Mudheads Partner with Always Home to Prevent Family Homelessness

For over 30 years, Mudhead sailors have raised funds and awareness for worthy charities. On Saturday, July 16, 2022, the annual Mudhead Benefit Cup Regatta & MegaParty raised over $14,000 for Always Home. Tricia Cunningham, Executive Director of the Mystic-based nonprofit, said, “We are honored to be this year’s beneficiary and grateful for the amazing support and opportunity to share with new friends Always Home’s mission, Preventing Family Homelessness.”
Mudhead Race Committee Chairman, Greg Gilmartin thanked everyone who participated in the Regatta and congratulated the boats finishing first in their class: John Fries on Details won Class 5 with two first place finishes; Matthew Schoman on Vitesse won the Navigator Class; Dave Kelly on Mast Transit II won the Non-Spinnaker Class; Neal O'Connell and OJ O’Connell on Checkered Demon won Class 3; Jon Bawabe on 2nd Chance won Class 4 with two first place finishes; and John Burnham on Norwegian Wood won One-Design Class (IOD). Courtney Moore, Mudhead past commodore, highest fundraiser with Team Patriot and MBC Co-chair, added, “This year’s addition of MAIDEN [MAIDEN is a 58-foot sailing yacht known worldwide for its pioneering all-women crew and their epic finish in the 1989-1990 Whitbread Round the World Race] on the course was a real treat for all the sailors and everyone involved with bringing her here. We could not have held the Maiden welcome event or the Mudhead MegaParty without the generosity of our volunteers, sponsors and donors.”
Following the regatta, everyone gathered at Mystic Shipyard for the much-loved Mudhead MegaParty. The post-racing camaraderie included: great food and full bar generously donated by area restaurants and vendors; a dunking booth featuring Senator Heather Somers who generously was dunked for Always Home; the awarding of Regatta trophies; and dancing to the live music of Wooly Mammoth Band.