FBYC Pool Lifeguard Shortage Next Two Weeks

Meg Rock on

Due to a lifeguard shortage, we are asking FBYC parents not to count on pool lifeguards being in attendance the next 2 weekends/weeks  - which includes the Labor Day Weekend.  We expect parents, or responsible adults, to monitor pool activities and maintain a safe environment for the children and no children to be left unattended.
Thank you.
Ed O'Connor
FBYC Grounds Chair

Stingray's Just A Week Away!

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The 21st Annual Stingray Point Regatta is just a week away!  We've got a great list of entrants so far, but it's not too late to get in on the action.  We have extended our early registration deadline through this coming Tuesday (September 1, 2015) so don't think you have a reason to miss out on all the great racing and the fun party!

Speaking of fun party, we've got two evenings and an afternoon of great times to be had!  A schedule of events is posted below, but here are some of the highlights:

Friday evening's skipper meeting will be followed by a casual pizza party with refreshments provided.

Saturday evening will feature a cocktail hour (cash bar) followed by a catered dinner.  The menu includes smoked brisket and fried chicken, so bring an appetite (and your meal tickets!)  We'll have live music performed by Snackbar Jones, as well.  If you're one of the few who's not familiar with these guys, check their webpage out here: http://snackbarjones.com/ 

You can register just for the party and dinner even if you're not racing, but meal tickets may not be available after Wednesday, September 2, so reserve your spot while you still can!  Just follow the registration link for the Stingray Point event here on the FBYC webpage.

The schedule of events for the weekend is as follows:


0900 – 1030        Distance Race Check-In

1100                   Skipper’s Meeting adjacent to the Official Notice Board

1300                   First Warning for Stingray Light Race

1600 – 1745        Check-In for the Saturday and Sunday Stingray Point Regatta

1800                   Mandatory Skipper’s Meeting for the Stingray Point Regatta (Saturday and Sunday Series) adjacent to the Official Notice Board

1830                   Welcome – Casual Reception Followed by Distance Race Awards


0800 – 0900        Continental Breakfast

1100                   First Warning for Race One

1700 - 1830        Cocktails at Ric's Place.      

1830 – 2230        Dinner, Awards and Live Entertainment


0800 – 0900        Continental Breakfast 

1100                   First Warning for Race One

1500 or asap       Casual Reception Followed by Awards



Legacy of Sail - great racing and new perpetual

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11 boats in 2 fleets sailed in the Legacy of Sail Regatta on Sunday.  These sailors of a certain vintage sailing both new and old boats got to sail 4 races in a 7-10 knot north east breeze.  Looking to raise the profile of this event, a new perpetual award presented by Paul Almany was awarded to the top competitor in the largest fleet.  This years winner was John Wake.



Smith Point Race Results

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The 2015 Smith Point race will be remembered for the upwind slog and the downwind glide.  4 fleets sailed varying distances towards Smith Point lighthouse at the entrance to the Potomac River.


The last fleets to finish were crossing the line around 2-2:30 am.  Thanks to Case Whittemore and his crew on RC.

Sunday morning Paul & Julie Anne Wash led the breakfast of made-to-order crab omlets while awards were given.




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Benton Amthor at the Opti Nationals

A lot has happened since our last full newsletter in July! Our kids have raced from Brant Beach, New Jersey, to the bath-warm waters of Pensacola, to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, back north to the “invigorating” Atlantic off Salem, Massachusetts, to Ware River Yacht Club, and finally, back home for the Annual One Design. As always, our kids were a force in every venue and had a lot of fun along the way. The kids and their families explored the haunted houses of Salem, swam on the beach at Pensacola and rode the rides on the Jersey Shore, rolled down famed Jockey’s Ridge, climbed the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and raced go-carts in Nags Head. We even had two dads, Jef Londrey and David Lennarz, fly in a bi-plane over Roanoke Island! What more could you want in a summer? 

Click on Read More for a complete report on the second half of the Race Teams' summer!


Reminder about FBYC IOS App

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Have you seen the FBYC Mobile App? Have an iphone/ipad and want quick access to important information such as:

  • Upcoming Events & Information
  • General Sailing Instructions & Appendix
  • Current local weather conditions
  • Member Directory [members only]

Version 1.3.6 can be downloaded at the Apple App store at  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fishing-bay-yacht-club/id980811053?mt=8   Look for a new version in the next week with results and more features.

To see the Member Directory on the App - you use the same credentials that you have at the website.  Big Thanks to Paul Wash and a number of tester-members for their work making this possible.

Download on the App Store


2015 Smith Point Race and Brunch

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Attention offshore fleet…

This Saturday, August 22nd, is the annual Smith Point race.  The first warning is at 1400 and the full notice of race can be found here. In addition to a great race, we hope you will join us for a delicious brunch on Sunday morning at 1000.  The menu features:

  • Made to Order Omelets
  • Shrimp and Grits
  • Biscuits
  • Chesapeake Style Bloody Mary’s

Cost is $8 per person, payable that morning.

