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Neil R. Alley on Thursday July 5, 2012 03:13PM
Did you know that our CBYRA Delegate, Tom Roberts, was actually Dr. Lyman Hall, signer of the Declaration of Independence as the Georgia Delegate to the 1776 Continental Congress!! Tom/Dr. Hall in full regalia after the sold-out closing performance last night of "1776, America's Musical", at the Kimball Theatre in Colonial Williamsburg. Ask Tom to show you a little minuet two step.
Jon Deutsch on Wednesday October 26, 2011 01:02PM
During the weekend of the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship a peice of America's Cup history was in Fishing Bay. Black Knight, the boat used as the Signal boat by the New York Yacht Club in the 1983 America's Cup made a stop at the Chesapeake Marine Railway for some minor repairs on her way further south.
More pictures can be seen here.
R. Strother Scott on Thursday July 14, 2011 01:45PM
"For much of the year, I live on the Chesapeake Bay. The view from our house on Stove Point is unencumbered by land—just a jut of Gwynn Island to the right and Stingray Point to the left. In the distance almost directly in front of the house is Marker Number 6, a small black channel marker that blinks a red light at night. This marker is a beacon—a constant in an expanse of ever-changing light, wind, and color. Several years ago I decided to take a photo of this panorama every morning at dawn. While undertaking this project, I found that my long-time fascination with observing water and weather and sky turned into a fixation. This particular scene was shot early on a September morning. Several years ago in late summer, the morning skies were spectacular. But then, most mornings on the Bay are gorgeous, no matter the season.”
—Dixie Hoggan, Deltaville and Richmond, Virginia
R. Strother Scott on Tuesday June 21, 2011 04:52PM
THE yacht-club crowd may turn out to cheer at regattas, but sailboat racing hasnt been a big hit with mainstream television audiences perhaps because they have trouble following whats happening on the waves.
Experts in the sport may appreciate a helmsmans split-second tactical decisions or a crews athleticism, yet the drama often goes over the heads of landlubbers who dont know how points are scored, or even who is ahead.
Now technology may change that. Starting in August, a two-year series of regattas, culminating in the 34th Americas Cup in 2013 at San Francisco, will have a feature intended to demystify the sport for television and Web audiences. Live footage will be superimposed with ingenious graphics including lines and pointers that show who is ahead or behind in the welter of foam and hulls, and tags that identify yachts as they race to coveted positions.
R. Strother Scott on Monday February 21, 2011 08:51AM
His company's recent growth was highlighted in a recent article in the Richmond Times Dispatch. See http://www2.timesdispatch.com/business/2011/feb/15/tdbiz01-peak-10-expands-data-center-in-henrico-ar-843293/
All that digital information that moves through cyberspace has to live somewhere.
The Peak 10 Inc. data center in Henrico County is one of those places.
R. Strother Scott on Wednesday July 14, 2010 04:28PM
With a victory margin of over three and half hours, Rives Potts sailed Carina, a 48-foot sloop, to victory at last months Newport Bermuda Race. Fifteen years ago Rives bought Carina, built in 1969, and has competed in the Newport Bermuda Races with her since 2000. During this stretch, Carina has won her individual class four times and the race once.
After winning the St. Davids Lighthouse Division, Rives attributes his success to a good boat, good crew and good lucky. In addition, Rives had a distinct plan when he set out for the race. After the start, he stayed near the rhumb line while many other boats worked to the west. This initial strategic decision, along with tactical decisions made during a line of black squalls, and a strong crew led Carina to an impressive victory.
R. Strother Scott on Saturday January 9, 2010 09:40AM
R. Strother Scott on Friday September 11, 2009 05:30PM
One if the five finalists of the 2009 Better Men Better World Search is an old Friend of FBYC. Vote now.
Murray Fisher has dedicated his life to the environment and education. His greatest and proudest achievement is the New York Harbor School, a public New York City high school he started at the age of 28.
