Wine, Women & Fishing

One of the most colorful annual events held by the Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation, Wine, Women and Fishing (WWF) has raised  $450,000 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.

This year we honor Cheryl McLeskey for the 15th Annual event!

Watch Linda Church in this touching video

2016 Stats: We had a record 40 boats fish this year and 70 bill fish caught! 1st place: WATERMAN with 1 blue and 6 sail; 2nd place: CANYON EXPRESS with 1 blue, 4 whites and 1 sail; 3rd place:TIPPECANOE with 1 blue 2 whites and 1 sail; Crazy Crew: WIRED UP Team DARKSIDE; Hard Luck Crew: FLAT LINE; Top Lady Angler – Leslie Simon on CANYON EXPRESS Top wahoo: Wendy Hughes on DOUBLE DIPPIN – 31.4 lbs; Top Dolphin – Alana on WAVERUNNER 13.6 llbs.

 WWF Event Schedule 2017

Friday, August 18: Ideology Cellars Wine Dinner

Saturday, August 19

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

Sunday, August 20

  • 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

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, peruse the fantastic silent auction 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; $85 at the door

Entry Fee

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, 2017 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

Accommodations and Dockage

Call 1-800-VABEACH or log onto 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

The Sponsors Who Help Make It All Possible

Our very generous sponsors include companies, organizations and individuals such as Farm Fresh, Cheryl  McLeskey, The Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament,  Breakthru Beverage Virginia, Charles Barker Automotive, Hilton Garden Inn, Cindy and Jeff McWaters, The Williamsburg Winery, Zoe’s Restaurant, W3 Marine, Fisherman’s Wharf Marina, Theresa and Wayne Sawyer, Portsmouth Trailer Supply, Diane and Frank Monroe and the B.F. Stanton Foundation, Cynthia Rickman and Joel Texter  and the Franklin Johnston Group. 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?

Would you like to make a donation?

In conjunction with the 15th Annual Wine, Women & Fishing Tournament we are having Ideology Cellars Wine Dinner on Friday, August 18 -  More information coming soon!

Event Sponsor

Venue Donor

  • Cheryl McLeskey


BAR Sponsor

Blue Marlin Sponsor


Shuttle Sponsor

White Marlin Sponsors

Sailfish Sponsors

Wahoo Sponsors

Tuna Sponsors

  • Angus Hines
  • Bill Gambrell
  • Cavalier Sportswear


  • Aldo’s Ristorante
  • Backlash
  • Richard Bosley
  • Robert Bosley
  • Zoe’s Restaurant
  • Linda Church
  • Git R Done Charters, Captain Trick Standing
  • Doc Taylor’s
  • Christopher Mize
  • The Meridian Group
  • Captain Steve Richardson
  • Georgia Shurtz
  • Cindy Summs
  • Mary Cope
  • Entourage Spa
  • 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