This is our 4th annual induction to the Smith Point Crab Society. Eligibility to this society (shrouded by secrecy) is simple – the skipper who sails and finishes the race Saturday and who has participated in the most Smith Point Races is treated to free breakfast and a hat for bragging rights.

So sign up today for racing, brunch or both. If you just want brunch - sign up as simply coming. This helps us get the ingredients right. If you don't have a chance to get out to the site, just email the social chair:  Julie Ann and Paul Wash (paul.wash@webnext.net)

We hope to see ya’ll there!

Paul & Julie Ann

FBYC Crew returns from NYYC Cruise in Maine

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On August 9-14, 2015, Rives Potts, a FBYC member, and currently the Commodore of the New York Yacht Club, invited some FBYC members to crew for him on the New York Yacht Club's 159th Annual Cruise in Maine.  Each Commodore decides where he wants his Cruise to go, and Rives decided his first Cruise would start at Rockland, Maine, and sail to SW Harbor on Deer Isle, then to Pretty Marsh, and Bucks Harbor and then to a Lay Day in Belfast before returning Rockland via to Gilkey Harbor on Islesboro.  His usual race boat Carina, was still in Europe following the Transatlantic Race, so Rives persuaded a friend to let us race his Swan 56 Elysium.  We also chartered a Broward 95 motorboat as a tender so we were quite comfortable both racing and in the evening over gourmet dinners and cocktails.  The Rogers and Crumps also brought their Grand Banks Chessie

The crew, left to right in the picture, are Cyane Crump, Chafee Emory (first female Fleet Captain at the NYYC), Bev Crump, Bootsie Rogers, Susan Crump, Strother Scott, Rives Potts, Jim Rogers, Nancy Potts, Evie Scott, Peter McCloskey (Captain of Elysium), Caroline Garrett, Connie Garrett, Waddy Garrett and Dominick Cannavo (owner of Elysium).

NYYC Cruise

We had no wind only on the first day, which was the Queens Cup.  The 5 Squadron Runs all had good winds. We raced in a small Class 3 against a Baltic 52, and two larger cruising boats, a Ron Holland 72 sailed by NYYC Vice Commodore Phil Lotz, and a Swan 82. We got 4 firsts and a second which we could discard, which means we won our Class for the week with 4 points.  On the final day, we again got first in our Class on the Astor Cup Race Day. A highlight of that day was that we passed Kittiwake, another FBYC boat, with Frances and George Sadler aboard, motoring from Belfast to Rockland.  And we just missed seeing Bill and Lydia Strickland who were said to be in Belfast the same day we were.


J/70 Summer Regatta II

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The J/70 Fleet started this weekend with Friday night sailing followed by their Summer Regatta II. Friday night the wind was light and two races were sailed before the wind petered out completely. More spirits were raised than dampened due to the conditions.  No wind - no problem for these J/70 sailors - they just retired to the club house to enjoy a bbq dinner courtesy of Steve Quiriconi & Beth Merchent that would make the Wednesday night dinner crowd jealous.  (Pictures)


Saturday's racing more than made up for the lack of wind on Firday.  Seven teams were out including a team from Hampton on a boat graciously loaned to them.  That team led by Ron Tompson including a new FBYC Flying Scot owner Joe Nelson then proceeded to give the local crowd a run for their money.

It was a shifty day out in the mouth of the Piankatank with the wind out of the south east and it was anyone's race with all 7 boats leading the fleet at some point of a race.  Ron Thompson took the first two races, Jon Deutsch/No Quarter took a race and Drake Johnstone/Clark Dennison/Cat's Pajamas took the last two races leaving the 3 boats separated by just 3 points in the end.



Governor's Cup Southern Leg Start

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Top finishing Fishing Bay Boat on the Southern Leg of the St Mary’s College, Maryland Governors Cup Race was Greg Watt's Incorrigible.  Here's their account:

Under the second full moon in July, Incorrigible took First in Class, and Second in Fleet for the inaugural Southern Leg of the 2015 St Mary’s College, Maryland Governors Cup Race! Hosted by FBYC, Incorrigible started the 61nm, overnight race at “1NP” off New Point Comfort at 1600 hrs of Friday and finished at 06:03:53 hrs on Saturday morning in St Mary’s City, MD.


August OptiWeek

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Last Call for August OptiWeek!

There are a few slots still available for our newest junior program, August OptiWeek, to be held August 10th through the 13th. The class is designed for beginners and first year sailors aged six to ten, and will be taught by our Development Team Coaches in the Club’s Optis. For additional information and to sign up, visit: https://www.fbyc.net/Juniors/AugustOptiWeek

Come and join the FUN!