Murray comes from a family of organic farmers outside Richmond, Virginia. Clearly influenced by his upbringing, after college Murray went directly to work for Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. at Waterkeeper Alliance, a worldwide environmental organization. For four years he was responsible starting 60 new Waterkeeper programs. He left full-time work at Waterkeeper in 2002 to serve on its Board and to explore other ways of broadening the reach and efficacy of the environmental movement.
R. Strother Scott on Thursday August 30, 2007 11:48AM
We congratulae former FBYC member and Stove Point resident on the following:
August 30, 2007 - Nantucket, MA - Great Harbor Yacht Club proudly announces the appointment of its first Commodore, Norwood H. Davis, Jr. of Richmond, Virginia and Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Davis, a founding member of the Great Harbor Yacht Club (GHYC) in 2003, has been instrumental in establishing GHYC as a competitive sailing club. He created the celebrity Pro-Am Regatta during Nantucket Race Week and chaired the event for 3 years. He also enlisted Gary Jobson, the pre-eminent ambassador for sailing in the U.S., as GHYC Executive Director of Sailing and Honorary Chairman of Nantucket Race Week.
GHYC is destined to be one of the premier yacht clubs in the northeast. We have a magnificent 3 ½ acre site on Nantucket harbor, a beautiful club house under construction and a terrific membership that is 300 strong. Davis continues, Blake Drexler and Gary McCarthy, founders of the club, had a clear vision of what they want GHYC to be and are doing a great job executing on that vision. I am pleased and proud to be the first commodore for GHYC.
Joseph L. Dennison on Tuesday August 28, 2007 11:42AM
The celebration, co-hosted by the Deltaville Community Association and FBYC, heralded the arrival in Deltaville of the John Smith/Sultana Project shallop that has been retracing Captain John Smiths 1608 voyage of discovery around Chesapeake Bay. Smith visited the Piankatank River on his historic 1,700-mile expedition to search for the mythical Northwest Passage to the Pacific, establish trading relationships with the native peoples for the fledgling Jamestown colony, and map the environs for future settlers who would follow in his wake.
The Sultana Project shallop based in Chestertown, Maryland teamed up with similar shallops constructed by the Deltaville Maritime Museum and by the Reedville Fishermens Museum for a public exhibition. In addition, the Maryland Dove, a replica of a 17th century tall ship from Historic St. Marys City, Maryland, delighted visitors with on board tours and demonstrations of cannon firing.
R. Strother Scott on Friday August 17, 2007 04:10PM (1 comment)
The cover is shown at left.
Joseph L. Dennison on Tuesday August 14, 2007 11:52AM
During the celebration, there will be on-the-water and interactive displays coinciding with the arrival of a replica of Smiths shallop currently retracing the route of the voyage of discovery around Chesapeake Bay by the early Jamestown settlers. At the Fishing Bay Yacht Club, the voyaging replica constructed by the John Smith Four Hundred/Sultana Project of Chestertown, Maryland, will meet up with replicas created by the Deltaville Maritime Museum and the Reedville Fishermens Museum.
It is fitting that Chief Richardson, a fourth generation chief of the Rappahannocks and first female chief of any Virginia tribe since the 1700s, will deliver the welcoming remarks. Her ancestors were among the first Virginia natives to encounter Captain John Smith in Virginia.
The Rappahannocks first met Captain John Smith in December 1607 at their capital town "Topahanocke" on the banks of the river bearing their name. At the time, Smith was a prisoner of Powhatan's brother, Opechancanough. He took Smith to the Rappahannocks for the people to determine if Smith was the Englishman who, three years earlier, had murdered their chief and kidnapped some of their people. However, Smith was found innocent of this crime. The perpetrator was a tall man, but Smith was judged to be too short and too fat to fit that description. Smith returned to the Rappahannock's homeland in the summer of 1608. He mapped 14 fourteen Rappahannock villages on the north side of the river. The Rappahannock's territory on the south side of the Rappahannock River was their primary hunting grounds.
Along with museum interactive shallop displays during the two day event, the Rappahannock Tribe will host a Native American Cultural Display that will include pottery, beadwork, baskets and other artifacts of historical interest.
