Spinsheet Racer Profile of Jon Deutsch

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Spinsheet Magazine profiled Jon Deutsch in their racer profile for November:

How does someone from a powerboat family in Chatauqua, NY, get to Deltaville, VA become a racing sailor, and end up organizing and running the Laser Masters Atlantic Coast Championships Regatta . . . for which he is not even eligible?

Ask Jon Deutsch. The affable 30-something year old will tell you of a serendipity trail that led to Laser sailing and Fishing Bay Yacht Club (FBYC). Jon grew up in Chatauqua, but his family moved to Virginia in 1995, when his father took a job in Richmond. "My parents had a power boat in New York and joined Chatauqua Lake Yacht Club (CLYC), maily for the social activities," Jon says. But, that is where Jon discovered sailing. CLYC had a junior program that worked for Jon and introduced him to the sport.

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New Offshore Support Boat - Parker

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On your next visit to the club please take a few minutes to check out the newest addition to our support boat fleet.  After an extensive search, the Club just recently acquired a used, but "like new",  2006 Parker 2320XL to provide us a more weatherly Offshore support boat allowing us to rotate Wildcat to the Fishing Bay side to replace the now retired Seacraft.

While providing excellent heavy weather protection, the design of the Parker with its large open aft cockpit and enclosed pilot house (with head) also provides us back-up, or secondary, Signal Boat capability to Mr Roberts, greatly improving our ability to support multi-course regattas such as Annual One Design, Stingray, and others.  It will also provide us another option for our club One Design RC Signal work.

The vessel has already been placed in service in the old Wildcat slip.  The enclosed steering location, size, and platform mounted outboard will make this vessel a little different to operate, so if you would like to be checked out on the vessel, please contact Dixon who can go over the necessary operating and safety features of the vessel.

Fleet Lt, Mike Chesser

1983 SORC documentary video

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I recently ran across an hour long Gary Jobson Video - http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2014/10/14/video-southern-ocean-racing-conference-1983/  documenting the 1983 SORC.  We were there with Albemarle Pippin, racing in what Gary calls the most competitive Class D. The top four boats in Class D, Scarlett O'Hara, Locura, Mea Culpa, and Bright Finish were also the top four in the fleet.   Our crew included FBYC members and friends Evie Scott, Bill Gieg, John Guy, Drew Sinnickson, Chip and Cary Brierre, Dave Dunigan, Bev Crump and Jim Rogers and Kiwis -  Martin Wylie and Claire Anstett. 

At the end of the Circuit we were awarded the Standard Hull Trophy, for the top finish by a non-custom boat.

Everybody may not want to join the 17,000 other "views" but I was able to spot Pippin at 33:35 and 50:27. Screen shots of both clips are shown.

Laser Masters Atlantic Coast Championship Results

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Over 40 Lasers were at Fishing Bay Yacht Club for the Laser Masters Atlantic Coast Championship where John MacCausland (Cooper River Yacht Club) had all top 3 finishes in 8 races to win his 2nd Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship in 3 years and the overall Masters ACC title.


The weekend started with 12-17 knot wind out of the west and partly cloudy skies, air temp in the mid 70's and water temperature 69 degrees. The first race was a single lap modified windward-leeward where New Jersey natives MacCausland and Mike Hecky (Riverton Yacht Club) started out 1-2. The 2nd race was two laps on the same course in similar conditions and Severn Sailing Association's Jonathan Phillips got bullet.


2014 Offshore Fall Series #3 Results

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The Offshore Division began Sunday with an offshore division meeting to discuss program ideas and improvements for the upcoming season.  Lead by division commander Paul Wash a number of constructive ideas were shared.

Out on the water - the day started with overcast skies and winds in the mid-teens which dipped under 10 by the end of the second race.

Here's a few photos taken mostly by John Hubbard while aboard our new Parker which was put into service for the first time today.


The wider world of sailing

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A few developments to check out in the wider world of sailing -

VOLVO OCEAN RACE - started last weekend in Spain and will take place over the next many months as they travel around the world.  Check out the new Volvo 65 One Design boats as well as the 7 teams taking part including the first all-female team in a number of years.  The race has great coverage on their website at http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/home.html and also be sure to check out their YouTube channel for some great (and quick!) couple minute highlights.

COMANCHE IS LAUNCHED - Jim Clark has launced a new 100' carbon record-breaking monster of a boat and after only a couple days in the water it looks awesome!  This boat will be gracing magazine covers and websites for years as they attempt to break all kinds of race records with it.  Check out some photos of it in action or check out this video of the end of the build process.

Opti Race Team in New Jersey

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The FBYC Opti Race Team at the USODA Atlantic Coast Championships in Brant Beach, N.J., this rainy Saturday morning.  The team will race Saturday and Sunday.

Website meeting in Russia

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Some of you may have seen the name Eugene Morozov mentioned in my website reports from time to time.  The FBYC website was first started in 2001 using Zope, which went out of favor shortly thereafter.  Since about 2005, I have been using a programmer in Russia named Eugene Morozov who is experienced with Zope and actually likes working with it.  He has been our primary programmer for the last 9 years.  He has also been heavily involved with our new initiatives using Django technology. All our contact has been through email and lately texting Skype.  Until last month I had only had 2 verbal conversations over all those years.

In September, 2014, Evie and I travelled to see St. Petersburg Russia and Eugene and his friend Marina travelled from Moscow to meet us there for several days.  We took two days of tours together and ate at several restaurants, including a Central Asian restaurant he likes because it serves food from his native Uzbekistan.  The pictures show us together in St. Petersburg.

Among the pictures are a sailing vessel used by Peter the Great when he was a teenager.  He later became Czar and still sailed in that boat around in the river at St. Petersburg.


Spinsheet Magazine's Profile of Glen Doncaster

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Growing up, Nova Scotia-born Glenn Doncaster had to build his own boat if he wanted to be on the water. “We built homemade dinghies, my brothers and I did, and my grandfather helped us with the mast by taking us to a neighbor farmer’s wood lot where we picked out a tree and cut down our mast,” he says with a chuckle. “That farmer had horses, but no tractor, so I remember that day well.” Mom cut and sewed the sails, and her boys learned to sail in Halifax harbor.

Read the entire profile on Spinsheet

2014 Special Membership Opportunities End Oct. 31!

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FINAL CALL – to qualify for FBYC's 2014 Special Membership Opportunities, applications & sponsor’s letters must be submitted to the Membership Chair by the Friday October 31 deadline. 

Applications received after Oct. 31 will be processed in 2015. 

There is still time to partake of our 2014 75th Anniversary offers. Just click the 'how to join' link at the top of our website and the drop down menu will guide you through the process, dues & fees and the membership application.

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


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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.

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