Website Date Issue

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Last week after the upgrade, we identified and fixed a few issues.  Today we just noticed a new Date issue.  The Fall Project Day is on Saturday Dec 6, which is what you see if you are not logged into the website. But if you are logged in, it shows up as Friday Dec 5.  We are aware of the issue and will get it fixed.
The event is on Saturday!

Welcome to the 2015 FBYC Junior Division!

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Welcome to the 2015 FBYC Junior Division!

We are excited about the 2015 Junior Sailing season at Fishing Bay Yacht Club!  We are looking forward to another great year of Fun.  No matter your sailor's age, experience and sailing goals, we have an event to excite them and get them out on the water with their friends.  Our philosophy is that if kids have fun sailing with their friends, they will come back for more!  And remember-parents and grandparents are always welcome to join in the fun!  

Click "Read More" below for some IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS and DATES...


Fall Project Day - December 6th!

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It’s that time again. Join us for our annual “Fall Project Day.” We will gather in main Clubhouse for coffee and morning refreshments from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Lunch from Dano’s pizza will be served around noon at the Main Clubhouse for everyone.

On the agenda will be fall leaf pick-up and grounds winterization. Simply show up on Saturday and sign in or contact me at or 804.241.6080 for additional details or special assignments and/or register online.  

See you on December 6th.

Ken Odell, Grounds Chairman

Another Website upgrade and issues

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Eugene has upgraded Zope, the engine behind the website to the latest version and a few errors are popping up.  No event pages are visible and you may find you can not search the database for families at though Search for Member works fine.  Good thing we waited until the sailing season was over!  Please let me know if you see other errors so we can address them.

Juniors Still Racing!

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FBYC Juniors continue to show up everywhere!   Pictured above (and waiting for the wind) is Laser Race Team member Luke Hayes, who in September clinched Second Place in the Portsmouth Division in the year long series-also sailed against adults-at Lake Townsend Yacht Club, in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Luke and fellow Laser Race Team member Nina Willms also mixed it up with the adults at the September and November Laser Regattas at home at FBYC.  Team members Ralph Levy, Nathaniel Llewelyn and Graeme Alderman also completed their Fall series in 420s in High School racing in October.  

For a great story about two of our juniors racing in the Offshore Division, check out the article about Ned and Anne-Kinsey Wash working the foredeck aboard Cheeky Monkey in the Cut Channel Race in the November Log!  Ned and Anne-Kinsey are two of our hot young juniors, and their parents teach Opti-Kids.  Of course they are natural sailors!  You will be impressed.

We still have one 2014 event left.  Over Thanksgiving Boyd and Reese Bragg and Benton Amthor will race (and fly our colors!) at the USODA Opti Mid-Winters in New Orleans. Look for a report in the coming weeks.

Finally-congrats to all those who received awards at the Commodore’s Ball!  Look for an article in the December Log about all the recipients. 


Mark Hayes, Junior Division Commander

FBYC Juniors take 9th at J-70 Bay Championships!

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FBYC Opti Race Team member Gannon Troutman skippered-and steered his parent's J-70 Pied Piper at the Chesapeake Bay J-70 Championships on November 1 at the Club to a 9th place finish against adults!  FBYC Junior sailor and Laser Race Team member Daniel Resio was among the crew.  The conditions were brutal, with gusts to 30 knots and very cold.  At one point they suffered a severe knock-down, and Gannon’s Dad, also crewing, went in the water!  In the photo above Gannon is receiving the trophy for the Youngest Skipper from Event Chair-and former Junior Division Commander-Noel Clinard.

Eric and Alexander Fly the FBYC Colors!

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As reported last month, Eric Roos and Alexander Hanna won the Cressy Singlehanded Qualifier sailed in Lasers and Laser Radials on September 13-14 in Oyster Bay, New York.  Eric won the Full Rig, and Alexander the Radial, qualifying them for the Cressy Singlehanded Finals at Bellingham Yacht Club, in Washington State, on October 31-November 2.  Both families flew out, and both our sailors raced great against the toughest competition in the country!  The first day featured heavy, heavy rains and flat calms.  The RC kept both fleets on the water for 8 hours in the downpour, and ran only two short races.  Late in afternoon the rains cleared and for a few moments the sun sparkled on the mountains around Bellingham Bay.  It did not look like Fishing Bay in July!  The second day was drier but with shifty 15 knot winds and heavy currents.  Our sailors turned in wonderful finishes-Alexander 7th overall in Radials and Eric 14th in Full.  The Hanna and Roos families turned the trip into a family vacation, with a lot of sightseeing.  Love those FBYC pennies!


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On November 9th the Godspeed moored overnight in Fishing Bay.  The ship is a replica of the original Godspeed, which  brought settlers to Jamestown in 1607.  She is normally berthed at Jamestown Settlement.  Maybe we can get her back for Junior Week!

