Chesapeake Bank has continued its support of the Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta (HTSR) by displaying in its Kilmarnock main branch the new “Three-time Winner Trophy.”
The bank also has helped distribute literature on how to enter the event, reported committee member Tom Wicks.
The trophy is an original painting of the first Turkey Shoot winning boat—Nick England’s Herreshoff-designed Virginia. Now the framed painting has small engraved plaques affixed, one for each sailor who has won first place in this regatta three times over the subsequent years, said Wicks.
The Virginia was painted by the late Jerry Mumma, a member of the Rappahannock River Yacht Club. In support of the regatta, he volunteered to paint a picture of the winning boat each year in honor of the accomplishments of owner and crew, he said.
Also in the painting is The Miss Ann, then the flagship of the Tides Inn. The Miss Ann served as the spectator or judging boat, where up to 100 guests would select the winner of the Most Beautiful Boat award. When the sailors were returning to their dock they sailed past the Miss Ann and the guest judges voted so that by the time the race winner had been determined, the best looking boat had also been chosen, continued Wicks.
This year, the 1911 skipjack Claud W. Somers will serve as the judging boat and will be berthed during the regatta at the Tides Inn…….