July 4th Registration

Paul E Wash on

I hope everyone is looking forward to the July 4th celebration at FBYC this Saturday. I know I am excited and nothing says July 4th like Ed and Diane's specially crafted dogs and burgers - really can't wait! Speaking of which have you registered for the event yet? Registration closes Friday, July 3rd at 12 NOON. We are buying locally and we need enough lead time to ensure we are properly stocked. You can find more information here and click the sign up button on the left side to register.
Also for all you racers - you may have seen the previous announcement that went out last week. But if you didn't...we have added a little spin on the long distance race. The max LWL is 24'. This really opens this event up to many other one design boats. For example, J70s, J24s, Colgate 26s, etc. all meet this criteria. So if you are interested come on out and sail! The course is short and everyone will be back in time to enjoy the festivities.
Let us know if you have any questions!
Jon Deutsch - jon@jdeutsch.com

Leukemia Cup Right Around the Corner

Alan Bomar on

We are just days away from the 17th Annual Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta to be based again at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park over the weekend of July 10 -12. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is being flooded with registrations from racers around the Bay.

But it’s not too late to participate…registrations are being accepted through Thursday, July 9 at www.leukemiacup.org/va or register in person on Friday night before the event.  And those that choose not to be on the racecourse can register in advance for festivities on Friday and Saturday nights that will be fun for the entire ‘rivah’ family.


YAMs Enjoy Perfect Sunday Brunch Outing to Matthews Yacht Club

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On Sunday morning the Young Adult Members (YAMs) gathered for a wonderful Sunday cruise to brunch at Matthews Yacht Club. Upon arrival into Hudgins Creek, the group was greeted with open arms and welcoming hospitality of MYC’s incredible staff. After their hearty meals the intrepid crew of YAMs set sail for Fishing Bay, where they spectated the exciting final races of the Junior Olympic regatta. This was one of several open group events organized and led by the YAM group, and this brunch outing is sure to be a new tradition.


USA Junior Olympic update

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Online Registration for USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival-Chesapeake Bay Open has closed, but the Registration desk at the event is scheduled to open at 0800 on Saturday - along with breakfast. We will see you there.

I have just deleted a whole lot of clearly duplicate registrations - and left two that were the same names but at different addresses with different boats(??).  That can be cleared up at the Registration Desk, and if anyone sees they have made a double payment, please try to clear it up at the desk or with me via email next week. 

Current Count of Boats Registered By Class

US JOs 420 20
US JOs Laser 1
US JOs Laser Radial 26
US JOs Optimist - Blue Fleet 20
US JOs Optimist - Green Fleet 10
US JOs Optimist - Red Fleet 11
US JOs Optimist - White Fleet 10

July 4th Cookout and Race

Jon Deutsch on

Attention all members!

Join us Saturday, July 4th for the 4th of July cookout and race hosted by Ed and Diane O'Connor. This year we are featuring Ed and Diane's Famous Dogs and Burgers, Cheeky Monkey Mac n' Cheese, Fishing Bay Slaw, and Jackson Creek Beans! Everything is homemade by our own FBYC members! This is going to be a fun, family oriented event and is open to everyone. No family will pay more than $30

The cookout is preceded by the annual one-design long distance race. This race is open to any one design boat less than 24' at the waterline and takes place around Stove Point. Reference the NOR for exact course description and warning times.




Mark E. Hayes on


Junior Week kicked off on Monday, June 22, and was blessed with tempatures in the 90s and great winds! 143 sailors and over 40 volunteers!


Young Adults' Sunday Brunch at Matthews Yacht Club | June 28th

Blakely H Kimbrough on

On June 28th the Young Adult Members' (YAM) group will be getting together for Sunday Brunch at Matthews Yacht Club.  All YAMs are invited to join the group 'by land, or by sea.'
    If by Sea:  37°27.8' N / 76°18.6' W
    If by Land:  Matthews Yacht Club, Yacht Club Rd, Hudgins, VA 23076
Weather permitting, several will set sail as a cruise in company to rendez-vous in Hudgins Creek, where they'll enjoy some delicious cooking from MYC's kitchen on that Sunday morning. Reservations will be made for 10:30am and, in order to ensure ample seating, any YAMs interested in joining the fun are strongly encouraged to RSVP via this link:  http://evite.me/596VzYJ2cX 


