Registration for Turkey Shoot Now Open
In a recent committee meeting of the Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta, co-chairmen George Bott and Joel Dugan announced that registration for this year’s event, to be held Oct 2-4 at Carter’s Creek in Irvington, is now open.
According to webmaster Warren Ryan captains may register their boats now by going to www.turkeyshoot.org and following the prompts to Yachtscoring. He noted that there was a discount for early registration and said that the regatta would be using Yachtscoring software again this year because it was designed to make registration and scoring easier and more efficient. “We found that it worked really well last year,” he said, “both for race participants and for organizers.”
Ryan stated that because the Turkey Shoot is one of the few races specifically for classically designed sailboats, there would be no change in the requirement that to participate, a sailboat’s design should be at least 25 years old. “This doesn’t mean the boat itself has to be that old,” he said, “only its design.” He added that one of last year’s division winners, Wild Rose, was a beautiful 1937 wooden Concordia Yawl sailed by Tom Martin from Deltaville.
Bott indicated that 100 boats participated in last year’s regatta, and Dugan stated that this year’s goal was two-fold. “One goal is to encourage everyone who raced last year to come back again, to defend their titles in some cases, and to have a great time sailing,” he said. “And the other goal is to support Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck and Riverside Hospices.” He noted that both organizations play important roles within the Northern Neck communities they serve.
Cutlines: Turkey Shoot Regatta planners Joel Dugan (left), Warren Ryan (center) and George Bott check regatta’s webpage on Ryan’s tablet to ensure link is now ready for race participants to register.
Regatta Planning Has Begun
As we say good bye to chilly winter days and hello to the promise of spring, our thoughts naturally turn to everything we’ve been putting off until “the weather gets better.” Well, the weather is better (knock on wood) and all forecasters advise that now is the best time to begin planning projects that have been resting on the back burner.
It’s no different for the committee responsible for this year’s Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta. They’ve put away their snow shovels and have begun the initial planning phase for this year’s event. The most exciting news co-chairmen George Bott and Joel Dugan report is that Virginia’s very own Godspeed will be participating. They will let us know more specific details as the planning progresses.
In the meantime it’s not too early to share this information with your sailing friends and enthusiasts. Also, let them know that this year’s regatta will be held the first weekend in October (Oct. 2-4th), at Carter’s Creek in Irvington, with main shore side activities at Rappahannock Yachts.
The race organizing authority is Rappahannock River Yacht Club in partnership with Yankee Point Racing and Cruising Club. Committee members include: Frannie Bernard, George Bott, Tom Chapman, Carol Charbeneau, Tom Decker, Joel Dugan, Ellen Dugan, Sara Ford, Andrea Fricke, Melise Graham, Adrienne Green, Jerry Latell, Charles Lewis, Frank Martin, Daphne Montgomery, Barbara Ohanesian, Jane Scates, Dave Turney, Warren Ryan and Kimberly Vail.
The “Turkey Shoot” has been a longtime supporter of HSSNN and Riverside Walter Reed Hospice in Tappahannock and Gloucester. It is HSSNN’s single largest fund raising event and raised over $32,000 last year.
For future regatta updates and registration information as planning for 2015 continues, please browse the Turkey Shoot’s official website, www.turkeyshoot.org.
New Members Welcomed at Turkey Shoot Meeting
At a recent meeting of the Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta planning committee, co-chairmen Joel Dugan and George Bott welcomed four new members, Kimberly Vail, Barbara Ohanesian, Melise Graham and Adrienne Green. Vail is a member of the Rappahannock River Yacht Club in Irvington, and Ohanesian, Graham and Green are members of the Yankee Point Racing and Cruising Club in Lancaster.
The clubs jointly host the annual Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta to be held at Carter’s Creek in Irvington, Oct. 2-4, 2015.
Tom Chapman, co-race chair with Jerry Latell, noted that the Turkey Shoot, affiliated with the National Hospice Alliance, is the largest Hospice regatta in the country. He also stated that it is the largest regatta of any kind on the Southern Bay. “We are expecting over 100 boats again this year,” said Chapman.
Dugan stated that Graham would be taking on responsibility for Turkey Shoot publicity. He noted that the regatta’s budget was very limited in this area and said that it would be a challenge for Graham to seek creative ways of “getting the word out.” Graham advised that she was glad to “come aboard” and was looking forward to participating in a local fund raising event that helps so many people in Northern Neck communities
Ohanesian and Green, assisted by Ellen Dugan and George Bott, are heading up the regatta’s official program team and said that their newest volunteers include Wallace McGinness, former president of the board of Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck, and HSSNN volunteer Chris Holdridge who will cover the northern counties.
Vail, an active participant in a variety of Irvington fund raising and community events, will be in charge of registration and administration. Chapman stated that Vail brings excellent organizational and promotional skills to the racing committee as well as to the general planning committee. He noted that there is a discount for early registration and that it can be done online at www.turkeyshoot.org by following the prompts.
The regatta is held each year to benefit Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck and Riverside Hospices in Tappahannock and Gloucester. For land-side event or sponsorship information go to: www.turkeyshoot.org.
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Cutlines for Picture Four new members, Kimberly Vail, (left), Melise Graham (center), Barbara Ohanesian (right) and Adrienne Green (not pictured) join the Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta planning committee.