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/
The August Captains Choice Cruise is coming soon, Aug 26 - 28. Start making plans to join us. Not sure where we're going yet but we'll pick something fun. Probably a raft up. Come join us on Friday night, the 26th at 7pm, for ice-cream at Fannie's House. We tend to have kid friendly cruises so all are welcome. John Koedel, III, (804) 338-1158, firstname.lastname@example.org
This year’s Fireworks Cruise to Urbanna, VA will take place Friday, July 1st through Sunday, July 3rd. The fireworks show will be held on Saturday, July 2nd over Urbanna Creek.
Fun Cruising Race from FBYC to Urbanna
Dockside at Town Marina and Flip-flop Dining in Downtown Urbanna
Coffee Shop Fog-Lifter Walk
Mai Tai Social at Town Marina
Transit from Urbanna to FBYC
Slip availability is extremely tight this year because of the recent fire. However, a few spots have been reserved at Town Marina. Sailors can opt for a 1 or 2 night stay. For reservations, please contact John Cabell no later than June 17th at email@example.com, or by cell at 804.516.1271, or contact Diane directly at Town Marina. Be sure to tell her you are with the FBYC group.
FBYC has a cruise going to New England this summer and for any sailors interested in getting some passage making experience, this could be your ticket.
Weather permitting, we plan to sail to Cape Charles on 6/23, then start early the next morning for Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard. Many boats plan on returning to Deltaville from NYC in early August, or maybe end of July; depends on the weather. Berths may be available for one or both of the passages.
This is a great chance for you to experience the joy of being at sea for a few days, without having to own a sea worthy sailboat of your own or having more than a week to make the cruise. Only a few days and a good attitude are needed!
Anyone interested, please contact me and we will see if berths are still available.
Everyone using Jackson Creek should be aware that significant shoaling continued between #7 & 9 over the winter.
Paul Almany has provided this depth contour which shows a 5ft MLW section before you approach #9 when entering Jackson Creek. The picture shows his color chart countour overlayed on the 2014 Army Corps of Engineers depth survey chart. From the chart looks like we will need to run a curve with the greatest distance away from #9 occurring about 200ft before and about 150 to the north.
67 people were in attendance at the Blue Water Cruising Event held at the Omni Hotel in Richmond on March 30th. Experienced off-shore sailers, Rob and Andi Overton gave a well documented account of their trials and tribulations of their 15 years at sea. They offered helpful tips and antidotes of their adventures around the world upon their 50ft yacht, the Akka. It was an informative and entertaining presentation enjoyed by all.
Please let Greg and Kathy Ullmann if you have any suggestions for future speaker presentations!
Thank you to all who attended and participated in this event!
It is not too late to join us for the Blue Water Cruising Speaker Program. Due to the overwhelming response, we have moved to a larger room at the Omni so no one misses out. Please feel free to show and if you had trouble registering or just hadn't had a chance you are more than welcome to register at the door. We look forward to seeing you there.
We will start the 2016 cruising season at the FBYC clubhouse with beer & wine and hors d’oeuvres, hosted by Doug Selden and Alison Dwier-Selden. The event will begin at 5:00 pm, and is open to all members – including those who haven’t cruised in the past, but would like to learn more on what it is all about! All beverages and food will be provided. We will have the opportunity to renew our friendships, share past sailing stories, and talk about the upcoming cruising schedule. For further details, contact Doug Selden at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (434) 589-1506.
This year our primary destination will be Little Bay, a relatively short cruise just above the Rappahannock River. There we will raft up during the day, and dinghy into the beach for various games.In case of inclement weather, we will head for the Piankatank and quieter water.
Friday night, we will gather at our Deltaville cottage (76 Sunrise Point, on left after you turn left at Ruark's Marina) at 5:30 PM on Jackson Creek, for hamburgers, hotdogs and the fixings. Each participating boat will be asked to bring a side dish. Soft drinks, juice, wine and beer will be provided.
On Sat., lunch will be on your own. We will raft up for an early dinner of BBQ provided by us; we will provide the same variety of beverages as for Friday. Each boat will be asked to bring a side dish to complement the BBQ. Just let us know what dish you choose.We are looking for lots of grandchildren as well as children to come.Please sign up online or directly with us as below.
This year our primary destination will be Little Bay, a relatively short cruise just above the Rappahannock River. There we will raft up during the day, and dinghy into the beach for various games. In case of inclement weather, we will head for the Piankatank and quieter water. Friday night, we will gather at our Deltaville cottage at 5:30 PM on Jackson Creek, for hamburgers, hotdogs and the fixings. Each participating boat will be asked to bring a side dish. Soft drinks, juice, wine and beer will be provided.
On Sat., lunch will be on your own. We will raft up for an early dinner of BBQ provided by us; we will provide the same variety of beverages as for Friday.
