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Little Creek Regatta returns to Norfolk, Va.

The annual Little Creek Regatta, the only joint sail/powerboat event on Chesapeake Bay, returns Aug. 6 and 7 to Bay Point Marina in Norfolk, Va.

The charity event —which started as a sailing regatta nine years ago, then added a poker run three years later and a fishing tournament last year —raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

“We hope the boating community will come out and support us and help save children’s lives,” says William Roach, director of the sailing regatta.

The 2003 event attracted some 250 boats, with $140,000 raised. A fund-raising goal of $175,000 has been set for this year.

While the regional event has grown through the years, organizers have invited people from other parts of the country in hopes of adding similar regattas to the north and south.

“The ultimate goal is a ‘boating day’ for St. Jude’s,” Roach says. “We’re trying to create a weekend on the East Coast that is dedicated to boating.”

Started in 1996 by area resident Di Ricks to raise funds for cancer research, the Little Creek Cup race had 27 boats participating that first year.

For information or to register call (888) 499-6090.