USSailing One Day Race Management Seminar January 21st

Jim Raper on

There are still a few spots left for the seminar.  It is an all day class, taught upstairs in the main clubhouse, that enables your certification as a club race officer, if that's your goal.  Certainly, it exposes you to all that the Race Committee delivers on race day, whether you are a competitor or member of the race committee.

The course is open for registration until Sunday, January 15th.  Breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks and all course materials are provided with your entry fee.

Follow this link to register -   or call Jim Raper at 804.307.3212 if you have questions.

Please Welcome our new General Manager...

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We are pleased to announce the hiring of Brian Ankrom to fill the new role of General Manager.  Brian began on January 2nd and his office is located in Fannie's House.  Brian is originally from Richmond where he coordinated and managed litigation discovery and production projects since 2001.  For the past several years he has resided in the Northen Neck with his wife and two children and has for the past two years managed vessel service projects at a local boatyard.  Brian earned a Baccalaureate in Recreation, Parks, and Sports Management from VCU, as well as a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.  He is a member of numerous community and charitable organizations to which he devotes much of his free time.

Brian will work closely with Dixon Cole, as well as various Board Members and volunteers to strengthen both our offshore and onshore activities, including development of a club-owned boat program and more social activities, as well as project management related to the proposed east dock replacement.  When you see Brian around the Club, please introduce yourself and welcome him to FBYC.

FBYC Junior Programs for 2017 - Mark Your Calendars!

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Welcome to the 2017 FBYC Junior Programs!

We are excited about the 2017 Junior sailing season at Fishing Bay Yacht Club, and looking forward to another great year of FUN! No matter your sailor's age, experience, or sailing goals, we have an event to excite them and get them out on the water with their friends. Our philosophy is that if kids have fun sailing with their friends, they will come back for more.  

New for 2017 is FBYC’s first 420 Race Team! We are partnering with Christchurch School this summer to create a 420 Race Team that will run parallel with our Opti and Laser Race Teams. If interested, email our Junior Division Commander, Doug Bendura at We will again offer a beginner 420 class during Junior Week, which is separate from the 420 Race Team. Speaking of Junior Week, please email me if you have any interest in volunteering as a coach, or your child over 13 is interested in being a counselor-in-training that week.

Key Junior Dates for 2017 at FBYC:

February 1 Online registration opens (member preference period ends 2/28)
March 18 – May 28 Spring Race Teams
May 20 – August 27   Private Lessons (Optis, Lasers & 420s)
May 28          Open House Regatta & Party
June 10, 11, 17 & 18  Opti Kids
June 10 – August 13  Summer Race Teams (Optis, Lasers & 420s)
June 19 – June 23 Junior Week
June 23 – August 13   Opti Development Team
June 24 – June 25   Fishing Bay Annual Junior Regatta
August 12 – August 13  78th Annual One-Design Regatta
September 2 – November 25 Fall Race Teams

Our Junior website pages are in the process of being updated, but you can visit them at any time for a full description of all of our Junior programs at

I look forward to seeing you this summer!

A.L. Braun
Junior Division Lt. Commander

Bermuda High Party - Saturday, March 25th!

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Home of Greg and Kathy Ullmann
5004 Old Millrace Court
Glen Allen, VA 23059

$15 members, $20 non-members

Festivals and Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’ come to mind on the Spring Equinox, but one tradition within the FBYC community brings a little foot freedom….The Burning of the Socks.  Did you know that, according to the Annapolis Maritime Museum, the act of sock burning began as a tradition in the town of Annapolis, MD, in the mid-1980s?  It is celebrated in conjunction with the spring equinox, when day and night are equal length everywhere on Earth.  In the boating community, it is frowned upon to wear socks and shoes between the spring and fall equinox.  

We will build a bonfire and burn our (cotton) socks, socialize with friends new and old, and meet new ones, and enjoy good food, drinks, and music.  So dig out your shorts, sundresses, blazers and flip flops from the back of your closet and come party with your fellow FBYC comrades at the much-anticipated Bermuda High Party. We are going to shake off those winter blues and warm up for the impending spring! We hope to see you there!!

