Proposed East Dock Project Presentation Uploaded to Website

David Lennarz on

The proposed East Dock project presentation has now been uploaded to the FBYC web site.  Many of you have attended the three “town hall” meetings held over the Summer and into the Fall, including a November meeting in Richmond.  Outreach to neighbors has taken place as well.  The Flag has listened to many of your comments (in person and by email), and a number of revisions have been made to the plan over the past several months.  The current plan has now been uploaded to the FBYC web site at  Comments or concerns?  Please contact any members of the Flag (David Lennarz, Rob Whittemore, and Paul Wash). Contact info available at David, Rob, and Paul    All those links are only visible to members and will require you to log in to see the pages.


Meg Rock on

The FBYC Fall Clean Up Day scheduled for this Saturday, November 19th has been RESCHEDULED for Saturday, December 3rd!  

Please mark your calendars.

Thank you - Ed O'Connor, Grounds Chair/Dixon Cole, Operations Manager



Matthew Fontaine Murray Award to Jere Dennison

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The Matthew Fontaine Maury Bowl, named after the pathfinder of the seas, is given for outstanding contributions to sailing at FBYC and beyond.  At the Commodore's Ball, Commodore Ted Bennent announced that Jere Dennison is this year’s winner of the Matthew Fontaine Maury Bowl.

Jere Dennison"This sailor has been a member of the club since he joined at age 16 as an unattached junior. Over the years, he has been involved in all aspects of FBYC – sailing, cruising, racing, socializing, volunteering and serving over 20 years on the Board. In December 2015, the Board honored him by electing him to Life membership.From 1971 through 1976, he served as House/Security Chair, Log Streamer, Rear Commodore, Vice Commodore, Commodore and Member-at-Large. He took a break until 1992 when he served as Assistant Long Range Planning Chair. His last break wasn’t quite as long because he came back on the Board in 2003 in a position that was perfect for him – FBYC Historian – and remains in that job today. As part of the Building Committee for a new clubhouse on Fishing Bay, he was in charge of the art work and burgees that were chosen to decorate the clubhouse. He organized the library in the main clubhouse and has collected everything available pertaining to Fishing Bay Yacht Club’s history and stored it in the clubhouse. For a number of years, he has also served as the PR person for the Leukemia Cup Regatta. His latest endeavor was taking on the task of preparing and installing a permanent FBYC display at the Deltaville Maritime Museum honoring the club’s proud history in the community since 1939. In 2013, with the 75th anniversary of the club on the horizon, he came up with the idea of putting together as much of the historical documents and facts as possible in a separate booklet for the club. Using Logs, newspaper clippings, notes from members, etc., he determined just what should be included in the 75th anniversary book. For years, he prepared various history articles for the Log that we all enjoyed; however, this undertaking was not just a short piece for the Log. The 75th Anniversary Commemorative Issue is the story of Fishing Bay Yacht Club that might have been lost forever except for the dedication of this member in preserving the history of the club’s first 75 years. The gift of this written history of the club is invaluable."

The award was accepted by Jere's son Clark and Grandaughter Eliza, as Jere was unable to attend, as he is currently in the hospital.  We all wish him a speedy return home.  

2016 FBYC Annual Award Winners

Lisa Fleck on

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 2016 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. Guthrie Braun

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. Tomas Sitzmann

L. WOOD BEDELL TROPHY – awarded to the FBYC sailor under the age of 14 who is the highest finisher in FBYC races during the Regular Racing Season. Guthrie Braun

YOUNG SALT TROPHYawarded to the Junior FBYC Optimist sailor having the highest overall standing in club Junior regattas. Guthrie Braun

ROBERTS BOWL – awarded to the Junior sailor who has shown the most interest in sailing as evidenced by enthusiasm, improvement in sailing techniques, awareness of the rules of water safety and cooperation with the members of the Junior program. Jordon Bendura & Ralph Levy

Commodores Ball 2016-200


Fall Cleanup Reminder

Rob Whittemore on

Please join us at the Main Clubhouse between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. for coffee and low fat/low calorie doughnuts. We’re looking to start at 9 and our tasks will include leaf pickup, brush cleanup, carpentry work on the dumpster privacy doors as well as weeding/trimming the garden/cleaning beds.

This is a great opportunity to work on our campus, see old friends and make new ones.

Please sign up on the FBYC website or call/email

Ed O’Connor, Grounds Chair (804) 338-1142

Meeting on Proposed East Dock Replacement: Please join us to learn more

David Lennarz on

On Thursday, November 10th at 7 pm, we will hold an informational meeting regarding the proposed east dock replacement.  The meeting location is Retreat Hospital in Richmond.  Retreat Hospital is located in the second block of Grove Avenue east of the Boulevard. The parking deck is behind the hospital off Robinson Street (closer to Floyd Avenue than Grove Avenue). From the parking deck, follow the yellow line on the pavement to the door into the reception area. The Board Room is located at the end of the long corridor after passing the reception area. If you have questions about how to find the hospital, please contact or use one of the online map services for directions.

