This national boating event is coming to Norfolk

Norfolk will be the host city for one of the nation’s premier boating events when America’s Great Loop Cruisers Association brings its Spring 2018 Rendezvous to the Downtown Waterfront April 30- May 3.

The entire Waterside Marina is reserved to accommodate more than 60 large cruising pleasure craft.

The Great Loop includes the Atlantic and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways, the Great Lakes, Canada’s Heritage Canals and the inland rivers of America’s heartland – a 6,000-mile continuous water route encompassing the eastern portion of North America, according to a news release.

Visit greatloop.org for registration, membership and information.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.