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A happy camper at Opti Kids

The summer edition of the Virginia Sportsman, published this week, features both an article about our junior sailing program and an article about club member Jerry Latell, of Ullman Sails of Virginia. The junior article features a full description of our camps and is illustrated with many recent photos of sailing and camp life-including action shots on Fishing Bay and fun at the pool. The article about Jerry highlights his sail loft in Deltaville, and the fact that he is currently making sails for the USCGC Eagle, the Coast Guard sail training barque.

The magazine also has plans for a feature length article about our junior racing program in an upcoming edition. You can find the Virginia Sportsman at any magazine outlet, or purchase it on-line at https://www.thevirginiasportsman.com.

Check it out and see how many kids you recognize!



Open House Final Notice

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This is a reminder that the registration for the Open House Regatta and Party will close Wednesday, May 25th at 4 PM. If you have not registered, please do so ASAP to avoid missing out on dinner. We are unable sell dinner tickets at the door. Even if you are not eating dinner, we still need to know if you are coming either racing, rafting, socially, all or one! Register now.

Also, we are looking for volunteers for the event. This includes ticket sales, tending bar, and cleaning up. The shifts are short and fun - a great way to meet people! We are using sign up genius - so please browse the openings. Sign up with your crew or by yourself. Either way works. Sign up here.

This is one of the biggest and best events of the season, so don't miss out! There will be plenty of BBQ pig and chicken. And all the sides you expect! Not to mention tasty beverages! Bring the whole family, bring your friends! Come kick off the summer with fun in the sun!

Laser Training Day on Saturday

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This Saturday the Laser fleet is hosting a training day. This is a day of training and practice in Lasers, open to experienced or inexperienced Laser sailors. Sailors wanting to try this kind of boat are welcome as well. Jon Deutsch, Mike Toms, and other experienced fleet members will be around to lead a day of learning and practice.  More details and how to register on the club website.

While the Kids are Away…Adults Can Learn and Have Some Fun

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Calling all Junior parents--or grandparents for that matter! 

Junior Week is great fun for our kids, but can involve a lot of "down time" for the adults.  This year, we’re offering all adults the opportunity to increase their sailing skills with some custom-tailored sessions held right at the club.  (We especially hope our female sailors will attend to increase their confidence out on the water.)

Two instructors from the Annapolis Seamanship School will be running these workshops.  One especially unique opportunity is the "Hands-on Diesel Mechanics" session with a portable diesel engine.  You’ll be able to see, hear and touch a diesel in action—and learn how to do some basic trouble shooting.   There's a session on using an IPad for navigation and two tailored-made workshops just for FBYC sailors—docking at the club and anchoring in our neck of the bay. 

All members are encouraged to sign up; not just Junior parents!  Although these may appear just for large boat sailors, everyone from Flying Scot racers to 15-ton cruisers can learn something new.  Sign-up now for one or more sessions.

You can also email Karen Soule at Karen.soule@gmail.com if you’ve any further questions.  See you there!

One Design Spring Series #3 & Laser Spring Regatta Cancelled

Jon Deutsch on

The One Design Spring Series #3 & Laser Spring Regatta for Saturday, May 20 has been cancelled.  After consultation with fleet leaders, PRO and registered participants - all agreed the combination of the impending rain for most of the day and higher winds would severely jeopardize the fun factor for our racers.

The next and final race of the Spring Series will be Spring Series #4 for Flying Scots and Front Runners on June 18.

And don't forget about the Open House a week from this Sunday - great opportunity to sail a fun short distance race followed by a great party with your fellow members - be sure to sign up ASAP so that we can assign start times for the progressive start.

One Design General NOR Amendment

Jon Deutsch on

One amendment has been posted to the One Design General Notice of Race.  This had largely been the practice in past years and we only just realized it had not been included in the actual NOR.  We appologize for any confusion this has caused.

