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Charity regatta challenges sailors and supports a good cause

OCEANSIDE — Boaters are invited to set their sails for the 13th annual Elizabeth Hospice Charity Regatta, which takes off from Oceanside Pier the weekend of Aug.8.

The annual fundraiser draws all levels of sailors, who share the passion to win.

Terri Manok, yacht club member and regatta chairwoman, said competition runs in boaters’ veins.

“When there’s two boats out on water, they’re trying to go faster than the other one,” Manok said. “There’s always competition.”

Two courses will be set up for spinnaker and cruising class competition.

Spectators can view races from the end of the pier, which start at noon both days.

There is also the opportunity to reserve a seat on a luxury powerboat, and enjoy an up-close view of competition from the water.

“The starts are the most exciting,” Manok said.

After-race parties at the Oceanside Yacht Club begin at 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Live music, food, drinks and raffle and silent auctions will bring folks together to celebrate and raise additional funds.

“It’s a fun time to meet and reconnect,” Lisa Marcolongo, The Elizabeth Hospice media relations specialist, said.

All event proceeds go to The Elizabeth Hospice, a nonprofit patient support service.

The Elizabeth Hospice provides in-home medical, emotional and spiritual support for seriously ill patients.

A doctor, nurse and social worker team serves patients where they reside, whether it’s at home, in a hospital or in a senior living facility. About 500 patients are visited each day.

Most patients served have life-threatening diseases, others have long-term serious illnesses.

“We want people to be aware that for care, at the end of life, hospice is an option,” Marcolongo said.

Hospice service also provides respite, counseling and grief support for patients’ families and caregivers.

Services are provided to patients and their families regardless of ability to pay.

Manok said the annual fundraiser has helped families become aware of hospice services, and raised significant funds to provide support to low income households.

More than $25,000 was raised last year. The fundraising goal for this year is $20,000.

For more information, go to oceansideyc.net and elizabethhospice.org.

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