I loved OptiKids - age 5

Beverley L. Crump on

I just wanted to tell everyone what a great time I had at Opti-Kids at Fishing Bay the past two weekends. We learned a whole lot about sailing and boats and had great fun playing in the water. We learned that it’s not scary when a boat turns over and it’s really fun to sail. I made many great friends. We had lots of help from our mommies and daddies and Paul and Julie and Claire. They really helped us a lot. The snacks and watermelon were great. I also loved swimming in the pool after sailing. I hope that I can go sailing more in the future.

Emilie Crump - forwarded by her Grandfather


Tagging News items on the website

R. Strother Scott on

When you look at the https://new.fbyc.net/news/ News page, you will see a long list of "Tags" on the left sidebar.  New Posts can be tagged so that old posts can be found more easily.  We have recently fixed an issue with Tags - now all Tags are converted to "lower case" and they all work again.  Generally if you make a new post, try to use an existing tag that makes sense, but it is OK to create new tags as needed.  Any multiple word tag should be either typed as one word or connected by a "-" or a "_" to make it work as a single tag.  Enjoy.  Strother.

On the Road At Home

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The second stop on the Flying Scot Capital District Circuit is the Greater Richmond Sailing Association Invitational. For most of the FBYC road warriors this is the one away event where you can sleep in your own bed (apologies to Len & Barb G.)!  GRSA is located on the northern end of the Swift Creek Reservoir about 15 miles southwest of downtown Richmond. Gasoline powered boats are not allowed, so for the most part the sailors have the lake to themselves. It does create some interesting problems for the Race Committee; the RC boat is a battery power outboard. This causes the RC to be very intentional about setting marks, but it is a lake and the wind shifts…so the PRO will be right sometimes.

The normal book on the two day GRSA invitational is one day of sailing and one day of working on one’s tan. This was NOT the case this year, as both days had wind and as is normal big shifts. Saturday gave the fourteen boat fleet wind from the NE from 6 to 16 with sixty degree shifts. After a while you simply gave up looking at the compass and kept track of which tack/gybe was closer to the mark. The Race Committee took full advantage of the breeze, snapping off four ¾ mile windward/leeward twice or thrice around courses. Saturday night sailors were treated to a delightful dinner and libations that help forget sore muscles.


Deltaville 5K & Kids Fun Run July 4th

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Get a run in before the FBYC Long-Distance race and party.  Or volunteer to help with this annual early morning event, with proceeds benefitting the renovation fund for the Deltaville Ballpark.  Kid’s Fun Run starts at 0800 (75 volunteers are needed to shepherd the kids), 5K starts at 0830.  See www.DVLRACE.COM for details. Be sure to join in this great community event and visit the classic ballpark.

Juniors Kick Off Summer!

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Opti Kids and Race Teams Kick off Summer!

Opti Kids

Summer is here! This past weekend the FBYC Juniors kicked off their summer with the start of Opti Kids and Race Teams.

On Saturday and Sunday, Julie Ann and Paul Wash, along with coaches Claire Lennarz and Austin Powers, welcomed 44 juniors and their parents to Opti Kids and their first FBYC junior sailing experience! Opti Kids is for our youngest sailors, aged 5 to 8, and is one of our most important programs. By the end of the first day the new sailors were steering the Club’s Optis around marks under sail and learning “tiller-towards-trouble”. It was hot, so it was a perfect weekend to practice capsize drills. Everyone-but especially the kids-had a ball! As always, at the start of the class there were a lot of serious, worried and shy faces; but by the end of the first class, everyone was wearing a big smile and loved sailing with their new best friends-thanks to Julie Ann, Paul, Claire and Austin! The classes continue through next weekend.


Kid's 'Kuise' Aug. 1, with dinner July 31

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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 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.