R. Strother Scott on Friday August 3, 2007 10:14AM
Eugene Sydnor, a member of FBYC for about 50 years, lived at the intersection of Three Chopt Road and St. Andrews Lane for many years until his death several years ago, when the house was sold. His back yard is fenced in and it extends to behind the intersection, and you will notice a newly installed section of wooded fence in the middle of this picture.
Last weekend, in a the late evening, a car failed to turn at the light and went straight into the yard, went through the guardrail, (seen leaning and dented) and even knocked down even some trees in the back yard. You would have thought that would have been the end of the story. But no, the driver decided to leave, so he spun around, and exited the yard the same way he came in, and disappeared.
So the question is, Were the authorities able to capture the offender, and if so how? Click on Read More for the answer.
Joseph L. Dennison on Wednesday August 1, 2007 11:31AM
Named after the pinnace Dove that served colonists in Marylands first capitol in 1634, the 76-feet LOA Maryland Dove is a 3-masted bark spreading 1,965 square feet of sail area. An active sail-training program is part of her mission. She has a permanent crew of four: Captain, Boatswain/Carpenter, Interpretive Supervisor and Assistant and a hardworking dedicated volunteer crew who assist with maintenance and ships operations.
NOTE: full copy of Press Release available as Word document Attached.
R. Strother Scott on Monday June 18, 2007 01:22PM
R. Strother Scott on Friday June 15, 2007 11:26AM
This one hour program will air on ESPN Classic on Saturday, June 16 at 11:00am and again on Friday, June 22 at 11:00pm et.
This special features interviews with many of the top names in sailing including Alinghi owner Ernesto Bertarelli, BMW Oracle Racing Chairman Larry Ellison, past America's Cup champions Ted Turner, Dennis Conner, Russell Coutts, Bill Koch, Halsey Herreshoff, Gary Jobson, Tom Whidden, David Elwell, designer Olin Stephens, journalists John Rousmaniere and Peter Montgomery and painter John Mecray
The program is narrated by America's most esteemed television journalist Walter Cronkite. Newly discovered footage, and photographs highlight the first person accounts of the interviewees.
The America's Cup is now 156 years old. This one hour documentary follows the highlights of the Cup, the personalities, and the highs and the lows from 1851 to Valencia in 2007.
Robert D Kates on Wednesday May 16, 2007 01:46PM
Rendezvous of the John Smith Shallops - August 25-26 Fishing Bay Yacht Club
To check the progress of the shallop click on: http://www.youtube.com/js400vv
Unknown Unknown on Tuesday April 10, 2007 11:38AM
The Schooner Virginia is owned and operated by the Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation, a 501 C(3) nonprofit. In addition to representing the Commonwealth, she has a major youth sailing program that many of our members may be interested in learning more about. I encourage you to visit her and to also learn more about Chesapeake Marine Railway. You can also see the "Nellie Crockett" which is owned and being restored by the Deltaville Maritime Museum.
Please pass to word to your friends as well.
R. Strother Scott on Friday March 30, 2007 09:48AM
On the fifteenth anniversary of the movie WIND, we were privileged this week to have one of its writers - Kimball Livingston - provide Scuttlebutt with some of the stories from the making of the movie (click here to read). If this film has somehow escaped your attention, we have a 6:11 minute edited clip for you to enjoy.
R. Strother Scott on Tuesday March 13, 2007 04:00PM
Explorer made her first sail on February 24 in Jackson Creek with Stefan Auer, her builder, at the helm, and Kaptain Krunch, resplendent in his period costume. The crew also included Paul Garbett, Glen (Popeye) Northrop, and John Crown. With plenty of wind, the shallop sailed like a cup racer. The sail was provided by Jerry Latell of Ullman Sails in Deltaville. Explorer, a replica of John Smiths shallop, was built at the Deltaville Maritime Museum. The above photo was taken by Raynell Smith from Bob Walkers chase boat.
R. Strother Scott on Thursday October 5, 2006 06:05PM
The Deltaville Maritime Museum kicked off its own 2007 Jamestown celebration Saturday with the christening and launching of a replica of John Smiths Explorer at Deltaville Marina on Jackson Creek.
