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.

Power to Docks Will Be Off Until Tides Recede

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Please be aware that the power to all the docks has been switched off and will remain off until at least Monday or Tuesday depending on the level of the high tides.

David Clark, Docks Chair


J/70 Chesapeake Championship

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Due to the severe weather forcast, the J/70 Chesapeake Championship is cancelled. Details about entry fees and t-shirts are being communicated via email with registered boats.

Hurricane Joaquin

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FBYC Members:
We are closely monitoring the track of Hurricane Joaquin. 

We request that all boat owners, those with vessels on the FBYC docks as well as those in dry storage, secure their property in preparation for high winds and abnormally high tides.   Although Club Manager Dixon Cole and others may be present during the upcoming storm, FBYC is not responsible for damage to your vessel or damage your vessel may cause to others. 

Please continue to monitor email and the FBYC web site for any additional notices or updates.

Thank you.

David Lennarz
Rear Commodore

David Clark
Docks Chairman

Laser Fall Regatta Cancellation

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Tomorrow's Laser Fall Regatta is cancelled due to the weather forecast and predicted coastal flooding that would make it difficult to come and go from the club.

Indian Summer Regatta: Cancelled

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The One Design Indian Summer Regatta for Saturday has been canceled. With the very likely outcome of high winds, lots of rain and high tides - the fun factor is probably not going to be high enough for most of us to want to be out there.

As of now the Laser Fall Regatta is still on for Sunday and will be held unless something is posted otherwise.  We'll look see late Saturday if this weather system is sticking around or will be moving off and cancel then if it looks dire.

The next and last one design racing opportunity of the season is the One Design Closing Day and will be held on Sunday, October 11.

US Offshore Sailing Championship

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Glenn Doncaster (Nanuq) and the crew, Jerry Latell, Bob Fleck, Jimmy Cobb, Alex Otoole, Matt Newborn, and Charles Henderson, will compete for the U.S. Offshore Championship Friday thru Sunday, September 24-27, in Annapolis.  This prestigious championship is hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy and sailed on Navy 44s.  Glen and his Nanuq crew were awarded the right to be one of the representatives from our area through their outstanding offshore results over the past 18 months.

Follow the event at the event website.



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FBYC Fall Opti Race Team at Camp Sea Gull. Left to right: Madeline Amthor, Guthrie Braun, Benton Amthor, Nathan Smith, Reed McAllister, William Cornell, John Vail, Coach Bob Lippincott, Chase Brewer, Josh Bendura, and Ava Cornell

This past weekend, September 19th & 20th, our Fall Opti Race Team dominated at the 2015 USODA Southeast Championship! The regatta was held at Camp Sea Gull, on the Neuse River, in North Carolina. There were 86 boats on the water, and all of our kids had outstanding finishes, including 2nd, 4th and 5th! That is 3 in the top 5! Benton Amthor was 2nd overall, Nathan Smith was 4th overall, and Guthrie Braun was 5th overall. In addition, Reed McAllister was 1st in the White Fleet. We had a total of 10 kids who made the trip, and 6 scored in the top 23, qualifying them for the 2016 USODA Team Trials! Even our youngest and least experienced sailors did outstanding!

Click Read More for a full report on the regatta and additional photos


FBYC Mobile App 1.5.5

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The latest version of the FBYC Mobile App (Version 1.5.5) is now available in the App Store. This version fixes several stability issues introduced with iOS 9 released on September 16th. If you update your device to iOS 9, you must update to FBYC 1.5.5 to avoid any interruption. Stay tuned for exciting new features arriving in the Fall! If you have any questions please contact me at paul.wash@webnext.net.

Download on the App Store



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Fall Opti Race Team Members Logan Hayes, Jayden Jones, Gannon Troutman and Alex Resio, at the 2014 Halloween Howl, Annapolis Yacht Club

FBYC’s junior fall sailing season has kicked off, and we are offering opportunities in Optis, Lasers and 420s!

