Second, on Wednesday, March 29 at Orchard House School in Richmond we will be hosting a Night with Sally Barkow - Magenta Project Network Member, Olympian, & 2-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. Sign up here: new.fbyc.net/events/1716/register/contact
The 420 Class for Junior Week is CLOSED - All other classes and race teams remain open, but spots are filling fast!
We are excited about the 2017 Junior sailing season at Fishing Bay Yacht Club, and look 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. Similar to our other race teams, 420 Race Team sailors will need to provide their own boats. Please email our Junior Division Commander, Doug Bendura (email@example.com) if you are interested. We will again offer a beginner 420 class during Junior Week (club boats provided), which is separate from the 420 Race Team. Please email A.L. Braun (AnnLisa.Braun@bdnreit.com) if you are interested in volunteering or if your teenager is interested in being a counselor-in-training that week.
Follow the link below to our registration site and reserve your spot now!
Just in time for sailing season, The Corps of Engineers has done another survey of Jackson Creek Entrance and published it today. Previous was 9/1/16 this latest done just last month on 2/8/17. Looks like the channel is more uniformly wide and 8 or more deep. These last two surveys are color coded and lots easier to read and compare. All recent surveys and condition reports are available with the link.
New survey information has been added to ESDS.
Survey Number: JK_01_JCK_20170208_CS Channel: Jackson Creek Project: Jackson Creek Surveying Start Date: 2/8/2017 Surveying End Date: 2/8/2017 You can view this data by visiting the ESDS website at http://gis.nao.usace.army.mil/ESDS/SurveysIndex.aspx?channelId=63.
John and Mary Galloway, Nancy Powell, and Chris Lindbloom are pleased to host the Welcome Cruisers Party on April 8. We will start the 2017 cruising season at the FBYC clubhouse and will provide beer, wine, & heavy hors d’oeuvres. New members interested in getting involved in FBYC cruising are welcome! We will have the opportunity to renew our friendships, share past sailing stories, and talk about the upcoming cruising schedule. For further details, contact John Galloway. The registration deadline is April 1 so please register early at https://new.fbyc.net/events/1664/register/contact/
At long last, we have a new header on the top of https://new.fbyc.net that is colorful and responds to mobile devices. Both of our websites https://www.fbyc.net and https://new.fbyc.net will continue to look the same on a computer, but when you visit the new site on a mobile device, you will see a different look.
The top of the page will have a blue bar, with a burgee on the left, and a “hamburger” icon on the right. Click on the icon and it opens the navigation menu- seen in second image.
You will likely see the header when you register for an event on your phone or tablet. I want you to be aware of the change so you won’t be surprised. The design is similar to what you see on the IOS App, so it gives some consistency to our brand.
WHERE: Quirk Hotel - 201 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
CONTACT: Jay Collier – 804-928-4804
While the cooler air may have you thinking that sailing season is out of reach, the truth is that it’s right around the corner. The FBYC Young Members are kicking of 2017 with a get together at Quirk Hotel in Richmond on Thursday, March 9th at 6pm. Come enjoy some time with fellow YAMs and share your excitement for the upcoming season. Jay Collier will be leading this event and can be reached at 804.928.4804 should you have any questions.
There aren’t many things to look forward to in getting old – but Laser Masters sailing is definitely one of them. This was my first time sailing Florida Laser Masters week having just qualified a few months ago. The week consists of 3 events – Florida Masters in West Palm, Masters Midweek Madness in Sarasota and Masters Midwinters in Tampa. For over a decade now I’ve been running the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Regatta at Fishing Bay Yacht Club and so I was familiar with masters sailing in general. I’ve also traveled to numerous ILCA-NA events from ACC to Nationals to North Americans and was eager to try out Masters week. Unfortunately, my schedule would collude to only allow me to attend the first 2 of the 3 events.
The first event this year was in West Palm Beach at Palm Beach Sailing club which is nestled in a residential neighborhood with some marine industry nearby. The clubhouse has a few rooms and a bar that opens out to an expansive pavilion deck. Between there and the water was room for rows and rows of boats to rig and be stored.
