J70 Happy Hour

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The J/70 Fleet is having a happy hour at The Tobacco Company on Friday starting at 5:30 and is inviting skippers, crew, fellow members and anyone else interested talking sailing over cocktails & reduced price appetizers.


Member Preference Ending

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The Member Preference Period for Junior Registration ends February 28. Some classes and teams are nearing full capacity, and we are anticipating closing registration for these events shortly after February 28.

Members should register today at: https://www.fbyc.net/Juniors/Admin/Registration

FBYC Juniors Make History!!!

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St. Petersburg Yacht Club Valentine's Day Regatta

Benton Amthor finished first overall, and Boyd Bragg finished third overall out of 284 Optis this past weekend at the Valentine’s Day Regatta in St. Petersburg, Florida!  The Valentine’s Day Regatta is one of the most prestigious and important annual junior regattas in the United States, attracting the top professionally run teams from across the country.  It is amazing to go on line and see the posted results, with Benton and Boyd and Fishing Bay Yacht Club listed above the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Lauderdale Yacht Club, Coral Reef Yacht Club, TeamFOR, LIMA, LISOT, TeamSYC, and on and on!  Benton had all bullets!  Here is the link to the Gold Fleet Results: www.spyc.org

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Quantum Key West Race Week 2015

As most of you have heard by now, our own junior rock star Gannon Troutman dominated at Key West Race Week, January 18-23, skippering and steering his family’s J70 Pied Piper to 5th out of 54!  Gannon was recognized as the youngest skipper-and most successful junior-in the 28 year history of the event.  The J70 is the hottest, fastest growing keel boat fleet in the country, attracting the best sailors in the world.  The fleet was filled with professional sailors and sailmakers, as well as top sailors Tim Healy, Eric Doyle, Tony Rey and even Dave Ullman!  Gannon’s crew consisted of his Dad and FBYC Opti coaches Victor Diaz de Leon (tactician)  and Tommy Dietrich (trimmer).  Victor coached our Fall Opti Race Team in 2013 and Tommy coached our Summer Opti Race Team in 2014, and will return in 2015 as our head coach.  This finish qualifies Gannon for the 2015 Worlds!  Be sure and catch the article about Gannon in the March Log.  

We are so proud of Gannon, Benton and Boyd; all members of our Opti Race Team.  Florida has been good to us this winter!  According to Benton’s Dad, Doug, FBYC is all the buzz in Florida!


Mark Hayes, Junior Division Commander 

2015 Crew Training Program

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20140408-002FBYC is again offering their popular Crew Training Program with classes starting in March.  This program was started over 25 years ago and has been introducing sailors to the sport and to FBYC ever since.  The class consists of 3 evening classes in Richmond and 2 optional on the water practice days at FBYC.

Classroom instruction is provided by FBYC racing skippers and crew with experience in local, national and international racing and participants are given written materials to compliment the classroom sessions.

  • Classroom: Tuesday, March 24 6:30pm
  • Classroom: Tuesday, March 31 6:30pm
  • Classroom: Tuesday, April 14 6:30pm
  • Practice: Saturday, April 18 10am
  • Practice: Sunday, May 3 10am

20140408-003Space is limited the class is expected to fill up - so please register early.  And if you've got a friend, coworker, crewmate, etc who you think would enjoy the class, please encourage them to sign up.

Question and registation visit the Crew Training Website.  Or watch this video.


Mark Your Calendars Now!

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Bermuda High Party
Saturday, March 28
Home of Paul and Julie Ann Wash
4106 Park Avenue
Richmond, Va 23221
Time to don your Bermuda shorts and sundresses and come party!
Bring your socks for the traditional sock burning!
$15 members, $20 non-members
Register Online Now
Questions? Please contact Carol Bokinsky (804) 839-6214 or chbokinsky@gmail.com

And be sure to tell your friends you are coming on our facebook event.