On Thursday, June 4, four intrepid boats started out from Deltaville bound for Hampton: Tad and Sue Thompson in SWIM CALL, Vice Commodore Ted and Myra Bennet in PHAROS, Dan and Barbara Lindsay in IOLAR DA NARA, and Tony and Kate Sakowski in MISS KATE. It was not a sail for the faint of heart; it was a nor’easter with winds gusting over 25 knots, foreboding skies with intermittent rain, and seas up to 6 feet! We brought up the rear in SWIM CALL pounding into it from Stove Point until rounding Gwynn’s Island. Things got better for us all after that when we could put out jibs and motor sail with a quartering wind and sea. We even relaxed enough to kill the engine for a couple of hours heading south from New Pt Comfort as the wind subsided a bit. Then the fun began. First, we followed USCS EAGLE for a couple of miles at the end of Thimble Shoals Channel crossing the Hampton Roads tunnel! Then, we all gathered for dinner at the Old Point Comfort marina restaurant where we were docked. We all shared a real sense of accomplishment coming 41 miles in the nor’easter. The dreary, cool weather didn’t dampen our spirits and the food was good.
Please join Barbara Luce and Lew Thatcher on May 16/17 for a cruise to Rappahannock River Yacht Club with dinner at the nearby Tides Inn. This was erroneously advertised on the website as "Captain's Choice."
Overnight slips at RRYC are free for FBYC cruisers. Club Manager Kent White has arranged several slips for us. Also, Carter Creek has good anchor holding ground in front of the club.
Dinner at the nearby Tides Inn is an easy 20-minute walk or very short dingy ride. We will provide van shuttles for anyone not wanting to go on foot or by dingy. Also, slips are free at the Tides Inn for diners, but cost $2.25 per foot to remain there overnight.
Barbara and Lew will serve lasagne, beer, wine, and soft drinks at Fanny's at 7 p.m. Friday. Cruisers should bring sides to share. Please sign-up by May 9.
The cruising season is about to begin with our annual shakedown cruise to the Mathews Yacht Club. This has always been a well-attended event where everyone reconnects to start the season. It is MYC’s Flag Raising and Dinner Dance.
We will start the 2015 cruising season with wine, beer, and heavy hors d’oeuvres hosted in Richmond by George and Lyons Burke at their home, 22 Maxwell Road, from 7 to 10 pm, on Friday, April 10. All beverages and food will be provided. We will have the opportunity to renew our friendships, share past sailing stories, and talk about the upcoming cruising schedule. Sign up at the website or phone George and Lyons directly. For further details contact George Burke at email@example.com or call 804 359-1187.
August 9, while various club members were parking cars for Annual One Design, five boats ventured out for the race to Cape Charles. (Ishky Baha, Nanuq, Nereid, Orion, and Trilogy). With winds forecasted to be light, we agreed to start from G3 off Milford Haven. We all anchored with our mains up. At 930 hours, we raised anchors and sailed off to Cape Chuck. We all jockeyed for position trying different sail configurations: wing and wing port side, jibe and try the other. After an hour of top notch sailing, we had moved north about ½ mile. Nye a breath yet there was a current. Things turned around when the iron lungs came out and our minds shifted from sailing to making port and spinning yarns.
Cape Charles was abuzz with the news of our pending arrival so they threw an “arts in the park” event to welcome us. We strolled the town, enjoying the ice-cream shop, wine and chocolate tasting, and the great Watson’s Hardware store. Elvis Presley was playing in the street along with an Asian Roy Orbison. What? Sweet Dreams, Baby. Back to the docks forcomradery and to find another boat had joined us, Ricochet out of the Mobjack. We shared drinks and snacks on the dock before scattering to the fine local eateries.
The Cruising Division will cruise up the Rappahannock River on Saturday, August 2nd and will have a cookout and stay overnight at the Rappahannock River Yacht Club. We will gather Friday night, August 1st, at 6:00 PM for cocktails and a captains' meeting at Fanny's House. Beer, wine and light fare will be provided. For Saturday's dinner please bring something to grill and a dish to share (hors d'ouvres, side dish or dessert). The Dockmaster will advise me of the availability of slips early that week and I will make a best effort to fit all boats into an appropriate space. Please register on the website and email Nancy (firstname.lastname@example.org) or me (email@example.com) with what you plan to bring for Saturday night.
On July 3rd, Thursday, there will be a precruise get together at Fanny’s House at 1800 hrs. Bring light snacks. Beer and wine will be provided. Friday we sail to Urbanna and dock at Port Urbanna. There will be an evening dinner, location to be determined. A Saturday day time activity is in the planning stage. Saturday evening Urbanna’s fireworks will be set off across the water from where we are docked. Sunday morning we have a group breakfast before sailing back to Deltaville. Slip reservations will be tight that weekend, so let John & Fay Koedel know you will attend as soon as you can. Sign up on the Club web site, or call them at 804 776-6168, e-mail jkoedel [ at ] hotmail.com.
Bring your kids, grandchildren or nephews/nieces to the "Kid's Cruise" to Little Bay on June 13-15! This short cruise is to one of the cruisers’ favorite gunkholes, within an easy sailing distance from the Club. Grandparents and their grandchildren or families with teenage children are strongly encouraged to join in. June usually provides “fair” winds for a good weekend cruise after a fun Friday night.
Our schedule for the Kid’s Cruise to Little Bay begins on Friday, June 13, 7 PM, with a dessert reception and skipper’s meeting at the Sakowski Cottage, 76 Sunrise Point, Deltaville. Please bring all your crew for dessert, planning and fellowship.
We will leave for Little Bay (Antipoison Creek entrance area) at your leisure, but will plan to raft up around "Miss Kate" at noon for lunch (on your own).