Few sporting events inspire us as much as the Olympics, and few international sailing events thrill as much as the Volvo Ocean Race. On March 29th, you will have an opportunity to hear from a sailor that has competed in both – carrying two-time US Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year after her name. Her racing accomplishments both onshore and offshore make her a force to be reckoned with on the course. She will be sharing with us the adventure & excitement these events bring.
Sailing is one of the unique sports where men and women compete together on a level playing field. Sally Barkow, of Team SCA 2014-2015 & the Magenta Project, was part of a very successful all female team, winning a leg of the around the world race, as well as in port races. Hear about the race, with ever changing conditions and challenges in the race & in the boat. Afterwards, Sally delve a little bit more into strategy itself.
You won't want to miss this chance to see one of the best match racers and sailors in the country & to hear about one of the most exciting sailboat races in the world!! Buy your tickets today before they sell out!!
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 - 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, & 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!!
FBYC 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. For anyone looking to learn the basics of sailing, or get into racing, or improve their skills - this is the class. 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.
Space 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.
FBYC Laser Race Team at the 2013 North Americans, Kingston, Ontario.
The summer issue of Virginia Sportsman Magazine, published today, has a full length article about the FBYC junior race teams. Included with the article are many photos of our kids. The article is a follow-up to last year’s article about our junior sailing camps, and covers the successes and adventures of our teams. You can pick up the edition at any magazine retailer, or purchase and view it online at https://www.thevirginiasportsman.com. Are you junior moms and dads ready for the summer?!
Definition of “Support Person” (including parents)
Presented by John McCarthy, this seminar for skippers and crew is designed to maximize understanding of the rules by removing needless complexity and using “real life” scenarios that happen every day on the race course. Remember to bring your new Racing Rules of Sailing (2017-2020) – a limited number will be available for purchase.
FBYC has many social activities planned for 2017 and there are five major ones you should be sure to mark on your calendar: - Saturday, April 22 Opening Day Party - Sunday, May 28th Open House Party - Sunday, July 2nd Family Cookout - Saturday, November 4th Oyster Roast - Saturday, November 18th Commodores Ball* (*Please note, the Commodores Ball originally scheduled for November 11th has been moved to November 18th. The Offshore Winter Series race that was to be originally held on December 18th has been moved to November 11th. The FBYC Events Calendar has been updated to reflect these changes.)
Stay tuned for schedule updates and additions to the social calendar!
Piling replacement on our Middle Dock and the bulkhead wailer repairs are complete! An inspection of the crane has also been completed. Backfilling the bulkhead is the list. Here is the crew replacing the pilings:
Dredging of the Jackson Creek channel is also underway! Here is a crew working on the infamous “dog leg” of the channel:
Stay tuned for more progress updates on these projects!
Registration for Junior Events opens today, February 1 Member preference ends on Tuesday, February 28
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 a sailing activity 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. Similar to our other race teams, 420 Race Team sailors will need to provide their own boat. If interested, email our Junior Division Commander, Doug Bendura. We will again offer a beginner 420 class during Junior Week (club boats provided), which is separate from the 420 Race Team. Speaking of Junior Week, please email Ann Lisa Braun 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.
If you need help registering, email Ann Lisa Braun or contact Strother Scott at his cell 804-405-5999. (Reminder: Race Team participants do NOT need to register for Junior Week (JW is included in the registration for ORT/LRT), but Development Team participants DO need to also register for JW if they plan to attend.)
Online registration for the Summer Junior programs, originally scheduled to launch on Wednesday, February 1st, has been set up and will be available to the public as soon as testing can be completed.
It will use the new registration system which we launched in the fall of 2016 and which was very well received. In addition it uses a new payment system from www.stripe.com which had no payment issues or errors last fall for the Commodore's Ball.
Please stay tuned for an update announcement on the FBYC webpage and FBYC social media channels.