Southern Bay Racing News You Can Use #562, Turkey Shoot Hospice Regatta

PUT THIS GOBBLER IN THE BOOKS!The 2011 TURKEY SHOOT HOSPICE REGATTA wrapped up yesterday after two and one-half days of partying, live bluegrass music, racing, and general blow-out fun on the Myer Creek – Corrotoman – Rappahannock Rivers water axis. Saturday Mother Nature gave the racers a beautiful Fall day on the Rapp with bright sunshine and moderate breezes. Of the 84 entries (all classic designs at least 25 years old), 79 raced and all who started finished.

On Sunday, hopeful of a repeat of Saturday conditions, racers started the traditional pursuit race in light breezes that got them up the track, but then evaporated.  Twelve (12) of the hardiest finished the race in mere vapors and the turkeys were put to bed.  Kudos go to Ken and Karen Knull, owners of host Yankee Point Marina, for their extraordinary support of the Hospice effort on the Northern Neck.  Here are the  TURKEY SHOOT FLEET WINNERS:  Fleet C: Joe and Linda Waters, Birthday Party  (Joe and Linda earned the birth in the National Hospice Alliance Regatta in St Petersburg next spring).  Fleet D: David Williams, Poe Bird;  Fleet E: Dick Moylan, Windtimidation;  Fleet F: Frank Murphy, Last Boat III;  Fleet G: Mike Chesser, Scuba Kat;  Fleet H: Bob Adcock, Felicity;  Fleet I: Ned Crockett, Ladybug.   Event Chair: Karen Knull;  Principal Race Officer: John McCarthy;  Scoring: Anna Mulvany;  Signal Boat Captain: Mike Thompson (Contessa);  Mark Boats: Tom Ashe and Mosby West (Wild Fire); Jim Young and Gary Fricke (Dwindle Down); and Don Crabtree (Jammin’).

The Turkey Shoot Hospice Regatta is a special event to a lot of folks.  For some it’s their birthday weekend, for some it’s a return to a favorite place, and so on.  But, for Joe and Linda Waters of Columbia, South Carolina,  it’s super special.  Last year (2010) Joe and Linda were married at Turkey Shoot and this year, of course, they celebrated their first anniversary.   Now, that’s a way to keep track of your anniversary date!!

For additional information contact:  Lin McCarthy, (757) 850-4225
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2011 Turkey Shoot Hospice Regatta – October 7-9, 2011

HOSPICE TURKEY SHOOT REGATTA’s 16 th year on Virginia’s Rappahannock River.  Each year more boats qualify as “classic yachts.”

Thanks to our Sponsors.
Yankee Point Marina, for making the whole thing possible.
Latell Sails Deltaville, for all the streamers we use on all the boats.
West Marine, for use of their Marks
Premier Sailing School, for the website and the water taxis and the rescue boats.
Rappahannock River Yacht Club for the mark boat and crew.


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This excerpt from e-newsletter Southern Bay Racing News You Can Use today:

HOSPICE TURKEY SHOOT REGATTA -  NEW  2011 SAILING INSTRUCTIONS POSTED AT  These Sailing Instructions apply to next month’s regatta which opens (welcome and check-in) on Friday, October 7 with racing on Saturday,October 8 and Sunday, October 9.  Yankee Point Marina is the regatta host.  Details regarding accommodations, registration, entry, etc. are available at Event Chairman: Karen Knull;   Principal Race Officer: John McCarthy     Turkey Shoot Regatta is an official HOSPICE REGATTA.

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Area Turkeys Flee Regatta –Turkey Shoot Hospice Regatta

Apparently afraid of being shot, hundreds of turkeys along the Rappahannock River flew inland as 140 skippers and crews competed in the 14th Annual Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta. According to gobbler spokesperson Gladys Feathers, reached at her roost in a small wooded area adjacent to the Yankee Point Marina in Lancaster, the birds’ unprecedented action was a direct result of stress. “We’re tired of living in fear” Ms. Feathers is said to have clucked. “And we don’t enjoy having our intelligence questioned.”

