He loved any family party, but his favorite holidays were Thanksgiving and Christmas. Peter was a great cook, and he always made the gravy.

Peter was a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley and a member of the Canning-Bergendahl Group.

Peter died July 8, 2019. He leaves his father and mother, Bill and Suzie Canning; his brother, Will Canning and sister-in-law, Tracy; his uncles, Peter and Douglas Canning; his aunts, Sarah and Annabelle Canning; and his grandfather, William P.T. Hill, Jr. He was predeceased by his grandmother, Sally Hill, and grandparents, William and Marian Canning.

He will be missed by his cousins, Martha and Kate Canning, John Canning, and Caroline and Maddie Canning.

He loved his nieces, Sabina, Flora, and Louisa (his god daughter) Canning; and his nephew, William Canning.

There will be a gathering in Pete’s memory at The Masons Island Yacht Club near his birthday in September.

Pete loved seeing his nieces and nephew swimming and enjoying the water. He loved taking his friends and their children on his boat. A fund in Pete’s memory has been established at the Ocean Community YMCA to provide free swimming lessons to kids in need. He would want more kids to be able to enjoy the beautiful place he loved so much.

Peter Hill Canning Fund, Ocean Community YMCA, 95 High Street, Westerly, RI 02891 ATTN: Stacey Jackson
Published in The Day on July 13, 2019


Thank you to George Brys, past commodore. Welcome, Jon Bawabe, 2019 commodore.


Mudheads Go Boatin’ in Holiday Parade

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2018 Mudhead Awards announced

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Mudnite Madness 2018 Winning Photo

by Luke Georgian


Sidney H. Petrie

North Stonington – Sidney H. Petrie, 71, of North Stonington, husband of 39 years to Linda (Olszewski) Petrie, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2018, at Yale-New Haven Hospital after a brief illness and with his family by his side.

Born in Springfield, Mass., he was the son to the late Sidney and Ruth (Wynn) Petrie. He lived in North Stonington for 36 years, previously living in Mystic. He was a carpenter at Electric Boat for 30 years up until his retirement in 2009.

Sidney loved being on the water, as did his late father who was a merchant marine chief steward on board the SS Constitution. Sidney was an avid sailor and member of the Ram Island Yacht Club in Noank. Always on the water participating in events held by, Ram Island Yacht Club, OffSoundings Club and the Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association. He could always be found sailing or helping friends around the boatyard in Noank.

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2018 Mudhead Benefit Cup Photos

Thank you to Photographer, Carl Tjerandsen for these great shots!
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Thanks Aaron Ciardullo from Shadow Lantern Photography for the WNR Mudhead Video:


Congratulations to:

  • Arabesque
  • Brer Rabbit
  • 2nd Chance
  • The Evil Dark Energy

for winning ECSA’s North Cove Trophy for best 4 boat team in spinnaker class.



A Mega Thank You to every volunteer who helped make the Mudhead Benefit Regatta a huge success! Setting up the dance floor & sound systems, picking up food, bar tending, food wrangling, setting up tables & chairs, race committee, raffle drawing, fund raising, set up, clean up & everything in between… we had an amazing team for two days of FUN for a great cause! Hope to see everyone next year! And special thanks to our silent auction & prize drawing donors & our food & beverage donors!

We can not thank you enough for all you did… hope to see you again under the tent next year! Thank you for your dedication!

a special thank you to all sponsors for your generosity especially mystic shipyard!! we couldn’t do it without you!


2017 Hospice Regatta

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The Mudheads offer condolences to the Thomas O’Connell family (Beneteau First 36.7, Finale).
Kathryn O’Connell’s funeral will take place at St Mary Church in Stonington at 11:00am, Thursday June 15th, followed by a reception at Stonington Yacht Club at 12:30. Burial will be private at St Michael’s Cemetery in Waverley.
In lieu of flowers; donations – in Kathryn’s memory – can be given to support kidney cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Checks, made payable to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, should be mailed to: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Attention Melanie Sovern, 885 Second Ave, 7th Fl., New York, NY 10017. Please indicate on the check that the gift is in memory of Kathryn O’Connell. Gifts can also be made on line by visiting http://mskcc.convio.net/goto/KathrynOConnell.


Michael Cavanaugh

A celebration of Michael Cavanaugh’s life will be held on June 18, from 3-6pm at Mystic Shipyard, 100 Essex Street, Mystic, CT.