FBYC Life Membership - Beverley L. Crump

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Bev CrumpOur newest Life Membership has been a member of Fishing Bay Yacht Club for 56 years. He has contributed to FBYC in enormous ways, many of which today, we take for granted as having always been the norm. His contributions are evident in so many areas of our club.

As a competitor, he represented Fishing Bay with Rappahannock, one of the most competitive boats on the East Coast in the 1970s. Starting in 1974, he sailed in Southern Ocean Racing Circuit and later that year winning the CBYRA Southern Bay High Point award. They did the 1975 Annapolis to Newport Race (in which Ted Turner’s Tenacious was dismasted) and did the 1976 Newport to Bermuda Race. His boat was one of the first FBYC offshore yachts to compete in national events flying the FBYC burgee.


Commodore's Ball Tomorrow!

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Dinner tickets have sold out, but Dessert and Dancing tickets are available through Friday, November 14 (today) at 5pm.  Come at 8:30pm, nibble from the fabulous dessert table, and dance the night away on the dance floor to the Motown band.  Do not find yourself the only sailor in town who did not make it to the party!

COAT AND TIE REQUIRED AT THE COMMONWEALTH CLUB. Ladies, throw on your favorite cocktail dress.  It is time to get dudded up and celebrate the end of another wonderful year at Fishing Bay Yacht Club, and the end of our 75th anniversary.

Hop on over to the event website to register before time runs out!

***IMPORTANT:  For those registered for the dinner, the seats/ tables are first come, first served. Consider being punctual to the annual meeting and cocktail hour if you want to reserve seats for your crew and friends. There will be lots of new members in attendance so consider sharing a table too!

2014 Laser Frostbite Regatta Results

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The Laser Fleet closed out their series with a Frostbite day of racing on Sunday in light winds with 9 boats.  We had a little bit of a mix up on the scores and I want to apologize for not checking them before the awards as it wasn't until later that we realized they were missing the drop and so what we thought was the final order on Sunday was incorrect.


2014 J70 Chesapeake Championship Recap

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The first J70 Chesapeake Championship was held at Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville, Virginia, on November 1-2. The event saw challenging weather conditions as a cold front rushed into an offshore Low Pressure, creating a NE Gale with gusts above 30 knots and temperatures in the low forties.  Faced with large waves and heavy gusts in the Chesapeake Bay, the races were moved into the Piankatank River in Fishing Bay. 

In difficult conditions [Hotty Toddy Video], the Race Committee led by John McCarthy, got off two races Saturday before winds exceeded Class Guidelines, consistently gusting above 25 kts.  The fleet then sailed back to the Club outside the lee of Fishing Bay, facing winds over 30 kts and steep, short interval waves in the mouth of the Piankatank below Stingray Point. 


The sailors enjoyed libations and southern BarBQ while licking their wounds and drying their foul weather gear.  Around dinnertime, with a numerous dire forecasts for Sunday, racing was abandoned for the following day and results and awards were presented. 


Annual Closing Day Regatta and Oyster Roast

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Register now for the Annual Closing Day Regatta and Oyster Roast on Saturday, November 8th.

Want to race closing day?  Come on down! Want to shuck oysters, hang out around the firepit and have a cold one to celebrate the end of the sailing season? Saturday, the main clubhouse is your place to be!

While the oysters are free, we do ask that you bring a side dish/dessert to share!  Email Julie Ann Wash ( so she can help coordinate dishes.  There will be volunteers at the clubhouse to help reheat covered dishes if you are racing, just leave the instructions taped to the top!

The Roast comes immediately after the closing day regatta - pobably around 3-3:30.

Bring an oyster knife!

If you have a propane burner and a turkey fryer/oyster roasting pot with and insert that we could use for this event, please let me know!

Register today so we can count our oysters!

Commodore's Ball November 15th, Register Now!

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Register today for the Commodore's Ball!

Never been? Don't miss it this year!  

Join us for a quick meeting at 6, cocktails at 6:30, and wonderful seated dinner at 7.  We'll be dining on Honeycrisp Apple Salad, Jumbo Lump Crabcake, Petite Filet Mignon, Mashed Potatoes, and Seasonal Vegetables

During the dinner hour, the annual award ceremony will take place - don't miss who gets the Piankatank Award!

Can't make it for dinner?  Come in time for dessert and dancing!  Immediately following the awards at 8:30, a Viennese Dessert Display will be offered and the Motown Band will get rolling!  Get your spot on the dance floor because it is going to be hopping until 11:30!  People who heard the band last year can tell you - the dance floor was packed at the end of the night, leaving dancers begging for an encore!

Check out the event page now to find the best option that suits you - the whole evening including dinner, just dessert and dancing, or bring some friends and by a 4 pack!  Please register by November 11 to ensure a seat for dinner!

Commodore's Ball Event Page

Come see if your crew will recognize you without your sailing gear on - and your hair brushed!

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.

Read the rest in Spinsheet