J/70 World Championship

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3 boats with FBYC ties are taking part in the first ever J/70 World Championship starting today at the New York Yacht Club.  Each of these teams had to qualify through events earlier this year and have been preparing all season to take on the 90-boat fleet.  Good luck guys!

Nostalgia with Blake Kimbrough, Lud Kimbrough, Julia Kimbrough and Rob Whittemore

Full Monty - Latane Montague

And from the Southern Chesapeake J/70 Fleet - Ron Thompson with Len Guenther and Carrie Russell aboard.

Aerial Photos of the Club Property and Docks

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After the Wolf Trap Race Ned Reynold's had his drone out and got some great photos of the club from the air.  Check them out:


2014 Wolf Trap Race Results

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What a day it turned out to be for the Wolf Trap race with winds 12-19 out of the SSW and mostly sunny skies for 16 boats taking part. 

The race started with a 1/2 mile beat in the mouth of the Piankatank, then a mile run down to C followed by a close reach to Milford Haven and then a beat to Wolf Trap.  The trip back was a Run followed by a broad reach with winds shifting west as boats appoached the Piankatank and switched back to close reaching before the final beat to the finish.

Nanuq put up the best overal time and won the PHRF-A fleet.  Mad Hatter had the 2nd best corrected time (only 30 seconds behind Nanuq) and took the PHRF-B fleet.  Catitude took the PHRF-C fleet while Red Sky won the Non-Spin Fleet.

Thanks to David Clark and his crew for on Race Committe and to Bonnie Black and Double Eagle for a great Lasanga dinner after racing.


2014 Laser Masters Atlantic Coast Championship NOR

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OCTOBER 18-19, 2014

Fishing Bay Yacht Club will host the Laser Masters Atlantic Coast Championship this October.  FBYC has a 30-year history of running the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters and plans to have an even greater bash with this event elevated to the Masters ACC.

Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Sailors

Alain Vincey will be back to put on another great dinner and our RC team lead by PRO Rick Klein will be back again to put on solid racing.

Visit the Notice of Race and Register Online before October 13 to get the early discount.  T-shirts will be available to those who register early while supplies last.

Should we have 12 or more Radials sign up by September 30th, a separate start will be offered for the Radials.


Annual Wolf Trap Race

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Wolf TrapAttention offshore fleet:

We hope you will come join us tomorrow for the annual Wolf Trap Race. The course is an approximate 24.6 nm trek down to the Wolf Trap Light and back again. Tomorrow's conditions will provide us with a beat to the light with a sleigh ride back home. This is the last race of the 2014 Offshore Distance Series.

Following the race, Bonnie Black will be providing dinner for $5 a head. The menu includes:

  • Lasagna
  • Bread
  • Salad
  • Cookies

Sounds good don't you think? So come on out!

Fine Print: Notice of race and sailing instructions can be found here: http://www.fbyc.net/Events/2014/09.06.offshore/ssi.dtml

FBYC Fall Opti Race Team

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The FBYC Fall Opti Race Team begins practice this Saturday, September 6, and will continue through the end of November.  Come out and sail before the weather gets cold!  The program is designed specifically for busy sailors who love other sports.  Now there is no reason to miss sailing for soccer or football!  The Team practices at the club or attends regattas on most week ends.  It is a “pay to play” program, meaning families pay only for the practices and regattas in which they participate. The participants decide which to attend, and none are mandatory. The practices at the club are typically from 10 am until 4 pm, and include professional instruction on advanced racing techniques, including starting, mark rounding, speed and sail trim, tactics and strategy.  Sailors may practice in a Club Opti or use their own.  The regatta schedule will include those held in the Bay area, as well as the option of national events.


