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

Strother Scott on

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:


Would you like some more racing? Thank you sir! I'll have another!

Bob Fleck on

WChesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championshipith the chaotic weather that we've been having, do you suddenly have an itch for some more racing? Well, if you've made enough trips around the sun, you can scratch that itch at the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship this weekend at FBYC. Online registration can be found here:


If you are a few rotations short of 35, or you don't own a laser, you can still get some racing this weekend with at short trip up the Rappahannock. RRYC is hosting its final PHRF race of the season with their Commodores Cup. Jerry Latell will be PRO and they expect to race two races.  The Rappahannock race area is only 15nm from FBYC docks. A short trip to get some low-key racing and support another club's event. Race info can be found here:




Notice to Members - Facility Vandalism

Rob Whittemore on

This past weekend one of the bathrooms in Fannie’s House was vandalized. The event has been reported to the police. We all need to do our part to protect our facilities from further episodes, which becomes more difficult as we are entering the period of lower activity at the club. 
If a building is locked prior to your entrance, please make sure the building is secure/locked when you leave. When at the club, please keep any eye out for anything that seems out of place. 
Thank you for your attention,
Rob Whittemore
Rear Commodore

Fishing Bay YC Team Wins the Annapolis Yacht Club Inter-Club Team Race Challenge

Mike Toms on

FBYC Team Race Team

Fishing Bay's string of 5 consecutive seasons of participating in team racing events around the bay was extended last weekend with an exciting, and significant, win at the Annapolis Yacht Club Inter-Club Team Race Challenge. Fishing Bay's Team for the event, skippers Chris McDowell, Dan Herlihy and Ben Buhl, along with crews Carrie Russell, Jay Buhl, John and Sharon Wake and Mike Karn, with pick-up Annapolis sailor Sam Septembre, took home the championship trophy last weekend in Annapolis, besting teams from Annapolis YC, Eastport YC, Severn Sailing Association and Hampton YC. The event was a two-day, 40-race event sailed in AYC's J22s, with no spinnakers and 3 people per boat.

After the first breezy day of sailing, FBYC was tied for 3rd with AYC, with SSA in 1st and EYC in 2nd. The FBYC team knew they needed to have a good day on Sunday to have a shot at the title. When the day was over, FBYC was the champion, on the strength of losing only one race, and that by a slim margin, for the day. Fishing Bay last won a multi-club team race event in Annapolis in 1993 - we look forward to more wins for the team around the bay and beyond.

Since 2011, Fishing Bay adult team race teams have participated in multiple events around the Chesapeake, involving over 100 members ranging in age from 14 to 70+. Team racing combines the best elements of fleet racing and match racing to make for coordinated exhiliration on the water. If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting way to maximize your fun on the water, please feel free to reach out to any of the team sailors above or to Mike Toms. 



Storm Alert

Rob Whittemore on

While there is continuing uncertainty of the actual track Matthew will take, there is little doubt that Deltaville and FBYC will experience heavy wind and high water. 

It is the boat owner’s responsibility to secure their vessel. Jackson Creek slip-holders should take necessary precautions to properly secure your boat such as doubling all lines, removing sails, etc to reduce wind-age. Additionally, similar precautions should be taken to secure all boats parked in the One Design Parking Lot.

Thank you for your attention,
David Clark, Docks Chairman
Rob Whittemore, Rear Commodore

Indian Summer Regatta and One Design High Point Series Results

Joe Nelson on

The final race day of the One Design Series was conducted last Sunday. It was a beautiful, cool, sunny day with northerly winds ranging from 8 to 12 knots. What a nice fall day of racing for the six Flying Scots and four Front Runners that participated. Race officer, Jim Black and crew, ran four W4 races in quick succession followed by a W3 to finish up wind for a swift leisurely sail back to the club. Also on hand for the racing was Rob Whittemore who ran about the course giving vital on-the-water coaching on tactics and sail trim. This instruction was a good primer in how to step up our game and it was appreciated by all those racering. Once back at the dock with the boats all put up, we were surprised by a fantastic barbeque spread compliments of RuthAnn Jenkins. Everyone had a marvelous feast. Finally, just after the daily awards were presented, Rob gave us a final run down with common themes on how to improve our racing. He promised to do something similar at the start of next season. What a great day to top off this racing season for One Design team.



