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Young sailor readies for big race

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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 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-foot 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 hospiceregattas.org.

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 information, visit: mudhead.org.