Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta
October 9-11, 2009
Sailors do not have to be skilled racers to enjoy the weekend.Â Each year we have a considerable number of first-time participants.Â Considering first-time participation? Click here.
The Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta is open to monohull boats of a design that is 25 years old or older.Â The minimum length is 18 feet.Â Singlehanders require approval by the race committee. Participating boats range from classic pre World War II yachts to Catalinas, J24s, and Flying Scotts.
Shore-side events begin Friday October 9 with happy hour and music at Yankee Point Marina.
Saturday the race is on a triangular course.Â Sunday is a pursuit race in which the boats with the highest ratings (slowest boats) start first.
Skippers choose the level of competition they desire.Â They may select either the Flying Cloud Division with its friendlier competition or the Lightning Division which requires a current 2009 PHRF rating for Chesapeake Bay.
The winning skipper in the Lightning Division will be asked to represent the â€œTurkey Shootâ€� in the Hospice Regattas National Championship at which the winners of the 28 local Hospice Regattas compete. The 2010 will be held in June on Lake Ontario near Rochester, New York.
In the Flying Cloud Division the Sunday pursuit race will include a special competition for wooden boats built to a 1965 or earlier design.Â These classic wooden boats will be eligible for both the Flying Cloud awards and the Riverside Health System Wobbly Compass Trophy.
In addition to the races, all skippers compete for the trophy awarded for the most beautiful boat. The â€œTurkey Shoot” is a major fund raiser for hospices serving eight counties on both sides of the Rappahannock River.
At the completion of the racing the Awards Ceremony will be at Yankee Point Marina.Â Presentation of trophies for individual races, Virginia Spirit Cup Trophy, Wobbly Compass Trophy for Wooden Boats, Most Beautiful Classic Boat Trophy and Fundraising Boats.
Hosted by Yankee Point Marina of Lancaster Virginia.
Learn more about the regatta: http://www.hospiceregattas.org/va2.shtml