2014 Stingray Point Regatta Results

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The Stingray Point Regatta was capped with 3 great days of racing with the Stingray Light Distance Race on Saturday followed by buoy racing series on Saturday and Sunday.  Here are the winners along with some great photos:

Stingray Light Distance Race

  • J/70: Hotty Toddy - Steve Quiriconi
  • PHRF-A: Pursuit - Norman Dawley
  • PHRF-B: Mad Hatter - Bob Fleck
  • PHRF-C: Cheeky Monkey - Paul & Julie Anne Wash
  • PHRF-Non-Spin: Juggernaut - Mike Dale

Stingray Point Regatta Series

  • J/70: Nostalgia - Blake & Lud Kimbrough
  • PHRF-A: Voodoo 2 - Leroi Lissenden
  • PHRF-B: Mad Hatter - Bob Fleck
  • PHRF-C: Cheeky Monkey - Paul & Julie Anne Wash
  • PHRF-Non-Spin: RedSky - Doug Anderson


Stingray Point Regatta - A View from the Bar

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A terrific Social Committee, a squared away Race Committee, and Mother Nature all conspired last weekend to provide racers with an epic Stingray Point Regatta. As is often the case at FBYC, the volunteers made all the difference. This weekend Kelly Lambert and Lucy Norton made an enormous difference. From skipper packages to late night drink ticket sales, and from breakfast treats to rum-spiked ice cream, they were on point. I hope our heroic Social Chairman, Matt Lambert, buys these ladies dinner this week – ‘cause they made him look good.

How did I see this all from the bar? Easy, the skippers and crews from Corryvrecken, Nanuq, Mad Hatter, Airspeed, Afterthought, Cheeky Monkey, E.L.E., Nostalgia, and Juggernaut made sure the bar was rocking all 3 days. Thanks gang.

FBYC Team Arrives for NYYC USQS

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For the third straight time, FBYC will compete in the New York Yacht Club United States Qualifying Series for the Invitational Cup at Harbour Court in Newport, Rhode Island.  This event is the preeminent Corinthian Regatta for American Yacht Clubs.  FBYC's Team consists of Clark Dennison, Caroline Garrett, A.L. Braun and Scot Collins. The event will be sailed in J70s and Sonars, with preliminary rounds in both boats for half day each on Wednesday and Thursday, and a Finals in J70s for the top preliminary teams and a consolation fleet in Sonars for the others, on Friday and Saturday. For more detail see the seeding of the Blue and Red Groups for the preliminaries, Yacht Club Team Rosters, Sailing Instructions, Course Diagrams and Appendices all posted in the ICQS website.  There will be "tracking" on line by Kattack with live on the NYYC Website.  Follow and support our team!

And be sure to follow our team posting updates throughout the week on the team Facebook page.

Clinard Wins NYC's Vice Commodore's Trophy

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While visiting Mike and Toni Massie in Nantucket and sailing the Labor Day Series in Mike's Rhodes 19, Noel Clinard attended the Annual Awards Ceremony at Nantucket Yacht Club, where he was surprised and delighted to be awarded the 2014 Vice Commodore's Trophy. He was given the award for his collateral support of the Nantucket Yacht Club's Team for the NYYC USQS during their 2012 Campaign and for his mentorship of the NYC Team for 2014, including Max Bent, Tris Worth, Spencer Verney and FBYC's Sophie Massie, during the J70 Winter Series, in which that tea trained for the USQS on Noel's J70 LOONATICTU.

FBYC Racing on Google Maps

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Check this out - the Google Maps satelite imagry was taken while our offshore boats were getting ready to do a starting sequence just off Gwyn's Island.  Thanks to Phil Strause for pointing it out! See for yourself.



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Southern Bay LASER Racers at District 11 Championships.  The 2014 District 11 Championships were hosted Saturday and Sunday at Tred Avon Yacht Club in Oxford, Maryland.  The Championship was part of the TAYC annual Heritage Regatta which also included Stars, Shields, and Log Canoes.  Henry Amthor (HYC) finished 2nd overall among the 20 title contenders and Jon Deutsch (FBYC) was 6th in the fleet that was heavily laden with northern Bay area racers, a number from Severn Sailing Association.  There were no southern Bay racers in the 11 boat Laser radial section.  Congratulations to Henry and Jon, who persevered through a light and damp air Saturday to enjoy a beautiful, sunny, breezy Sunday.  Also in Oxford was southern Bay race official John McCarthy running the Stars/Shields circle in preparation for PRO-ing the Star North American Championships at TAYC in October.