Michael Dean Cavanaugh September 27, 1961 – April 26, 2017 Michael passed away peacefully April 26, 2017 with his beloved wife Linda Waterman Cavanaugh by his side, along with family and friends, after a 6 year battle with ALS. Mike and Linda lived these years to the fullest with dignity and grace. Michael was born in Denver, CO. and was the eldest son of Michael and Rosemary Cavanaugh of Oakland, CA. He was a graduate of A&M University College Station, TX with degrees in Nuclear Engineering and Language Arts. He was fluent in 3 languages and worked as a Nuclear Engineer in Texas and Connecticut. He married the love of his life, Linda Waterman Cavanaugh on October 10, 2010 and lived the remainder of his days with her. He is survived by many members of the Cavanaugh, Waterman, Potter, Pfisterer, Aranda and Nevarez families. He was very active in the Mystic/Stonington community and was known and loved by many. He worked at Millstone, Pfizer and his own company, MDC Machine Design where he designed and built countless machines. Design was one of his many passions, he was also an avid sailor and cyclist. He was co-founder and Past Commodore of Mystic River Yacht Club and involved with Mason Island Yacht Club Shields Race Committee, Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association Commodore, Off Soundings and involved with various charity regattas. He loved sailing and racing and he has a special place in his heart for his “Slippahs”, all that sailed with him on the Crystal Slipper. Michael was passionate about life, new experiences and the people around him. He truly lived life to the fullest and did not fear new experiences. He was a creative genius, problem solver, a writer, a great storyteller, an artist, devoted husband, son, brother and uncle. There are so many groups of friends that include all these life experiences, too many to name, he loved you all and if you got a nickname from him, you are extra special. We will all miss that laugh, that smile, that twinkle in your eyes. May God keep you and protect you. Visitation will be held at the Mystic Funeral Home, Route 1 (51 Williams Ave) Mystic, on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The ALS Association of CT or the Center for Hospice Care at hospicesect.org.

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Dexter Alden Holaday (72) a lifelong resident of Noank, CT passed away on April 10, 2017.

Mr. Holaday was a nationally and internationally known marine yacht surveyor. He attended local schools and graduated from R. E. Fitch High School in 1963. He was a submarine qualified U. S. Navy veteran serving aboard the USS TUSK and the USS ANGLER during the Cold War. He attended The University of Connecticut, The University of Rhode Island, Mitchell College, Middlesex College, Suffolk University Law School, Three Rivers College and The Westlawn School of Yacht Design. He was also awarded a Masters Degree in Marine Surveying from the State of Connecticut and held a U. S. Coast Guard license for over forty years. Additionally, he spent many years as a service/yard manager at several local marinas.

Mr. Holaday was born February 6, 1945 to the late William Dexter Holaday and Dorothy E. Adams Holaday. He married Maryanne E. Ricciotti on May 3, 1969. He enjoyed sailing, golf, jazz, civil war history and genealogy. He traveled with his wife Maryanne to England many times researching his family lineage, where they made many friends.

He was a member of The National Association of Marine Surveyors, a charter Member of The Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors, The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, U. S. Submarine Veterans, Noank Historical Society, Connecticut Society of Genealogists, The New England Historical and Genealogy Society, Life Member of the Noank Fire Co. and a member of several local Yacht Clubs.

Mr. Holaday is survived by Maryanne, his wife of 48 years, a son Dexter A. Holaday II and his wife June of North Kingstown, RI, and a daughter Allison Ann Holaday of Maynard, MA and her husband Ted Rice. Dexter A. Holaday II will be continuing his father’s marine surveying business, founded in 1971.

A funeral service will be held at the Christ United Methodist Church, 200 Hazelnut Hill Road, Groton, CT on Tuesday, April 18th at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at the Noank Valley Cemetery on Route 215. Immediately after the burial, a reception will follow. His family will receive friends Monday, from 5-8 pm at the Mystic Funeral Home located on Route 1 in Mystic.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, 1001 East 101st Terrace, Suite 220, Kansas City, MO 64131 or www.pkdcure.org.
Please visit www.mysticfuneralhome.com to leave a note of condolence.

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Mystic Irish Parade 2017 from MYS-TV Studios on Vimeo.