Meg Rock on

I am saddened to report on the end of an era with the recent death of Gene Ruark.  As owners of Ruark's Marina, Gene and his father had a long history of involvement with FBYC.  Until recently, Gene was a member of FBYC.  From the 1950's they supplied the Club with committee boats;  the first boat was "Black Cat", a converted WW2 utility boat, and later a bit more seaworthy craft named "Wild Cat".

A celebration of Gene's life will be held at 1p.m. on Saturday, October 1st, at Clarksbury United Methodist Church in Deltaville.  Interment will follow Zoar Baptist Church.

Ted Bennett, Commodore


We are rolling out our New Event Registration system

Strother Scott on

We are now live with our new Event Registration System.  We have been testing it for 3 weeks with both paying and non-paying events and with members and non-members.  Most feedback is that it is very easy to use, and not prone to errors and breakages. It also works fine on both computers and mobile devices. 
Most Red links to  Sign Up! will now direct you to the new system which occurs on  You will be required to log in using the same credentials that you use on the traditional - Legacy web site. 
I encourage everybody to register with the new system using the Red Sign Up! links.  But if you have trouble, and to ease the transition to the new system I have placed a grey link to a Legacy Sign Up! next to each red link that will use the traditional system.
The registration process also requires that you go through 3-4 steps, like a modern shopping cart, wehre 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 use the Tabs at the top


Notice to Members re Camping on Club Property

Rob Whittemore on

We appreciate the challenge housing in Deltaville creates for some of our membership; however, we must remind everyone of the club’s rules surrounding camping at the club. Please also realize that we operating in a larger community and these rules have been established to help us co-exist with our neighbors.

"Camping on Club grounds is limited to tent camping by members or their guests in the designated grass area adjacent to the East Bath House in conjunction with FBYC sailing events. The camping area must be neatly kept and open fires are not permitted. RV’s of any sort (including pop-ups or trailers) are not permitted unless expressly authorized in advance by the Rear Commodore, Grounds Chair or Club Manager and are subject to terms and conditions determined by them."

Thank you for your cooperation,
Rob Whittemore
Rear Commodore


Compact Navigation Explained - hopefully!!

Strother Scott on

In anticipation of moving our event registration system to our Django web site, please be aware that it is set up with a compact navigation menu designed to work well with mobile devices.  To see that, please visit  If you are on a computer, the website will look about the same as our traditional site  But if you are on a mobile platform (iPhone, iPad or Android phone) the site will look entirely different at the top.

The difference is the "Compact Navigation" menu. If you see the "Hamburger" icon on the top right corner, touch it to expand the real menu.  And use the displayed links to go to one of those other pages.  Or touch it again, and the menu shrinks away.

Testers have been using the new registration system for over a week, and the feedback has been very positive, and next week I look forward to sending actual registration links to the members.  Shortly thereafter, assuming things go smoothly, we will likely switch all registration to the new system.   If you can't wait, you too can test the system.  Go to the Test Junior Week Event I have set up in December, 2016.  You can register for it at  It is test event, and you may see I have a Pretend Fee with one Tee Shirt  priced at $2.  Go ahead and try paying if you don't mind donating $2 to the enterprise. 

Maybe this image will help explain the Hamburger Menu.

2016 FBYC Fall Laser Regatta Results

Jon Deutsch on

We had a great day for sailing on Saturday for our Laser Fall Regatta.  We had 7 sailors out and we took out 6 Lasers and a RIB.  Each sailor took two turns running the races while everyone else sailed.  Jon jumped from boat to boat and sailed a different boat each race.  We did 14 total races in just over 3 hours right off the dock in a 4-6 kt north east breeze.  We used Ruthana Jenkin's auto horn to run a 3 minute horn start so all the RC person had to do was hit start, call the over earlys, and record the finishes.

Charlie Brewer was most consistent and won the day by 3 points over Jon Deutsch.  3rd was Nicholas Cabell who is a member of FBYC Laser Development team.  And a big welcome to Denton Roberts who sailed his first race in a Laser in over a decade and looked sharp and beat some boats in some races.

Following racing, Ruthana Jenkins had some bbq and we all sat around the table and recounted the day of sailing.  Thanks Ruthana for the food and the use of your starting horn.




77th Annual One Design Regatta Results

Jon Deutsch on

The 77th edition of the Annual One Design Regatta was certainly a hot one with 102 boats and a heat index approaching 20 degrees more than that at times.  Most of the racing was completed on Saturday in 8-15 knots of wind with Sunday's racing starting with winds around 11 and dying out as the day progressed.