Smith Point Regatta:  Craig Wright’s Afterthought was the first of the 3 PHRF A boats and Miles Booth, Shenanigan, first of the 3 PHRF B boats completing the annual distance event on Saturday.  The A and B boats sailed almost 60 miles (58.90 nm) in approximately 9 to 10 hours time.  The 2 PHRF C boats completed a 45.10 nm course with Lew Thatcher, Catitude, finishing first.  Eight  of the nine boats starting finished this annual race organized by Fishing Bay Yacht Club.  Principal Race Officer – Case Whittemore.  For complete scoring click on www.fbyc.net.

****Stingray Point Regatta       Friday, Aug 29 - Sun, Aug 31.  NOTE: Friday’s Stingray Light Distance Race is scored separately from the Saturday-Sunday Stingray Point Regatta.  This is a great Labor Day regatta that offers racing, social opportunities, food and drink, and the perfect end of summer celebration.  The regatta is open to all PHRF classes, One-Design classes, Non-Spinnaker, and Cruising Class participants.  In addition to individual class awards, the Brent Halsey, Jr. Memorial Trophy and the Potts Southern Bay Challenge Cup will be at stake.  SPR organizers have planned this event so that racers have Monday, the actual holiday, open for delivery home and/or family and friend occasions.  For details and info, contact Matthew Lambert at 757-846-8239 or go to www.fbyc.net  Organized by Fishing Bay Yacht Club.


FBYC Race Teams Chill in New England!

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Since our last email update, the FBYC Race Teams have continued to dominate, racing in CHILLY New England (and Michigan) and on the HOT Chesapeake!  And as you can see, where ever they race, they are the coolest as well as the best dressed.
We ended the last email update with the Hyannis Regatta on July 25-27.  From Hyannis, the Laser teens detoured through Newport for a fun sail on the beautifully restored 12 Meter Nefertiti, before trucking to Marion, Massachusetts, for the Buzzard Bay Annual Regatta on August 1-4.  The Buzzards Bay is a notoriously rough regatta, with strong currents and big winds, often in misty conditions.  Our team performed wonderfully, with Alexander Hanna leading the Gold Division going into the last race, match racing against the adult coach from SSA racing in the Radial Division-which allows adults.  Both boats scored OCSs, which dropped Alexander to fifth; still an outstanding finish in one of the country’s most prestigious regattas.  Luke Hayes was 16th in the Silver Division, and Eric Roos was 14th in the Full Rig Division.  There were a total of 101 Lasers from across the country and oversees, including former World and Olympic competitors!


Stingray Point Regatta Social Update

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August 29-31 FBYC will host the 20th Annual Stingray Point Regatta and all FBYC members are invited to participate Stingray Point Regatta night dinner Saturday, August 30. Asocial/dinner only sign up page is now available here. This is great opportunity to meet and mingle at the club, enjoy a wonderful catered meal and party with live music  for a very attractive price, so whether you are racing or not please join us Saturday evening at the main club house. Details & signup here.

On the menu Saturday:

  • Slow-Smoked Beef Brisket
  • Southern Fried Chicken
  • Summer Pasta Salad
  • Stewed Summer Squash
  • Butter pats rolls

Stingray Point Regatta Competitor Registration remains unchanged,  so go to www.stingraypointregatta.org and jump over to the Yacht Scoring website if you plan on competing.  Current NOR is there and the SI will be posted next week. Early Sign up discount ends today!!

Hope to see you there!

Matt Lambert
Event Chairman

Annual Smith Point Race this Saturday

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Attention offshore fleet…

This Saturday, August 23rd, is the annual Smith Point race.  The first warning is at 1400 and the full notice of race can be found here. In addition to a great race, we hope you will join us for a delicious brunch on Sunday morning at 1000.  The menu features:

  • Made to Order Omelets
  • Breakfast Potatoes
  • Fresh Fruit Salad
  • Chesapeake Style Bloody Mary’s

Cost is $7 per person, payable that morning.

This is our 3rd annual induction to the Smith Point Crab Society. Eligibility to this society (shrouded by secrecy) is simple – the skipper who sails Saturday and who has participated in the most Smith Point Races and finished is treated to free breakfast and a hat for bragging rights.