2015 Dock Improvements

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Over the past month a few improvements have been made to the middle pier - replacing everything up from the pilings on the first 100' of the dock. The pump dock has been entirely replaced.  In the coming weeks the T-head on the west dock will be lengthened to end of the slips.


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Winter Program- Save the Date! - March 25th

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FBYC  Winter Program - Wednesday, March 25th

Omni Hotel Downtown
100 South 12th Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
6-7 pm: light hors d'oeuvres and cocktail hour

7 pm: Rob Overton, chair of US Sailing Rules Committee, will give a presentation on how to improve your racing tactics by improving your knowledge of the rules.

All are welcome. Tickets $10, available for purchase on FBYC website soon.

Questions? Please contact Carol Bokinsky (chbokinsky@gmail.com or 839-6214).

Welcome 2015 Summer Coaches!!!

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Fishing Bay Yacht Club is excited to announce its 2015 Professional Summer Coaching Staff!  Once again, we will have world class coaches with a breadth of experience as both racers and coaches.  They have over 30 years of combined coaching experience.  Two are returning for their second and third seasons of coaching at FBYC, and three grew up in our program.  They will be led by Head Coach Tomas Dietrich, who is himself a National and South American Champion! 


Gannon Troutman: KWRW Youngest Skipper (Ever)

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Some of the world's greatest sailors are competing in J/70 class at Quantum Key West 2015. Most of them got beaten by a 12-year-old during Monday's second race of the series.

Gannon Troutman has gone from racing Optimist dinghies to skippering an entry in the largest class at one of the greatest regattas in North America. And the kid is doing pretty well, steering Pied Piper to a third place finish in the talent-laden, 54-boat class.

Troutman"I almost fell off the spectator boat!" Robin Troutman said of seeing her son's boat heading to the finish line with the lead pack. "I couldn't believe he was doing that well on the first day."

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Are you ready for the summer?  Would you and your kids love a truly memorable experience that includes sailing, travel and FUN with friends?  Join one of FBYC’s Junior Race Teams!  Fishing Bay Yacht Club is renowned for the success of its sailing teams from Maine to Louisiana and across the Chesapeake Bay.  Our goal is to get kids on the race course, and the best way to do that is on a team with expert coaches and great friends.  From 7 year olds who have never raced to High School Seniors ready to sail collegiately-we have a team for everyone.  Last year 46 juniors sailed on our five teams.  This summer we are adding a sixth team-the Laser Development Team!   
In addition to the summer teams we will have teams for both Optis and Lasers in the spring and fall.  Registration opens February 1.  Visit our website at https://www.fbyc.net/Juniors/Overview  for information on all of our programs, and to register.  Space is limited.  Come join us!


2015 Draft Schedule

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This fall and winter the event scheduling committee consisting of our fleet and division leaders led by incoming vice commodore Ted Bennett have been hard at work creating the 2015 events schedule.  They took a close look at our events over the past year and have hopefully created an event that does more of what we liked and less of what we didn't.  They've also done their best to coordinate with other local and regional sailing and non-sailing events to reduce conflicts where possible.

A couple noteworthy changes for this year:

  • FBYC will host the Laser Atlantic Coast Championship in mid May
  • Junior week a week later on the calendar, but that's still in line with following when schools are out
  • The Junior Division will host USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival at the end of June
  • Added more racing to Memorial Day Weekend
  • J/70 Chesapeake Championship moved to October
  • J/70 Fleet will have some additional race days of their own

And finally - some details of the Cruising schedule are still being worked out at this time, so the cruising schedule draft has not yet been posted.

And if you have any questions about these events or want to know how you can participate or volunteer, contact the fleet captains and division commanders.

2015 FBYC Events Schedule

2015 One Design Fleet Captains

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As we begin 2015 I wanted to introduce our adult One Design fleet captains for the year:

24/5055 Len Guenther/Barb Guenther

Flying Scot
Len Guenther

Len has been fleet captain before and is a regular racer in the Flying Scot and Laser fleets.  He also crews on J/70s when he has the chance.  You'll often find Len sailing with his wife Barb. In addition to racing at FBYC, Len has taken his Flying Scot to numerous ACC and North American Championships.