The 23 boat Flying Scot was won by John Kreidler of Western Carolina Sailing Club, 2nd Rob Whittemore of FBYC and 3rd Sean O'Donnell of NC Community Sailing.
12 Boat Laser Radial fleet that was an all-FBYC affair with 1 Garrett Levy, 2 Trent Levy and 3 Gannon Troutman
11 boat Laser Standard fleet won by James Jacob followed by his son Alex Jacob and 3rd was FBYC's Alain Vincey.
23 boats in various One Design classes including Front Runners, Hampton One Designs, 505s, San Juan 21s, Typhoons and even a Mutineer competed in a Portsmouth Class - winning the class was Mark Stephens(Front Runner) from FBYC followed by Matt Braun (Front Runner) and 3rd was Gordon Stokes from NYCC in a Hampton One Design


New Event Registration System soon

Strother Scott on

I am very excited to announce that within the next few weeks we will switch from our 15 year old Zope Registration System to a new system. The change means many of the technical issues we see should go away, plus the new system is designed to work well on both computers and mobile.

One major and unfamiliar change is that the registration will be done on our Django web site which means you will be required to log into a different web site than in order to register. Most of you have never done that, even though we have used that site for several years for our news postings and our online member database. In advance of the change, you might try logging into the new site at when you have a chance. The credentials (username and password) are the same as the familiar site.  

Please report any issues you may find to Strother Scott.

When you see the new registration system, you will notice it looks and works much more like modern online shopping cart. You will find a multi-step process where you will “Submit Personal Data”, “Submit Boat”, “Submit Items” to buy, if any, and finally you will be asked to review the data before you “Submit Final Registration”. It will go almost as quickly because the data will frequently be auto filled in advance. And if there is a payment, we will be replacing PayPal with a system from

See iPhone screen shot.

New Club Management Structure at FBYC

David Lennarz on

In the 14 years since construction of the new Clubhouse, FBYC has continued to expand both its physical size and scope of programs. We have almost doubled our footprint, increased substantially the number of stored boats and trailers, hosted more regional and national events, opened our clubhouse to private rental for members, and grown our Junior Division into a flagship youth training program for the Chesapeake Bay that holds events year round. All this has placed greater responsibilities, and sometimes stress, on both our member volunteers and paid staff. We have grown and matured as a club, and it is now time to create a staffing structure that meets the needs of that growth and provides improved members' services.

To this end, your Officers and Board voted to split the current Operations Manager role into two distinct positions of General Manager and Maintenance Supervisor.

We are very fortunate that our current Operations Manager, Dixon Cole has agreed to fill the role as Maintenance Supervisor.  Dixon has served FBYC faithfully for almost 12 years and will bring his vast knowledge of Fishing Bay Yacht Club’s facilities to this position. 

The General Manager role is a new position for which we will solicit applications.  We will hopefully have a new person on board by January 1, 2017.  Our General Manager will be responsible for all member and guest services.  He or she will work with the Flag and Board to facilitate the operation of all FBYC programs and events, including staffing, communications, member relations, and coordination of member use of club assets.

We are very excited about this evolution and look forward to providing the best services and value to our members.  The Flag Officers and I thank Dixon Cole for his support and willingness to adapt to this new structure during the implementation phase ahead.


David S Hinckle

FBYC Long Range Planning Chair

FBYC Trophy Committee Seeks Nominations

Meg Rock on

The Trophy Committee will receive nominations until September 29th 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 (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.

Stingray Point Regatta Canceled, Stingray Light Race ON

Bob Fleck on

Stingray Point Regatta Canceled
Stingray Light Race ON


It is with deep regret that we have to announce that the Stingray Point Regatta for 2016 is canceled. This includes all racing and social activities at FBYC on Saturday and Sunday. It is our intention to refund most, if not all, fees to boats entered in the event and dinner purchasers. The forecasts, and analysis, at this time give all indications that both days will be a bust.

We are planning to race the mid distance race on Friday, and have the low country boil at the clubhouse. Price for dinner is the same, $10.00. If you come and you’ve pre-paid for the dinner, you’re good to go. If you haven’t paid, no problem; bring a ten spot. If you paid and can’t come, we’ll square up with you later.

Cost for Friday’s race is zero, zip, nada. Come and join us for a great sail and fantastic food.

See you Friday (or next year)