Ladies Who Launch

Hampton Cup Regatta

John H. Sheally II

If Hampton’s Mill Creek reverberates with a rhythmic roar it must be August and regatta time. Dozens of hydroplanes, rooster tails pluming behind them, speed around a buoy-marked course, and Jersey skiffs, less sleek but nonethe- less exciting, bounce over the water like fugitive rum runners.

After 87 years, the Hampton Cup Regatta, the country’s longest continuing regatta, is a Hampton Roads tradition, drawing some of the sport’s finest drivers and speedboats to compete. Audiences watching from the East Mercury Boulevard Bridge at Fort Monroe have seen scores of national championships determined and dozens of world records set here.