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Hundreds Gather at Heritage Port for Annual Wheeling Raceboat Regatta

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It's one of the largest vintage raceboat gatherings in the world right here on the Ohio River.   

For the 9th year in a row, dozens of vintage raceboats zipped up and down the river near Heritage Port.

Organizers Dan and Debbie Joseph started the Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta 9 years ago since boating played such a huge role in their family upbringing.

"He's had the bug since he was a very little boy. When we started dating when we were 19, we started going to boat races too so I got bit by the bug and when we started having kids, our kids all enjoy it too," said Debbie Joseph.

Leia and Annie Glasgow also grew up around boat racing after their father built his first boat in his high school shop class. The Glasgow's unofficial family now has extended to the other racers in the Regatta which is one of the reasons the sisters think the event is so special.

"The vintage crew is like family, I mean, we are all extremely close. We keep in touch throughout the year, we enjoy the vintage events but this is the biggest vintage event that they have," said Leia Glasgow.

One of the newest members to the vintage raceboat family is Aussie Graham Coddington who had heard about the Regatta for years and knew he had to be a part of it.

"It's like the Grand Prix of all vintage events, I've heard that it's the best and I'm sure so far that it's looking that way," said Coddington.

Bringing racers from all over the world to the Friendly City is one of the many reasons Debbie Joseph started the Regatta 9 years ago.

"It's so great to be able to bring all of these people to Wheeling to let them see how great the Ohio Valley is and to be able to provide really nice entertainment, fun entertainment for everybody," said Joseph.

The other reason the Joseph's started the Regatta was to help raise money for the Easter Seals. Since it was started, the Raceboat Regatta has raised more than $42,000 for Easter Seals.

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