Stingray Point Regatta Sailing Instructions

Matthew A. Lambert on Wednesday August 27, 2014 09:08PM

The Sailing Instructions for the Stingray Light Distance Race on Friday and the Stingray Point Regatta Saturday and Sunday Series are now available.


Lin McCarthy on Monday August 25, 2014 10:32AM

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

****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  Organized by Fishing Bay Yacht Club.


FBYC Race Teams Chill in New England!

Meg Rock on Sunday August 24, 2014 12:20PM

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

Matthew A. Lambert on Friday August 22, 2014 08:02AM

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 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

Paul E Wash on Thursday August 21, 2014 11:19PM

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

Meg Rock on Thursday August 21, 2014 12:22PM

ATTENTION!  Please note that the One Design Open House regatta scheduled for Saturday, August 23rd has been cancelled.  Please contact Matt Braun 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

John G. Koedel on Monday August 18, 2014 12:51PM

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

Meg Rock on Sunday August 17, 2014 12:57PM

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 (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

Blakely H Kimbrough on Friday August 15, 2014 12:37PM

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!


Opti Race Team Video

Ann L. Braun on Thursday August 14, 2014 08:11AM (1 comment)

75th Annual One Design Regatta Results

Jon Deutsch on Wednesday August 13, 2014 10:02PM

The weather wasn't the best for sailing on Saturday, but more than made up for it on Sunday.  Thanks to the competitors, volunteers, race officials, parents and every one else for making our 75th Annual Regatta a great weekend!

East Course Photos | Awards Photos

Here are the results and some of the winners. 


75th AOD Regatta - Flying Scot Write-Up

Robert Whittemore on Wednesday August 13, 2014 09:43PM

Well if you weren’t there you missed a great (and challenging) regatta.

Unfortunately, the travelers did not turn out the way they have in recent years. Do not worry they will be here for ACC’s! The good news is that we had a ton of club scots out on the water. It was great to see so many club boats out on the water. This was a great turn up for ACC’s in September as we will be racing in the same area.

Day 1:

After a fairly long wait, we got in one tricky light air (I mean light!!!) race. On our boat we tried to focus on finding the pressure, minimizing maneuvers and staying out of traffic. We have found that the fastest way to go slow in a scot is to get in a clump of them! It was a tricky race for everyone except the Guenther’s who sailed away from the entire fleet to win the race followed by Team Wake and Tom Gallagher from GRSA. With barely a breath of wind and a cloudy sky there was no chance of a sea breeze. Rick wisely pulled the trigger and sent everyone back to the club for the evening’s activities.


Special Membership Opportunities End October 31st!

Meg Rock on Tuesday August 12, 2014 10:43AM

FBYC's 2014 Special Membership Opportunities will end on October 31st. The essence of these membership opportunities is a significant reduction in the initiation fee for a new or returning member (our normal initiation feeis $2800). There is still time to submit applications to the Membership Chair and partake of our 2014 75th Anniversary celebrations.  However applications and sponsor's letters received after Oct. 31 will be processed in 2015. 
For membership info, go to our web site ( and at the very top of our Home page, in the red banner you will see "How to Join FBYC."  Click on that and the drop down menu will guide you through the process.  There you'll find an overview of the process, dues & fees and an application.

75th Annual One Design Regatta

Matthew A. Lambert on Tuesday August 5, 2014 12:32PM

FBYC Annual One Design RegattaFBYC is 75 years old and we're hosting our 75th Annual Regatta THIS WEEKEND on August 8-10 for the Hampton One Designs and August 9-10 for all other fleets.  This is a very special year for us and we really hope you will come join us for what will be a great event.

This year we're expecting to have starts for Flying Scots, Hampton One Designs, Lasers, Laser Radials, Optimists, Front Runners, San Juan 21 and any other fleets with 7 or more boats.  If your class doesn't have 7 boats -don't worry we'll still have racing for you in a combined Portsmouth fleet.  If you don't see your class friends on the entry list, encourage them to sign up soon and lock in a class start by having 7 boats signed online or in person by 5pm Friday night.

We've got a great dinner planned with Cajun chicken, fire roasted vegetables and a kale & bean salad. We are expecting to sell out and tickets are not likely to be available at the event, so please pre-register to be sure we have a dinner for you.  After dinner stick around and be ready to dance to the band Affirmative Groove - who members may remember from the Commodore's Ball last fall.

