Opti and Laser Development Teams

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Walker Angus-First Place Opti Overall at Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club Annual Jr. Regatta

Opti and Laser Development Teams Bring Home the Hardware!

This past weekend, July 23rd through the 26th, was a rocking great time for the Opti and Laser Development Teams! It began Thursday with the teams practicing at the club, and then loading the coach boats and sailboats for the weekend’s first regatta, Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club’s Annual Junior Regatta, on Friday, in Kilmarnock.

The teams left early Friday morning, and as usual, the kids had plenty of nervous butterflies! But our coaches did a wonderful job smoothing out the usual problems and pumping up the sailors. Our kids did great! ODT member Walker Angus won first place in Optis, with his cousin Bo Angus in fifth, and sister Mae Wallace Angus in tenth! There were no fleet divisions at this regatta. In Laser Radials, we fielded a mixed team of members from the Opti and Laser Race Teams who are transitioning to Lasers from Optis, as well as our regular Laser Development Team. Gannon Troutman took first place, Jackson Montague was second, Nicolas Cabell was third, and his brother, Jack Cabell was fourth. We also had three Green Fleet racers, John Thomas Mason, Alexander Moor and William Shaner. It was a clean sweep for FBYC!

Click Read More for additional photos and a report on the RRYC Jr. Regatta


2015 Laser Summer Regatta Results

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The mouth of the Piankatank River was the scene of the second regatta of the four event Laser series on Sunday 26 July.  A strong turnout of 10 racers tackled the tactically challenging light to moderate breeze. Once again,  Mark Stephens and his team did an excellent job of adapting to the wind variations throughout the afternoon and was able to complete five races in a little over three hours. Jon Deutsch had a very strong and consistent performance and won the regatta and is the series leader. Full results are posted on FBYC.net.  Next up for the Lasers is the 76th edition of the Annual One Design Regatta 8-9 August.  Register now and encourage others to do the same!



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Last Sunday a great article about our own Gannon Troutman, his exploits on the J-70 circuit, and FBYC, appeared on the front page of the Middle Peninsula Daily Press! It is a fascinating story and great publicity for our club. Here is a link to the article, but you must have a subscription to the paper to view it: http://www.dailypress.com/news/gloucester-county/

Way to go Gannon!


Cruise With Kids (Kid's Kruise) Aug. 1-2, 2015 with Dinner July 31

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FBYC Kid's 'Kruise' Aug. 1-2. 2015

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 (76 Sunrise Point, on left after you turn left at Ruark's Marina) 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. Each boat will be asked to bring a side dish to complement the BBQ.  Just let us know what dish you choose.We are looking for lots of grandchildren as well as children to come.Please sign up online or directly with us as below.

Tony & Kate Sakowski


804 387 3875


2015 Governor's Cup - Southern Leg

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The Governor's Cup - an offshore distance race to St. Mary's, MD has a new southern leg starting in Mobjack bay.  This is the innuagural running of the southern leg and any offshore boats interested in sailing it are invited to register by the end of the week.  The race will start on Friday, July 31.

More information and to sign up visit: http://www.smcm.edu/events/govcup/


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Benton Amthor receiving the Commonwealth of Virginia Trophy for the second year in a row, and third year in a row for FBYC!

With the end of Junior Week, 49 kids on the FBYC junior race teams began the most intense period of sailing-and racing-many will experience in their entire lives.  In 19 days the teams raced in 7 regattas!

The first regatta was FBYC’s own Junior Olympics, immediately following Junior Week on June 27 & 28. The Opti and Laser Development Teams, and the Opti and Laser Race Teams, all competed. Our kids dominated against teams from AYC, SSA, Tred Avon, Hampton, around the bay and North Carolina. In the Opti division, our own Nathan Smith won Overall, and the next four spots were claimed by teammates Benton Amthor, Boyd Bragg, Ian Street and Guthrie Braun! In the Laser Radial, Luke Hayes was 6th, followed by Jed Londrey and Garret Levy.

Click Read More for reports and photos of all 7 regattas!



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At 2 pm on Sunday, July 19, the FBYC Opti Race Team is on the water racing at the USODA National Team Racing Championships in Pensacola, Florida; the FBYC Laser Race Team is unloading the transport trailer in the rigging yard at the upcoming Laser US National Championships at Brandt Beach Yacht Club, New Jersey; and the Opti Development Team and the Laser Development Team just came off the water from practice at the Club!

Not including today, the teams have raced in seven regattas in the last three weeks, placing first in five! Look for a Junior Newsletter later this week with a full update.


Leukemia Cup Rocks at the Deltaville Maritime Museum

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The 17th Annual Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta held in Deltaville over the weekend of July 10-12 was another huge success with 61 registered yachts and enthusiastic crowds at the Auction and Gala held for the second consecutive year at the Deltaville Maritime Museum & Holly Point Nature Park.

Typically the Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta is one of the most successful Leukemia Cup Regattas in the country in spite of being one of the smallest of such national venues, and this year should prove to be no exception. Having four times been voted the Best Regatta on the Bay by the readers of Chesapeake Bay Magazine, the 2015 Regatta is expected to be a strong contender for this honor again this year.


Pied Piper 15th at J/70 Worlds

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Congratulations to Gannon & Dan Troutman and crew on their 15th place finish at the J/70 World Championship.  They were among 78 teams from 16 countries competing.  Way to represent FBYC!

Read more about their regatta on their Facebook Page.

July 4th Cookout and Race Roundup

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With the weather near perfect, 231 members and guests attended the FBYC July 4th event this year with 28 boats racing.   In the race's debut of J/70's they were no match Mark/Melissa Stevens in the incumbent Front Runners fending off the newcomers and taking the Hick's Trophy.  Matt/A.L. Braun took 2nd and Len Guenther was 3rd.

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The cookout Featured hamburgers/cheeseburgers/hotdogs with & w/o sauerkraut, homemade sides (think 'Mac & cheese' and more), beer, wine, soda, water and, of course, finished off with the famous Ice Cream bar.  A good time was had by all.



Kids Rule June!

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Junior Week Campers

OPTI KIDS AND JUNIOR WEEK  This year’s Opti Kids and Junior Week smashed all records for numbers and fun! A total of 44 sailors attended Opti Kids and 143 sailors and over 40 full time volunteers and 6 pro coaches attended Junior Week! The weather was perfect. Paul and Julie Ann Wash taught Opti Kids, and every sailor left loving sailing. Doug and Jennifer Bendura then did an amazing job of organizing everything from the class assignments to the tee shirts for Junior Week. There were 13 separate classes this year; 200 kids and their families attended the pool party with the teen band ZigZag, and on Thursday night we hosted 340 at the traditional catered cook out! Like last year, Friday ended with ice cream. Every day brought perfect winds and fun for everyone. A simple statistic that proves how successful Junior Week 2015 was: 51 Junior Week sailors stayed to race in the Junior Olympics the weekend following camp!

Click Read More for reports on the Junior Olympics, Race Teams and YMCA Camp.


Moonrise Over FBYC

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George Stateham the Commodore of Fairfield Harbour Yacht Club was anchored out on Jackson Creek just off the club and caught this gorgeous moonrise this weekend:

Moon over FBYC


July 4th Registration

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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

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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

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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.