Invite your family & friends to eat and drink at Dogwatch Cafe, 194 Water St. Stonington Serving from 11 am – 9 pm. Tell your server you are with the Mudheads & they will mark your check. At the end of the night, a percentage of sales go to the Dillon Fund. This also covers takeout! The menu and other info is online at www.dogwatchcafe.com

The Dillon Fund is a special account to help Mudheads of all ages step out of our local area to compete at the national and international level. Named in memory of
Richard Dillon, a founding Mudhead and friend, we want to draw attention to this opportunity for competitive sailors and to help increase our resources to support those sailors. More info: mudhead.org/donations/dillon-fund

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
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Mystic – Rules Guru Dave Perry gave local racers a jump start on the new Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 on Wednesday, November 16. The Mudheads Fall Seminar, co-sponsored by Off Soundings Club, drew nearly 100 sailors to the Mystic Yachting Center in West Mystic. Rules were discussed, beer and wine was served and the crowd left looking for their rule books from US Sailing. “You won’t notice a big difference in Part Two rules,” Dave says, “but there are some small changes that need to be learned.”

Dave Perry’s Summary of Changes can be found on line at the bottom of the following page link.

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A crowd of about 100 racers at Mystic Yachting Center to hear Dave Perry explain the new racing rules that go into effect on January 1, 20117. The Mudhead Event was co-sponsored by Off Soundings Club.

A crowd of about 100 racers at Mystic Yachting Center to hear Dave Perry explain the new racing rules that go into effect on January 1, 20117. The Mudhead Event was co-sponsored by Off Soundings Club.

Bill Loweth of Brer Rabitt III shows off the Blowhard Trophy for winning the 2016 Mudnite Madness Overnight. The trophy was recently recovered from 3 time winner Pat Dillon who decided not to take it to Florida for his retirement. Remember, it’s either going to blow hard or just blow!

Bill Loweth of Brer Rabitt III shows off the Blowhard Trophy for winning the 2016 Mudnite Madness Overnight. The trophy was recently recovered from 3 time winner Pat Dillon who decided not to take it to Florida for his retirement. Remember, it’s either going to blow hard or just blow!

Dave Perry works his famous white board to explain a nuance in the rules to Mudhead Secretary Andy Stoddard.

Dave Perry works his famous white board to explain a nuance in the rules to Mudhead Secretary Andy Stoddard.

Dave Perry and Vanessa Allison Reed go one on one to solve another rules issue on the Perry White Board at Mudhead Rules Seminar, co-sponsored by Off Soundings Club in Mystic.

Dave Perry and Vanessa Allison Reed go one on one to solve another rules issue on the Perry White Board at Mudhead Rules Seminar, co-sponsored by Off Soundings Club in Mystic.


Congratulations Mudheads – 2 for 2!

Winners of The Stu Silvestri Award for Best Race Management and The Richard H. Roberts Trophy for Best Circuit Party

About the awards:
The Stu Silvestri trophy is awarded to the ECSA member club who shows the best race management. Stu was a member of Thames Yacht Club and proper race management was her passion. As the secretary of ECSA she worked to promote fair sailing in this area. She was also an engineer at Electric Boat and raced her Ranger 26 “Jester” with her family. Her daughters followed her path and scored very well in the Blue Jay Nationals. Her son, Stewart, competed in multiple America’s Cup campaigns.

The Richard H. Roberts trophy is awarded to the ECSA member club that hosts the best after race party of the circuit. This is decided by a vote of ECSA members. Richard H. “Dick” Roberts was a key fixture of Connecticut sailing. He graduated from the Naval Academy, and was an engineer at Electric Boat. A member of Thames Yacht Club and the Off Soundings Club, he held many offices in both. As secretary of ECSA he worked tirelessly to refine and govern this sport, helping all clubs with writing Sailing Instructions and hosting Race Management seminars.


Thanks to everyone who made the 2016 Golf Tournament possible, Congratulations to Team Seagram #2 (Jalapeño)

Also in the money, in second Team Seagram #1 and third, Team WTF #1

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Mudheads Competing in International Women’s Keelboat Championship

International Women's Keelboat Championship-2smDear Commodore Lettiere,

The International Women’s Keelboat Championship came to an end today and our team came in 11th place. We sailed a great regatta and had a lot of fun. Unfortunately, there were two run ins with “the law” at two separate leeward mark rounding that resulted in large point additions to our score thus pushing us back a lot further in the standings than our sailing on the water reflects. Overall, there was a lot of tight and fun racing on the water that took place over the past week and we are so thankful for all the support the Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association provided us.

