At its meeting last night, the Middlesex Water Authority (MWA) announced its decision to terminate negotiations with Synor Hydro and the planned water system. It will be refunding subscriber deposits, including the deposit given by FBYC. The MWA expressed concern that project construction costs could significantly exceed estimates and that ongoing maintenance and service costs would exceeed initial projections by as much as $37 per month per residence; the MWA Board determined that these risks made moving forward imprudent. Instead, it will consider other, as-yet unidentified alternatives. The meeting was well attended, and the crowd extremely disappointed with the announcement. The next meeting is scheduled for September 14, 2016.
Would you please inform the Docks Chairman if your slip will be vacant labor day weekend, when you intend to leave and return. We have yachts visiting for Stingray Regatta and this information will help to avoid confusion and assist the task of accommodating our visitors without disruption to our members.
The Middlesex Water Authority will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, August 24th at 6 pm in Saluda. Fishing Bay Yacht Club will be represented by Commodore Bennett. As a reminder, the Club has already submitted subscription documents and is hopeful the project will come to fruition. We encourage individual members and Deltaville home owners to attend and voice support for this very important project. For further information, email Vice Commodore David Lennarz at email@example.com.
On July 31st club members Clark Dennison, Matt Braun, and Hunter Davidson lauched club-owned Easy To Slip, a J-24 donated by club member Cam Cosby. After some miscellaneous repairs, the vessell is ready for club member use. A policy and procedure document is now being drafted; this will include guidelines on qualifications for use, how to reserve the boat, etc. More news to follow soon!
Get your groove on Saturday night with The Slapnation Band www.slapnationband.com, playing at the Deltaville Ballpark from 6-9PM. Bring a beach chair or blanket as well as your best dance shoes. Adult beverages available. Don't miss the chance to find yourself on the infield of this classic baseball venue for a rollicking good evening. Drive into town and turn left on Ballpark Road or park across the street if lots are full.
On Sunday, July 31st, approximately 20 club members gathered upstairs at the club house to view a presentation about a proposed East dock replacement. The proposal is to replace the East dock with a floating dock within 2-3 years time. Commdore Bennett and Vice Commodore Lennarz explained the reasoning behind the proposal, the plan to pay for the replacement, and answered questions about the proposal from those in attendance. The meeting lasted one hour. For those who missed this meeting, the next similar meeting will be held on Monday, September 5th (Labor Day) at 10 am upstairs in the club house. Since part of the financing of the plan includes an increase in all slip fees, all slip-holders and members are encouraged to attend to learn more.
Our 77th Annual One Design Regatta is just over a week away and our fleets are forming for this summer classic. Be sure to register your boat so your friends and out of town guests can see who's racing and get that early registration discount.
Attention Members! Several guest racing boats from up and down the Chesapeake Bay are planning their trip to the Stingray Point Regatta September 2-4th. One of the biggest hurdles facing visiting race teams is finding a place for the crew to stay. If you are interested in renting your home in the Deltaville area, please contact Julie Ann Wash, firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to let her know price, date available, and number of sleeping berths available. Even if you only have one extra room in your home available, and would be willing to host crew, for free or for a fee, let us know! Sailors love racing at our club for its well run events and beautiful location. Let's help remove the problem of finding a place to stay!
Bring your friends, bring your crew. Cocktails by the Bay and a buffet dinner, leading to dancing under the tent to music of the Crain Brothers Band. Can't join us for dinner? You can still kick off your shoes and dance the night away and enjoy the cash bar. All members and their guests are invited to attend! Tickets for dinner must be purchased in advance. Social tickets will be available at the door.
FBYC's Laser Masters sailor, Charlie Brewer shines at the Atlantic Coast Championships hosted by the Sayville Yacht Club on Long island Sound held on 16 and 17 July. Thirty-seven competitors race for the championship with adjustments made to their scores based upon age. Charlie easily won his age group and was third overall. The legendary Peter Seidenberg, winner of numerous World, North American, European and National championships, as well as the father of the much loved Seitech Dolly was first overall.
FBYC continues to enjoy an outstanding reputation throughout the country not only for its strong junior sailing program but also for its ability to ably conduct major regattas. The annual Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship routinely attracts skippers from as far away as Canada because of the quality of the sailing, comraderie of the sailors and the always anticipated Saturday night dinner.
The August Captains Choice Cruise is coming soon, Aug 26 - 28. Start making plans to join us. Not sure where we're going yet but we'll pick something fun. Probably a raft up. Come join us on Friday night, the 26th at 7pm, for ice-cream at Fannie's House. We tend to have kid friendly cruises so all are welcome. John Koedel, III, (804) 338-1158, email@example.com
At the June Board Meeting the Docks Planning Committee presented their assessment of the Jackson Creek docks. This was a two-phase process that took many volunteers 18 months to complete. To learn more about the Docks Committee findings and recommendations, please attend one of several upcoming presentations. The first meeting is scheduled for this Sunday, July 31st, at 10 am upstairs in the main club house. A second one will be held at the club on Monday, September 5th (Labor Day) at 10 am. Additional meetings will likely be held in Richmond this Fall.
Fishing Bay Yacht Club's 77th Annual One Design Regatta is just around the corner and we wanted to let you know about a couple great ways to spend the weekend at the club.
We'll have two courses of racing with starts for Optis, Lasers, Radials, Front Runners, Flying Scots, a Portsmouth fleet and any other classes with 7 or more boats. The regatta features 2 days of racing on the Piankatank River with Saturday dinner and drinks included in registration. Online Registration before 8/8 requested. (Notice Of Race)
Come spend the weekend being a volunteer and see the spectacle of 75-100 boats racing on the Piankatank. This is a great way to meet your fellow club members, be a part of making our volunteer club work, and even have some fun. We're looking for help with Race Committee, Tractor Drivers, Bartenders & Registration. Interested? Email Us.
JOIN US FOR DINNER
A buffet dinner will be served around 6pm. Come join us for bbq chicken, mac and cheese and grill vegetables on the lawn at the club. Pre-order by 8/8 for $20 (drinks included). Register here and select the 'social registration'.
In a recent Press Release, the Middlesex Water Authority reported on their vote to continue negotiations with contractor Sydnor Hyrdo for deployment of a water system in Deltaville. According to Carlton Revere, Chairman of the Middlesex Water Authority, "a suitable and sustainable water system should be achievable." The public-private partnership was unsuccessful recently in achieving its goal of 190 additional subscribers. Only 42 new subscriptions were added during the last incentivized connection period which ended June 3rd.
However, perhaps more importantly the Water Authority has been offered an initial funding package from the Virginia Department of Health's Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund consisting of a low interest loan in the amount of $10.2 million at 2.65% for 30 years, and has until July 24th to accept the loan package. The next Middlesex Water Authority meeting will be held on July 13th at 7 pm. Pending successful negotiations and status of a contract with Sydnor Hydro, the Water Authority may vote to move to execute a final agreement to deploy a central water system in Deltaville and accept a loan package with the Virginia Health Department.
More information on this issue important to FBYC and the community may be found here
Hi everyone! If you have not registered for the July 4th event, please register now and purchase tickets so we can ensure there is enough food for everyone. We are looking forward to a great day and hope to see everyone there!