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residentCommunity Spirit Mudhead Sailing Association Raises $21,370 for Hospice
(l-r) Class 3 winners: Skip Hoffman (Wild Angel), Toby Halsey (Patriot), Val & Carl Fast (Looney Tunes), are all smiles as they celebrate their sailing success!
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(l-r) Carly Solomon, daughter of Moise Solomon (3 Grins), presents the winner’s plate to Dan Sokolik (Sylvester), 1st place winner of Class Eight CC!
by Alyssa Pezzello O
n Saturday, July 16, 58 sailboats were catching the breeze, (what there was of
it!) on Long Island Sound during the Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association’s Annual Benefi t Regatta, followed by the MegaParty at the Mystic Shipyard. The day proved to be a scorcher! The sun beat down on the sailboats as they drifted across the water under a crystal blue sky, dotted with tufts of wispy clouds. The Mudheads, formed in 1976, are a group of locals who joined together to share their passion for sailboat racing. During the past decade and-a-half, over 400 people participate in the Regatta or Party every year. For the past four years, proceeds from both events were given to Hospice Southeastern Connecticut. The Mudheads keep their donations local, where the funds they raise affect the lives of those in the surrounding
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“My dogs because they are loyal.”
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James Micarone Roslindale, MA “My brother,
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(l-r) To keep up the sailing spirit, a Lewmar grinding competition was open to all. Guests competed against each other for prizes like T-shirts or cash. Sister and brother team, Sarah and Ben Wilkinson, Noank, won the kids/mixed doubles competition on the Lewmar machine.
community. This year, the Mudheads raised $21,370 for Hospice.
number of volunteers and supporters for the event continues to grow each year. The fi rst sailing class started Saturday morning at 11 a.m. on Long Island Sound and the second race began at noon. “On the race course, we were blessed again with a sunny day and enough breeze to get off two races for the 58 boats, their skippers and crews,” said Greg Gilmartin, RC Chairman, Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association. Greg is one of the professional race offi cers who offered his talent to managing this year’s regatta. Boats ranged from Shields and Ensigns to Mumm 30s and Baltics. See the chart on page 5 for race winners! Alexis Ann, editor and publisher, the Resident, was part of the crew aboard her brother, Dan Sokolik’s, boat, Sylvester, a 42-foot Charlie Morgan, which won fi rst place in Class Eight CC!
Tickets to the event were only $20 per person and included an open bar and food for the evening. Most sailors returned to shore by 4:30 p.m. and the MegaParty began at 5 p.m. Guests at the Mystic Shipyard enjoyed the music of Rock N Soul Revue under the Sperry Tent with tables and chairs from Liberty Rentals. Frank Murphy, Groton Long Point, and Greg Gilmartin emceed the event, handing out awards and entertaining the crowd!
Jeff Marshall, President, Mystic
Shipyard, donated the space at the Mystic Shipyard West to the Mudheads for use during their annual party to raise funds for Hospice. Jeff has donated storage space, slips, lights and so much more to the event for the past 14 years. “The Mudheads are a great organization. They are a great group with a passion for sailing, but also a dedication to helping others,” says Jeff.
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photos by Alexis Ann
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