“We’re lucky to have Ann onboard,” said McConnico who noted that Ann’s computer and people skills would be valuable assets. He stressed that her friendliness, ability to work and communicate well with people, and her general understanding of sailing and related regatta activities would be a plus. “Ann is a kind of point person at Ullman Sails and she’s good at what we used to call doing more than one thing at a time, but with computers, we now call multi-tasking.”
He noted that she is no stranger to the regatta having crewed with Joran and Lynn Gendell on Elixer, their Alberg 37. She’s also enjoyed hanging out on the Godspeed with friends and her husband, Whit Perry, who works on the ships at Jamestown.
According to Perry, she is personally not a competitive sailor but enjoys getting out on the water, visiting with old friends and making new friends. “The Turkey Shoot is different from other races because it supports Hospice,” she said.
“As registration coordinator, Ann will be responsible for communicating with previous participants as well as sailors entering for the first time,” said McConnico., who added that since Ann worked with Jerry Latell, local sailmaker and experienced racer, she could go straight to an expert if needed.
The regatta will be held October 11 through 13 on Carter’s Creek. The fee prior to September 15 is $45 which enables participants to have their boat’s name included on the official Turkey Shoot t-shirt. After September 15, the fee increases to $55.
The race is being hosted by the Rappahannock River Yacht Club while regatta activities and related events are being handled by a joint volunteer effort of the Irvington Community, Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck, Riverside Hospice, Visiting Angels and the Yankee Point Racing and Cruising Club.
Register at 776-615, or Virginia@ullmansails.com.