All the info you need:
*All classes (except HOD)
*Hampton One Designs

Hope to see you there!

Matt Lambert
Event Chairman

P.S. if you are already registered, thanks and see you this weekend!

Missing Opti

Mark E. Hayes on Tuesday August 5, 2014 12:28PM (1 comment)

This past week end someone removed an Opti from the Junior Yard that did not belong to them.  It is believed they unknowingly removed the wrong Opti.  The Opti removed from the Junior Yard has red trim and is named "QE II".  Various items of gear were included.  The boat was left on the grass near the pool, and was taken sometime between Thursday, July 31 and August 2.  We ask that anyone who removed an Opti from the Junior Yard during this time period immediately contact Mark Hayes at

FBYC Laser Race Team

Mark E. Hayes on Thursday July 31, 2014 07:40PM

Photo by Laser Race Team Coach Gabriel Moran, taken today of members of the Laser Race Team training off Marion, Massachusetts, for the 2014 Buzzards Bay Regatta.  Racing will take place this Friday through Sunday.


Latest Jackson Creek Survey

Jon Deutsch on Wednesday July 30, 2014 05:48PM

Corps of Engineers just published their latest survey of Jackson Creek from October 2013:

FBYC Junior Race Teams Roll On!

Meg Rock on Wednesday July 30, 2014 10:57AM

Since our last update on July 7th (covering our first six summer regattas), the Race Teams have raced non-stop, with no let up in winning regattas from Hampton, Virginia to Hyannis, Massachusetts, while having FUN along the way!
First up, on July 9th, the Opti Race Team raced at the Hampton Yacht Club Annual Junior Regatta.  Eighteen FBYC sailors attended, and we swept all divisions five deep, including Overall, with Benton Amthor finishing first, followed by Boyd Bragg, Gannon Troutman, Trent Levy and Guthrie Braun.  On the same day the Laser Race Team raced at Cape May, New Jersey, at the Regional Qualifiers for the Singlehanded Chubb Championships.  We placed five sailors in the top fifteen of the extremely competitive fleet, with Alexander Hanna winning the regatta!  This qualifies Alexander to race at the Chubb Finals in August in Michigan. 

The following week all three of our teams travelled together to Corsica River Yacht Club, in Centreville, Maryland, for the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Junior Olympics and Chesapeake Bay Open, held July 18th and 19th . Twenty-nine FBYC kids sailed, making us the largest team, and we placed sailors in all divisions and won the Opti Overall!  Because they finished first and second overall, Boyd Bragg and Benton Amthor qualified to represent the entire Chesapeake Bay Region at the National Midget Regatta at Monmouth Boat Club in New Jersey in late August!  In the Laser Radial Class, Alexander Hanna finished third, and we placed 10 boats in the top 16 of the very competitive 27 boat fleet.


FBYC Boats on Podium at Screwpile

Jon Deutsch on Thursday July 24, 2014 07:53PM

Last weekend 6 Fishing Bay Boats were among the 75 boats competing at the Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge and half of the boats came home with podium finishes.  The 3 day regatta feature one light-air race on Friday, a distance race on Saturday ending at the Pier and 2 more buoy races on Sunday.

PHRF-A1 3rd Place Afterthough - Craig Wright

PHRF-A1 6th Place Double Eagle - Sam Mitchener


FBYC Summer One-Day Laser Regatta This Sunday

Michael Toms on Tuesday July 22, 2014 01:09PM

The Laser Fleet at Fishing Bay welcomes you to come join us this Sunday, July 27th, for our club one-day Summer race. The weather looks perfect for a Summer day of Laser Sailing - 90 and mostly sunny, wind from the SW at 8-10. Water temps are a pleasant 76 degrees and the nettles are few, so it should be an ideal day to be on the water. We will have a mix of skilled and veteran sailors out there, so no matter what your skill level, we look forward to seeing you there. Of course, the pool is open, if you want to bring the family. We also have plenty of other kid-friendly entertainment options. And we can set up babysitting services, if that is the key to getting you on the water on Sunday.
Registration is free and is here
Or you can go directly to our webpage, and the registration link is in the events list on the left-hand side.
Registration starts at 9, Skipper's meeting is at 10, 1st gun at 11:00. After racing, there is a social and trophy presentation. Please do register online, so we can get the right number of cold beverages for everyone.