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Highlight Video

August 18, 2010 10:20 am

Aerial Photos

August 3, 2010 9:19 am

Here is a collection of aerial photos from Friday at the Fleet Nationals taken by Ray Meade.


2010 USODA Layline National Championships Crowns Champion Junior Sailors

July 24, 2010 7:03 pm

by Lina Scott

July 24, 2010 (Deltaville, VA) – Since July 17, some of America’s best junior sailors, and several international sailors, have gathered in Deltaville to compete for the title of National Champion. Fishing Bay Yacht Club has been the host yacht club for the 315 sailors, their coaches, and their families. The championship regatta included Team Race Nationals, Girls Nationals, and Open Fleet Nationals. The event has been quite successful, with only a few postponements due to light air. It has been a great opportunity for young sailors to challenge themselves by competing against the very best. Open Fleet Nationals also gave new competitors some valuable experience by setting up a separate course, complete with experienced coaches, for the Green Fleet.

Team Race Nationals (July 16-19) – Team Racing consisted of 24 teams who competed in a Swiss League format, which set teams of four against each other on a short, tight course. The sailors completed 108 races over a course of three days. The format resulted in two divisions, with Gold being the top level and Silver the second. Going into the last race, LISOT Blue led Lauderdale YC 4 by 3 points. But the race, which counted 6 points was won by Lauderdale YC 4. As a result, first place in the Gold division went to the Lauderdale YC 4 Team, made up of Wade Waddell, Liza Toppa, Alie Toppa, Christopher Williford, and Duncan Williford. The LISOT Blue Team of Alexandra DelBello, Reiner Eenkema van Dijk, Drew Gallagher, Ty Ingram, and Harry Koeppel finished in 2nd place. In 3rd place were Andy Widmeier, Justine O’Connor, Ben Kern, Ian MacDiarmid, Nic Muller, and Wiley Rogers on Team M One. The LISOT Black Team, made up of Jared Gaynes, Matthew Kaplan, Will Logue, Jack Parkin, and Sean Walsh, came in 4th place.

In the Silver division, the LISOT Red Team of Matt Logue, Florian Eenkema van Dijk, Henry Fernberger, Travis Bobley, and Russell Clarida took 1st place Benton Cove Racing Team members Tyler Fleig, Noah Kelleher, Cameron Grubb, and Olivier Grubb finished in 2nd place. The Gnarly Red team, made up of KB Knapp, Peter Sterflinger, Ceci Wollmann, Chrissie Klinger, and Jack Budhill finished 3rd. The Loot Silver Team of Alec Chicoine, Joey Diamond, Mehvish Khan, Alyson Turner, and Amy-Katherine Turner came in 4th place.

Girls Nationals (July 20) – In this part of the event, 80 very talented girl sailors competed in three races on a 1.5-mile trapezoid course. Haddon Hughes of Houston Yacht Club came in 1st place, winning the girl champion title. She was followed by Eliot Caple of Naples Sailing Center in 2nd place and KB Knapp of Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club in 3rd. Martina Sly of Coral Reef Yacht Club finished in 4th place. After the day’s racing, the girls and the other competitors got to meet Anna Tunnicliffe, 2008 Olympic Gold Medal winner, 2-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year and 2009 World Sailor of the Year. She gave them some valuable sailing advice and signed autographs. She also posed for photos with the girls, who got to wear her gold medal. The young sailors really enjoyed meeting Anna and asking questions about how she achieved so much in their sport.

Open Fleet Nationals (July 21-24) – For the open fleet, Day 1 and Day 2 were scheduled for qualifying races that placed the sailors into Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Pearl Fleets. This format allowed the top sailors to compete against those with similar abilities. Day 2 did not have enough wind to race, so the qualifying races only actually took place on Day 1. On Day 3, the four fleets each got in 2 races. They completed 3 races on the fourth and final day of the regatta. In Gold Fleet, Nic Muller of US Sailing Center of Martin Co. came in 1st place. Richard Schuurmans of Houston Yacht Club came in 2nd place and Harry Koeppel of Larchmont Yacht Club finished in 3rd place. In 4th place was Eliot Caple of Naples Sailing Center. Girls overall winners were Eliot Caple of Naples Sailing Center in 1st place, Haddon Hughes from Houston Yacht Club in 2nd and Alexandra DelBello of American Yacht Club

In Silver, Alie Toppa of Lauderdale Yacht Club finished in first. She was followed by Ford McCann of Texas Corinthian Yacht Club in 2nd, Audrey Giblin of Shrewsbury Sailing and Yacht Club in 3rd, and Federico Jover of Uruguay in 4th. In Bronze, Jed Londrey of Fishing Bay Yacht Club won 1st place. Sophie Sole of Houston Yacht Club came in 3rd, Jensen Mctighe of Lauderdale Yacht Club came in 4th, and Matt Logue of Riverside Yacht Club finished in 4th. In Pearl Fleet, Gantt Shiflet of Davis Island Yacht Club finished in 1st place. Jillian Ticatch of Houston Yacht Club came in 2nd, Thad Hutcheson of Texas Corinthian Yacht Club came in 3rd, and Stephen Streater of Norfolk Yacht Club came in 4th.

