NEW regatta on Memorial Day Weekend!

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Grab a family member and come out for the inaugural One Design Family Regatta!

 Sign up here

When?   Saturday May 27th (of Memorial Day weekend)

What?   Flying Scots, Front Runners, or any type of small boat for a Portsmouth start – all small sailboats (20ft or less) are welcome! Any fleet will have a separate start if at least 3 boats of a kind.

What if I don't have a boat?   If you are an able skipper or interested crew, we are working to connect you with someone willing to loan out their boat. Contact Caroline Garrett for more information.

Can I win something?   Prizes for most unique skipper/ crew combo and youngest sailor on board!

Who's in charge?   Blake Kimbrough and the YAM contingent (Young Adult Members) will be heading up R/C.  Joe Nelson is putting together a great social for all ages.

Family, you say?   The skipper/ crew combination must be family members.  This is a fun, casual regatta.  They can be of any age and relationship, such as, but not limited to, wife-husband, father-son, mother-daughter, grandparent-grandchild, siblings, cousins, etc.  Juniors are welcome and encouraged! 

See you on the water!

One Design Season Kicks Off This Week End

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Saturday kicks off the One Design race season with the Spring Series Race 1. We’ve Set Fire to the Rain so the forecast calls for sunny skies and winds in the low teens, perfect for racing. We won’t be Rollin in the Deep like the off-shore folks; instead, we will be in Fishing Bay like we normally do with Brad Squires as PRO. And, remembering last year, we all look forward to RuthAnna Jenkins Turning Tables in the kitchen as Social Chair.


Rumor Has It that two weeks ago several boats in the fleet got an early start to the season when a training day was held at the club. We extend many thanks to Rob Whittemore and John Wake who coached the group giving away all, well, almost all, of their secrets. Meanwhile, Sharon Wake put together a fantastic array of snacks for after training discussions.


Don’t You Remember what it’s like to have a full line of boats on the starting line. Wouldn’t it be great to see that again this week end. Yes, we’re looking for Someone Like You to come out and race this Saturday. Who knows maybe you will be the One and Only who goes out and Takes it All.


Sweetest Devotion,



Indian Summer Regatta and One Design High Point Series Results

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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.


77th Annual One Design Regatta Results

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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


AOD Just a week away

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Our 77th Annual One Design Regatta is just over a week away and our fleets are forming for this summer classic.  Be sure to register your boat so your friends and out of town guests can see who's racing and get that early registration discount.

Details can be found here.


77th Annual One Design Regatta

Jon Deutsch on (1 comment)

77th AODFishing Bay Yacht Club's 77th Annual One Design Regatta is just around the corner and we wanted to let you know about a couple great ways to spend the weekend at the club.


We'll have two courses of racing with starts for Optis, Lasers, Radials, Front Runners, Flying Scots, a Portsmouth fleet and any other classes with 7 or more boats.  The regatta features 2 days of racing on the Piankatank River with Saturday dinner and drinks included in registration.  Online Registration before 8/8 requested.  (Notice Of Race)


Come spend the weekend being a volunteer and see the spectacle of 75-100 boats racing on the Piankatank.  This is a great way to meet your fellow club members, be a part of making our volunteer club work, and even have some fun.  We're looking for help with Race Committee, Tractor Drivers, Bartenders & Registration. Interested?  Email Us.


A buffet dinner will be served around 6pm.  Come join us for bbq chicken, mac and cheese and grill vegetables on the lawn at the club.  Pre-order by 8/8 for $20 (drinks included). Register here and select the 'social registration'.

One Design Spring Series #3 & Laser Spring Regatta Cancelled

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The One Design Spring Series #3 & Laser Spring Regatta for Saturday, May 20 has been cancelled.  After consultation with fleet leaders, PRO and registered participants - all agreed the combination of the impending rain for most of the day and higher winds would severely jeopardize the fun factor for our racers.

The next and final race of the Spring Series will be Spring Series #4 for Flying Scots and Front Runners on June 18.

And don't forget about the Open House a week from this Sunday - great opportunity to sail a fun short distance race followed by a great party with your fellow members - be sure to sign up ASAP so that we can assign start times for the progressive start.

