Murphy Rules (2017-2020) Seminar At RRYC

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WHEN: Saturday, March 4 – Registration begins at 8:15 AM

WHERE: Rappahannock River Yacht Club in Irvington, Virginia

COST:  $20 / person

CONTACT: Tom Chapman at RRYC


  • Tacking in the Zone
  • Hailing at an Obstruction
  • Room to Pass an Obstruction
  • New Code “U” Starting Flag
  • Definition of “Support Person” (including parents)
  • And more

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.

Maintenance & Repair Project Update

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Jackson creek dredging is complete & the markers have been placed! Here are the final soundings:



Around the Club, the East slip bulkhead has been backfilled and work as begun on the floors in Fannie’s House.  Please avoid going inside until February 25.


Save The Dates!

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NOTICE TO:  All FBYC Members

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!


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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!


Junior Events Registration now available February 2

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Oh no!  We had a glitch! Registration for OptiKids, Junior Week, Race teams and August OptiWeek will be available again February 2.  If you already registered, we have your registration!

Time to register for Junior Sailing

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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.

Follow the link below to our registration site and reserve your spot now!   Go to:, find your event, and then click the “Sign Up” link to the right.  Or you can see a summary of all the times, dates and links at

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.)

Visit our Junior website pages for more information: and the various pages on the left sidebar of that webpage.
I look forward to seeing you this summer!

A.L. Braun
Junior Division Lt. Commander

Junior program registration launching shortly

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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 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.

You Don't Have to "Own Your Own" Boat to Captain Your Own Ship!

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Here's what you can do with one of our club-owned sailboats:

  • Cruise for a day on the Piankatank
  • Take the helm and direct your own crew in a one-design race
  • Learn how to become a more competent sailor

Are you interested?

FBYC now owns a J24 and a Flying Scot, just waiting for you to "Take the Tiller" and go sailing.  But we need to know how many people are interested in order to develop procedures and priorities for use.  So......PLEASE raise your hand and email the adult sailing director, Karen Soule, at AND complete the following sentence:

I am interested in using club-owned boat to.........?

We'll keep you updated and let you know how you can skipper your own boat....if only for a day!

Curtis Stokes & Deltaville Boatyard Present a Fishing, Cruising, & Sailing Seminar

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My former colleages at Deltaville Boatyard and Curtis Stokes would like to invite all FBYC members to join them at Deltaville Maritime Museum for a day of outstanding speakers and vendors.  

WHEN:  February 4,2017 from 9:00am- 4:00pm

WHERE:  Deltaville Maritime Museum

REGISTRATION CONTACT:  Gina Love - or call 804-384-6283

COST:  $10.00 Register by February 1 or $15.00 at the door - Lunch will be provided


  • America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association - Cruising the loop
  • Jimmick Jr. Fishing Charters' Jim Deibler - Trolling setup
  • Truth Reels' Wes Seigler - Fishing in the shallows
  • Colonial Seaport Foundation - Shipping under sail and classroom ship
  • Smith Point Sea Rescue's Buddy Sylvia - Safety and rescue at sea
  • Deltaville Boatyard's Garmin Certified & ABYC Technician Eric Valliere - Using your GPS and fish finding equipment
  • Curtis Stokes and Associates' Curtis Stokes - Buying and selling a boat
  • RRYC's Vice Commodore Tom Chapman - Sailing and sailboat racing

Seminars hosted by Deltaville Boatyard have always been popular and regularly sell out.  This event is being organized by Quentin Haynie, the broker in charge of the Curtis Stokes Deltaville Office.  He does a great job here in Deltaville for both buyers and sellers.  I've worked on many projects with Eric from DBY and can honestly say, he is the best electronics troubleshooter, engineer, and installer in our area.  I also met Wes who owns and operates Truth Reels in the Northern Neck at a community outreach event.  His reels are second to none and he does a lot of good work around the area.

Please consider taking a trip over to the Deltaville Maritime Museum on Saturday, February 4th for this seminar.


FBYC Hosts USSailing Race Seminar

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This past Saturday, FBYC hosted an all day (literally) seminar for those wanting to keep up with the new rule changes, to recertify as a club race officer, or to become certified as a new club race officer.  The seminar was well attended with folks from NYCC, HYC, RRYC, Kingsmill, and FBYC.  Of the 27 registered, 15 were from FBYC...that's impressive.  We were instructed by the team of John McCarthey (supervised by Lin McCarthey) and Jerry Thompson pictured below.  It's great to be part of a racing program that values and supports, informed and efficient race officers.  Thank you to all that participated - 2017 is going to be a great year.

USSailing One Day Race Management Seminar January 21st

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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.


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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