View results, photos, video and more now on at the event website

About Fishing Bay Yacht Club
Fishing Bay Yacht Club is a private non-profit sailing club located in Deltaville Virginia, on scenic Fishing Bay in the mouth of the Piankatank River. FBYC promotes the art of sailing through Junior, One Design, and Offshore Racing and Cruising. FBYC could not present an event of this magnitude without the support of the USODA Partners (including Name Partner Layline) its Local Hosts Deltaville Maritime Museum, Deltaville Boatyard, Jackson Creek Condos, Harbor House Community, Norton Yachts, Chesapeake Yacht Sales, and Christchurch School, along with generous contributions from numerous sponsors listed on the event website at, a state of the art site replete with more information about the event. For more information on FBYC, please visit


July 24, 2010 5:38 pm

by Jon Deutsch

National Champion Nic Muller

Our final awards have been handed out.  Congratulations to Nic Muller and all of the other winners.  Check out all of the results and photos of our winners on

Team Trials

All sailors in the Gold division, Silver division and those 50 and above in the Bronze division have qualified for Team Trials.

Thanks again to all of the volunteers, sponsors, coaches, parents and sailors who came and made this event possible!

Good wind for racing

July 24, 2010 10:32 am

by Jon Deutsch

Race 7 Winner Dane Byerly

It was an early start for everyone this morning and we’re taking advantage of the morning wind.  We have 5-9 knots out of the west making for great sailing conditions.

The gold fleet was well mixed up at the start and up the first beat.  With the longer oscillating shifts, it was really important to be on the right side of the course.

At the finish was Dane Byerly, Chris Williford, Richard Schuurmans, Nic Muller and James Pulsford.

The other divisions are currently on the race course and we’ll have results shortly.

Outlook for Saturday, July 24

July 24, 2010 7:07 am

by Jon Deutsch

Today is the final day of Championship racing at the 2010 USODA Layline Nationals.  The race committee has moved up the start time for a first warning at 0900 to take advantage of the morning wind to get as many races in as possible before the 2pm cutoff.

Following racing today we’ll have a ceremony to crown our new national champions.


  • 0800 Harbor Launch (no meeting)
  • 0900 First Warning
  • 1400 No sets may be started after this time
  • Followed by awards


Today highs close to or above 100.  We should have similar winds as yesterday with South-West winds under 10 knots.


Water temperature is 84.6. High Tide at 10:18am and 10:42am.  Low tide at 4:43.

Change in Schedule for Saturday

July 23, 2010 5:45 pm

by Jon Deutsch

The following amendment to the sailing instructions was posted this afternoon regarding the schedule:

Sailing Instructions #3

6.1 Schedule for Saturday 7/24

0800 Launch
0900 1st Warning

NO Skippers Meeting!

Ron Hopkins


Lunches will be distributed from the Julia Anne at 11am to coaches

Given the early start we will not have lunch pick-up in the morning. Lunches will be delivered on the water at the Julia Ann – a Chesapeake deadrise at 11am. Coaches can come by and pick them up at that time.

Finally the green floating mark at the entrance to Jackson Creek went missing.  Those transiting the channel are reminded to stay within 30 feet of the red floating mark or you will go aground cutting that corner too sharply.

Gold Fleet Finish Photos

July 23, 2010 3:14 pm

by Strother Scott

Sean Brennan, Coral Reef Yacht Club, shown at left crossing the finish line first in Gold Race 1 on Friday. In his post race interview, he said “I felt really good.  My strategy was to start at the right at the Boat, and play the shifts.  But the wind was oscillating and was shifty.”

Haddon Hughes, Houston Yacht Club, winning Gold Race 2 on Friday.   After the race she told T2P.TV in her post-race interview that she stayed on the shifts and played the pressure.

Haddon also won the Girls Championship on Tuesday.