One Design General NOR Amendment

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One amendment has been posted to the One Design General Notice of Race.  This had largely been the practice in past years and we only just realized it had not been included in the actual NOR.  We appologize for any confusion this has caused.

Section 2.7 has been added:

2.7 Separate starts will be offered to fleets of 3 or more like boats.  Minimum 3 boats are required for the event to qualify for series scoring. Classes with fewer than 3 boats participatipating in any race day will be started and scored together as a Portsmouth class.

Posted 5/17 2300
Jon Deutsch
One Design Division Commander


Indian Summer Regatta: Cancelled

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The One Design Indian Summer Regatta for Saturday has been canceled. With the very likely outcome of high winds, lots of rain and high tides - the fun factor is probably not going to be high enough for most of us to want to be out there.

As of now the Laser Fall Regatta is still on for Sunday and will be held unless something is posted otherwise.  We'll look see late Saturday if this weather system is sticking around or will be moving off and cancel then if it looks dire.

The next and last one design racing opportunity of the season is the One Design Closing Day and will be held on Sunday, October 11.

Legacy of Sail - great racing and new perpetual

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11 boats in 2 fleets sailed in the Legacy of Sail Regatta on Sunday.  These sailors of a certain vintage sailing both new and old boats got to sail 4 races in a 7-10 knot north east breeze.  Looking to raise the profile of this event, a new perpetual award presented by Paul Almany was awarded to the top competitor in the largest fleet.  This years winner was John Wake.



Registrations flowing for Annual Regatta

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Registration for the 76th Annual Regatta on August 8-9 continues until late in the week at  Early registrations do help those who plan the food!   Listed below are the boat numbers as of Sunday Aug 2. 

Boats Registered by Class Number 
Flying Scot 14
Frontrunner 4
Laser 3
Optimist - Blue Fleet 2
Optimist - Green Fleet 1
Optimist - Red Fleet 2
Optimist - White Fleet 1
Radial 4
San Juan 21 - All Sails 2
San Juan 21 - Working Sails 4
Windmill 5

There was a 2-3 day hiccough in the web registration process last week, but once it was reported, we got it fixed relatively promptly. The form had a problem validating some data and was requiring fields that should not have been required.   Registrations are now working smoothly and without complaints. Please keep it up Website!!! 

July 4th Cookout and Race Roundup

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With the weather near perfect, 231 members and guests attended the FBYC July 4th event this year with 28 boats racing.   In the race's debut of J/70's they were no match Mark/Melissa Stevens in the incumbent Front Runners fending off the newcomers and taking the Hick's Trophy.  Matt/A.L. Braun took 2nd and Len Guenther was 3rd.

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The cookout Featured hamburgers/cheeseburgers/hotdogs with & w/o sauerkraut, homemade sides (think 'Mac & cheese' and more), beer, wine, soda, water and, of course, finished off with the famous Ice Cream bar.  A good time was had by all.



July 4th Registration

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I hope everyone is looking forward to the July 4th celebration at FBYC this Saturday. I know I am excited and nothing says July 4th like Ed and Diane's specially crafted dogs and burgers - really can't wait! Speaking of which have you registered for the event yet? Registration closes Friday, July 3rd at 12 NOON. We are buying locally and we need enough lead time to ensure we are properly stocked. You can find more information here and click the sign up button on the left side to register.
Also for all you racers - you may have seen the previous announcement that went out last week. But if you didn't...we have added a little spin on the long distance race. The max LWL is 24'. This really opens this event up to many other one design boats. For example, J70s, J24s, Colgate 26s, etc. all meet this criteria. So if you are interested come on out and sail! The course is short and everyone will be back in time to enjoy the festivities.
Let us know if you have any questions!
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July 4th Cookout and Race

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Attention all members!

Join us Saturday, July 4th for the 4th of July cookout and race hosted by Ed and Diane O'Connor. This year we are featuring Ed and Diane's Famous Dogs and Burgers, Cheeky Monkey Mac n' Cheese, Fishing Bay Slaw, and Jackson Creek Beans! Everything is homemade by our own FBYC members! This is going to be a fun, family oriented event and is open to everyone. No family will pay more than $30

The cookout is preceded by the annual one-design long distance race. This race is open to any one design boat less than 24' at the waterline and takes place around Stove Point. Reference the NOR for exact course description and warning times.



