Dry Sail Hoist Maintenance

David B. Clark on

The Dry Sail Hoist will be taken out of use from Wednesday the 9th of December to do needed maintenance work. Because of the nature of this work it maybe out of use till February as the parts that are to be replaced need to be fabricated.

2015 FBYC Annual Award Winners

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Fishing Bay Yacht Club held its Annual Meeting and Awards Party on Saturday at the Commonwealth Club in Richmond, VA. The following is a list of all of the 2015 recipients of the club's perpetual trophies.

HENRY E. HUTCHESON, JR. MEMORIAL TROPHY – awarded to the Optimist skipper with the highest standing in Sanctioned Regattas and intra-club races. Benton Amthor

JUNIOR COMPETITION TROPHY – awarded to the Junior skipper (or skippers) who has most successfully represented FBYC in sailboat racing events conducted by other yacht clubs or associations during the Regular Racing Season. Benton Amthor



2016 Board & Committees

Jon Deutsch on

During the 2015 FBYC Annual meeting, a quorum of our membership elected a new slate of Officers and Board Members to serve in 2015. Please join me, your Nominating Committee Chairman, in welcoming these dedicated volunteers who have committed to serving our Club in the up coming year; and mark their names, because in their vigilance they need and welcome your input, your ideas for how we can improve, and your gratitude. They are as follows:


  • Commodore - William T. Bennett
  • Vice Commodore - David Lennarz
  • Rear Commodore - Robert P. Whittemore
  • Treasurer - Stephan Quiriconi
  • Secretary - Joseph W. Roos

Board of Trustees

  • Fleet Captain - William H. Swarzschild, III
  • Offshore Division Commander - Robert J. Fleck
  • One Design Division Commander - Jon Deutsch
  • Crusing Division Commander - Douglas J. Selden
  • Junior Division Commander - Douglas S. Bendura
  • Fleet Lieutenant - George W. Pongonis, III
  • Log Streamer - Amy McGlynn
  • House Chair - Caroline B. Garrett
  • Docks Chair - David B. Clark
  • Social Chair - Paul Wash
  • Grounds Chair - Edward J. O'Connor
  • Member at Large - Matthew J. Braun


  • Offshore Division Lieutenant Commander - James L. Raper
  • Offshore Division Race Chairman - Rebecca L. Wash
  • One Design Division - Lieutenant Commander - Joe Nelson
  • One Design Division Race Chairman - Borna Kazerooni
  • Crusing Division Lieutenant Commander - John P. Galloway
  • Junior Division Lieutenant Commander - A.L. Braun
  • Protest Chairman - C. Mayo Tabb Jr
  • Trophy Chairman - Geoffrey D. Cahill
  • Regatta Committee Chairmen - Robert J. Fleck & Jon Deutsch & Paul Wash
  • CBYRA Delegate - Thomas J. Roberts
  • Adult Sailing Director - Matthew J. Braun [Acting]
  • Long Range Planning - David S. Hinckle
  • Webmaster - R. Strother Scott
  • Finance Chairman - Mason T. Chapman
  • Winter Program Chairmen - Greg & Kathy Ullman
  • Marketing Chairman - John M. Buhl, III
  • Historian - Joseph L. Dennison, Jr.
  • Young Adult Member Chairman - John W. Collier, III

FBYC website plans off-season adjustments

R. Strother Scott on

Last Thursday I presented the FBYC board with a plan to make some behind-the-scenes changes to the FBYC website in late November and December. Now that the sailing season is over, we have the opportunity to cure a simple database design issue.

Everybody who uses the website has a user account, which knows your contact information. The member database also keeps your contact information, in a separate table. Our goal is to "normalize" the database, meaning both sets of data will be kept in one place. A small web site committee approved the plan last night. In preparing for the change, we have found and adjusted about 200 user records where there was an inconsistency with the user and member data, which may well account for some of the reported problems with the site over the years.

In preparation for the change, we will shortly turn off new user applications, and turn off the ability for you to edit your user data. After the migration, we expect continued modifications over the winter. We will keep you updated as we proceed.

Strother Scott

Winter Dock Preparation

David B. Clark on

The Pump Out Stations will be closed down at the club on Monday the 16th and the water shut off all Docks on Monday the 24th November.

The Pump Out and the water on the Docks will be off till Spring (exact date to be determined by the weather).