The launching is part of the 400-year celebration of the founding of Jamestown to be held in 2007.
In 1608 Captain Smith began exploring the Chesapeake Bay region in a vessel similar to Explorer. One of John Smiths layover points was on Stingray Isle, which later became Stingray Point and part of Middlesex County.
From the writings of a doctor who went along on the expedition, the story of a stingray nearly killing Smith on Stingray Isle was saved to history. Last Saturdays launching in Deltaville took place just a short distance from where Smith got stabbed by the stingrays tail.
Jinks Holton, wife of former Virginia Governor Linwood Holton, christened Explorer with a smash of a champagne bottle to the stem post of the bow of the vessel, as a crowd of over 200 people looked on.
R. Strother Scott on Monday June 5, 2006 11:50AM (1 comment)
The Red and white yacht is a 1957 Larsen Thunderhawk, Jr. - LOA 16' - and she is powered by a 1961 Mercury 50HP Model 500 engine.
Among the details at the carefully planned festivities was an unveiling of the name of the yacht - Aqua Belva - beautifully painted on the side of the stern by our own Kaptain Krunch. The name was not misspelled from the more familiar after shave lotion - but in fact Belva is the first name of Deborah's Mother.
R. Strother Scott on Monday March 20, 2006 12:59PM
Members and friends of the Deltaville Maritime Museum celebrated the Laying of the Keel last Saturday at the museum in Deltaville. Above, the keel is carried on the shoulders of volunteers to start the construction of a replica of the Explorer, a 30-foot sailing barge used by Captain John Smith to explore the Chesapeake Bay region.
Robert D Kates on Tuesday March 7, 2006 09:47AM
To commemorate our first unhappy tourist the Deltaville Maritime Museum will construct what we believe is an authentic replica of Captain John Smiths Explorer.
This 30 open boat, propelled by oars and sail will be constructed with white oak and other woods using boat building and fastening techniques typical of the period. Actually wooden boat building has changed remarkably little in 400 years. One concession to modernity will be the use of non corrosive fastenings throughout.
Our Boat Shop crew and designer Jim Thimsen will begin the construction on March 11th (Saturday) at 1:00 pm with the ceremonial laying of the keel. Plans will be displayed, Rip Radcliffes build model should be on hand, and our eager volunteers will answer any questions about historical research and construction techniques.
Unknown Unknown on Sunday January 22, 2006 09:38PM
Full details are available at at this link . You will notice you are asked to pay $1 to register to sell stuff, $1 to register to sell boats, and $7.50 per head for Dick's dinner.
The purpose of the $1 fees is so we can capture who is selling what, it wil give you a chance to describe your stuff and the the web site will attempt to display your listings, and thereby the buyers will be salivating!!
If you do not plan to sell but will attend only, please also register how many will attend and how many for dinner. Registration may be made via the FBYC website at here.
R. Strother Scott on Thursday December 8, 2005 10:29PM
We shared a beautiful cake and wished David many Happy more!
Congratulations David, and Best Wishes - June.
R. Strother Scott on Monday October 17, 2005 08:00PM
For those of you who notice, the pictures have recently changed, indicating new pictures. Jere Dennison and 10 other FBYC members were guests of Brent Halsey on the Schooner Virginia on a 2 1/2 day trip from Deltaville to Richmond immediately following the Stingray Point Regatta.
Jere has written an article for this month's Log that describes the trip - along with great pictures, which Vic will put in the log. For those who can't wait, all of Jere's pictures are available at Flickr Slide Show
R. Strother Scott on Thursday September 30, 2004 05:27PM
Sorry, Grenada, to learn that Ivan did this to you.
Unknown Unknown on Thursday May 20, 2004 10:17AM
History of Boat Building in Middlesex County
with a special section on
Arts of the Watermen
Saturday, May 29, 2004
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
R. Strother Scott on Wednesday April 28, 2004 12:10PM
15 years building a boat in the woods on Orcas Island 6 miles from a launching facility.
R. Strother Scott on Friday March 26, 2004 10:54AM
"Copyright Richmond Times-Dispatch, used with permission."
