photos by Josie Kapral
The Mystic River Mudheads handed out the Mudhead Benefit Regatta Sailing Instructions to the tunes of some great Blues and Rock N Roll. In its 5th year, the Racer’s Jam has become a fun staple of the weekend – all in support of Center for Hospice Care.
The Racer’s Jam, under the tent at Mystic Shipyard, brought appearances from many talented Mudheads including: Bob Austin-LaFrance (guitar/vocals), Mike LaChance (bass), Bruce Harvey (harmonica), Sean Burridge (drums), Toby Halsey (guitar), Jonathan “Sledge” Smith (guitar), Goffe Briggs (harmonica/vocals) and special guest, Chris Leigh on guitar and vocals. Leigh is the co-founder of the Mystic Blues Festival and lead guitarist for Eight to the Bar. Additional special appearances by Bob Davis founder of Sails Up 4 Cancer; and Frank Murphy, current Mudhead Commodore on their rendition of the Rolling Stones’ Sympathy For The Devil.
The Mudheads formed in 1976 to help promote their cause – sail boat racing and camaraderie. They have grown into arguably the most active racing fleet in the Northeast. Their mission: promote camaraderie and fun among members by encouraging competitive sailing, managing quality races, fostering member participation in racing at all levels, and hosting memorable social events.
Visit www.mudhead.org for information about upcoming events.