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Try sailing -‐ it’s NOT easy! -‐ Bill Schanen, SAILING Magazine
LANCASTER VA, Oct. 9 -‐ Turkey Shoot Regatta 2012 is in the books.
William McClure sailed his San Juan Thistledowne to a berth at the Hospice Regattas National Championship at St Petersburg FL on April 13-‐14, 2013.
Bill is one of 84 racers who had a bucket of fun racing for two days while supporting local hospices.
The Turkey Shoot, at award-‐winning Yankee Point Marina, enjoyed a picture perfect day on Saturday. The racing on the Rappahannock River featured steady breezes in the low to mid-‐teens. Only at the end of the race that the building breezes was an indication of what was to come.
On Sunday rainy skies and dipping temperatures, but still great sailing wind, were the order of the day for the traditional staggered-‐start pursuit race. The hardy Turkey Shooters tore down the river toward the bridge and then up the river toward Urbanna, before heading back to the mouth of the Corrotoman and the finish line.
Both days, the tall ship Godspeed played among the fleet and sailed, yes, sailed, all day long with her “smaller friends.” It was quite a demonstration of seamanship, a fitting Columbus Day tribute.
After the racing, music was played, food and drink partaken, and plenty of sea stories exchanged under the regatta tent.
LIGHTNING DIVISION (5 boats)
William McClure (Troy VA)
FLYING CLOUD A DIVISION (42 boats)
C Fleet and Division: Peter Knight
(Lancaster VA) Salute.
D Fleet and Winner of the Wooden Boat competition: Ric and Sharon Bauer (Aylett VA) Desperado.
E Fleet: Joran Gendell (Williamsburg VA) Elixir.
F Fleet: Deidre McSweeney-‐Tyson (Irvington VA) Curlew III.
FLYING CLOUD B DIVISION (37 boats)
G Fleet and Division: Frank Murphy (Norfolk VA) Last Boat III.
H Fleet: Mike Conroy (Weems VA) Cahoots.
I Fleet and winner of the Most Beautiful Boat Trophy: Mark Powell (Richmond VA) Lodestone
J Fleet: Tom Watkins (Irvington VA)
Event Chair Karen Knull; Principal Race Officer John McCarthy; Signal Boat Mike Thompson; Mark Boats Tommy Ash, Ed McChain and Jim Young; Official Scorer Anna Mulvany.
Complete results at www.turkeyshootregatta.com