USSailing - One Day Race Management Seminar - January 21, 2017

Jim Raper on

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 @ 8am – 5pm

John McCarthey, National Race Officer and Regional Judge, will conduct USSailing's One Day Race Management seminar upstairs in the FBYC clubhouse, on Saturday January 21st with a continental breakfast beginning at 8am and catered lunch provided.

The cost is $60 (requires a USSailing membership).  Registration will be available on the USSailing website beginning on November 1st and concluding on January 16th. Registration link.

There are seven current FBYC members who are a certified club race officer or better and many others who were once certified race officers but have allowed their certification to lapse.  This course is an opportunity to begin the race officer certification process or to become recertified.

Please contact Jim Raper 804.307.3212 or if you have any questions.


Geoff Cahill on

This is the final call for registration and head count for the Oyster Roast this coming Saturay (10/29).  Please go to the Fishing Bay website to register by the end of the day Thursday (10/27).  So far the weather looks PERFECT! We will be offering oysters of all kinds--roasted, steamed, raw and specially baked by our very own Julie Ann Wash!  For those who are not oyster eaters, we will also be serving hotdogs and of course all of the delicious dishes brought by our party-goers.

Please contact Geoff and Allene Cahill at to let us know which side dish or dessert you plan to bring.  We are also looking for volunteers to provide the following help: 

1) Two or three people to help with set up in the kitchen.  

2)  Two to four people to assist in kitchen through out the event with clean up as we go along

3) Four people at registration desk. (Two people for 30 minute shifts)

4) Six to eight people to assist at bar (45 minute shifts: plan is to serve beer from keg, wine and soft drinks at Ric's place next to the pool.  Bar will basically be self-serve but want some drinks to be "prepoured" to prevent lines and bottleneck at the begninng of the event. 

5) Four to six people to assist with clean up.

6)  Three people to help cook hotdogs.

Please let us know if you have a job preference.

We look forward to seeing everyone!


New Event Registration System Launch

Strother Scott on

I could not be more pleased with the launch of our new registration system.   Over the last 25 days it has been offered as the preferred option and it has processed 60 successful registrations. Those registrations have included 35 credit card charges. We have not received a single inbound call or email about any substantial issue and 100% of actual payments made were processed without any error.   As a result, the Board has approved removal of optional links to the legacy system on the Home page.

As a reminder any Sign Up! link will direct you to where you will be required to log in. The necessary credentials are the same as the Zope web site at  With improved security, we are no longer able to see your password. But we have Forgot Password links that allow you to quickly reset your password.

The registration process requires that you go through 3-4 steps, like a modern shopping cart, where you enter and submit Personal Data, then Boat data if any, and then Items to Buy if any and then you can review your final Registration before you Submit Final Registration.  If you see an error on the Review Page, you can click on the earlier Tabs at the top to adjust your entry data

You can register for the Commodore’s Ball on Saturday November 12 at  Ticket options are shown below.

Dinner, Dessert, Dancing
Member Adult: $75
Non-Member Adult: $95
Teen (13 - 17): $30
Children (12 and under): $15

Dessert & Dancing *
Member Adult: $20
Non-Member Adult: $30
"4 pack 4 friends": $70
* Cash Bar (must be 21 or older)

I look forward to seeing everybody at the Commonwealth Club.

Welcome to the 2016 Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship

Jon Deutsch on

Welcome to the 35th Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship at Fishing Bay Yacht Club this weekend!  That's right - the regatta is finally old enough to truly be a masters regatta.

We've got 40 boats registered and a few more expected to join us for some great sailing and food.  As always - we've got a great group of volunteers and we thank them for their work to make this happen.  And to the sailors - thanks for putting this on your calendar every year and making this part of your fall.

Here's a few things to know as you make your way to Deltaville:

Anyone arriving on Friday is more than welcome to go for a sail.  Please park boats either in the 'Laser Coral' directly in front of the main club-house, or in the field directly adjacent to the pool.  Please park cars around the outside of the Laser Coral (bow in, not parallel) or in front of the Flying Scots (we have permission to block them unless there's a cone there).  please DO NOT parallel park along any of the roadways in particular the area just in front of the rigging field.  After you've unloaded your boat, please move your car in front a Flying Scot or to another parking area.

Please help us keep things running smoothly by checking in as soon as you are parked and settled, but before rigging your boat. If you have pre-registered you still will need to check in and pick up your tshirt and SIs. Additional dinners are still available and can be purchased at check in - check/credit preferred.

Here is the NOR:
And the SI's have now been posted to the club website:


Would you like some more racing? Thank you sir! I'll have another!

