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!


Pied Piper 2nd at Charleston Race Week

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FBYC's J70 Pied Piper, with 13 year old Gannon and his Dad, Dan, sailing with former FBYC Coaches Victor Diaz de Leon and Thomas Dietrich, have accomplished an extraordinary result at Charleston Race Week in a fleet of 67 boats.

Pied Piper was second overall in the J70 Fleet with 21 points, barely losing a tie-breaker with the 2015 CRW repeat winner and World Champion Julian Fernades Neckelman aboard Flojito de Cooperando, also with 21 points, finishing the last race Second and Third, tipping the tie-breaker to Fernandes.

Because of the fleet size, the J70s were divided into 4 fleets, and sailed a round robin, as in an Opti Championship Fleet. So the 18 Races scored are actually 9 paired starts with rotating competitors.  Piper and Flojito sailed each other in some races (including the last completed) and not in others.  In the races they sailed against one another, the results were (Pied Piper/Flojito) 3/7, 1/2, 4/1, 2/1, 3/2. In the races they sailed separately, the results were (Pied Piper/Flojito) 3/5, 3/1, 1/1, 1/1. So, Pied Piper had 3 bullets and Flojito 4 bullets.

It all came down to the last race sailed with each boat totaling 21 points, but Flojito won the tie-breaker with the 2 over 3. Flojito, incidentally, also had one more first than Pied Piper.

Despite the nail biting finish to the 2/3 tiebreaker, there was one more chance to prevail with the start of a 19th and 20th pair of races. But, that pair of races was abandoned due to a massive wind shift, so it appears the prior results may become final.


2016 Flying Scot Season

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The 2016 sailing season is finally here. Our One Design Opening Day is on Saturday 4/23!  Our enthusiasm for the sailing season skyrocketed when we took the boat to the club and attended the Opening Day social. We still need to find all the boat parts, but she looks pretty inviting parked with all the other Scots. Just wish we could be there this weekend to step the mast and get out for a practice sail.

Looking at the attached schedule, it's clear that there is a lot of great sailing to be done at FBYC and within a reasonable drive. Of course the big regatta for our fleet is the Wife Husband Regatta to be held June 11-12 at FBYC. John Wake and company have been hard at work organizing every little detail to ensure that (with your help) our fleet will host an amazing party for our Scot friends from around the country.

At the end of last season the fleet had a solid discussion on how to advance Scot sailing at FBYC. We learned that skill building and group conversations about racing topics were desired by many. The SIs were amended and the PROs alerted that we will have extended Competitor’s meetings prior to the Spring Series racing. The topics for each day are: SS1 - Race Day Preparation and Starting, SS2 - Windward leg Speed & Smarts, SS3 - Downwind Speed & Smarts, SS4 - Racing Rules and tactics.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 23rd.


Jackson Creek Shoaling Between Green 7 and 9

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Everyone using Jackson Creek should be aware that significant shoaling continued between #7 & 9 over the winter.

Paul Almany has provided this depth contour which shows a 5ft MLW section before you approach #9 when entering Jackson Creek.  The picture shows his color chart countour overlayed on the 2014 Army Corps of Engineers depth survey chart.  From the chart looks like we will need to run a curve with the greatest distance away from #9 occurring about 200ft before and about 150 to the north.

Thanks to Paul and his slick Depth Plotter. 

Reception for the FBYC Exhibit at the Deltaville Maritime Museum Saturday, May 28, 6 – 8 pm

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FBYC will sponsor a celebration on the Saturday evening of Memorial Day Weekend at the Deltaville Maritime Museum (DMM) to inaugurate the recently installed permanent exhibit at the Museum honoring our Club’s proud history in the community since 1939.The reception will include beverages and heavy hors d’oeuvres to delight the palate. The event -  is open to all members upon reservation.

FBYC will use this event to express its gratitude to the DMM for the prominence it has given our Club in their new exhibition hall. 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 highlight of our exhibit is a fully rigged wooden Optimist on display that was built in 1981-82 by the North Carolina Maritime Museum and used until 2005 in their junior program in Beaufort, NC.  They named her Wave Walker.  Donated to the DMM by FBYC junior members, Luke & Logan Hayes, their parents, Mark & Michelle, bought her in 2005 when she was retired from the North Carolina Maritime Museum program, and after being re-built, both boys sailed her at FBYC.

As an extra attraction to our members, on the same evening the Museum is hosting Grovin’ in the Park, one of its popular series of musical performances which everyone should enjoy.

Photos from the Blue Water Cruising Winter Program

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67 people were in attendance at the Blue Water Cruising Event held at the Omni Hotel in Richmond on March 30th.  Experienced off-shore sailers, Rob and Andi Overton gave a well documented account of their trials and tribulations of their 15 years at sea. They offered helpful tips and antidotes of their adventures around the world upon their 50ft yacht, the Akka.  It was an informative and entertaining presentation enjoyed by all.

Please let Greg and Kathy Ullmann if you have any suggestions for future speaker presentations!

Thank you to all who attended and participated in this event!



Opening Day Race Cancelled, Blessing, Dinner still on

Ted Bennett on

The PRO for tomorrows race has determined, and I completely agree, that it would be unsafe to race tomorrow.
We have 2 problems with the conditions for racing.