Fall Opti Race Team. The Fall Opti Race Team is racing next weekend at the USODA Southeastern Championship at Camp Sea Gull, near Oriental, North Carolina. Next up will be the USODA Spring Team Qualifiers at Sail Newport, in Newport, Rhode Island on October 9th-11th; and finally, the USODA Atlantic Coast Championship at Annapolis Yacht Club on October 24th-25th. We are extremely fortunate to have Bobby Lippincott coaching the team this fall. Bobby is a vastly experienced coach and successful racer in everything from Optis to Stars! You can see his bio on our webpage at https://www.fbyc.net/Juniors/Coaches. The team will also practice at the club on select weekends.

Click on Read More for details on all of the upcoming junior opportunities!



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The Trophy Committee will receive nominations until October 7th for the following perpetual trophies to be awarded at the Annual Awards Party in November.

PIANKATANK TROPHY – Recognizes the FBYC skipper who most exemplifies the principle that “all is not lost until the boat sinks.”

MATTHEW FONTAINE MAURY BOWL – Recognizes a member of FBYC for an outstanding contribution to sailing at Fishing Bay Yacht Club.

COMPETITION TROPHY – Recognizes a member of FBYC who is the skipper of an enrolled offshore or one-design boat and who most successfully represented FBYC in sailboat racing events conducted by other yacht clubs or associations during the past year. Nominations should consider the character (local, regional, national) of events entered and the quality of competition as well as the member’s performance.

ALLEN B. FINE TROPHY – Recognizes the outstanding crewperson of an FBYC enrolled yacht. Any skipper who is a club member may nominate anyone who has crewed on a FBYC boat (offshore or one-design) during the regular club season.

THE HUBARD TROPHY – Awarded to the outstanding woman sailor of FBYC in recognition of dedication, participation, and performance and sportsmanship while sailing.

SPORTSMANSHIP TROPHY – Recognizes the Offshore Division skipper who displays the best sportsmanship during the regular season.

ANNUAL RACE COMMITTEE TROPHY – Awarded to the club member who has made the greatest contribution to race committee work and race management at FBYC.

BECCA BOAT TROPHY – Awarded to the FBYC junior female member who most exemplifies Becca Clary’s devotion to FBYC.

Please contact the Trophy Chairman, Geoffrey Cahill, with your nominations. Send nominations to Geoff at gcahill1949@gmail.com (preferred) or mail to 1100 Horsepen Road, Richmond, VA 23229. Your nomination should include the person’s name and the reason the person is being nominated for a particular trophy.


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Maleah Brown enjoying a Private Lesson

It has been a busy summer for the Junior Division, not just during Opti Kids, Junior Week, the Junior Olympics and the Race Teams, but also for our Educational Programs following Opti Kids and Junior Week. Our hope at the beginning of the summer was to keep kids on the water learning and having fun after Opti Kids and Junior Week. Parents and sailors could choose from one or all three non-racing programs, and from beginner to advanced. All were great follow-ups to the larger classes of Opti Kids and Junior Week. The primary goal was the same-to encourage kids to fall in love with sailing by having a great time! The programs were taught by our Development Team coaches, Austin Powers, Claire Lennarz and Eric Roos. If the above photo of Maleah is any indication, then we were successful!

Click Read More for a full report on this year's Private Lessons, Fun Sail and August OptiWeek


FBYC Pool Lifeguard Shortage Next Two Weeks

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Due to a lifeguard shortage, we are asking FBYC parents not to count on pool lifeguards being in attendance the next 2 weekends/weeks  - which includes the Labor Day Weekend.  We expect parents, or responsible adults, to monitor pool activities and maintain a safe environment for the children and no children to be left unattended.
Thank you.
Ed O'Connor
FBYC Grounds Chair

Stingray's Just A Week Away!

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The 21st Annual Stingray Point Regatta is just a week away!  We've got a great list of entrants so far, but it's not too late to get in on the action.  We have extended our early registration deadline through this coming Tuesday (September 1, 2015) so don't think you have a reason to miss out on all the great racing and the fun party!

