For 23 years, sailors in southeastern Connecticut have raced their vessels to raise funds and awareness for Hospice Southeastern Connecticut. This year, some 500 friends and neighbors will also gather for a benefit party hosted by the Mystic River Mudheads. The club’s annual MegaParty is on Saturday, July 21, starting at 5 p.m. at the Mystic Shipyard, Willow Point, in Mystic.
This party features great food, full bar, prize drawings and music from Rock ‘n Soul Revue, and the public is invited to join the fun.
The Mudhead Benefit Cup has become the “Go-To Regatta” on the ECSA Circuit and 2012 promises another exciting weekend of music, food, racing, and fun–all for Hospice Southeastern Connecticut.
The Mudheads have made the most of their opportunities to manage races over the years. The race committee team has won the accolades of the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association with Best Managed Race four of the last five years. This year, the Spinnaker circle will be doing a couple of Windward-Leewards with PHRF and One Design Classes. The Non-Spinnaker circle will feature a point-to-point race around government marks in Fisher’s Island Sound.
Saturday night, the gala MegaParty under the tent at Mystic Shipyard offers dancing to the music of Rock ‘n Soul Revue, a buffet dinner provided many of the best Mystic restaurants, beverages galore!
The evening before the MegaParty, the shipyard will be jumpin’ as well.
The evening asks, and answers, the question: The Mystic River Mudheads are known for their ability to run a rockin’ race but how many of these sailors can actually rock—on guitar? Sailors and non-sailors are welcome to participate in a Friday, July 20, “Racer’s Jam”at 6 p.m. under the tent at Mystic Shipyard.
There is no charge for admission but people might consider a donation to Hospice. There are promised appearances by Past Mudhead Commodore Bob Austin-LaFrance, Past Commodore Andy Stoddard, Commodore Toby Halsey…plus potential guest appearances from Frank Murphy, Greg Gilmartin, and more!
The Mudhead Board Band will take on all comers for title of Best Sailboat Racing Band.
Hospice Southeastern Connecticut provides care in the home and often in skilled nursing facilities for those facing the end of their life, regardless of age, disease or inability to pay. Hospice Southeastern Connecticut has been the hospice of choice for over 8,000 families since 1985.
Visit www.mudhead.org for more information and join your favorite rockin’ sailors for a goal of 100 guitars on stage! For more information or to register for the race, visit: www.mudhead.org. For more information on Hospice SECT, visit: www.hospicesect.org