DELTAVILLE - "Richmond people" and other visitors be forewarned. Bring your provisions if you plan to spend the weekend in lower Middlesex County, because Deltaville's only grocery has been destroyed.
The Town & Country Market burned early Monday morning along with a neighboring pizza parlor and a vacant flower shop. The closest grocery stores are about 20 miles away in Saluda, Gloucester and across the Rappahannock River in Kilmarnock.
R. Strother Scott on Thursday February 12, 2004 02:19PM
R. Strother Scott on Saturday January 31, 2004 07:49PM
Click Read More for a full size copy of the postcard.
R. Strother Scott on Friday January 30, 2004 12:15PM
Beatlemania fanatics have been trying to find her since then. For some, she has been the missing link in the complete history. Who was she?
David Hazlehurst on Tuesday January 27, 2004 02:02PM
Robert D Kates on Friday August 1, 2003 01:32PM
Crop Circles in Deltaville?
R. Strother Scott on Tuesday May 20, 2003 09:18PM
As most of us know, Mac made a movie about his life. No film was actually shot, of course, but that is somehow beside the point. The movie was always showing on the inside of Mac's forehead.
What made relations with Mac so maddening, so bewildering and so much fun-all at the same time-was that he was always simultaneously shooting the movie and watching it. And directing it. And editing it. And starring in it. And narrating it. And laughing at it. And, of course, critiquing it, even as he was talking to you.
R. Strother Scott on Friday February 21, 2003 01:52PM
Mike Toms submitted the correct answer plus added previously unknown information that he almost won the honor of being first into the pool. For the full answer, plus awesome pictures of the Arleigh Burke, see Riddle of the Month
R. Strother Scott on Tuesday January 28, 2003 11:45AM (3 comments)
The correct answer, when submitted, will be noted on the web site, or if not sooner, in the March Log.
R. Strother Scott on Wednesday January 15, 2003 03:26PM
R. Strother Scott on Tuesday October 8, 2002 11:56AM
In 1976 he purchased RUGOSA (shown at left), winner of the 1928 Bermuda Race, and began a long restoration. In 2001 he sailed her to Cowes to race in the 150th Americas Cup Jubilee, where RUGOSA won first place in the Vintage Yacht Class. His slide presentation will cover the Herreshoff story, the transatlantic trip, and the Americas Cup Jubilee.
The event will be co-sponsored by SunTrust. There will be no specific entry fee, other than a requested voluntary tax-free donation to benefit the Museum.
R. Strother Scott on Friday July 12, 2002 11:32AM (6 comments)
For photographic proof, please click read more. If you would like to add congratulatory comments, you can click "reply" on the Read More page.
Joseph L. Dennison on Saturday March 23, 2002 01:50AM
In the depths of World War II, the major efforts of all members of the fledgling Urbanna Yacht Club (predecessor to FBYC for those who didnt read last months column) were directed toward winning the War. However, the burgee continued to fly, and UYC did not cease operations as so many other clubs were forced to do. Nevertheless, racing activity on the Chesapeake Bay was severely curtailed due to the many skippers and crews on military leave and due to travel constraints dictated by gas rationing.
In 1944, the Virginia Sailing Association, then consisting of UYC, Rappahannock River Yacht Club, Hampton Yacht Club, and Norfolk Yacht and Country Club, decided to consolidate the annual regattas of the individual clubs into a single event known as the Virginia Sailing Regatta. The first of these wartime regattas was hosted by UYC on July 29-30, 1944 on the Rappahannock River off Urbanna.
Elizabeth P. Staas on Monday March 18, 2002 11:47PM
FBYC Opening Day Commissioning Dinner invitations are in the mail.
A fabulous menu is anticipated from Chef Alain around waterfowl a l'orange and a special dessert of FBYC - chocolate marquise with a couli of rasberry.
Please RSVP by April 1st. No late reservations accepted.
After opening day racing, the ceremonies begin at 5:45pm. Proper attire requested.
Blessing of the Fleet - 6:00pm
The Commissioning - 6:15pm
Refreshments immediately following
Formal Seated Dinner - 8:00pm
Dancing to follow