77th Annual One Design Regatta

Jon Deutsch on

77th AODFishing 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.


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'.

Deltaville Water System Update: Progress Toward Deployment Trickles Along

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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

July 4th: Register Now!

Paul Wash on

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!

Day Sail Hoist Back in Service

David Clark on

I am pleased to announce that the Dry Sail Hoist has been repaired and is now back in working order. My thanks to Mayo Tabb and Dixon Cole for their assistance.

Sailing Celebrity Gary Jobson in Mathews Wednesday 6/15/16

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Gary Jobson, pre-eminent ambassador for sailing in the U.S., will present 2 short films at the Mathews Film Society event this Wednesday 6/15/16 at 7 p.m. in the Mathews High School Auditorium.  The  films are "The Magic & Mystery of Sable Island" and "Ted Turner's Greatest Race."  For more information about Gary, the event, and the films, check out the Mathews Film Society website: http://mathewsfilmsociety.wix.com/film#!specialevents/c24vq   Admission is free, but donations are always welcome.

Seamanship (or SeaWOMANship) Sailing Seminars on Tuesday, June 21

Karen Soule on

Junior Week is Not Just for the Kids!

There's still time to sign-up for Junior Week's Sailing Seminars....for the ADULTS.  Learn how to troubleshoot problems with a diesel engine; the latest in IPAD navigation; how to anchor in our neck of the bay; and docking made easy!

Two instructors from the Annapolis Seamanship School will be running these workshops in the Jackson Creek Bathhouse porch. 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 at http://www.signupgenius.com/?go=s.signup&urlid=20f044baba923a1fb6-junior

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


Museum Reception an Elegant Affair

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Over 90 people attended our reception at the Deltaville Maritime Museum on Saturday evening of Memorial Day weekend. The reception inaugurated FBYC’s permanent exhibit and was a gesture of gratitude to the Museum and its Board Members for allowing us to highlight our historic role in the Deltaville community. For those who were not able to be there for the reception, a visit there is highly recommended to explore everything that the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park have to offer. And for the price of admission, you can choose a membership option instead.

We are donating a major portion of the funds generated by the admission charge to the Museum in support of their mission in the local community. As a bonus, all attendees were pleasantly surprised to receive a complimentary ticket to Groovin’ in the Park, a blues concert scheduled for the same evening, and a ‘goody bag’ of items presented by the Museum.

Especial thanks to Commodore Ted Bennett and wife Myra who assembled and provided all the delectable food and drink for the reception. The Museum supplied a bartender and all the logistical support required to make this a memorable and convivial evening.

2015 Urbanna Fireworks Cruise! - July 1-3

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This year’s Fireworks Cruise to Urbanna, VA will take place Friday, July 1st through Sunday, July 3rd.  The fireworks show will be held on Saturday, July 2nd over Urbanna Creek.


  • Fun Cruising Race from FBYC to Urbanna
  • Dockside at Town Marina and Flip-flop Dining in Downtown Urbanna


  • Coffee Shop Fog-Lifter Walk
  • Mai Tai Social at Town Marina
  • Fireworks Extravaganza


  • Transit from Urbanna to FBYC

Slip availability is extremely tight this year because of the recent fire.  However, a few spots have been reserved at Town Marina.  Sailors can opt for a 1 or 2 night stay.  For reservations, please contact John Cabell no later than June 17th at john.cabell@embarqmail.com, or by cell at 804.516.1271, or contact Diane directly at Town Marina.  Be sure to tell her you are with the FBYC group. 

Open House Regatta - Cloudy Skies and Bright Smiles

Jon Deutsch on

The skies might have been cloudy this weekend but there were bright smiles among the racing and rafting boats and party goers at the Open House Regatta & Party this weekend.  The day started with a 6.7nm race out of Fishing Bay to where the Piankatank meets the Chesapeake and back again.  Winds ranged from a few knots to into the low teens and there was close racing among the boats ranging from 12-43'.

Using a progressive start - each boat had their own starting time based on their handicap with the faster boats starting last.  First boat over the line wins it - and it would be a race to the very end with Mad Hatter and Cheeky Monkey battling it out in the final boat lengths with the Hatter getting the better of the Monkey.  J/24 Kobayashi Maru would be 3rd followed by J/70 Nostalgia and 505 Leeward Apparel.  Results here.


FBYC Boats Set to Compete at 2016 Southern Bay Race Week

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Fishing Bay Yacht Club is going to be well represented at the 2016 Southern Bay Race Week at Hampton Yacht Club this Friday-Sunday.  Among the 14 FBYC boats for SBRW are a number of boats who sailed the 67th Down the Bay Race over memorial day weekend to get there.  Including: Afterthought, Nanuq, Blew By You, Schiehallion, & rhapsody.

2016 Southern Bay Race Week FBYC entrants:


  • E.L.E. Matt Braun
  • Hotty Toddy! Steve Quiriconi
  • Inconceivable Mike Karn
  • No Quarter Jon Deutsch


  • Afterthought Craig Wright
  • Nanuq Glenn Doncaster


  • Blew By You Austin Powers
  • GOIN' Dennis Hannick
  • rhapsody Jim Raper | Matson Roberts


  • Mad Hatter Bob Fleck
  • Shenanigan Miles Booth


  • Catitude Lew Thatcher
  • Cheeky Monkey Paul & Julie Ann Wash
  • Schiehallion Brad Miller



Mark Hayes on

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

Paul Wash on

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!