Attached please find two pictures our team took at the event. Thank you again for your support!

Kind Regards,

Emily


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Littlefield & Crew bring home 4th from the Hospice Regatta National Championship

LittlefieldCrew4-HospiceRegattaNationalChampionship2016Prescott Littlefield led a team of Mudhead sailors in the 2016 Hospice Regatta National Championship, in Galveston, TX. His crew included: Matthew Littlefield, Claudia Koerting, Liz Sistare and Matt Wilson. Littlefield’s team raced beautifully in the first few races in their group’s nine race qualifying series earning 5 bullets on and finished forth over all .

“It was a real honor to represent the Mudheads at this year’s National Hospice Regattas Championship. Getting to know sailors from other parts of the country who are actively supporting Hospice care was a highlight of the event.” said Littlefield.

The Hospice Regattas National Championship was the first U.S. charity sailing championship to promote local regattas efforts to support hospice programs. The event offers three days of sailboat racing for one winning skipper and crew from each local hospice regatta that has completed at least two regattas. For more information, visit www.hospiceregattas.org

“Some on the water memorable moments were having a fish jump out of the water and briefly land on the bow of our Sonar during a race, as well as, losing our spinnaker halyard up the mast despite having taped the shackle, only losing one position on that downwind leg, and then climbing the mast after finishing to retrieve it to the cheers of the Sea Scout Base Galveston support staff and Race Committee,” said Littlefield.

The National Hospice Regatta Alliance is a (c)(3) association of hospice regattas that independently raise money and awareness for hospices in their communities. It supports a rapidly expanding nationwide network of regattas that publicize hospice care. NHRA is an all-volunteer organization helping hospice regattas grow and learn from each other, and promoting hospice care nationally. Since the first Hospice Regatta in 1982, more than 20,000 sailors, sponsors and volunteers have raised over $12 million to provide hospice care to terminal patients and their families without regard for ability to pay.

Locally, the Mudheads work with Center for Hospice Care – a community based, nonprofit organization serving Eastern Connecticut since 1985. It provides end-of-life care to over 700 patients and their families each year regardless of age, disease or ability to pay. This year’s Mudhead Benefit Regatta is July 16. For further information, visit: www.mudhead.org

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Mudheads to Compete in Hospice Regattas National Championship

Windcheck Magazine, April 9, 2016
By Courtney Moore

Southeastern Connecticut sailor Prescott Littlefield will lead a team of Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association sailors in the Hospice Regattas National Championship, which will be held April 28 – May 1 in Galveston, TX. Littlefield’s crew includes Claudia Koerting, Matt Wilson, Liz Sistare and Matthew Littlefield.

Littlefield has raced his J/29 Zig Zag Zoom in the Mudhead Donzo Wednesday Night Race Series and countless other Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association regattas for the past decade. He has also been an active frostbite racer in Essex (Frostbite YC) for over 20 years in a JY-15, and more recently, in a Laser. He is the Waterfront Programs Manager at the University of Connecticut Avery Point campus and a sailing coach for the Avery Point Sailing Club and The Williams School Varsity Sailing Team.

The regatta venue, Sea Scout Base Galveston, offers reliably outstanding sailing conditions and a racecourse that’s “steps away in the front yard.” Competitors will race Sonars in a round-robin series that will maximize time on the water for all teams.

The Hospice Regattas National Championship was the first U.S. charity sailing championship to promote local regattas’ efforts to support hospice programs. The event offers three days of sailboat racing for one winning skipper and crew from each local hospice regatta that has completed at least two regattas. For more information, visit hospiceregattas.org.

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Mudheads receive Club Race Officer and Regional Race Officer Qualifications

Over the weekend of March 14-15, four Mudheads set off for Newport to participate in the US Sailing Club Race Officer and Advanced Race Officer Courses hosted by the New York Yacht Club. Robert Austin-Lafrance, Greg Gilmartin, Frank Murphy and Anne Wilkinson all completed the training and testing requirements for Race Officers and successfully passed.

US Sailing recognizes the need for strong race committee members certified in safety and proper management for sailboat races. US Sailing was originally organized as the North American Yacht Racing Union (NAYRU) in 1897. The organization’s original purpose was to encourage and promote yacht racing, and to unify the racing and rating rules in the United States and Canada and throughout the yachting world.

The Mudhead Race Committee has been honored in receiving multiple nods for best run races over the last forty years. The professional dedication used on the race course enables racers to enjoy and compete safely every Wednesday night from May-September in the Donzo Wednesday Night Racing Series. Additionally, the Mudheads run the Benefit Regatta for Center for Hospice Care, this year’s event is July 16; and you can see the Mudheads throughout the Sound, involved, to varying degrees, with many Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association member club regattas.

For more information about the Mudheads, or to get involved with Race Committee, please visit: www.mudhead.org and set sail for the first race on May 18, 2016.

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For further press info., please contact Courtney Moore, courtney@cmbcreativegroup.com * 860/536.5870


Mudheads Celebrating 40

The Mudheads will be celebrating 40 (FORTY!!) years in 2016, have any memorable photos to share? Email them to mudhead@mudhead.org.

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Mudheads in the Mystic Irish Parade 2016


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Local Sailors to Compete in Hospice Regattas National Championship Galveston, Texas

Southeastern Connecticut sailor, Prescott Littlefield will lead a team of Mudhead sailors in the Hospice Regattas National Championship, which will be held April 28- May 1, 2016 in Galveston, Texas. His crew includes: Claudia Koerting, Matt Wilson, Liz Sistare and Matthew Littlefield.

Littlefield has raced his boat, Zig Zag Zoom, in the Mudhead Donzo Wednesday Night Race Series and countless other Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association regattas for the past decade. He has also been an active frostbite racer in Essex (Frostbite YC) for over 20 years in a JY-15, and more recently, in a Laser. He is the Waterfront Programs Manager at UConn Avery Point campus and a sailing coach for the Avery Point Sailing Club and The Williams School Varsity Sailing Team.

The Sea Scout Base Galveston location offers reliably outstanding sailing conditions and a race course that’s “steps away in the front yard.” The competitors will race on Sonar sailboats in a round-robin series that will maximize time on the water for all teams, the Sonar, a 23-ft. one-design keelboat, races competitively with a skipper and a crew of three.

The Hospice Regattas National Championship was the first U.S. charity sailing championship to promote local regattas efforts to support hospice programs. The event offers three days of sailboat racing for one winning skipper and crew from each local hospice regatta that has completed at least two regattas. For more information, visit www.hospiceregattas.org.

The National Hospice Regatta Alliance is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) association of hospice regattas that independently raises money and awareness for hospices in their communities. It supports a rapidly expanding nationwide network of regattas that publicize hospice care – from the East to the West Coast, from the Great Lakes to Florida. NHRA is an all-volunteer organization helping hospice regattas grow and learn from each other, and promoting hospice care nationally. Since the first Hospice Regatta in 1982, more than 20,000 sailors, sponsors and volunteers have raised more than $12 million to provide hospice care to terminal patients and their families without regard for ability to pay.

Dan Lettiere, current Mudhead commodore said, “We are thrilled that a competitor like Prescott is representing the Mudheads and are proud to have a team sailing in the Hospice Nationals; and proud of the Mudheads continued work with Center for Hospice Care.”

Locally, the Mudheads work with Center for Hospice Care which is a community based, nonprofit organization serving Eastern Connecticut since 1985. It provides end-of-life care to over 700 patients and their families each year regardless of age, disease or ability to pay. In addition, more than 1500 friends and family members receive bereavement support free of charge regardless of whether their loved one’s death occurred under hospice care through special programs like Expressive Arts for children, teens and adults help the bereaved cope with their loss in a non-threatening and creative environment. Local sailors have raised money through the Center for Hospice Care Regatta Series for over 26 years. This year’s Mudhead Benefit Regatta is July 16. For further information, visit: www.mudhead.org.

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For further press info., please contact Courtney Moore, courtney@cmbcreativegroup.com * 860/536.5870


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Stonington – Robert Millett Wilkinson, 86, of Mystic and formerly of Noank, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, from complications of pneumonia.

Bob was the husband of 64 years to Jeanne (Phillips) Wilkinson and is also survived by his daughter, Sheryl and son-in-law, Tom Clukey, of New Gloucester, Maine; son, Alan Wilkinson; daughter-in-law, Anne Wilkinson of Noank; and his two grandchildren, Benjamin and Sarah Wilkinson of Noank.