2015 FBYC J70 Summer Regatta 1 Results

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Saturday's J/70 Summer Regatta saw 4 light air races sailed.  Guthrie Braun skippering E.L.E. was the top boat taking 3 bullets.  Followed by Inconceivable and and Nostalgia.  The threat of storms chased the sailors off the water before more races could be sailed.  Thanks Noel Clinard for being PRO and Joe Nelson for your help on RC and the social.


FBYC Team Racing Event 2

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Members from FBYC will race in their 2nd team race event this year at FBYC this Saturday hosting Hampton YC in Flying Scots.  Last month they raced against HYC in Hampton on Sonars.

Anyone interested in joining the team for Saturday is encouraged to contact Mike Toms.


  • 1130 FBYC Team Meeting
  • 1200 Skippers Meeting
  • 1300 First Warning
  • 1600 No warning after this time
  • Followed by social/wrap up

Race Format: 3 boats vs 3 boats, with no spinnakers, using 3 minute whistle start sequence, sailing a port-rounding square course (We will explain all of the details at the skippers meeting). Depending on the number of participants, we expect to be sailing either 2 or 3 per boat. We will also likely do some crew and possibly boat rotations. We will likely have more than 3 boats for our team, so we can do sets of drills and races rotating the boats in and out.

J/70 Friday Night Series

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The J/70 Fleet starts their Friday Night series starting this weekend through most Fridays through August.  Usually 4-8 will will head out around 5pm for a couple short informal races until the sun starts to set.

Get all of the details about the series here.  And find out about the latest J/70 fleet happenings including crew opportunities by joining our fleet email list.

The Fleet continues with their Summer Regatta on Saturday.

One Design Spring Series #3

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Nice conditions for the One Design Spring Series #3 to cap the Memorial Day Weekend.  Most of the competition was in the 7-boat Flying Scot fleet sailing in 10-15 knot breezes.

Results | Pictures


One Design Spring Series #2

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It was light and fluky day on Sunday for the Flying Scot, Front Runner and San Juan 21 sailors racing in the 2nd Spring Series.  After postponing on the water for an hour and a half 3 races were finally run in the early afternoon.  Each race conincided with a 180 wind shif resulting the course needing to be flip flopped before each one.

In the Flying Scot Fleet it was Jay Buhl/Mike Karn navigating the light air the best and winning 2 of the 3 races to take the fleet.  Winning one of the races was Len Guenther in his brand new boat - the boat remains undefeated as he retired for further prep.  Phil Webb took 2nd and Ron Jenkins 3rd in the 7-boat fleet.

The stalwarts of the Front Runner fleet - Matt (& Guthrie) Braun and Mark Stephens - were joined by first time Front Runner Sailor Stuart Gregory and Crew Training participant Daniel Screeney.  Mark/Melissa won all 3 races with Guthrie helming for 2nd place and Stuart 3rd.

In the San Juan 21 fleet it was Mike Chesser, William McClure then Jeff Davis.


The First J/70 Spring Regatta

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FBYC hosted their first ever J/70 Spring regatta on Saturday.  While some of the J/70s were out on the travel circuit 6 - boats gathered at FBYC for what would be 5 races in light to moderate winds.  PRO Glen Doncaster set up 3/4 mile windward leewards in the mouth of the Piankatank River under mostly sunny skies.

Matt Braun and crew on E.L.E. came out of the blocks fresh from competing at Charleston Race Week to win the first two races with good speed and boat work.  David Hinckle on Air Speed would win the 3rd and 5th races with E.L.E. also winning the 4th race putting them 1st overall and Air Speed.

With a string of 2-2-2-2-3 was new comer Jon Deutsch on No Quarter who would loose the tiebreaker with Air Speed who finished 2nd leaving No Quarter in 3rd.  Loonatictu followed in 4th and Hotty Toddy 5th.