157552 Frank Murphy

Frank Murphy

Frank is a long-time member of the Laser fleet and regularly participates in our Laser series as well as the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship.  Known to Laser Masters as one of Alain's chef helpers.  Frank also has a big boat that he races in PHRF. This is Frank's first year taking the helm of the Laser Fleet.

7/27 Front Runner sailing in the FBYC Summer Sea Breeze Regatta with Marie.

Front Runner
Jon Deutsch

Known for Laser sailing, but less known for sailing anything he can get his hands on - Jon Deutsch takes over the reign as the Front Runner Fleet captain for 2015.  Over the past few years Jon has jumped at any chance to sail a Front Runner and has usually sported newbie crew when he does - and he even wins a race every now and again against the grizzled Front Runner stalwarts of the fleet.


Blake Kimbrough

FBYC's newest fleet - the J/70's number 10 strong this year going into their 3rd year of existance.  Blake Kimbrough, shown with his wife Julia along with Blake's father Lud have been busy with their new J/70 (Nostalgia) over the past 2 years competing in everything from FBYC Friday night racing to the World Championship in Newport R.I. last year.

 If you are interested in sailing in these fleets or want more information - contact any of the fleet captains or contact One Design Division Commander - Jon Deutsch.

Welcome New Junior Families!

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Exciting news: 60 juniors joined FBYC with their families in 2014!  Most of these juniors have never attended any of our camps or learn to sail programs, and many of their parents have questions about our various programs, race teams, classes and organization; and most important, how to choose the most appropriate events for their sailor.  

We very loosely divide the programs into two overlapping sections:  educational and racing.  We are especially proud of our educational programs, which will be covered in this newsletter.  Opti Kids and Junior Week form the foundation of the Junior Division.  All but 7 of the 46 racers on the 2014 Race Teams started sailing as campers during either Opti Kids or Junior Week.  Both programs are the gateway for countless kids to not only learn to sail, but more importantly, to develop a life-long love of sailing.  As follow-up to Opti Kids and Junior Week we offer Private Lessons and a Fun Sail, which are designed to keep kids on the water and learning.  It is our goal to reach as many children as possible with the joy of sailing; and whether it is racing, day sailing, cruising, or just knocking about in boats on the water, it is our hope that we foster a love of sailing which will enrich their lives.  Our motto is:  if kids have fun sailing with their friends, they will come back for more!  Many of our sailors become close friends during Opti Kids, and remain friends through the years as they graduate through the Junior Week classes and various race teams, until they finally leave our program for college.  


Fall Opti Race Team Tames Lake Pontchartrain!

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While most of us ate turkey over the Thanksgiving Holiday, 4 of the 14 juniors on our Fall Opti Race Team raced in the USODA Opti Midwinter Championship Regatta in New Orleans.  Before you feel too badly for them, you should know that they had Thanksgiving dinner with their families at the Southern Yacht Club, which boasts one of the premier restaurants in New Orleans; and enjoyed breakfast at the famous Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter!  

The Southern Yacht Club, on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain, is one of the oldest clubs in the United States and is the long time host of the Midwinter Championship.  The Midwinter is especially important in the world of Opti racing as it is used by the USODA to set the international teams representing the United States in spring competitions around the world, including in Asia, South America, North America and Europe.  As you can imagine, the regatta draws the best sailors from around the country.  Only the top place finishers are invited on teams.  Lake Pontchartrain is a fascinating place to race.  It is actually a large saltwater estuary bordering New Orleans, and is 40 miles long and 24 miles wide.  In the autumn fast moving cold fronts often bring big shifty winds, cool temperatures, and steep, gnarly waves.  This year was no exception, with temperatures in the 50s and low 60s, and shifty winds gusting to nearly 20 knots.