First is the bad weather, which most models have predicted winds close to 30 MPH with higher gusts- rain squalls- temps around 45.

Second Mr Roberts is not fully commissioned (due to launch this AM).

The Opening Day Blessing of the Fleet and Party will both be inside the Club House.  Both training sessions on Sunday are also cancelled.

Safety is our first concern,

Ted Bennett  - Commodore

Opening Day Volunteers

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Did you know that there are two ways to kick off the sailing season? The first, of course, is to go sailing! The second (but not by much) is to sign up for an Opening Day volunteer shift. We need help with guest check-in, bar shifts, and clean up crew. 
Are you new to the club or just want to meet more people? Sign up for a shift and mingle all night. What better way to get people to come to you? Want to build the intimidation factor with a friendly show of force? Then get your sailing team together with their team gear and work a shift or two - show everyone that you mean business this year!
To sign up for a shift, please visit Sign Up Genius (
Any questions? Let me know...
PS: If you have NOT already signed up for Opening Day (either for racing, social, or both) then please do. We have a great menu and it will be a great party. But...we will have to close registration soon - so don't miss out.

2016 Opening Day Coming Up

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Hello FBYC members and friends, we are so glad that Opening Day is finally here! We would like to invite everyone to Opening Day and the Blessing of the Fleet on Saturday, April 9th. As always, we will kick off the year with the annual Opening Day race (first warning at 1100). The evening festivities will include cocktails at Ric's Place starting at 5 PM with the Blessing starting around 5:30 PM. Dinner is at 6 PM sharp. Once again we will have live entertainment with members of the Crain Brothers Band performing at 6:30 PM playing a diverse mix of good music.
Tickets for adults are $25 ($30 for non-members), teens are $15, and children are $5. Pre-registration is required. Please purchase dinner tickets online and don't forget to pre-purchase drink tickets to save time. Go to Opening Day 2016 ( to read more and register for the event. In order to ensure an accurate guest count, please register as soon as possible before registration closes!
Finally, as with all our events, it is YOU who make the difference! We are looking for a few good volunteers to help with guest check-in, bar shifts, and clean up crew. We encourage everyone individuals and racing teams to sign up. We are using Sign Up Genius to facilitate this process. Please visit Sign Up Genius ( to sign up today.
Hope to see everyone there!

Paul & Julie Ann Wash


Blue Water Cruising Winter Program Wednesday Night

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It is not too late to join us for the Blue Water Cruising Speaker Program.  Due to the overwhelming response, we have moved to a larger room at the Omni so no one misses out. Please feel free to show and if you had trouble registering or just hadn't had a chance you are more than welcome to register at the door. We look forward to seeing you there.

2016 Yearbook approved for printing

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Our 2016 Year Book received final pre-press approval today.   Thank you to our editors: Meg Rock, Tracy Schwarzschild, Bob Fleck, Jon Deutsch, Doug Bendura, A.L. Braun, and Doug Selden, and to our recruiters for Race and Social Chairs: Jim Raper, Becca Wash, Joe Nelson, Borna Kazerooni, and John Galloway and finally Nica Waters, final review editor, for lots of volunteer work.   Pictured holding the proof is Sara Joyner, a graphic designer at Uptown Color in the Fan.  Sara does all production for our Log and also for the Yearbook.  The book is going to press tomorrow and will then be mailed to each member.  Expect to see the book in you mailbox in early April.

This year the book will get a spiral binding which allows it to lay open and/or fold back on itself.  We tested that binding last year with 25 copies and the Board decided it was a better system. 

If you find you can't wait for the actual book, all of the book's content is already available in various places on the web site and also on the IOS App (see available at the App Store.


Opti Donated to Deltaville Maritime Museum for FBYC Exhibit

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This spring visitors to the Deltaville Maritime Museum will see some familiar history on display among the nautical history of the area.  Club historian Jere Dennison and several other volunteers have been working with the Deltaville Maritime Museum to include an exhibit on Fishing Bay Yacht Club that will include pictures, stories and other artifacts like an Opti and even one of old club signs.


Welcome Cruisers Party - Saturday, April 2

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We will start the 2016 cruising season at the FBYC clubhouse with beer & wine and hors d’oeuvres, hosted by Doug Selden and Alison Dwier-Selden. The event will begin at 5:00 pm, and is open to all members – including those who haven’t cruised in the past, but would like to learn more on what it is all about! All beverages and food will be provided. We will have the opportunity to renew our friendships, share past sailing stories, and talk about the upcoming cruising schedule. For further details, contact Doug Selden at or call (434) 589-1506.

Please register online here.

Fishing Bay Challenge Bowl for 2016

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Each year The Fishing Bay Challenge Bowl is used by Fishing Bay Yacht Club to select a boat or boats to represent the Club in a designated sailing activity. Each year the Commodore shall select an appropriate event or activity, which either needs a boost in participation, or is deserving of special recognition. 

This year Commodore Ted Bennett has selected the non-spin class for The Fishing Bay Challenge Bowl to encourage owners of offshore boats to get involved in racing for the first time.  The award will be given to the highest scoring boat that competes in at least half of the scheduled events using the CBYRA high point scoring system.