Sail 1 Design & Scuttlebutt Articles

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Great publicity for FBYC! The popular website Sail 1 Design has published an excellent article about the SCYC Invitational Optimist Team Race Regatta, and our team’s victory. Here is the link to the article: http://www.sail1design.com/south-carolina-yc-opti-team-race-results-and-report/

The story has also been picked up by Scuttlebutt Sailing News. View their article here: http://email.sailingscuttlebutt.com/t/ViewEmailArchive/j/CC49C904E877CD79/C67FD2F38AC4859C/




Commodore's Ball Reminder

Paul E Wash on

Everyone has seen the emails and announcements, but if you haven't...This Saturday is our Annual Meeting and Commodore's Ball. Dinner tickets are available for a limited time so register quickly. If you are unable to come for dinner, then pick up Dessert and Dancing tickets - there are multiple options available for everyone. Check out the event page for more information.

For anybody with Children (12 and under) the menu will consist of Chicken Tenders. Teens and Aduls will be served Lobster Risotto & Prime Filet Mignon. If you have special dietary restrictions, you must contact Paul or Julie Ann to make prior arrangements. We will be selling bar tickets for the CASH BAR at the event, so please come prepared.

Still need to fulfill your volunteer requirements for 2015? This is another event where you can help! Visit our Commodore's Ball Volunteer Sign Up page and choose one of the remaining slots.

Paul and Julie Ann


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Benton Amthor

The Fall Opti Race Team has won the inaugural South Carolina Yacht Club Invitational Optimist Team Race Regatta! The regatta was sailed last weekend, November 7th-8th, in Calibogue Sound, near the entrance to Windmill Harbour, at Hilton Head, South Carolina. Our team was made up of Benton Amthor, Nathan Smith, Guthrie Braun and Reed McAllister; and was coached by our Spring/Fall Opti Coach, Bob Lippincott.

FBYC received the invitation to sail in the regatta last spring, along with Opti teams from the Chicago Yacht Club, the Edgewater Yacht Club, the Florida Yacht Club and the Royal Canadian Yacht Club of Ontario. The host club, South Carolina Yacht Club, also competed. The regatta consisted of a round-robin and final series. Our team won all but one race throughout the entire regatta!

Click "Read More" for a full report!



Mark E. Hayes on

2015 has been a banner year for FBYC’s junior race teams! We had 3 race team members sail in international events in 2015; and 3 of our sailors have already committed to represent the United States in Optis in 2016! The United States Optimist Dinghy Association holds two qualifying regattas yearly to set the teams which will represent the United States in upcoming international competitions. It is the ultimate for an Opti sailor to be invited to be a member of “Team USA”! We sent our FBYC Opti Race Team to the qualifying regattas, along with our coaches, when these sailors qualified. In addition, in 2015, we had a race team member helm a J70 in 2 international events!

Ian Street, second from left, with Team USA in Belgium

Click on "Read More" for a complete report on our international sailors!


Nominations for Life Member Status

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The purpose of awarding Life Member status is to recognize a member whose contributions are distinguished by their depth, breadth, superior quality and lasting impact. It needs to be stated, this is a “you know it when you see it” intangible. The compelling rationale for the nomination should be self-evident. Any Club member may nominate another member for Life Member status.

The following is an initial filter for identifying possible candidates:

>75 years of age

>20 years as a Club member

>3 major leadership roles

A history of significant contributions to the Club (such as, fund raising, community service, national sailing organization roles, continuous service, etc.)

Leadership that produced new programs & services or took existing programs & services to a new level

Significant contributions to the sport of sailing beyond FBYC

Actions that result in greater recognition of FBYC



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FBYC Fall Opti Race Team at the ACC: Reese Bragg, Madeline Amthor, Guthrie Braun, Benton Amthor, Nathan Smith, Coach Bob Lippincott, Reed McAllister, Logan Hayes, John Vail and Josh Bendura

FBYC’s own Benton Amthor has WON the 2015 United States Optimist Dinghy Association Atlantic Coast Championship! The regatta was sailed last weekend, October 24th & 25th, at Annapolis Yacht Club. 201 boats competed in the Championship Fleet, not including the Green Fleet. The regatta was billed as the largest regatta ever hosted in Annapolis. After a highly competitive and hard fought battle through the last race, Benton edged out the current United States National Champion for first place. Benton won 1st Overall and 1st in the Red Fleet. Teammate Reed McAllister was 8th in the White Fleet.

Click on Read More for a full report!


Closing Day Oyster Roast

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Attention ALL! The Closing Day Oyster Roast is less than two weeks away (November 7th)! What can I say except it's all about the OYSTERS? Starting with Oysters locally raised and prepared a variety of ways. How about good beer that complements the oysters and the temperate Fall weather? Or maybe the sides that everyone is cooking up? And there is something everyone - because if you don't like oysters - I guarantee you will find something delicious to eat. So what are you waiting for? Register online today! As a wise man once said...make it even "gooder" by racing before the roast!

