Wilton Open

36th Annual tournament

March 16, 2019

 
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Release the Kraken!

CELEBRATE ST. PADDLE'S DAY !

Date:     Saturday, March 16, 2019 -- rain or shine

Time:    Matches begin at 8:00 A.M.

Host:     Riverbrook YMCA (Wilton Y) and local/partner clubs

Format:  32-team or 16-team draws: Men's Open/A, Men's B, Men's B2 & Women's Open (A/B)

  • 3 match guarantee

  • $85 per paddle

  • BBQ lunch, drinks, player favors, prizes, St. Patrick’s celebration, Kraken sightings, live music

Benefitting YMCA Children’s Charities

Tourney Sponsors: Athleta, Kraken Rum. The Tennis Spot, Wilson.Wilton Physical Therapy.

 
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2020 Registration

Y Paddle membership “Early Registration” for Wilton Open 2020 begins 1/1/2020…General Registration opens 1/15/20.

Questions regarding registration or wait-lists, please contact paddlekraken@gmail.com

 


 
 
Draw
Partner 1 - Shirt Size
Partner 2 - Shirt Size
Partner 1 - Name
Partner 2 - Name & Email
 

*Due to the fact that we have to pre-order favors, exchanging sizes will happen on a first-come first-serve basis and will depend on product availability. If sized favors, will be separate men's and women's sizes.

 
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we Released the Kraken!

2019 Winners

Men’s Open champs:  Paushter & Bobytskyi

Men’s B Draw champs:  Schwartz & Jacobs

Men’s B2 Draw champs: White & Hutton

Women’s Draw champs:  hanisch & desantis

 
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2019 — THE KRAKEN RETURNS & PRESIDES

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2019 Men's B championship

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2019 Women's championship

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‘19 Hat of the day - kraken of course

2019 MEN'S OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

2019 MEN’S OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

 
 
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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.

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Release The Kraken!

Our

Sponsors

Thanks to our loyal sponsors for making the Wilton Open the longest-running annual charity paddle tournament in the country -- and to our knowledge, the largest one-day, co-ed paddle event on the planet.  Now in our 36th year, the Wilton Open celebrates the game, sportsmanship, the broader paddle community and St. Patrick's Day.  Net proceeds are earmarked for the Y Children's Charities.

Wilton Open returning sponsors include Wilson, Proximo Spirits/Kraken Rum and Wilton Physical Therapy. We welcome The Tennis Spot and Athleta to the family in 2019.

The Riverbrook Y is an APTA member club.

For sponsorship information, contact paddlekraken@gmail.com


 
 
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Location

Riverbrook Y

 

(formerly Wilton YMCA)

404 Danbury Road

Wilton, CT 06897

Phone: (203) 762-8384    Ext. 286

Email: PaddleKraken@gmail.com

 
 
Below the thunders of the upper deep,
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides; above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumbered and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages, and will lie
Battening upon huge sea worms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.
— Lord Alfred Tennyson, 1809 - 1892