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Classic sailboats to race this weekend

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The Bristol Channel Cutter IDUNA will come from Baltimore to race in the Turkey Shoot Regatta. Boat owners Pete and Dianne Bruckdorfer will be racing for the first time in the regatta.
More than 100 classic sailboats are expected on the Rappahannock River October 10 through 12 for the annual Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta. Races will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary will direct traffic on the river and asks boaters to proceed cautiously. Regatta events will begin Friday with a sign-in for skippers beginning at 4 p.m. and a welcome party beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Yankee Point Marina. 

Race director John McCarthy, a U.S. Sailing Advanced Race Officer, will brief the fleet at 7:30 p.m. The deadline for declaring spinnaker use is 8 p.m.

On Saturday, breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. A skipper’s meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. The first two fleets begin racing at 11:30 a.m. Racing continues throughout the
afternoon.

Happy hour begins dockside at 5 p.m. A barbecue dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Musical entertainment will begin at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. A skipper’s meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. A pursuit race will begin at 11:30 a.m. An awards ceremony will follow the race.

The regatta is a major source of funds for Northern Neck Hospice Support Services and also helps support Hospice Support Care of Middlesex County and Riverside Hospice Agencies in Gloucester and Tappahannock.

Musical entertainment Saturday evening will be provided by Tim Morgan and the Mojo Brothers. DJ Randy Ferrance, a doctor at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital, will provide music at the welcome party Friday.

The public is invited to the welcome party ($7.50) and the barbecue dinner ($20). Tickets may be purchased at the events. There will be a cash bar at both events.

Skippers who have not yet registered are asked to call Karen Knull as soon as possible at Yankee Point Marina at 462-7018.

The sailing instructions that set forth the procedures for the races are posted at hospiceturkeyshootregatta.com. A copy of the instructions also will be provided to each skipper at sign-in.

posted 10.08.2008

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