The Kraken Hat

If you missed out on one of the 2018 Kraken Hats,  we are taking orders for anyone who wants to add to their collection. These fully lined beanies keep the chill at bay and are perfect for everyday paddle wear.  Designed to commemorate our 35th annual Wilton Open.

  • 100% acrylic

  • Fleece lining

  • Embroidered with the official Wilton Open Kraken™

Net proceeds will go to Y Children's Charities.


The Kraken — Modern Mythology

The story of the Wilton Open's beloved mascot -- the Kraken -- finds its origins at our 2010 annual event. A powerful nor'easter with 70 mph winds & producing 10+ inches of rain descended on the Wilton Y and partner clubs that memorable Saturday. Incredibly, of the sold out 32-team field, only one tandem cancelled their participation, all others persevering in nearly unplayable conditions and demonstrating fearless commitment to the sport and tournament. The intrepid spectators and finalists braving the elements recall during the championship match (Albrikes & Fried prevailed), witnessing an enormous, eight-limbed, menacing creature emerge from the adjacent Y pond. The playful Kraken appeared to be paying its respects to the participants' valiant spirit -- an esprit de corps the Wilton Open has fostered for 36 years and celebrates to this day.

The Wilton Open Committee honors the Kraken in a myriad of ways including the 35th anniversary hat and in 2019 released a look-alike cephalopod to celebrate its first tournament appearance.