On very special occasions, we sail in regattas that are also vacations. As it turns out, that’s often the case with the Laser Masters’ World Championships for sailors 35 and older.
On a chilly January afternoon, we made an offer on a 1986 Catalina 30 sailboat in the sleepy town of Deltaville. To our surprise, it was accepted, and the boat was ours.
Just west of Norfolk, the city of Portsmouth has miles of waterfront along the Elizabeth River as part of the harbor of Hampton Roads.
 “Instead of feeling sad, I put myself into sailing. It gave me something positive to focus on and gave me purpose. Sailing was a life saver.”


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