Historic vessels to join the Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta this weekend

Luna will participate in Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta festivities on Carter Creek and the Rappahannock River this weekend. Photo courtesy of John Collamore III, Colonial Seaport Foundation

The Virginia sloop Luna will join another historic vessel, the skipjack Claud W. Somers, at the annual Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta beginning Friday evening at Rappahannock Yachts in Irvington.

Both boats will be berthed at the Tides Inn over the three-day event—contact the dockmaster at the Tides for their schedules (438-5000), reported Tom Wicks of the 2022 Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta committee.

Luna is a reproduction of a 1768 Virginia Sloop, which was an important part of colonial America, a coastal workhorse, carrying goods, mail and news. At present, she is 47 feet on deck with an overall length of 77.5 feet. Based in Deltaville, at the Colonial Seaport Foundation (www.colonialseaport.org) Luna is used as a floating classroom and will visit historic ports of call, museums, maritime events to share stories of colonial America’s maritime heritage.

The Claud W. Somers, an authentic skipjack, built in 1911 and used for decades as an oyster dredge, is based at the Reedville Fisherman’s Museum (www.rfmuseum.org). Licensed to carry 20 passengers, she is also capable of racing although she will not be this time.

This regatta, one of the largest on the Chesapeake Bay….

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