Bob Fleck on

WChesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championshipith the chaotic weather that we've been having, do you suddenly have an itch for some more racing? Well, if you've made enough trips around the sun, you can scratch that itch at the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship this weekend at FBYC. Online registration can be found here:


If you are a few rotations short of 35, or you don't own a laser, you can still get some racing this weekend with at short trip up the Rappahannock. RRYC is hosting its final PHRF race of the season with their Commodores Cup. Jerry Latell will be PRO and they expect to race two races.  The Rappahannock race area is only 15nm from FBYC docks. A short trip to get some low-key racing and support another club's event. Race info can be found here:




Notice to Members - Facility Vandalism

Rob Whittemore on

This past weekend one of the bathrooms in Fannie’s House was vandalized. The event has been reported to the police. We all need to do our part to protect our facilities from further episodes, which becomes more difficult as we are entering the period of lower activity at the club. 
If a building is locked prior to your entrance, please make sure the building is secure/locked when you leave. When at the club, please keep any eye out for anything that seems out of place. 
Thank you for your attention,
Rob Whittemore
Rear Commodore

Fishing Bay YC Team Wins the Annapolis Yacht Club Inter-Club Team Race Challenge

Mike Toms on

FBYC Team Race Team

Fishing Bay's string of 5 consecutive seasons of participating in team racing events around the bay was extended last weekend with an exciting, and significant, win at the Annapolis Yacht Club Inter-Club Team Race Challenge. Fishing Bay's Team for the event, skippers Chris McDowell, Dan Herlihy and Ben Buhl, along with crews Carrie Russell, Jay Buhl, John and Sharon Wake and Mike Karn, with pick-up Annapolis sailor Sam Septembre, took home the championship trophy last weekend in Annapolis, besting teams from Annapolis YC, Eastport YC, Severn Sailing Association and Hampton YC. The event was a two-day, 40-race event sailed in AYC's J22s, with no spinnakers and 3 people per boat.

After the first breezy day of sailing, FBYC was tied for 3rd with AYC, with SSA in 1st and EYC in 2nd. The FBYC team knew they needed to have a good day on Sunday to have a shot at the title. When the day was over, FBYC was the champion, on the strength of losing only one race, and that by a slim margin, for the day. Fishing Bay last won a multi-club team race event in Annapolis in 1993 - we look forward to more wins for the team around the bay and beyond.

Since 2011, Fishing Bay adult team race teams have participated in multiple events around the Chesapeake, involving over 100 members ranging in age from 14 to 70+. Team racing combines the best elements of fleet racing and match racing to make for coordinated exhiliration on the water. If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting way to maximize your fun on the water, please feel free to reach out to any of the team sailors above or to Mike Toms. 



Storm Alert

Rob Whittemore on

While there is continuing uncertainty of the actual track Matthew will take, there is little doubt that Deltaville and FBYC will experience heavy wind and high water. 

It is the boat owner’s responsibility to secure their vessel. Jackson Creek slip-holders should take necessary precautions to properly secure your boat such as doubling all lines, removing sails, etc to reduce wind-age. Additionally, similar precautions should be taken to secure all boats parked in the One Design Parking Lot.

Thank you for your attention,
David Clark, Docks Chairman
Rob Whittemore, Rear Commodore

Indian Summer Regatta and One Design High Point Series Results

Joe Nelson on

The final race day of the One Design Series was conducted last Sunday. It was a beautiful, cool, sunny day with northerly winds ranging from 8 to 12 knots. What a nice fall day of racing for the six Flying Scots and four Front Runners that participated. Race officer, Jim Black and crew, ran four W4 races in quick succession followed by a W3 to finish up wind for a swift leisurely sail back to the club. Also on hand for the racing was Rob Whittemore who ran about the course giving vital on-the-water coaching on tactics and sail trim. This instruction was a good primer in how to step up our game and it was appreciated by all those racering. Once back at the dock with the boats all put up, we were surprised by a fantastic barbeque spread compliments of RuthAnn Jenkins. Everyone had a marvelous feast. Finally, just after the daily awards were presented, Rob gave us a final run down with common themes on how to improve our racing. He promised to do something similar at the start of next season. What a great day to top off this racing season for One Design team.



Meg Rock on

I am saddened to report on the end of an era with the recent death of Gene Ruark.  As owners of Ruark's Marina, Gene and his father had a long history of involvement with FBYC.  Until recently, Gene was a member of FBYC.  From the 1950's they supplied the Club with committee boats;  the first boat was "Black Cat", a converted WW2 utility boat, and later a bit more seaworthy craft named "Wild Cat".

A celebration of Gene's life will be held at 1p.m. on Saturday, October 1st, at Clarksbury United Methodist Church in Deltaville.  Interment will follow Zoar Baptist Church.

Ted Bennett, Commodore


We are rolling out our New Event Registration system

Strother Scott on

We are now live with our new Event Registration System.  We have been testing it for 3 weeks with both paying and non-paying events and with members and non-members.  Most feedback is that it is very easy to use, and not prone to errors and breakages. It also works fine on both computers and mobile devices. 
Most Red links to  Sign Up! will now direct you to the new system which occurs on  You will be required to log in using the same credentials that you use on the traditional - Legacy web site. 
I encourage everybody to register with the new system using the Red Sign Up! links.  But if you have trouble, and to ease the transition to the new system I have placed a grey link to a Legacy Sign Up! next to each red link that will use the traditional system.
The registration process also requires that you go through 3-4 steps, like a modern shopping cart, wehre you enter and submit Personal Data, then Boat data if any, and then Items to Buy if any and then you can review your final Registration before you Submit Final Registration.  If you see an error on the Review Page, you can use the Tabs at the top