Opti Race Team In Salem, Massachusetts

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The Opti Race Team returning to Salem Harbor after practice

The FBYC Opti Race Team is currently in Salem, Massachusetts, for the Opti New England Championship.  But it’s not all work-since they are in Salem, the kids and their families took a traditional ghost tour.  Check out their faces in the photo below!  Racing begins Tuesday, and runs through this Thursday.  There are over 300 boats racing.  Wish them luck!

Scared? Ghost Stories in Salem!


Registrations flowing for Annual Regatta

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Registration for the 76th Annual Regatta on August 8-9 continues until late in the week at https://www.fbyc.net/Registration/entry?event_id=1425.  Early registrations do help those who plan the food!   Listed below are the boat numbers as of Sunday Aug 2. 

Boats Registered by Class Number 
Flying Scot 14
Frontrunner 4
Laser 3
Optimist - Blue Fleet 2
Optimist - Green Fleet 1
Optimist - Red Fleet 2
Optimist - White Fleet 1
Radial 4
San Juan 21 - All Sails 2
San Juan 21 - Working Sails 4
Windmill 5

There was a 2-3 day hiccough in the web registration process last week, but once it was reported, we got it fixed relatively promptly. The form had a problem validating some data and was requiring fields that should not have been required.   Registrations are now working smoothly and without complaints. Please keep it up Website!!! 

Opti and Laser Development Teams

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Walker Angus-First Place Opti Overall at Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club Annual Jr. Regatta

Opti and Laser Development Teams Bring Home the Hardware!

This past weekend, July 23rd through the 26th, was a rocking great time for the Opti and Laser Development Teams! It began Thursday with the teams practicing at the club, and then loading the coach boats and sailboats for the weekend’s first regatta, Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club’s Annual Junior Regatta, on Friday, in Kilmarnock.

The teams left early Friday morning, and as usual, the kids had plenty of nervous butterflies! But our coaches did a wonderful job smoothing out the usual problems and pumping up the sailors. Our kids did great! ODT member Walker Angus won first place in Optis, with his cousin Bo Angus in fifth, and sister Mae Wallace Angus in tenth! There were no fleet divisions at this regatta. In Laser Radials, we fielded a mixed team of members from the Opti and Laser Race Teams who are transitioning to Lasers from Optis, as well as our regular Laser Development Team. Gannon Troutman took first place, Jackson Montague was second, Nicolas Cabell was third, and his brother, Jack Cabell was fourth. We also had three Green Fleet racers, John Thomas Mason, Alexander Moor and William Shaner. It was a clean sweep for FBYC!

Click Read More for additional photos and a report on the RRYC Jr. Regatta


2015 Laser Summer Regatta Results

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The mouth of the Piankatank River was the scene of the second regatta of the four event Laser series on Sunday 26 July.  A strong turnout of 10 racers tackled the tactically challenging light to moderate breeze. Once again,  Mark Stephens and his team did an excellent job of adapting to the wind variations throughout the afternoon and was able to complete five races in a little over three hours. Jon Deutsch had a very strong and consistent performance and won the regatta and is the series leader. Full results are posted on FBYC.net.  Next up for the Lasers is the 76th edition of the Annual One Design Regatta 8-9 August.  Register now and encourage others to do the same!



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Last Sunday a great article about our own Gannon Troutman, his exploits on the J-70 circuit, and FBYC, appeared on the front page of the Middle Peninsula Daily Press! It is a fascinating story and great publicity for our club. Here is a link to the article, but you must have a subscription to the paper to view it: http://www.dailypress.com/news/gloucester-county/

Way to go Gannon!


Cruise With Kids (Kid's Kruise) Aug. 1-2, 2015 with Dinner July 31

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FBYC Kid's 'Kruise' Aug. 1-2. 2015

This year our primary destination will be Little Bay, a relatively short cruise just above the Rappahannock River.  There we will raft up during the day, and dinghy into the beach for various games.In case of inclement weather, we will head for the Piankatank and quieter water.

Friday night, we will gather at our Deltaville cottage (76 Sunrise Point, on left after you turn left at Ruark's Marina) at 5:30 PM on Jackson Creek, for hamburgers, hotdogs and the fixings. Each participating boat will be asked to bring a side dish. Soft drinks, juice, wine and beer will be provided.

On Sat., lunch will be on your own.  We will raft up for an early dinner of BBQ provided by us; we will provide the same variety of beverages as for Friday. Each boat will be asked to bring a side dish to complement the BBQ.  Just let us know what dish you choose.We are looking for lots of grandchildren as well as children to come.Please sign up online or directly with us as below.

Tony & Kate Sakowski


804 387 3875


2015 Governor's Cup - Southern Leg

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The Governor's Cup - an offshore distance race to St. Mary's, MD has a new southern leg starting in Mobjack bay.  This is the innuagural running of the southern leg and any offshore boats interested in sailing it are invited to register by the end of the week.  The race will start on Friday, July 31.

More information and to sign up visit: http://www.smcm.edu/events/govcup/