Speaking of fun party, we've got two evenings and an afternoon of great times to be had!  A schedule of events is posted below, but here are some of the highlights:

Friday evening's skipper meeting will be followed by a casual pizza party with refreshments provided.

Saturday evening will feature a cocktail hour (cash bar) followed by a catered dinner.  The menu includes smoked brisket and fried chicken, so bring an appetite (and your meal tickets!)  We'll have live music performed by Snackbar Jones, as well.  If you're one of the few who's not familiar with these guys, check their webpage out here: http://snackbarjones.com/ 

You can register just for the party and dinner even if you're not racing, but meal tickets may not be available after Wednesday, September 2, so reserve your spot while you still can!  Just follow the registration link for the Stingray Point event here on the FBYC webpage.

The schedule of events for the weekend is as follows:


0900 – 1030        Distance Race Check-In

1100                   Skipper’s Meeting adjacent to the Official Notice Board

1300                   First Warning for Stingray Light Race

1600 – 1745        Check-In for the Saturday and Sunday Stingray Point Regatta

1800                   Mandatory Skipper’s Meeting for the Stingray Point Regatta (Saturday and Sunday Series) adjacent to the Official Notice Board

1830                   Welcome – Casual Reception Followed by Distance Race Awards


0800 – 0900        Continental Breakfast

1100                   First Warning for Race One

1700 - 1830        Cocktails at Ric's Place.      

1830 – 2230        Dinner, Awards and Live Entertainment


0800 – 0900        Continental Breakfast 

1100                   First Warning for Race One

1500 or asap       Casual Reception Followed by Awards



Legacy of Sail - great racing and new perpetual

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11 boats in 2 fleets sailed in the Legacy of Sail Regatta on Sunday.  These sailors of a certain vintage sailing both new and old boats got to sail 4 races in a 7-10 knot north east breeze.  Looking to raise the profile of this event, a new perpetual award presented by Paul Almany was awarded to the top competitor in the largest fleet.  This years winner was John Wake.



Smith Point Race Results

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The 2015 Smith Point race will be remembered for the upwind slog and the downwind glide.  4 fleets sailed varying distances towards Smith Point lighthouse at the entrance to the Potomac River.


The last fleets to finish were crossing the line around 2-2:30 am.  Thanks to Case Whittemore and his crew on RC.

Sunday morning Paul & Julie Anne Wash led the breakfast of made-to-order crab omlets while awards were given.




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Benton Amthor at the Opti Nationals

A lot has happened since our last full newsletter in July! Our kids have raced from Brant Beach, New Jersey, to the bath-warm waters of Pensacola, to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, back north to the “invigorating” Atlantic off Salem, Massachusetts, to Ware River Yacht Club, and finally, back home for the Annual One Design. As always, our kids were a force in every venue and had a lot of fun along the way. The kids and their families explored the haunted houses of Salem, swam on the beach at Pensacola and rode the rides on the Jersey Shore, rolled down famed Jockey’s Ridge, climbed the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and raced go-carts in Nags Head. We even had two dads, Jef Londrey and David Lennarz, fly in a bi-plane over Roanoke Island! What more could you want in a summer? 

Click on Read More for a complete report on the second half of the Race Teams' summer!


Reminder about FBYC IOS App

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Have you seen the FBYC Mobile App? Have an iphone/ipad and want quick access to important information such as:

  • Upcoming Events & Information
  • General Sailing Instructions & Appendix
  • Current local weather conditions
  • Member Directory [members only]

Version 1.3.6 can be downloaded at the Apple App store at  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fishing-bay-yacht-club/id980811053?mt=8   Look for a new version in the next week with results and more features.

To see the Member Directory on the App - you use the same credentials that you have at the website.  Big Thanks to Paul Wash and a number of tester-members for their work making this possible.

Download on the App Store