Registration is now open for the 78th Annual One Design Regatta, August 12-13, 2017. One of the biggest events of the year at FBYC, you won't want to miss this! We are happy to welcome the Hampton One Design 2017 National Championship as well! Come for two great days of racing, and a Saturday evening with friends, great food, and live music! Register now at https://www.fbyc.net/Events/2017/08.12.onedesign/ssi.dtml Volunteers like you make this event happen, so please take a minute to log into Signup Genius and see if one of these fun volunteer opportunities fit your schedule!
Stingray Point Regatta
Stingray Point Regatta is almost here! Labor Day Weekend, the offshore fleet is taking to the water at our biggest offshore event of the year! This year we are excited about adding a Cruising option for racing! September 2-3, 2017 we will have two exciting days of racing - but come early on Friday, September 1 to participate in the Stingray Light Long Distance Race.
The Saturday Night Shindig will be a ton of fun Saturday night, with a yummy dinner and a fun band. Come dance under the tent with us, whether you race or not! Open to all members and their guests.
Look who is making One Design great again! Last month, while competing at the Flying Scot Nationals in Sandusky, Ohio, John Wake sailed as crew for John Aras of Annapolis. They ended the regatta in an astonishing fifth position. Meanwhile, at the same event with 68 boats competing, husband and wife team, Len and Barb Guenther, finished in twelfth spot. Well done team FBYC! It looks like One Design is already great!
On another note, more recently, a number of sailors have been concerned about boats rushing in to the mark roundings at the last second and hacking into boats. This Rushin’ Hacking, as it is called, is of grave concern and threatens the foundation of our program. For this reason a Special Counselor, John Wake, is being appointed to investigate Rushin’ Hacking. Flying Scotocrats welcomed Wake to this position citing his unblemished integrity and vast experience. FrontRunnericans, while positive about the appointment, were quick to point out his obvious conflict of interest being a Flying Scotocrat. Only time will tell how this will work out. It is difficult to tell where these types of investigations will lead. Never the less, following each race John will meet with the racers during the social time and offer his counsel.
So, no need to worry about Rushin’ Hacking. Come on out and race with us this Saturday, July 15th, in the Caribbean themed Summer Breeze Race. Racing starts at 1pm. We look forward to spirited afternoon of racing with PRO Mike Dale followed by a festive social sponsored by the Lumsdens and featuring our Special Counselor.
If you can’t be in the Islands, Fishing Bay is beckoning! This weekend is the Caribbean-inspired SeaBreeze Regatta for all One Design boats (smaller than 21 feet). Sign up now! Don your most festive Caribbean attire while racing or get creative and decorate your boat. Prize for the most spirited sailor! Islands-styled snacks and refreshments will be provided after racing. Click here for the Event Notice.
Calling all Fishing Bay females! New event for 2017. 2 weeks away!
A morning sailing/ racing clinic for women of all degrees of experience and age, with a combination of classroom learning and on-the-water time. Continued coaching during the afternoon Seabreeze regatta (optional but recommended). The clinic will have 2 class offerings: Beginning Sailing and Advanced Racing. Choose your preferred class when you register. Free to members! Non-members may attend with fee. See Event Notice at Women's Clinic Event Notice.
Update - REGISTRATION CLOSED JULY 11 -Sold out. Contact Caroline for wait list.
Two intense competitions will take place at FBYC on Independence Day 2017 –one design team racing & rib cooking! A new, fun, & informal one design team racing event will be held on Tuesday, July 4 followed by rib cook-off.
The race will consist of three-on-three boats crewed by teams of three and the rib cook off already has one competing Flag Officer!
Please contact Matt Braun is you would like to provide a boat, skipper, crew, or cook.
The first thing we need to do is drain the swamp. That’s right drain the swamp! We have the third race in the Spring Series coming up this Saturday and we’re looking for a good showing.
Noel Clinard is the PRO and he has a great day planned for us. So all you One Design boat owners get out there and drain the swamp that has built up in your boats from sitting all winter and come on out and race. Show the good old boys how to do it.
After the racing, stop by for a first class social being arranged by Abigail Whorley. So drain the swamp and make One Design great again!
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!
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 Rollinin 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.
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.
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
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.
Fishing 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.
JOIN US FOR DINNER
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'.
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 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
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.