Saturday, August 9, 2008

First-Ever Hospice Regatta Sets Sail Aug. 23 in Elizabeth City

Elizabeth Evans
Cahoon & Cross
Phone: (757) 420-6944 ext. 317

First-Ever Hospice Regatta Sets Sail Aug. 23 in Elizabeth City

(Elizabeth City, N.C., Aug. 7, 2008) – Sean Robey is hoping sailing enthusiasts will remember a loved one and set sail with the first-ever Albemarle Hospice Regatta, Aug. 23 from the Elizabeth City waterfront. To promote Hospice and to benefit Hospice organizations in the Albemarle area, the event should resonate with many in the community.

“Everyone touched by Hospice remembers the people and the organizations that helped them through difficult times,” said Robey, an avid sailor and Hospice supporter. “This is a chance to help raise awareness of these organizations, while enjoying a summer day on the river.”

The race is open to sailors in spinnaker and non-spinnaker classes and includes a cruising class for sailors who do not normally race but want to show their support for Hospice care.

Regatta registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by a day of racing; dinner and an awards presentation at Grouper’s Restaurant at 6 p.m.; and live music on the Grouper’s deck beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Non-sailors are welcome to attend the social events, and there are many ways to lend support. Regatta sponsorships, ranging from $50 to $500, are available. The $50 race registration and $25 dinner fees benefit Hospice, as well as the $5 cover for the Grouper’s deck party, featuring music by Chuck Hodges, Charlie Hoidal and Bobby Plough.

Albemarle Home Care, Albemarle Hospice, the Albemarle Hospice Regatta Committee and the Pasquotank River Yacht Club are hosting the day of racing in conjunction with he National Hospice Regatta Alliance (NHRA).

NHRA is a national network of charity sailing regattas which raise money and community awareness for hospice care for individuals facing a terminal illness and the people who care for them. There are 23 NHRA Regattas along with the National Hospice Regatta Championship. The Albemarle Hospice Regatta is a qualifying race for the National Hospice Regatta races the following spring. For information, go to or call (252) 337-8989.

Elizabeth City’s location on the Pasquotank River and Intracoastal Waterway – and its reputation as a “Harbor of Hospitality”– makes it a popular stop for recreational boaters from around the world. Additionally, the city’s Rose Buddies, a famous welcoming crew that greets boaters at Mariners’ Wharf, further extend the city’s welcoming ways.

Visitor and accommodations information for out-of-town sailing participants is available at or by calling the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-866-ECity-4U (1-866-324-8948) or (252) 335-5330.

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