He was predeceased by his son, Donald “Donzo” Wilkinson.

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The Mudheads Turn 40!

Windcheck Magazine, January/February 2016 (page 57)

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2016 Sponsorship Opportunities

Yes, I support the Mudheads! E-mail your sponsor level to Courtney@cmbcreativegroup.com by March 1, 2016. Space is limited, first-come, first-served.

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Mystic River Mudheads song.

New this year. Performed by Christine Cooney and The Shiny Lapel Trio at the Annual Mudhead Holiday Party.


SAILING TO SUCCESS

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Vice Commodore Dan Lettiere, Rodney Johnstone and Commodore Mike LaChance celebrate the 40th birthday of the J/24. Johnstone’s seminar highlighted the history of J-Boats and was attended by over 120 Mudheads and Mudhead friends. Thank you to all who attended and contributed food items for the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. And special thanks to Rodney Johnstone, Jeff Marshall, Mystic Shipyard, Ocean Blue Catering and Cask N Keg.

120 Mudheads and friends turned out at Mystic Shipyard recently to hear Rod Johnstone tell the story of J Boats. From his Stonington garage, Rod designed and built the venerable J-24 nearly 40 years ago. Thousands of boats and dozens of designs later, Rod and his family continue to sail to success. Here is the story in Rod’s own words.


Mudhead Awards Overview

It was an evening of ducks, chickens, yetis, judges, lawyers and prison guards… plus several good natured ‘prisoners’ in the jail cell. While there were many excellent candidates to choose from, the Mudcup ultimately went to Carl Fast… along with Carl stood Bill Canning who good-naturedly admitted his wrong doing- but not on the race course! Who would have thought that two of the best sailors would be in the running? A big thank you to Tom Brady who also made an appearance in ‘court’.

A wonderful evening was had by all. Congratulations to all of the winners and see you next year! Special thanks to Mason’s Island Yacht Club, East Coast Catering and Cask N Keg.

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Interested in volunteering?

Email mudhead@mudhead.org to sign up!

Eddie Maxwell Commissioning Crew (April/May), Race Committee (Weds. Nights – May/September) , Mid-Season Barbecue (July), Mudhead Benefit Cup Regatta (July), Awards Banquet (September), Annual Meeting & Christmas Party (December), General Support (Year ‘Round), Mailings (Year ‘Round)


POSTED 8/6/15

Race 8 was abandoned for reasons other than those permitted in RRS 32.1. As such, race should not have been abandoned and is therefore reinstated.


Mudheads Place 4th in Hospice Regattas National

Mudheads Place 4th

Mudheads Place 4th in Hospice Regattas National Championship in Rochester, NY. Southeastern Connecticut sailor, Bill Mortensen, of Pawcatuck, CT, led Mudhead sailors in the Hospice Regattas National Championship, from June 12-14, 2015 in the waters of Lake Ontario, hosted by Rochester Yacht Club (RYC). Mortensen is a past commodore of the Mudheads and has won multiple times in the Mudhead Benefit Cup for Center for Hospice Care. His crew included: Mark Cika, John Sicuranza and Ty Whitman.

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Team Racing Rematch! Mudheads win!

2015 HYC vs Mudheads rematch results
Mudheads 4 – HYC 1

Father & Son Teams representing the Mudheads included:

Frank & Patrick Murphy
Dave & Dan Nickerson
Chris & Jack Field
Carl & Kyle Fast

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Local Sailors to Compete in Hospice Regattas National Championship in Rochester, NY

Southeastern Connecticut sailor, Bill Mortensen, of Pawcatuck, CT, is going to lead a team of Mudhead sailors in the Hospice Regattas National Championship, which will be held June 12-14, 2015 in the waters of Lake Ontario, hosted by Rochester Yacht Club (RYC). Mortensen is a past commodore of the Mudheads and has won multiple times in the Mudhead Benefit Cup for Center for Hospice Care. His crew includes: Mark Cika, John Sicuranza and Ty Whitman.

RYC conducted the Alliance’s annual Championship regatta in 2009-2011, with racing on Lake Ontario for teams representing hospice regattas around the U.S. and Canada. The competitors will race on Sonar sailboats in a round-robin series that will maximize time on the water for all teams over the three-day competition. The Sonar, a 23-ft. one-design keelboat, races competitively with a skipper and three crew.

