History

On this page we compile a list of items of historical interest
  • Jere Dennison's forward
  • Jere Dennison's Offical History
  • Jere Dennison's Articles that have been published in recent Logs
  • Memorial Articles about deceased members
  • Some of the Yearly updates from the Club Historian

Historical Links

Foreword to FBYC History

As a member since 1955, I suppose my advancing years at least partially (but not uniquely) qualify me to be the current historian for the Fishing Bay Yacht Club. As such, I have endeavored to chronicle many intriguing stories from our past that are posted below but that first appeared in a series of history columns for the club's monthly membership publication called the Log . However, major credit must be given to MacDonald Wellford, a founding member and first historian, who fanatically maintained scrapbooks on club history from our inception until the late 1960's. Mac kindly turned these scrapbooks over to me before his death as the club approached its 50th anniversary in 1989, and these represent the primary source for much of the material dealing with the early years of the club's existence. Second, credit must also go to the Richmond Times-Dispatch and News-Leader, both of which newspapers covered club racing and social activities in extensive detail until about 1970 and whose articles Mac religiously pasted onto the pages of his scrapbooks. And third, credit is due to the many members who have contributed their ideas, personal recollections, and encouragement to this effort.

While not the region's oldest yacht club, the Fishing Bay Yacht Club certainly ranks among the senior sailing institutions on the Chesapeake Bay by virtue of its founding in 1939. The story of FBYC spans an era from pre-World War II when wooden racing yachts set Egyptian cotton sails, through the rapid transition to fiberglass hulls and Dacron sails on aluminum masts in the 1950's and 60's, and into the present day when exotic high-tech composites dominate marine-construction.

Jere Dennison
Historian

   
Official History
    Happy 70th Anniversary
    75th History Book - low resoltion (15MB)
    A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FISHING BAY YACHT CLUB
    History of the Stingray Point Regatta
    Complete Stove Point History - 4MB pdf
   
Articles - by Jere Dennison
    The Schooner Nighthawk
    The Virginia Sailing Regatta
    From UYC to FBYC
    Hampton One-Design #1
    Birth of the Penguin Fleet at UYC
    Saga of the Southern Stars
    FBYC: Birthplace of the Mobjack
    Stingray Point Light
    The Phenomenal Jollyboat
    The Unpleasantness of 1958-59
    Allons
    Allons to Newport
    Mr. Roberts
    FBYC Pre-History
    FBYC Believe It...Or Not!
    The New Stingray Point Lighthouse
    Never on Friday: the Strange, Last Voyage of the Fugue
    The Matthew Fontaine Maury Bowl
    A Penguin Racing Vignette
    Hampton O/D vs. Snipe
    Sea Toy II...and a little bit of Tradition
    Allons to Bermuda
    Invasion of the Multi-Hulls: the Revolution Gains a Foothold at FBYC
    The Coastal Picket Patrol
    Rives Potts and the America’s Cup
    Rives Potts and the America’s Cup- Part II
    The Annual Regatta
    The Ascendancy of PHRF and the FBYC Connection
    A Junior Program highlight from the past
    Opportunity Lost: How FBYC Shot Itself in the Foot
    FBYC MOBJACKER BOMBS OUT AT NATIONAL REGATTA
    The Day Old Dixie Died
    When FBYC Won the Auld Mug
    Rappahannock Does the Southern Circuit
    Rappahannock Does the Southern Circuit – Part 2
    Remembering Hurricane Hazel
    Wolftrap, Force 10
    Wolf Trap, Force 10 - Part II
    Wolf Trap, Force 10 - Part III
    Wolf Trap, Force 10 - Part IV: Air Rescue
    Two and a Half Days before the Mast
    The Daniel Lee Austin Memorial Library
    The Commodore’s Song
    The Junior Seamanship Academy
    A Junior Mystery
    Juniors in the 1950s
    Decade of the 1960s: the Junior Program Takes a Leap Forward
    Remembering Bill Lapworth
    Welcome home - Rob Bagbey
    Black Cat and Wildcat
    The Big Chill of 1977
    A Tale of Two Burgees
    History of Stove Point: Store Point to FBYC
    This Was Willard Ransom
    The Jamestown – FBYC Connection
    Championship Sailing Events at FBYC
    Some History Miscellany
    Honoring Ray Toms
    When Tzu Hang called at Fishing Bay
    Farewell Bill Buckley - Renaissance Sailor
    Tzu Hang Revisited
    Sailing Green: Times Past – Times Present
    How the Opti was Created
    I’m Pisces
    Some History Miscellany and General Meanderings
    A Newport Misadventure: the 1965 Cruise of the Dauntless
    The Piankatank Trophy (a/k/a the Rocking Chair)
    Return of the Snipe
    Juniors in the 1970s, 80s, and Beyond
    The Yacht Registry Certificate
    The Junior Championship Regatta of 1982!
    The Blessing of the Fleet
    Opportunity Lost: How FBYC Shot Itself in the Foot, Part II
    Déjà Vu: FBYC Then and Now
    The Voyage of Blow Up
    Major W. M. F. Bayliss: A Most Uncommon Commodore
   
Condensed
    Condensed History for Yearbook
   
Commodores
    Former Commodores for Yearbook
   
Memorial Articles
    Memorial to Bill Gieg
    Alan McCullough - 1/5/1942 - 5/11/2003 - by Ken Ringle
    Alan McCullough - 1/5/1942 - 5/11/2003 - by Strother Scott
    Frances R. Taylor - 12-9-16 - 10-25-03
    Gene Sydnor - 9/25/17 – 9/9/03 - by Tad Thompson
    Homage to Johnny Hawksworth
    Roger Moorman - 1922 - 3/9/12
   
Yearly Updates from the Historian
    2001-2002 Bev Crump
    FBYC: 2003 in Rhyme

Office Mail: Fishing Bay Yacht Club, 2711 Buford Road #309, Bon Air, VA 23235
Clubhouse Address: 1525 Fishing Bay Road, Deltaville, VA 23043 (no mail delivery)
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