 Please register online by Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

Questions please contact Greg and Kathy Ullmann


NOR - Inaugural Summer Solstice Ocean Race

Jim Raper on

Offshore Fleet and Cruising...below is the abbreviated text of a new event organized by CCV.  It comes on a weekend when there is a hole in the 2017 Offshore schedule and may be of interest for many...

Notice of Race | Inaugural Summer Solstice Ocean Race
Saturday, June 17th, 2017 (makeup date is June 18, 2017)

58 nm daylight race round Chesapeake light for spinnaker fleets (C, non-spin & Cruising - 29.7 nm).
The Chesapeake Light is 1 mile beyond the 12 mile zone in international waters.
The deep draft Thimble Channel is off limits for safety.
Entry fees are: $40 ($35 for USSA members) for entries paid by June 6, 2017.
Enter race and pay online:
Friday June 16th @1800 Skippers meeting at Hampton YC
Saturday June 17th @0800 first warning

  • A&B fleets from Buckroe near CCV mark "Z" to and round the Chesapeake Light (36* 54.3’N  75* 42.8’W) in the Atlantic and back. 
  • C fleet, non-spin and Cruising fleet to follow on a 29.7 nm course rounding mark "R2 CH" (36* 57.57’N  76* 00.77’W).

 Mandatory Equipment:

  • Minimum 28 LOA for the long course.
  • Safety equipment for Chesapeake Bay category,
  • 25 Watt VHF
  • Working engine (for 30 nm).
  • Radar-reflector must be set more than 6 feet above deck crossing the starting line.
  • Remove coatings on your lifelines (if applicable).
  • Personal harness for 50% of the crew. Rig Jack-lines.
  • US Coastal category and a handheld VHF/DSC/GPS are strongly recommended.
  • Using the raceQs App is strongly encouraged. 

Social: on the Hampton YC docks as boats arrive.

1949 Virginia Sailing Regatta trophy

Strother Scott on

Someone on Facebook has this pretty copper trophy engraved "Moth - 1949 - First" and they are curious as to the provenance of the trophy. There is a current international class of boats called Moth that existed back in 1949.   Please contact Strother if you know what this is. Thank you.

Update - Jere Dennison reports his second history article  gives us the answer:

"In 1944, the Virginia Sailing Association, then consisting of UYC, Rappahannock River Yacht Club, Hampton Yacht Club, and Norfolk Yacht and Country Club, decided to consolidate the annual regattas of the individual clubs into a single event known as the Virginia Sailing Regatta. The first of these wartime regattas was hosted by UYC on July 29-30, 1944 on the Rappahannock River off Urbanna.

"By all measures, the initial Virginia Sailing Regatta was a huge success. Seven one-design classes and one cruising division comprised the 79 regatta entries from over the entire Southern Bay area as well as Northern Virginia. The largest class were the Hampton O-D’s with 21 boats followed by 15 Junior Handicapped boats, 13 Cruising yachts, 12 Penguins, 8 Snipes, 4 Adult Handicapped boats, 4 Comets, and 2 Moths. Trophies for this event were War Bonds and Stamps."

So this trophy proves that the Regatta continued at least until 1949 - and the trophies were upgraded to copper!

Christmas is Coming - Don't Forget FBYC Ship's Store!

Meg Rock on

Christmas is coming!
How about a special gift or stocking stuffers from our FBYC Ship's Store?  Below is a sample of some of our new merchandise for your favorite sailors.  We can special order many items and have FBYC and/or our burgee embroidered on them, along with your boat name and sail numbers.  If you want a certain color or size just let us know.  We can also get youth sizes.  We have a catalog available for you to select merchandise from.  Please order early!
To order:  contact Debbie Cycotte
Happy Holidays!

Janet Moyers and Debbie Cycotte
FBYC Ship's Store Co-Chairs


Jackson Creek Dredging Soon Underway

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Middlesex County Administrator Matt Walker and Keith Ruse of Deltaville Boat Yard both recently confirmed in conversations that the Jackson Creek dredging project will soon be underway.  All necessary permits have been approved, and according to Ruse dredging could start as early as mid-December.  The Virginia Port Authority awarded the County a grant.  The County will also contribute money from the County's dredge fund.  Unlike with past dredging projects, no funds were solicited from FBYC.  The dredging is expected to be completed in time for our Spring sailing season.

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

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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

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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

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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: