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, www.fbyc.net 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.


Junior Race Team

Mark E. Hayes on Thursday July 17, 2014 03:26PM (1 comment)

Check out the FBYC Junior Race Team as they leave today for the Chesapeake Bay Junior Olympics at Corsica River Yacht Club in Centreville, Maryland.  And thats not even everyone!

Leukemia Cup Results and Pictures

Jon Deutsch on Wednesday July 16, 2014 01:00PM

A few pictures and results from the recently completed Leukemia Cup Regatta:


New Facebook Page Milestone

Jon Deutsch on Wednesday July 16, 2014 12:44PM

We have reached a new milestone with 1,000 people liking our page. Since our page was founded almost 5 years ago on July 24, 2009 it has been a great way to find out what's going on at the club and for us to share our activities with our members, crew, friends, family visiting sailors and the local and sailing communities.

Are you on Facebook?  Follow us here.

2014 Junior Sailing Preview Video

Jon Deutsch on Monday July 14, 2014 11:00AM

Here's a quick preview video of the sailing done by our Juniors thus far this summer

Summer Sea Breeze 1 Results

Jon Deutsch on Wednesday July 9, 2014 12:56PM

Once Hurricane Aurthur blew through it was smooth sailing for the Flying Scots and Front Runners at the first One Design Summer Sea Breeze regatta on Saturday.  What was clouds with winds in the 30's just a day before gave way to mostly sunny skies and 8-10 knot winds for 4 races run by PRO Mike Dale and his race committee.  Thanks to Veronica Hinckle for some pictures.


FBYC Junior Race Teams Take to the Road!

Meg Rock on Tuesday July 8, 2014 01:15AM

Your Junior Race Teams have not been idle since the end of Junior Week.  Beginning  the day after its conclusion, the teams competed at 6 different regattas at 6 different clubs on the Bay in a total of 12 days!  We have a record 45 kids total-12 on the Opti Development Team, 12 on the Laser Race Team, and 21 on the Opti Race Team!  
After the Commonwealth, the Opti Development Team stayed home to practice, while the Opti Race Team and Laser Race Team hit the road.  First up after the Commonwealth on June 21-22 was the Rock Hall Yacht Club Annual Junior Regatta in Rock Hall, Maryland; followed by the Tred Avon Yacht Club Annual Junior Regatta in Oxford, Maryland; the Maryland State Championships at West River Sailing Club in Galesville, Maryland; Annapolis Yacht Club Junior Regatta in Annapolis, and finally, the Sandy MacVickar Memorial Annual Regatta hosted by the Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis on July 2.  
We averaged 30 juniors at each away regatta, which meant 5 transport trailers moving the Optis and Lasers to each club and event, 3 coach boats, and 6 different hotels for an average of 63 people!  The logistics of moving the equipment and the kids and coaches, getting fuel, lunches and water, and launching and registrations at each event was a nightmare!  Thank you to the team coordinators: Michelle Hayes, AL Braun, and Mary Almany who organized it all and kept the wheels on the bus! 



Leukemia Cup Scratch Sheet Posted

Paul E Wash on Monday July 7, 2014 11:10PM

Attention all offshore racers, cruisers, and classic boats...The Leukemia Cup is this weekend Saturday and Sunday. There is still time to sign up at the Leukemia Cup Site. If you haven't signed up yet, what are you waiting for? This is a great cause and good racing will be had by all.

The latest Leukemia Cup scratch sheet is posted here. Look for updates throughout the week. 51 boats are currently registered.

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Paul Wash


Rappahannock River Cruise August 2-3

Sam M. Stoakley on Monday July 7, 2014 12:25PM

The Cruising Division will cruise up the Rappahannock River on Saturday, August 2nd and will have a cookout and stay overnight at the Rappahannock River Yacht Club. We will gather Friday night, August 1st, at 6:00 PM for cocktails and a captains' meeting at Fanny's House. Beer, wine and light fare will be provided. For Saturday's dinner please bring something to grill and a dish to share (hors d'ouvres, side dish or dessert). The Dockmaster will advise me of the availability of slips early that week and I will make a best effort to fit all boats into an appropriate space.  Please register on the website and email Nancy (nstoakley@verizon.net) or me (samstoakley@gmail.com) with what you plan to bring for Saturday night.


Long Distance Race Cancelled - Cookout Still On

David Hinckle on Friday July 4, 2014 07:08AM

As of 6:00 am the forecast is still for northwest winds at 30 mph. I truly regret that we must cancel the Long Distance race scheduled for today. The weather should improve by this afternoon so plan on attending the cookout!

David Hinckle

July 4 Race Notice from the PRO

David Hinckle on Thursday July 3, 2014 02:39PM

We have been closely watching the track of Hurricane Arthur and will continue to do so to determine if we can safely conduct the Long Distance race scheduled for Friday.  I expect to make a final decision by 8:00 am tomorrow morning and any changes to the program will be posted on the front page of the website.  Thank you for your patience and please remember that even if there is not a race there will still be a great party that you will not want to miss!

David Hinckle
Principal Race Officer

Hurricane, Schmurricane......

Caroline Garrett on Thursday July 3, 2014 09:47AM

The FBYC 4th of July Cookout is on - RAIN or SHINE

**We will be serving HURRICANE cocktails until the rain stops**
First come, first served, they won't last long and neither should the hurricane!

July 4 Cookout

Friday, July 4th

Cookout 3pm-6pm
Band 4pm-7pm

Come dry out in the clubhouse for a juicy burger, hot dog, and your favorite picnic food.

Register here to pay online. Deadline extended to 5pm today.

No decisions have been made yet about any changes to the racing other than adding another course, but keep an eye on the website for any notices.

Long Distance Race Change to NOR: New Course

David Hinckle on Wednesday July 2, 2014 05:17PM

In anticipation of somewhat breezy conditions possible for the Long Distance race this Friday we have changed the NOR to add an additional course #5 to the event.  This course will be sailed entirely in Fishing Bay and not around Stove Point.  Given the forecast of northerly winds this should give a protected venue for fun safe racing!  The new course #5 is as follows:

  • Start at #12,
  • windward to "Y",  drop mark in F.B. leave to port
  • Proceed to #15 honoring #13, leave to port
  • Round #15 leaving to port
  • Proceed to #12 honoring #13 to starboard
  • Round #12 leaving to port
  • Finish at Mr Roberts near FBYC dock


Countdown to the Leukemia Cup Regatta

Meg Rock on Friday June 27, 2014 10:42AM

We are just days away from the Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta to be based at its new venue at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park over the weekend of July 11 -12. Already The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is being flooded with registrations from racers around the Bay.

But it’s not too late to participate… registrations are being accepted through Thursday, July 10 at www.leukemiacup.org/va. And those that choose not to be on the racecourse can register for dinners by J&W Seafood and Gala festivities on Friday and Saturday nights to include musical entertainment and an auction. Fun for the entire family!


Juniors and their families RULE June

Mark E. Hayes on Thursday June 26, 2014 11:13PM

Juniors and their families RULE June with record numbers, perfect sailing, tons of ice cream and FUN!

Opti Kids

Paul and Julie Ann Wash, assisted by ODT Coach Austin Powers and 40 parents and grandparents, finished the second week end of Opti Kids on June 14 & 15 with a cook out for 100 and an exciting sail to the far beach in Fishing Bay.  All 34 kids looked like old pros by the end of the class, thanks to the calm and patient teaching of Paul, Julie Ann and Austin.  Not a tear was shed, and all are promising to come back for more sailing at FBYC!  Perhaps just as importantly, the parents and grandparents had as much fun as the kids, which is the secret to our success.  Thank you Paul, Julie Ann and Austin!

Junior Week

Doug and Jennifer Bendura blew all Junior Week records out of the water!  An astonishing 145 juniors participated, 138 as sailors, and 7 as Counselors in Training.  In addition, 17 lead and assistant instructors, and 50 volunteers assisted the entire week!  The week began with the traditional Commodore’s Dinner June 15 (thanks to Commodore John Wake and Nica Waters for a wonderful dinner!), and a two hour meeting for the instructors.  During the week there were gentle but steady winds, plenty of sunshine and abundant fun.  Entertainment followed sailing every afternoon, including frozen popsicles, ice cream on two days, a pool party with a teenage rock band and hotdogs, and the final cook-out for 285!  Only one afternoon was lost to thunderstorms, but thanks to Doug’s foresight in keeping all boats inside Fishing Bay that afternoon, by the time the quarter inch hail and 60 mph winds blasted through,


Nanuq Provisional winner of Class 3

R. Strother Scott on Wednesday June 25, 2014 01:11PM (1 comment)

Results are still provisional - but it looks like Nanuq has a First in Class 3!!  Congratulations - also to Carina who is listed as second in Class. 

