-Regatta Fact Sheet


“Turkey Shoot, a Hospice Regatta”

Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta


To Participate

Mono-hull sailboat (not open to catamarans or trimarans)

At least 18 feet long

Boat Design must be 20 years or older (Boat itself can be newer, but design cannot)


To Benefit

Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck, Inc. (HSSNN) serving Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland Counties


HSSNN is a Non-Profit 501©(3) organization which was incorporated in 1987. HSSNN is a non-medical hospice which means they provide in-home support to help people with life threatening or life altering illnesses live as fully as possible in their home.  HSSNN provides incontinent supplies, dietary supplements, and medical durable equipment to their recipients.   


In 2016, HSSNN provided these supplies to 220 people in the Northern Neck.  HSSNN services and supplies are of NO cost to our recipients, their insurance or any government agency.  HSSNN relies 100% on money donated from the communities they serve.

Contact Person is:  Evelyn Neal, Acting Executive Director, HSSNN

Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck

P. O. Box 262, 28 St. John’s Street

Warsaw, VA  22572

Office: 804-333-0084

Email: nnhospice@verizon.net


Riverside Hospice Agencies, serving Gloucester and Tappahannock


Riverside Hospice Agencies are Medical Hospices, CHAP accredited and provide multidisciplinary skilled care.

Contact Person is:  Frances Clay Bernard (Frannie), Coordinator/Volunteer Support Services
Riverside Walter Reed Hospice                               Riverside Tappahannock Hospice

7358 Main St.                                                              Medical Arts Bldg. A, Suite 201

Gloucester, VA 23061                                                618 Hospital Drive

                                                                                      Tappahannock, VA  22560

804-443-6130, 804-693-1111, 804-445-6703 (cell)

Email:  Frances.Bernard@rivhs.com



September 29 and 30, 2017, October 1, 2017



Race:  Rappahannock River at Carter’s Creek, Irvington, VA

Shore-side Activities:  Event Tent at the end of Carter’s Creek Road, at Rappahannock Yachts in Irvington

Rappahannock Yachts           P.O.Box 220

70 Rappahannock Road        Irvington, VA


Cost:     $85 – Before Sept. 01, 2017

              $95 – After Sept 01, 2017

Process:  Online www.turkeyshoot.org and follow prompts to yachtscoring automated system.  Entry forms may be scanned and emailed to:  aperry@ullmansails.com  or mailed to:

Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta

P.O. Box 555

Irvington, VA  22480


Regatta Merchandise Prices

Registration Fee Includes:

·       Full Breakfast Saturday/Sunday for Captain and Crew

·       Participation Plaque for boat

·       Captain’s Turkey Shoot T-Shirt, Cap and Mug

·       Commemorative Turkey Shoot Program

·       Opportunity to have boat’s name listed on the official Turkey Shoot T-Shirt (if registration received by Sept. 01, 2017)

·       Various donated items in Skipper’s Bag


Items that can also be purchased: 

T-shirts               $15.00

Caps                     $20.00               

Coffee Mugs      $3.00

Happy Hour       $15.00

Beer                    $ 3.00

Wine                   $ 4.00

Water/Soda        $1.00


Regatta Dinner $20.00

























Friday, September 29th

              4:00 – 7:00 p.m.   Check-in

              5:00 – 7:00 p.m.   Happy Hour with DJ

              7:00 – 8:00 p.m.   Racing Rules simplified (RRYC Clubhouse)


Saturday, September 30th

              7:00 –  8:30 a.m.  Competitor’s Breakfast (complimentary for Capt.& Crew)

              8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Check-in (late registration in event tent)

              9:00 a.m.                Mandatory Skipper’s Meeting (event tent)

              11:00 a.m.              Warning Signal (Drop Mark Race)

              4:00 p.m.               Time limit (race officially over)

               5:00 p.m.              Cocktail Hour

              6:00  - 7:30 p.m.   Regatta Dinner and Band


Sunday, Oct 1

              7:00 – 8:15 a.m.                  Competitor’s Breakfast (complimentary for Capt. & Crew)

              8:30 a.m.                Mandatory Skipper’s Meeting (event tent)

              10:30 a.m.              Warning Signal (Pursuit Race)

              2:30 p.m.                Time Limit (race officially over)

(Hotdog lunch on shore after the races on Sunday)


Free Water Taxi (Call Channel 13)

Friday                  3:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Saturday             6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.    and   4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sunday               6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.    and   4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


An Awards Presentation will be held in the event tent as soon as results for the regatta series are available.  Overall series and Sunday Race Standings will be posted in the event tent as soon as possible. 


Official Turkey Shoot Program Advertising Prices

Full Page (7 ½ x 10”)          $350

Half Page (7 ½ x 5”)           $200

Quarter Page (3 ¾ x 5”)     $125

Business Card (3 ½ x 2”)    $ 75



Trophies and Prizes

Virginia Spirit Cup – Overall Winner has his boat’s name engraved each year.  Cup is currently on display at Rappahannock Yachts. 


John and Carole Jean McConnico Trophy – presented to the Yacht Club or Marina whose three best participant’s scores are lowest when combined


Doug Power Wobbly Compass Trophy --  presented to the winning wooden boat


Most Beautiful Boat – voted by people onboard spectator boat  


Turkey Shoot Participation Plaques – issued to all participants


Boat Slip and Two-Night Stay at Tides Inn (for next year) – awarded to the first place overall winner


Golden Turkey Award Burgee – may be purchased for $100 to support Hospice and flown during the race



·       2017 is the 22nd  official Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta

·       The actual “Turkey Shoot” (not benefitting Hospice) started approximately five years previously in 1990 which makes the regatta 27 years old in 2017.

·       Is the largest Hospice regatta in the country

·       Is one of the largest regatta on Southern Bay

·       Voted “Best of the Bay” by Chesapeake Magazine for several years

·       Motto:  “Competition with Compassion”

·       Winning Skipper is invited to participate in the National Hospice Regatta each year (location varies)

·       Is sponsored jointly by the Rappahannock River Yacht Club, Yankee Point Racing and Cruising Club & Ullman Sails.  Hosted by Rappahannock Yachts.

·       Is designed to showcase classic sailboats, the beauty of sailing and the skills of captains and crews

·       Is affiliated with the National Hospice Regatta Alliance



George Bott, Co-Chairman                                                     703-304-9257

Tom Chapman, Co-Chairman                                                 804-577-3202

John McConnico, President HSSNN & Exec Chairman       804-462-7203

Frannie Bernard, Riverside Hospice Agencies                      804-445-6703


Alcohol Lic.                                     Joel Dugan                       804-436-7889

Assistance (General)                     Tom Decker                      703-899-5389

Committee Boat                            Tom Chapman                 VHF-16, 72

Electrical                                         John Tidwell                     804-436-2428

Emergency Services                                                                        911

Facility/Site Issues                         George Bott                     703-304-9257   

Food                                                Frannie Bernard              804-445-6703

Hospice Support Services of        Warsaw Office                 804-333-0084

   the Northern Neck (provides desserts)

Irvington Town Manager             Bob Hardesty                   804-438-6230

Program Manager Sales               John Tidwell                     804-462-5778

Program Manager Production    Carroll Schwab                 703-635-4938

Publicity                                          Catherine Crabill              ccrabill@verizon.net

Race Committee Co-PRO’s          Tom Chapman                 804-577-3202

                                                          Jerry Latell                        804-436-6644

Rappahannock Yachts                  Bruce Saunders               804-438-5353

RRYC Clubhouse Manager           Kent White                       804-761-3702

RRYC Host Commodore               Tom Decker                      703-899-5389

Registration/Skippers Bags          Kimberly Vail                    804-761-2845

Trophies                                          Tom Chapman                

Water Taxi                                      RRYC                                 VHF-13

Webmaster                                    Warren Ryan                    804-462-0022

YPRCC Host Commodore             Win Schwab                     703-635-4100