So sign up today for racing, brunch or both. If you just want brunch - sign up as simply coming. This helps us get the ingredients right. If you don't have a chance to get out to the site, just email the social chair:  Becca Wash (becca dot wash @ webnext dot net)

We hope to see ya’ll there!

FBYC Cancellation Notice - One Design Open House Regatta

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ATTENTION!  Please note that the One Design Open House regatta scheduled for Saturday, August 23rd has been cancelled.  Please contact Matt Braun matt.braun@thalhimer.com if you have any questions.

The Legacy of Sail regatta will continue as planned on Sunday, August 24th.  Please sign up today if you plan on competing.

Wee Dram Cape Charles Event

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August 9, while various club members were parking cars for Annual One Design, five boats ventured out for the race to Cape Charles. (Ishky Baha, Nanuq, Nereid, Orion, and Trilogy).  With winds forecasted to be light, we agreed to start from G3 off Milford Haven.  We all anchored with our mains up.  At 930 hours, we raised anchors and sailed off to Cape Chuck.  We all jockeyed for position trying different sail configurations: wing and wing port side, jibe and try the other.  After an hour of top notch sailing, we had moved north about ½ mile. Nye a breath yet there was a current.  Things turned around when the iron lungs came out and our minds shifted from sailing to making port and spinning yarns.


Cape Charles was abuzz with the news of our pending arrival so they threw an “arts in the park” event to welcome us.  We strolled the town, enjoying the ice-cream shop, wine and chocolate tasting, and the great Watson’s Hardware store.  Elvis Presley was playing in the street along with an Asian Roy Orbison.  What?  Sweet Dreams, Baby.  Back to the docks forcomradery and to find another boat had joined us, Ricochet out of the Mobjack.   We shared drinks and snacks on the dock before scattering to the fine local eateries.


FBYC Trophy Committee Seeks Nominations

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The Trophy Committee will receive nominations until October 8th for the following perpetual trophies to be awarded at the Annual Awards Party in November.

PIANKATANK TROPHY – Recognizes the FBYC skipper who most exemplifies the principle that “all is not lost until the boat sinks.”

MATTHEW FONTAINE MAURY BOWL – Recognizes a member of FBYC for an outstanding contribution to sailing at Fishing Bay Yacht Club.

COMPETITION TROPHY – Recognizes a member of FBYC who is the skipper of an enrolled offshore or one-design boat and who most successfully represented FBYC in sailboat racing events conducted by other yacht clubs or associations during the past year. Nominations should consider the character (local, regional, national) of events entered and the quality of competition as well as the member’s performance.

ALLEN B. FINE TROPHY – Recognizes the outstanding crewperson of an FBYC enrolled yacht. Any skipper who is a club member may nominate anyone who has crewed on a FBYC boat (offshore or one-design) during the regular club season.

THE HUBARD TROPHY – Awarded to the outstanding woman sailor of FBYC in recognition of dedication, participation, and performance and sportsmanship while sailing.

SPORTSMANSHIP TROPHY – Recognizes the Offshore Division skipper who displays the best sportsmanship during the regular season.

ANNUAL RACE COMMITTEE TROPHY – Awarded to the club member who has made the greatest contribution to race committee work and race management at FBYC.

BECCA BOAT TROPHY – Awarded to the FBYC junior female member who most exemplifies Becca Clary’s devotion to FBYC.

Please contact the Trophy Chairman, Edward J. O’Connor, with your nominations. Send nominations to Ed at ej.oconnor@verizon.net (preferred) or mail to 3313 Horselydown Court, Richmond, VA 23233. Your nomination should include the person’s name and the reason the person is being nominated for a particular trophy.

FBYC J70 Clinic on Sunday, August 24th

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Team Nostalgia and FBYC's Invitational Cup team will be hosting a J70 clinic at Fishing Bay on Sunday, August 24th.  We are also pleased to announce that Chris Larson, 1997 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, will be our head coach.

This will be a tremendous opportunity to gain knowledge, hone your team's skills, and elevate your program for rest of the year...What better way to get tuned up before Stingray Point Regatta, Worlds and/or the J70 Chesapeake Champs!