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Leukemia Cup Regatta activities begin Friday

The 15th annual Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta, voted best regatta on the bay by the readers of “Chesapeake Bay Magazine” for the second year in a row, takes place this weekend July 12-14 in Deltaville. It will be hosted by Stingray Point Marina and is sponsored by Stingray Harbour Yacht Club (SHYC) and Fishing Bay Yacht Club (FBYC).

Longtime co-chairs of the event are Carolyn Norton Schmalenberger and Judy Buis of Deltaville. “We are very excited about this milestone 15th annual regatta,” said Schmalenberger this week. “The goal this year is to raise $150,000.00 to commemorate the 15th anniversary.

“The event would not be possible without the backing of FBYC, SHYC, and a host of regional and local businesses,” said Schmalenberger. “It has become the premiere sailing event of the summer, but is just as recognized for the fantastic food, auction, gala, and music. Stingray Point Marina is the venue and we are indebted to Brent Halsey and Jimmy Rogers for allowing the event to take place on their scenic grounds.

“Judy and I wish to thank everyone for their selfless generosity! We welcome everyone to join us this coming weekend!” said Schmalenberger.

For more information, call Schmalenberger at 804-694-9057 or Buis at 804-337-0000.

The weekend kicks off on the evening of Friday, July 12, with a community crabcake dinner prepared by J&W Seafood of Deltaville. A panel of local sailing experts will be on hand to prepare first-time participants as well as offer advice to experienced sailors.

After a day of racing on the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday, July 13, skippers, crew and supporters will enjoy a barbecue dinner, sealed bid and live auctions, and awards, and then dance the night away with the music of “Sweet Justice.”

While the regatta is CBYRA sanctioned, it is important to note that an official PHR rating is only required to race in the Offshore Divisions. The largest racing contingent is the Cruising Class, which offers other offshore sailboats the opportunity to participate in a format the whole family can enjoy. Registration for the event is $150 and can be completed online at http://www.leukemiacup.org/va.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 07.12.2013

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