Westover Plantation Cruise on June 4 - 9

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On Thursday, June 4, four intrepid boats started out from Deltaville bound for Hampton:  Tad and Sue Thompson in SWIM CALL, Vice Commodore Ted and Myra Bennet in PHAROS, Dan and Barbara Lindsay in IOLAR DA NARA, and Tony and Kate Sakowski in MISS KATE.  It was not a sail for the faint of heart; it was a nor’easter with winds gusting over 25 knots, foreboding skies with intermittent rain, and seas up to 6 feet!  We brought up the rear in SWIM CALL pounding into it from Stove Point until rounding Gwynn’s Island.  Things got better for us all after that when we could put out jibs and motor sail with a quartering wind and sea.  We even relaxed enough to kill the engine for a couple of hours heading south from New Pt Comfort as the wind subsided a bit.  Then the fun began.  First, we followed USCS EAGLE for a couple of miles at the end of Thimble Shoals Channel crossing the Hampton Roads tunnel!  Then, we all gathered for dinner at the Old Point Comfort marina restaurant where we were docked.  We all shared a real sense of accomplishment coming 41 miles in the nor’easter.  The dreary, cool weather didn’t dampen our spirits and the food was good.


Laser Spring Regatta

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The first Laser Regatta of the four event season was held on Sunday, 7 June.  The 10  competitors, including two from North Carolina and one from Florida, enjoyed five races in a moderate and tactically challenging breeze.  Austin Powers demonstrated that he has not forgotten how to race a Laser since moving on to his Tartan Ten.  PRO Mark Stephens and his team did an outstanding job of adjusting the course as conditions changed throughout the day.  

As is a long standing tradition with Laser regattas at FBYC, the post race food and beverages were excellent.  A variety of gourmet sandwiches prepared by Brad Squires were enjoyed by all.  


FBYC Kids on the International Stage!

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Benton Amthor, Nathan Smith and Ian Street on the front row; and Boyd Bragg in the middle of the back row, at the 2015 Team Trials in Miami

Incredibly, four FBYC Opti Race Team Members have qualified to compete on teams representing the United States in international competitions this year!

Because of their top finishes at United States Optimist Dinghy Association events in 2014, they first received invitations to the Team Trials, which were held in April in Miami. Based on their excellent performances at that qualifying event, all four earned spots on teams representing the United States!


2015 FBYC J70 Summer Regatta 1 Results

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Saturday's J/70 Summer Regatta saw 4 light air races sailed.  Guthrie Braun skippering E.L.E. was the top boat taking 3 bullets.  Followed by Inconceivable and and Nostalgia.  The threat of storms chased the sailors off the water before more races could be sailed.  Thanks Noel Clinard for being PRO and Joe Nelson for your help on RC and the social.


The good we do is up to you.

Lud H. Kimbrough on

LLS Leukemia Cup RegattaFabulous racing on three courses, dining, dancing, fellowship, and making miracles happen.

The 17th Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta is just 5 weeks away Friday Night, July 10-Sunday, July 12- featuring two days of racing, dining, a live auction and other activities at The Deltaville Maritime Museum.  FBYC will be providing race management on three courses and dozens of FBYC boats will be taking part in the racing.  With classes for PHRF, Non-Spinnaker, Cruising, Classic and One-Design boats there's racing for everyone.

The Leukemia Cup Regatta is designed to raise funds for research to cure blood related cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. It has raised over $50 million dollars since it began. In 2014 over 10,000 sailors around the country took part in raising funds and sailing for this important cause.  Incredibly (we are not, after all, San Francisco or Newport), our Leukemia Cup event has raised over $1.5 Million, and consistently performed among the top events in the country for fundraising!

THIS FRIDAY is the early deadline to get your boats name on the regatta t-shirt and to get the early registration discount.  Head on over to https://www.leukemiacup.org/va/ to get registered.


Nanuq 2nd to Finish Annapolis to Newport Race

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Nanuq, Glen Doncaster's Sabre 42.5 was the 2nd boat accross the finish line of the Annapolis to Newport Race.  Leaving Annapolis Thursday morning Nanuq sailed the course in 3 days 8 hours and finished 2nd in PHRF2 and 2nd in PHRF.  They were beat only by another familiar boat Persuit.

Carina - skippered by FBYC Member and New York Yacht Club Commodore Rives Potts finished first in IRC1 & IRC Overall.