Last but not least - we need YOUR HELP! We need VOLUNTEERS. We need people to setup, oyster helpers (outside), kitchen helpers (inside), and clean up. Please contact me (Paul Wash) ASAP to get organized.

PS: Don't forget - every family brings a side to share. This is part of what makes this event spectacluar!

PSS: Don't forget to register for the Commodore's Ball (November 14th in Richmond). This is our Annual Meeting, cocktails, dinner, and great way to end the year. This event will SELL OUT quickly - don't get caught on the wrong side of a shift...register RIGHT NOW!

Questions, comments, suggestions? Click it and send it...

Oyster Gardening Workshop - October 24th 9-11 a.m.

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Interested in learning more about oyster farming? The workshop below is being offered locally for just that purpose !

Many of you have noticed the oyster reefs, cages and float at the yacht club. It is our attempt to add to the health of the waters we enjoy. Please feel free to join in the effort at your own water front property and start your own oyster garden endeavor. 

Every little bit helps.

WHAT:  Learn how to grow oysters at your docks

WHEN:  Saturday, October 24 from 9-11 a.m.

WHERE:  The Urbanna Town Marina

(In case of inclement weather, the workshop will be held indoors at Christchurch School)

DETAILS:  Attendance is FREE and oyster floats will be available for purchase for those who have pre-registered ($120 preassembled; $100 assembled at workshop).

To register:  Contact Tess Mackey, Chesapeake Environmental Communications at 804.824.9914 or tess@chesapeakedata.com

Any other questions, please contact Carrie Russell at 804.218.0414.

2015 Flying Scot ACC

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Last year FBYC hosted the Flying Scot Atlantic Coast Champs, this year at the Blackbeard Sailing Club in New Bern NC hilarity ensued on the first (&only)race. Other than bruised egos, the boats from FBYC all survived.

Hecky Wins Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship

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The 34th Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Regatta was one cool regatta and Mike Hecky (Riverton Yacht Club) was coolest of them all winning the first race and hanging on to win the championship. Cool temperatures, fluky winds and a power outage were not enough to dampen the spirits of the 45 sailors all over the age of 35 competing for the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship at Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville, Virginia.


Cheasapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship NOR Amendment 1

Jon Deutsch on

The Notice of Race for the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship has been amended as follows:

 4.1 Shall now be:

4.1 Race Schedule
Saturday, October 17
0800-0945 Continental Breakfast, Late Registration
0945 Late Registration Closes
1000 Skippers Meeting
1100 Warning for First Race
Following racing there will be a dinner

Sunday, October 18
0730-0900 Continental Breakfast
1000 Warning for First Race
Awards will be given as soon as practical after racing in the clubhouse.


Changed items shown in red

Jon Deutsch - Event Chairman
Rick Klein - PRO

Posted: Wednesday, October 14 1530

FBYC Fall Grounds Clean Up

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Saturday, November 21st 0900-1200

Tasks will include leaf raking, shrub and hedge trimming, possible mulch/gravel distribution and/or dressing and other items that crop up between now and then!


Bring rakes, shovels, pruners and any power tools you can provide.

Please contact Ed O'Conner, ej.oconner@verizon.net or 804-338-1142 or signup on the website.


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FBYC team members under tow at Newport last Saturday

The United States Optimist Dinghy Association Spring Team Qualifier was sailed this past weekend, October 10th-12th, in Newport, Rhode Island. There were 245 of the best Opti sailors from across the United States racing; all hoping to earn a spot on one of the USODA spring teams.

Click Read More for a report on this regatta and upcoming events!


2015 Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters NOR

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The NOR is now posted and online registration is now open for the 2015 Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship on October 17-18.

Fishing Bay Yacht Club will host the 34th Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship this October.  FBYC's Laser Fleet will welcome sailors from around the mid-Atlantic and beyond for great sailing, great food, and great friends.

Alain Vincey will be back to put on another great dinner and our RC team lead by PRO Rick Klein will be back again to put on solid racing.

Visit the Notice of Race and Register Online before October 12 to get the early discount.  T-shirts will be available to those who register early while supplies last.

Web Hosting change

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On Saturday we moved our web site to a new hosting provider https://www.digitalocean.com/.   Because of a quirk in our technology, our old provider shut the site down for 5-10 minutes from time to time.  Digital Ocean offers a more flexible service that should allow our site to operate flawlessly.  Let's hope so! 

Paul Wash made the needed changes to the IOS App, so it is up and running on the relocated database.

Please let me know if you run across any issues. Strother Scott.