Section 2.7 has been added:

2.7 Separate starts will be offered to fleets of 3 or more like boats.  Minimum 3 boats are required for the event to qualify for series scoring. Classes with fewer than 3 boats participatipating in any race day will be started and scored together as a Portsmouth class.

Posted 5/17 2300
Jon Deutsch
One Design Division Commander


1949 Clubhouse Redux

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Your historian had the occasion recently to contemplate the swift passage of time, when, serendipitously, he received a parcel of old photos from member Evelyn Turner through member John Koedel. Among many club scenes worth preserving, there were several pictures of the interior of the old clubhouse, images of which have been notably absent from our archives.

Then it struck me that we still talk effusively about our ‘new’ clubhouse. Really…it has been an incredible 15 years since our old clubhouse came down to make way for the ‘new’ clubhouse in 2002. And many post-2002 members and certainly junior members through their teenage years have no recollection of our original clubhouse that served us so faithfully for over half a century. So the ‘new’ clubhouse ain’t so new anymore, and perhaps it’s time to reminisce ‘historically’ about the old one using Evelyn’s pictures as illustrations.


Don't Forget to Register for the Reception at the Deltaville Maritime Museum to Inaugurate the new FBYC Exhibit

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Your Memorial Day holiday weekend will not be complete without attending the FBYC reception at the Deltaville Maritime Museum in honor of our new permanent exhibit. The reception will include beverages and heavy hors d’oeuvres to delight the palate. The event is open to all members but you first must register online.

Cost to attend is $15/adult with juniors admitted free. $10 of each admission ticket will be donated to the Deltaville Maritime Museum which has partnered with us in the past to stage important sailing events, such as the Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regattas and the 2010 Optimist Nationals.

A full description of the event can be found online on our website. This event will symbolize our support for the Deltaville Maritime Museum and the Deltaville Community as well. Museum Board Members have also been invited to participate with us.

Summer Help Needed

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As has been the case over the past few summers, our Operations Manager, Dixon Cole, is looking for an able-bodied summer assistant. Employee will report directly to Dixon and assist in the maintenance of club facilities and equipment. Ideally, this person would be a high school or college student with accommodations in the Deltaville area. For more information or to apply, please email both Dixon (dixon@va.metrocast.net) and Rob Whittemore (rwhittemore@graycorei.com).

Opportunity of the Year: Blue Water Sailing on OPB (other people's boats)

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FBYC has a cruise going to New England this summer and for any sailors interested in getting some passage making experience, this could be your ticket.

Weather permitting, we plan to sail to Cape Charles on 6/23, then start early the next morning for Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard. Many boats plan on returning to Deltaville from NYC in early August, or maybe end of July; depends on the weather. Berths may be available for one or both of the passages.

This is a great chance for you to experience the joy of being at sea for a few days, without having to own a sea worthy sailboat of your own or having more than a week to make the cruise.  Only a few days and a good attitude are needed!

Anyone interested, please contact me and we will see if berths are still available.

Fair winds,
Lydia Strickland
s/v Dragon Run
email ljstrick74@gmail.com

YAM VMFA Happy Hour

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The Young Adult Member group had a great happy hour meeting up at the VMFA to catch up and talk sailing this spring!

Open House Registration Open!

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What are you doing Memorial Day Weekend? Time's up! Coming to the 3rd Annual Open House Regatta and Memorial Day celebration! Registration is NOW OPEN. This year we are holding the event on Sunday, May 29th. This event is designed for members AND non-members. What better way to introduce your friends to Fishing Bay Yacht Club?

Offshore, Cruising, One Design, Juniors, everyone come out and join the fun! We begin with a fun little distance race. Then we form another circle raft up. Remember last year? Let's double it this year!  Shuttle boats will run from the FBYC dock to the raft up for those that want to join the raft up, but can't make the race. After the raft up back ashore - we enjoy a REAL PIG PICKIN! Yes there will be butts - but there will also be 2 whole pigs that will roast all day. Listen to Jackass Flats bluegrass and dance all night. Don't miss one of the biggest events of the year! Register Now!