“The Alliance is very pleased that our friends at RYC have offered to host our Championship again next year,” National Hospice Regatta Alliance president Jean S. Klutz said. “Our three years there demonstrated that Rochester is an outstanding venue for racing and for hospitality, and we’re delighted to return,” she added.

Greg Gilmartin, a member of the 2009 Mudhead team said, “Rochester Yacht Club is a top-notch facility, and RYC organizes wonderful races. The Nationals are a fine tradition and the venue is one of the best on the lakes.” For more information about the 2015 Hospice Regattas National Championship, visit www.hospiceregattas.org.

Center for Hospice Care is a community based, nonprofit organization serving Eastern Connecticut since 1985. It provides end-of-life care to over 600 patients and families each year regardless of age, disease or inability to pay. In addition, more than 500 friends and family members receive bereavement support free of charge regardless of whether their loved one’s death occurred under hospice care. Special programs like Expressive Arts for children, teens and adults help the bereaved cope with their loss in a non-threatening and creative environment. Local sailors have raised money through the Center for Hospice Care Regatta Series for over 25 years.

The Hospice Regattas National Championship was the first sailing championship for charity in the U.S. to promote local regattas efforts to support hospice programs, the event offers three days of sailboat racing for one winning skipper and crew from every local hospice regatta that has completed two regattas. Eight of the nine previous Championships have been conducted in Annapolis, where the original Hospice Cup event began in 1982. The 2001 Championship was held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and the National Hospice Regattas Alliance board hopes varying the Championship location will allow more people to learn about the local regattas and about Hospice care.

Rochester Yacht Club was incorporated in 1877, the Rochester Yacht Club celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2002 and is still going strong. The club’s first regatta was held in 1877 with eight sail boats competing, and it hosted 104 boats at the J/22 World Championship in August 2008. RYC also hosts Rochester’s local Hospice Regatta in odd-numbered years. The club’s purpose is to provide and encourage interests and instruction in areas of yachts and yachting, seamanship, racing and traditions of yachting. By car, RYC is seven miles from the heart of Rochester, Monroe County, New York, and it is located on the south shore of Lake Ontario and accessible from the Genesee River.

The National Hospice Regatta Alliance is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) association of hospice regattas that independently raise money and awareness for hospices in their communities. It supports a rapidly expanding nationwide network of regattas that publicize hospice care — from the East to the West Coast, from the Great Lakes to Florida. NHRA is an all-volunteer organization helping hospice regattas grow and learn from each other, and promoting hospice care nationally. Since the first Hospice Regatta in 1982, more than 20,000 sailors, sponsors and volunteers have raised more than $12 million to provide hospice care to terminal patients and their families without regard for ability to pay.

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For further press info., please contact Courtney Moore, courtney@cmbcreativegroup.com • 860/536.5870


newport-volvo-mudheadsCamp Mudhead…

set on the shores of Fort Adams State Park, Newport, overlooking the East Passage. 40 Mudheads by bus, dozens more by car, took in the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover In Port Race on May 16, 2015. Dogs and Brats, Beer and Booze and VOR 65S. No one went home hungry. Next Event is mid season party at Noank Village Boatyard on July 8 after The Donzo Wednesday Night Racing. Watch for special announcement coming soon about new Mudhead venture. Let’s go racing!


SailQuest Boat Show

Friday – Sunday, May 1 – 3, 2015, 1-7pm (Fri) 10am – 5pm (Sat & Sun)
Mystic Shipyard, 100 Essex St., Mystic, CT, 06355
A unique boutique boat show that focuses on buying and selling sail, trawler, and down east style boats. Free parking and free admission. It’s a great personal event to go to see boats and talk with dealers and manufacturers.
www.sailquestboatshow.com


Irish Flavored Mudheads

For just one brief, shining moment, it seemed that thousands had lined the streets of Mystic to cheer the Mudheads. That’s what happens when you drag a J-24 through downtown as part of the 12th Annual Mystic Irish Parade. Sails Up 4 Cancer and the Mystic Blues Festival band joined in the fun and here’s what it looked like.
Keep the party going!

Mudhead Parade Video:

Full Parade Video:

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