16th Annual Wine, Women & Fishing Ladies-Only Charity Billfish Tournament

One of the most colorful annual events held by the Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation, Wine, Women and Fishing (WWF) has raised more than $670,000 for breast cancer research at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Open to women of all levels of fishing expertise, we enthusiastically thank everyone who participates in the tournament, especially the anglers, the captains and mates, and our wonderful volunteers. All activities take place under the big tent at Southside Marina – 416 Southside Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

Watch Linda Church in this touching video

WWF Event Schedule 2018

Friday, August 17: East Meets Western Country Kick-off Wine, Dinner & Dancing Party

This rockin’ boot-scootin’ party kicks-off our LEGENDARY Wine, Women & Fishing Weekend! We honor special guest Jane Gardner. Come savor spectacular wines from some of our favorite female vintners, enjoy an amazing dinner prepared by the multi-talented Bill Dixon, dance the night away to the country western tunes from Garyoke Times DJ and wear your best boots and complete in the Best Boot Contest!

Sponsored by: Earlene Coyner and Portsmouth Trailer Supply

Tickets $99


Saturday, August 18

  • Registration: 5:30–7:30 pm
  • Captain’s Meeting: 7 pm

Sunday, August 19

  • Fishing: Lines in the water at 8:30 am; out of the water at 3 pm
  • Dock Party: 5 pm–7 pm
  • Scales open at 5 pm. Watch the decorated boats come in to the weigh station while enjoying great refreshments and North Carolina Shrimp!
  • Awards Party, Music and Dinner: 7 pm–10 pm
  • Satellite parking at Virginia Beach Fishing Center and the east parking lot of the Virginia Aquarium – shuttles run from 4:30-10:30pm.

About the Dock Party

Enjoy a rockin’ good party with great wine, music and friends. Participate in a variety of wine tastings and Bourbon Tastings by Breakthru Beverage Virginia! Watch the Crazy Crew contest, and enjoy the open bar with summer specialty drinks! Shop for beautiful artwork by Christopher Mize, Jewelry from Madison Jewelers or some cool items in the new truck boutique CONTRAVAN! Best of all, we’ll raise money for breast cancer research at EVMS!

Headline Band: Guava Jam

Tickets: $75 in advance and $85 at the door


Registration is $700 per team for up to six lady anglers on a boat. (Entry fee does not include boat). Each team receives an invitation to the registration party, six tickets to the all-inclusive awards banquet and a goody bag and t-shirt for each angler. Each team is responsible for charter fees and tipping, as well as any additional tickets for the awards banquet. Entry fee after July 15, 2018 is $800.

Scoring and Trophies

Trophies are given for first, second and third place. In addition, trophies are awarded for largest tuna, dolphin and wahoo, as well as for the Craziest Crew, Top Junior Angler, Hard Luck Crew and Top Lady Angler. There is also an optional cash prize division. For more information please contact Jennie Capps at 757.200.9463 or wineclassic@cox.net.

Accommodations and Dockage

Call 1-800-VABEACH or log onto www.vbfun.com for information on local hotels and boat dockage in Rudee Inlet. Most hotels offer oceanfront rooms. The Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hilton is a great choice for your weekend stay, as well as The Hilton Garden Inn.

Team Opportunities

If you want to fish, but don’t have a team or a boat, please contact Linda Church, WWF Committee Chair at 757.288,4842 or lchurchlady1@aol.com.

The Sponsors Who Help Make It All Possible

Our very generous sponsors include companies, organizations and individuals such as Cheryl McLeskey, The Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament, Lunasea, Breakthru Beverage Virginia, Charles Barker Automotive, Hilton Garden Inn, Micky and Dave Jester, Cindy and Jeff McWaters, The Williamsburg Winery, W3 Marine, Fisherman’s Wharf Marina, Portsmouth Trailer Supply, Cynthia Rickman and Joel Texter and the Franklin Family Foundation. We appreciate their continued support and the participation of all of the sponsors who make Wine, Women and Fishing such a great event.

Interested in Becoming a WWF Sponsor? Call Linda Church at 757.288.4842

Would you like to make a donation?

Venue Donor

  • Cheryl McLeskey

Event Sponsors

Bar Sponsor

Blue Marlin Sponsors

  • Cynthia Rickman and Joel Texter
  • Mickey and David Jester
  • The Franklin Family Foundation
  • Cheryl McLeskey

Shuttle Sponsor

Weigh Station Sponsor

White Marlin Sponsors

Sailfish Sponsors

Wahoo Sponsors

  • One Hour Heat & Air Conditioning
  • BB Sportfishing Team
  • Bill Gambrell and Tautogs
  • Getem
  • Tuna Sponsors


  • Aldo’s Ristorante
  • Backlash
  • Richard Bosley
  • Robert Bosley
  • Zoe’s Restaurant
  • Linda Church
  • Doc Taylor’s
  • Christopher Mize
  • The Meridian Group
  • Captain Steve Richardson
  • Georgia Shurtz
  • Cindy Summs
  • Mary Cope
  • Eurasia Cafe
  • Cobalt Grill
  • Terrapin Restaurant
  • Madison Jewelers
  • Pungo Ridge, LLC
  • Lunasea
  • Tautogs
  • The Williamsburg Winery
  • Watermans and Mike Standing
  • Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament
  • Virginia Beach Invitational Marlin Tournament

2018 Stats: Despite the high seas, we had 36 boats and 216 anglers register this year. 5 white marlin were caught and released! 1st place: REELIN N DEALIN with 2 whites on time; 2nd place: MAMA C with 2 whites; 3rd place:CHASIN’ TAIL with 1 white. Crazy Crew had a first place tie between CONTANGO and ELECTRIC BILL; the runner up for Crazy Crew was  SANDMAN;  Hard Luck Crew: POLE DANCER which is a 24′ boat fishing in a very big sea;  Top Dolphin – 26.5 lb fish caught by Lindsay Barton on DON”T PANIC  and Top Tuna was a 58.5 lb fish caught by a ANGIE EDDY on the CANYON EXPRESS!. Top Junior Angler was won by 11 year old Virginia Manning on DELTA DAWN and Lisa Tompkins on CHAISIN TAIL was this year’s Top Lady Angler.