Water Water Everywhere

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Clean drinking water is critical to the future of the Deltaville and more sign-ups are needed to justify constructing the planned water system.  The deadline to enroll is early June, so sign up now HERE if you own a home on the planned pipelines visible HERE.  If you have already signed up, we need you to reach out to your neighbors to encourage their enrollment, too.  There will be a brief training session Wednesday, May 4, at 6:00PM at the DCA building in Deltaville so that you can answer the questions likely to be asked when you meet with your neighbors.


One Design Racing Season Kicked Off

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The One Design racing season kicked off last Saturday. Five Scots and one FrontRunner took place in the racing while another Scot skated around to the side tuning their boat. To help shake off some of the cobwebs PRO, Jim Raper, organized five practice starts which was a good warm-up.

With everyone ready and energized, the first race was launched. Well, not everyone was completely ready. Most forgot what a W2 race course was and rounded the leeward mark heading for the second beat. All, except the sage Hal Starke who went straight through the line and took the bullet. Immediately, those errant boats had to unwind to finish. A second race was started but unfortunately was soon cancelled due to an impending thunderstorm.

After putting the boats up in the storm, all soaking wet, we all had a great post-race time enjoying cool refreshments and hot chili prepared by Melissa Stephens. At the same time we also had a good discussion around starting techniques led by Len Guenther and John Wake following all those tall tales that were told about the race. Great start to a new season! Spring 2 is this coming Sunday, May 1.

Flying Scot

  1. 1. Hal Stark
  2. John Wake
  3. Joe Nelson
  4. Len Guenther
  5. Phil Webb

Beginners Race Committee Training

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This Saturday, April 30th at 2PM on Fanny’s Back Porch, a beginners’ Race Committee Training class will be held.  We’re using US Sailing’s, ‘Join the Race Committee Team’ pamphlet as a guide, supplemented by the other material that the club has put together over the years.  The goal is to provide enough information and handouts so that members and others who participate, understand and can fulfill each RC function before, during and after an event – with zero stress.  It’s a two-hour functional class covering each RC position and how each role fits into the overall race management objective.  

Flying Scot Introduction

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The Flying Scot Introduction program scheduled for Saturday, April 30 has been cancelled.  We hope to be able to reschedule this later this year.

FBYC College Sailors

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Future College Sailors: members of the 2015 Race Team

2015-2016 was a banner year for FBYC junior graduates! FBYC had 4 sailors in major college programs: Alexander Hanna sailed for Texas A&M; Eric Roos for William & Mary; Jeremy Herrin for Old Dominion University; and Austin Powers for Christopher Newport University. We also had a graduate coaching at the college level-Cori Radtke coaches at Bowdoin College in Maine, which has one of the top collegiate sailing programs in the nation.

In the last two years, FBYC junior alums Ellen Hubbard, who sailed for the University of Virginia, and Ben and Mary Catherine Buhl, both of whom sailed for Christopher Newport, completed highly successful collegiate sailing careers.

This fall we will have several more former juniors move into the college ranks, including Hanna Steadman, who will sail for Brown University; and Nina Willms, who will sail for William & Mary. Nina will also coach this summer at Camp Seagull/Camp Seafarer.


FBYC Lasers

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2015 Laser North Americans

2015 was a fantastic year for FBYC’s Laser sailors on the international stage! The North American Laser Association recently published their final 2015 Grand Prix standings in the Laser Sailor magazine. The standings are based on cumulative finishes at major North American events, including the Laser Atlantic Coast Championship, North Americans, and United States and Canadian Nationals. Jon Deutsch finished 26th in the Standard Class, out of 254 qualifying boats; Alexander Hanna finished 37th in the Radial Class out of 245 (Alexander won the 2015 ACCs, sailed at FBYC); and Jackson Montague finished 7th in the 4.7 Class out of 15 qualifying! Congratulations to all!