St. David's Lighthouse Division
Class 3















Sail No

Yacht Name








    1 12 USA 93555 NANUQ Sabre 426 Glenn W Doncaster FBYC   06/25 05:35:29 112:05:29 118:49:01
    2 15 USA 315 CARINA Custom 48 Rives Potts NYYC   06/25 07:33:22 114:03:22 119:38:41
    3 22 USA 52526 STORMY WEATHER Swan 44 Michael K Maholchic EYC   06/25 09:16:35 115:46:35 122:15:36
    4 24 USA 50820 FINESSE J-42 Newton P.S. Merrill NYYC, CCA   06/25 11:31:53 118:01:53 122:45:10
    5 28 USA 52439 KALEVALA II Grand Soleil 37 Tapio O Saavalainen AYC   06/25 12:34:19 119:04:19 123:50:05
    6 30 USA 32441 CYGNETTE Swan 441 William J. Mayer NYYC, IHYC   06/25 10:56:27 117:26:27 124:15:09
    7 31 USA 93063 CROCODILE Beneteau 40.7 Scott C Ward TBD   06/25 10:15:30 116:45:30 124:20:51
    8 32 USA 43950 TEMPTRESS Taylor 41 Massachusetts Maritime Academy MMASS   06/25 09:55:29 116:25:29 124:34:28
    9 33 USA 93310 TRIPLE LINDY Swan 44 MKII Joseph Mele US Sailing   06/25 10:19:21 116:49:21 124:45:59
    10 39 USA 51518 LAPIN First 40.7 Christopher J. Clark NYYC/IHYC   06/25 11:28:16 117:58:16 125:38:21
        NA 23 DEFIANCE Navy 44 Padraig O'Brien US Naval Academy   Still Racing    
        USA 50197 FLYING LADY Swan 46 Phillip S Dickey, MD Sachem's Head YC   Still Racing    
        USA 33006 CEPHEUS Quest 33S Matthew Asaro Barrington   Still Racing    
        CAN 50141 WANDRIAN Taylor 41 D. William Tucker Lunenburg YC RET Retired    

Learn About Oysters and FBYC's Own Oyster Beds

Carrie Russell on Wednesday June 25, 2014 01:08PM

NOTE 7/3 1145: Due to Arthur this has been rescheduled to Saturday, July 5 at 9am.

Have you seen the signs mounted at the entrance of the East dock of FBYC and just to the left as your stroll down the Fishing Bay dock?  FBYC has an oyster lease from the state of Virginia and is growing oysters on both sides of the club.

On Friday, July 4 at 0900 (edit: now 7/5 9am) at the East dock on Jackson Creek - Carrie & Ames Russle along with Oysters for Life will be there to inspect, touch, spell and check out the contents of the oysters.  Come see and be a part of FBYC's oyster farming efforts learn how oysters are raised.

The focus is on water quality improvement and awareness.  Did you know an adult oyster can filter 50 gallons of water per DAY???  Impressive.



Nanuq looking strong in Class 3

R. Strother Scott on Tuesday June 24, 2014 09:16PM

PhotoBoat.com: nanuq &emdash; 2014 Newport Bermuda A 887

The Class 3 boats in the Newport Bermuda Race include both FBYC boats - Carina and Nanuq. If you visit  Bermuda Race Tracking  you will see that in the last day or so, Nanuq has done an end run around most of the class and is now 34 nm from Bermuda.  The white (Carina), red and yellow boats behind Nanuq are 48-50 miles away from Bermuda and are moving 2 knots or less, while Nanuq is going 4.7 knots. She shows 20th in IRC overall which is the best score shown for any of the other Class 3 boats - Carina being 21st, and that purple boat to Nanuq's west is motoring having retired.

2104 Annual Cut Channel Race

Paul E Wash on Tuesday June 24, 2014 02:14PM

The Annual Cut Channel Race is this Saturday with the first warning at 11 AM or as the NOR states "1100 hours." Noel Clinard is the PRO and Bonnie Black is hosting a dinner at the main clubhouse following the race where awards and refreshments will also be served. If you haven't registered already, please do so. Also, if you would give Bonnie a heads up if you plan on doing dinner afterwards.
Currently, there are 3 boats in each of the A & B fleets respectively and 4 boats in each of the C & NS fleets respectively. So please encourage additional folks to register and join us. I believe there is a direct relationship between number of boats and the funometer (pronounced fun-ahm-iter). And unlike the Redskins, the patent office can't take the fun out of my "funometer."
With temperatures predicted in the lower 80s, this may prove to be one of the coolest cut channel events in some time (remember 95 degrees and 98% humidity?). It is early in the week regarding weather predictions, but breezes are predicted out of the ESE and tides are near max flood around 1130ish at Cherry Point. Might be an interesting haul over to the cut depending if and when the sea breeze comes in. So if we get the funometer cranking we will have more wind than the Newport to Bermuda race and not have to travel as far - at least that's what it says on the box. Who's with me?
A link to the race, times, and course is located at http://www.fbyc.net/Events/2014/06.28.offshore/ssi.dtml
If you have any questions, please let me know - I always eagerly await commentary. Thanks!
paul dot wash at webnext dot net

2014 Stingray Point Regatta Registration

Matthew A. Lambert on Tuesday June 24, 2014 12:55PM

Attention offshore racers!  Registration is now open for the 2014 Stingray Point Regatta.

This year, we are utilizing Yacht Scoring to coordinate registration and scoring for the event.  Yacht scoring is fast becoming the standard interface for regional and invitational sailing events. Yacht Scoring's platform helps us to not only organize entries and score races, but but to publicize our event to other interested and/or potential competitors.

To register for this year's event, please follow the links from the event page at www.stingraypointregatta.org.