Regatta officials, surprised by the vehemence of the bird’s reaction, were at a loss to explain it. “We’re an avian-friendly group” they advised. “And the regatta has always been open to turkeys.” They noted that most participants admired turkeys, did not carry rifles onboard and, in fact, felt a special kinship toward the birds. “We think of turkeys as our friends,” one official noted. “Many of our captains party with them.”

As the controversy raged, regatta officials noted that participation – and fun levels – in this year’s Turkey Shoot had reached an all time high. Bob Fleck in Horizon and Frank Murphy in Last Boat III took the top spots and will have their names added to the prestigious Virginia Spirit Hospice Cup. As winner of the Lightning Division, skipper Fleck from Hardyville, VA, won the right to represent the Turkey Shoot next year at the National Hospice Regatta in Rochester, NY.

School children on Godspeed.

Initially, wind conditions trumped sailing skill and rigging, and more than one skipper had to withdraw from the race and limp back to shore on the first day. Successful captains, happily exhausted but eager to celebrate their survival, reported winds that were “crazy, intense, desperate, unpredictable, even scary – but oh so beautiful.” Officially, wind speed on the first race day ranged from 13 to 20 knots, with higher gusts.

The opening race also tested rescue skills of Yankee Point Marina’s Molly B and her gallant skipper Ken Knull who retrieved Dr. Lee Williams from the water. Dr. Williams tumbled in after successfully dodging the boom onboard his 24 foot Raven sloop Poe Bird. The 84 year-old doctor declined Knull’s offer of a blanket and proceeded to get back onboard Poe Bird and finish the race. (The next day when asked how he was, the now dry doctor quipped that he had put his swimsuit on.) Dr. Williams and his crew went on to prove that perseverance does pay by finishing second in Fleet F.

Vistors on Godspeed

The first-time sailing crew of Frenzy, an all-woman nursing team from Riverside Hospices under skipper Julie Austin of Merrypoint, also proved their mettle by returning to sail on day two after a crew member had succumbed to seasickness on day one. (Medical assistance on this boat was never an issue.) The Frenzy’s crew, Christel Earles, Ann Rubio and Anita White, did a fabulous job of fund raising and added over $3,000 to the regatta’s efforts, making them the top fund raising boat, followed by Jim Charbeneau in Mrs. C, and Charlie Costello in On Eagle’s Wings.

On day two of the race an early brisk wind died suddenly, stranding slower boats far enough away from the finish line to ensure that they couldn’t make it back across in the official time allotted. Emphasizing its power over man and canvas, Madame Wind then winked, smiled and blew harder so that ten boats did manage to finish.

Among these, skipper John Haracivet in Midnight Rider beat out David Alexander in Don’t Be Blue for a very close second place. It’s not known if skipper Alexander was indeed blue, but he shouldn’t have been. Also, it appeared as if Haracivet had the whole city of Gloucester onboard, and at least one Midnight Rider crew member had traded in his baseball cap for a lucky red and white afro wig. Another, possibly the captain himself, clad in bikini-imprinted tee shirt, did a crowd pleasing, half shimmy at the helm while circling the paddle wheeler Vivian Hannah.

Resplendently decked out in red, white and blue, the elegant Ms. Hannah steamed in from her home port of Dahlgren, VA, with owner and captain Stan Palivoda at the wheel. Inside, 26 imported Swarvoski crystal chandeliers sparkled in celebration as the split paddle wheeler transported regatta watchers back in time to the grand old days of steamship travel on the Mississippi. The Vivian Hannah was a joint gift to the spectator community from Captain Palivoda and Karen and Ken Knull, owners of the Yankee Point Marina.

Desparado, a 1953 Hinckley in mint condition, won the Most Beautiful Boat Trophy for skipper Ric Bauer of Fishing Bay Yacht Club. Unfortunately, the Wobbly Compass Trophy, sponsored by the Riverside Health System, could not be awarded because its contenders were among the boats unable to complete the pursuit race in time. (Some had to wobble in via motor.)

The Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta is for classic, monohull sailboats whose design is at least 25 years old. The race is held on the Rappahannock each year in October. It is the major fund raising event for Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck, Inc., and the Riverside Hospice Agencies of Tappahannock and Gloucester. To register for next year’s Turkey Shoot or to see more race details, go to–Ellen Dugan, Publicity Chair, Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta

Cupid Bags Two at Turkey Shoot Hospice Regatta

Never a ship sails out of bay but carries my heart as a stowaway.
Georgia Poet Roselle Mercier Montgomery 

      As the warm, gentle breeze of romance replaced racing wind in this year’s pursuit race of the Hospice Turkey Shoot, Cupid took aim and fired at least two well-placed arrows.  One of them hit Linda Meneghini, a former crew member of Helen Quinby’s Avalon II.  The other lodged firmly in the heart of Captain Joe Waters, skipper of Birthday Party. 

      “It was his blue eyes that did it,” said Linda.  As she spoke she threw up her hands in a mock display of surrender to the inevitability and unpredictableness of love, as if to protest that there was truly nothing else a girl could do under the circumstances.

      The circumstances, like race results generally, are somewhat murky.  But apparently the romance was originally kindled by an unfavorable, or at least unprintable, story concerning Joe’s behavior during a previous Turkey Shoot. 

      It’s not known if the Avalon II was actively involved, but since the story’s narrator was Linda’s long time friend and sailing mate, Captain Quinby, one suspects that it was.  In any event it should be noted here that Turkey Shooters, no matter how high or low their PHRF rating, have been known to become seriously aggressive while racing, and occasionally even boisterous.  “It has something to do with their hair color and muscle tone as well as the size of their sails,” according to psychiatrists who study these things.

      Usually the aggression is not serious enough to warrant medical attention according to these experts, and it dissipates completely with a cold beer when the race is over.

      But to get back to Cupid’s mission.  Following the presumably unfavorable story, Linda contacted Joe, perhaps out of curiosity or maybe because she had seen his blue eyes?  We’re not sure of Linda’s motivation, but in this area we must respect her privacy.  Once contact was made, well, what is there left to say?  Like a jib and a mainsail, the couple clicked.  First on the Internet and then in real life. 

      Now the two will be sailing through life together as man and wife, captain and first mate onboard the Birthday Party.  According to Joe, Linda “controls the water.”  And according to Linda, Joe “controls the boat.”  So between them, everything will be under control on their way to Lexington, SC, Joe’s homeport.

      Linda and Joe were married following the conclusion of this year’s Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta at the Yankee Point Sailboat Marina in Lancaster.  Among the guests were friends from South Carolina and Virginia including long time race participant and a previous Turkey Shoot winner, Lee Williams.  Lee, you might remember, is the captain of Poe Bird who fell overboard in last year’s race.  “They duck taped me into the boat this year,” he said.

   While Linda and Joe were busy getting married, race officials under committee chair John McConnico, were even busier.  They worked steadily throughout the afternoon and well into the evening, tabulating, double-checking and then re-tabulating race results.  With eyelids held open with toothpicks, they continued working late into the night and well into the next day.  According to one bleary-eyed volunteer, no one had told him that shift work would be involved. 

      But when all was said and done, the results showed that Joe had won this year’s Lightening Division.  He will represent the Turkey Shoot in the National Hospice Regatta.  Skipper Bob Fleck in Horizon placed second, and Aerwana, skippered by Billy McCarty, was third.

      In the Flying Cloud Division Scuba Kat, skippered by Michael Chesser, placed first; Ladybug with Skipper Ned Crocket, second; and Skipper Peter Knight in Salute, third.

      Among long-term rivals, Skipper Wayland Rennie in Trilogy placed first in the Green Fleet less J-24s; and Poe Bird under Skipper Lee Williams won in the Blue Fleet.

      The Hospice TSR is held each year to benefit Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck, Riverside Hospice Agencies, Inc. of Tappahannock and Walter Reed.  According to TSR committee member Karen Knull all monies raised in the Turkey Shoot go to support services for local hospice clients.  “Funds are raised locally and used locally,” she said.

      For a complete listing of race results, go to  For a report on how Linda and Joe are doing, wait until next year’s regatta.  “We have to come back for our anniversary,” they said.