-2020 Regatta results
The 25th --Silver Anniversary-- Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta, (HTSR) was held on the Rappahannock River off Irvington Oct. 3rd.
The 25th or Silver Anniversary Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta, one of the largest regattas on the Southern Bay and the largest of the Hospice regattas, was held off Irvington under blue skies, scattering clouds and variable winds. Only a one-day, pursuit style sail race this year, but a great race, it attracted 82 of the area’s finest sailors—with one each from Greenwich, CT and Toronto, Canada-- in their diverse and often handsome boats, making it exciting for many as well as a beautiful panorama of boats and sails across the expanse of the Rappahannock River above the Norris Bridge.
With forecasted northerly winds of 10-15 knots and 65º F, boats met on the water to challenge the 10-mile planned course, with its pre-set “rabbit” start at 1100. Boats sailed in reverse rating order, i.e., “slower” boats, based upon their race ratings (PHRF- performance handicap racing fleet), starting first followed by increasingly faster boats until the fastest rated entry started. With that adjusted start, the winning boat is the first across the finish line. An exciting finish is expected as the boats often converge on the finish line at the same time.
But the winds lightened, then shifted, creating large “holes” with little air, slowing groups of boats at points on the course, forcing many to adjust sails and tactics until wind returned. Then as an 8-10 kn easterly breeze filled in the early afternoon, the final leg upwind became a tacking battle, with finishers sometimes dueling in pairs and triples, up to the finish line, crossing at acute angles, often just seconds apart. who
On to the results. First Place went to Timothy Scheid on L’eaudanse who will have his and the boat name engraved on the Virginia Spirit Trophy and receive a free room and slip for next year’s Regatta, courtesy of The Tides Inn.
Here we report the top ten, listed by boat name, make and length with owner’s name and club affiliation, with added notes after. Complete results may be found on Yachtscoring.com. Please note that there was no award ceremony nor any of the usual gatherings, so we do not have photos of award winners this time.
1. L’eaudanse Santana 35 Timothy Scheid Unaffil.
2. Mad Hatter Olson 911S Bob Fleck FBYC
3. Trilogy Irwin 38 Wayland Rennie FPYC
4. Silver Fox Santana 20 Winthrop Schwab YPRCC
5. CEIL Peterson 34 Ben Ackerly FBYC
6. DOLCEFARIENTE Herreshoff S 27.5 Charles Schaffner YRYC
7. Irrational Exuberance J 30 Jesse Swartz RRYC
8. Thistledowne SJ 21 Bill McClure FBYC
9. ScubaKat SJ 21 Michael Chesser FBYC
10. DIANTHUS CS 36M David Tabor FBYC
We congratulate the top ten, welcome new top finishers and thank them for their support, often over many years. Of note: