Fall Series III Postponeme‚Äčnt and Meeting

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!! Attention Offshore Fleet !!
RE: Fall Series III, Sunday, October 12th, 1 Hour Postponement and Offshore Racing Meeting, FBYC Main Clubhouse, 2nd Floor
Fall Series III is postponed by 1 hour to hold the end of year Offshore Racing Meeting beginning promptly at 0845 in the Main Clubhouse, 2nd Floor. The meeting is open to offshore racing skippers and crew that are members of FBYC that wish to share feedback and discuss topics related to the FBYC Offshore Racing program. If you remember this meeting from 2013, this feedback was later incorporated into the Offshore SI's and into many of our normal procedures. We will facilitate the conversation with a list of topics. Your feedback matters!
An addendum will be posted on the web site as well as the official notice board stating the 1 hour postponement. The first warning for the day is changed to 1200.
This message has been distributed to the Offshore Racing and FBYC J70 distribution lists.
If you have comments or questions please reply directly to me: paul.wash@webnext.net
Paul Wash


Meg Rock on

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.

Fall Opti Race Team Shines-USODA SE Championships!

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This past weekend, September 19th and 20th, four of our Fall Opti Race Team members, along with their families and Coach David Tunnicliffe, travelled to Lake Altoona, Atlanta, for the United States Optimist Dinghy Association Southeastern Championships.  
There were a total of 126 competitors, many of whom sailed with professionally run teams from the top junior programs from across the country, including teams from Coral Reef Yacht Club, Lauderdale Yacht Club, Southern Yacht Club, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Sarasota Youth Sailing, and private clubs Team For and Prime.  Our kids were fantastic!  When the dust settled, Boyd Bragg finished 2nd overall and 1rst in Red Fleet!  Ian Street finished 15th overall and 7th in Red; John Vail finished 43rd overall and 22nd in Blue, and Reese Bragg was the 23rd Girl!  I cannot stress how impressive all of these finishes were, especially since many of the competitors came from Florida where most of the top kids are home schooled to allow time to train and have full time pro coaching.  Team For even has a rule that parents may not speak directly to the coach at any time-they must go through a coach liaison.  Our team members and their families stayed together in the same lake cottage with the coach!


2014 Flying Scot ACC Results

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It was a great weekend for the Flying Scot Atlantic Coast Championship held at Fishing Bay Yacht Club for the 35 Flying Scot sailors competing.   Congratulations to David Neff and Jason Hair from Selby Bay, MD for winning the regatta and also the Capitol District Championship, being the top district boat as well. 


Saturday's races were started with wind about 12 kts but dropping to 7 kts later on.  Four races were held on Saturday with the final race in about 14 kts.  There were four general recalls (three of them under ZFP) as later in the day there was more current pushing the boats over the line.  Saturday evening the sailors were treated to kegs of Legend Beer donated by Ullman, Mad and Quantum Sailmakers.  This was followed by a spectacular dinner created by Chef Alain Vincey with crabcakes and steaks attended by 105 sailors and guests.


New Registration Form

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We've rolled out some pretty cool changes to our online registration form which should make it easier to fill out the information.

To start - for events that allow Social only registration - there's a selection at the top of the form and if Social is selected, boat information is no longer required.  This eliminates the need to fill dummy boat information for social-only regitrations.

The entry fields are a lot cleaner with a small icon indicating required information.  The form is much more intuitive with much less legalese on it.  If a field is forgotten when trying to register - it's shaded red to make it easy to find.

After hitting the 'Register' button - if there is information missing - there is now a summary of the missing information at the top of the page.  Simply click each item and you will be jumped down the page to where the information is missing.


And finally the 'Register Online Now' button is disabled preventing one source of duplicate entries.

Questions or comments?  Contact Jon or Strother.

FBYC Junior Racers Smoking HOT!!!

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Breaking News: two of our High School seniors and Laser Race Team members swept the Interscholastic Sailing Association Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Sailing Association (MASSA) Singlehanded Qualifier for the Cressy Trophy, sailed in Lasers, held September 13 and 14 in Oyster Bay, New York!  Eric Roos won the Full Rig Division and Alexander Hanna won the Radial Division, meaning FBYC Juniors  won both single handed divisions!  This prestigious regatta included high school sailors from New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware,  Maryland and Virginia.  It qualifies Eric and Alexander to race at the Cressy Singlehanded Finals at Bellingham Yacht Club, Bellingham, Washington, October 31-November 2.  Break out the MasterCards Mom and Dad!

Boyd Bragg and Benton Amthor qualified to represent FBYC at this regatta held at Monmouth Boat Club in Red Bank, New Jersey by placing first and second at the Chesapeake Bay Junior Olympics last July.  This prestigious youth regatta, held the last week end of August, dates from 1914, and includes qualifiers from eight sailing associations from Massachusetts to Virginia.  Only FBYC qualified to send two Optis from the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association.  After two hard days of racing, Boyd and Benton were tied with a third junior for second!  The three way tie was decided by the results of the final race, placing Boyd third and Benton fourth.  Fantastic job!
At the first practice we had 10 Optis, and 12 are participating through the Fall.  The first regatta will be this week end when the team travels to the Atlanta Yacht Club on Lake Altoona for the USODA Southeastern Championships.  The families rented a large lake front cottage overlooking the club, where everyone will stay!  Stay tuned for another exciting report!
For the 16th year, FBYC is supporting the St. Christopher and St. Catherine High School Sailing Team by providing our 420s, coach boats and team members.  The team is currently racing through October in and around the Richmond and Tidewater area against other high schools teams.  Laser Race Team members Nathaniel Llewellyn, Graeme Alderman and Ralph Levy are on the team.
Finally, we have multiple juniors skippering and crewing with their parents on the J-70 and Hampton One Design Bay Circuits: Gannon Troutman, Daniel Resio, Guthrie Braun, Jackson Montague and Latane Montague!  Jackson and his Dad placed second at the Hampton One Design Nationals! Congrats to all!
Mark Hayes, Junior Division Commander

Flying Scot Atlantic Coast Championship

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Only a few more days to the Flying Scot Atlantic Coast Championship this weekend at Fishing Bay.  Defending Champions Rob Whittemore and John Wake will be among the 35+ boats competing in the five race series.  Sailors from as far as Connecticut to South Carolina to Western Maryland will enjoy excellent competition, superb race management, a gourmet dinner by our own Chef Alain Vincey, and the special camaraderie of fellow Scotters that the Class is so well known for.  This will also be the Capitol District Championship with the title will going to the top boat from this district.  PRO Rick Klein and his All-Star RC Team along with Chief Judge Brooks Zerkel are ready for the action to get started on the race course.

Fall Invitational and Laser Fall Regatta

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Nearly a dozen one design boats were out on Sunday for 4 races for Flying Scots, Front Runners and Lasers.


  • Front Runner: Mark Stephens
  • Flying Scot: John Wake
  • Laser: Mike Moore

Eric Roos Wins MASSA Cressy Qualifier

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Atlee High School sailor and FBYC Member Eric Roos won the Singlehanded Mid-Atlatic Scholastic Sailing Association Qualifier and will represent his school at the High School National Championship later this fall.

On Saturday following 1030 harbor start, first gun was 1130. Races were sailed in an easterly ranging from 12+, dropping down to 6 kts. Courses were modified windward/leewards. Four races were sailed until the rain moved in and we lost the breeze, leading to an abandoned fifth race. One protest was filed and heard before dinner.

Sunday morning's breeze started at N/NW at 12kts, shifted due North and then settled back N and dropped in velocity. First gun was at 9:51am. Six races were completed to bring the total to ten quality races sailed.


Offshore Fall Series #1 Plagued by Light Winds

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Light winds on Saturday plagued the FBYC offshore fleet as they took part in the first of the Fall Series and only 1 race was sailed for the 17 boats in 5 fleets.


  • PHRF-A: Afterthought -Craig Wright
  • PHRF-B: GOIN' - Dennis Hannick
  • PHRF-C: Cheeky Monkey - Paul & Julie Ann Wash
  • PHRF-NS: Chilcoot - Alex Alvis
  • J/70: Loonatictu - Noel Clinard

Photo: Cathy Clark

2014 Turkey Shoot Regatta Coming Up

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This year the 2014 Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta at Rappahannock River Yacht Club has been moved up a weekend and quite a few FBYC boats are planning on taking part.  88 boats are already registered and range from 18' to over 45' and all of them must be of a design that is 25 or more years old.

This is an annual benefit for the local Hospice organization and FBYC's big boat racing has the weekend off - so consider heading down the Rappahannock and joining the fun.

Regatta Website

FBYC Boats Registered as of 9/16 (scratch sheet)

  • CHOMHCHUI - Frank Murphy
  • Layla - Durwood Usry
  • Onward - Jim Raper
  • Thistledowne - Bill McClure
  • Mad Hatter - Bob Fleck
  • Trilogy - Wayland Rennie
  • Kestrel - Gary Hooper
  • Ricochet - Tom Martin
  • Wild Rose - Tom Martin

FBYC Boats at the J/70 Worlds

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Last week at the J/70 World Championship the 3 boats with FBYC sailors saw some tough conditions and some even tougher competition.  All 3 boats with FBYC members aboard sailed in the silver fleet after the qualifying round.

Nostalgia Racing finished 4th in the silver fleet.



Latane Montague on Full Monty was 14th in the Silver fleet


Ron Thompson's NoName finished 30th in the Silver Fleet



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