First set complete

July 23, 2010 12:30 pm

by Jon Deutsch

One set of racing has been completed on Day 3 of the 2010 USODA Layline Nationals.  We have light west, south-west winds at 4-7 knots.  All fleets were started under Z-flag.  We have a great spectator and coach fleet watching around the course and we’ve reminded all boats to go slow and make no wake.

We’ve seen a few fins out on the race course.  For our younger sailors who may not be familiar with the area, those fins are dolphins and NOT sharks.  They’re friendly and won’t harm anyone.

The wind appears to be holding and is expected to shift further south and build as the day goes on. We hope to get a couple more sets in.

Outlook for Friday, July 23

July 23, 2010 7:36 am

by Jon Deutsch

With no sailing on the championship course yesterday, the sailors start out racing today in the championship divisions.  Based on their position from day 1 racing, the sailors have been put into 4 divisions with the best 67 sailors in Gold, then Silver, then Bronze, and then Pearl.

Today is going to be the hottest day of the regatta so far.  Be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen and drink water.

A couple of SI changes were posted which clarify how the championship series will work.

The Green Fleet will continue with some on-land instruction first thing followed by racing and coaching on the water.


  • 0830 Skippers’, parents’, and coaches’ meeting
  • 1000 First warning signal


High today of 97. Mostly clear with no chance of storms until the evening hours.  Winds will be light and from the south west to start the morning.  They will likely ease around mid-day and a south easterly sea breeze should start to build later in the day.


The water temperature is 83.9.  High tides are at 9:30am and 9:59pm.  Low tide is at 3:54.

7/22 Notices

July 22, 2010 9:14 pm

by Jon Deutsch

  • Sailing Instructions Amendment #3
  • Sailing Instructions Amendment #4

Racing Abandoned Today

July 22, 2010 2:37 pm

by Jon Deutsch

Racing on day 2 of the 2010 USODA Fleet National Championship has been abandoned.  The sea breeze never managed to come in and never had more than 6 knots of wind all day.  There will be a 5pm competitors’, coaches’, parents’ meeting to review the format of the final 2 days of racing.

The green fleet has been out on the course for most of the day and got in at least half a dozen races.  They were able to race in a small area nearer land that did have just enough wind for them to sail.

Photos from this morning can be found here. Results from the conclusion of yesterday’s racing are here.

Championship Course Postponed on Shore

July 22, 2010 12:07 pm

by Jon Deutsch

The championship course is currently postponed on shore. The sailors were brought in having sailed no races at about 10:45. The race committee intends on making another announcement at 1pm.

The green fleet went out around 11 and is still currently racing in light winds near the entrance to Jackson Creek.

The hope is that the sea breeze will be able to overcome this light northerly wind we have and we’ll be able to go back racing later this afternoon.

There’s also a great view of all of the optis moored near Jackson Creek on the webcam.

Outlook for Thursday, July 22

July 22, 2010 7:48 am

by Jon Deutsch

Today will be our second day of fleet racing. The sailors have been re-grouped into new divisions based on their finishes yesterday. We’ll start the day with a competitors’, skippers’, and coaches’ meeting, launch boats and go racing.

Sailgroove will be out on the water again broadcasting the racing live. We’ll be posting updates on twitter and keep an eye on the blog for updates.

This evening Christchurch school will be hosting a reception and competitors dinner for the sailors. We’ll have a DJ for some entertainment.


  • 0830 Skippers’, parents’, coaches’ meeting
  • 1000 First Warning Signal
  • TBD Following racing – competitors dinner, etc


Today high of 92. Partly cloudy this morning clearing by mid afternoon with a change of afternoon thunderstorms. We’ll have light winds out of the North this morning and that should give way to a sea breeze out of the south, south-east this afternoon.


The water temperature is 82.7. High tides are at 8:36am and 9:10pm. Low tide at 3pm.

Fleet Nationals Day 1 Recap

July 21, 2010 8:20 pm

by Jon Deutsch

The 2010 USODA Layline Fleet Nationals opened today with 261 competitors sailing on the championship course and .  Ian MacDiarmid, Nic Muller and Duncan Williford all won all of their races to be tied for first after the first day of racing.

The day started with a competitors’, coaches’ and parents’ meeting where our event officials addressed the group and shared important information about the regatta.  As part of the meeting the Girls National Championship awards were handed out.

The first warning was scheduled for 11 and the after a brief delay the race was started a short time later.  All day we had winds out of the west with 8-10 knots winds.

The sailors were separated into 4 divisions of a little over 60 competitors each.  Tomorrow they’ll be regrouped again to give different competitors a chance to sail against each other.

All four divisions started the first race successfully under P-flag.

On the second race the blue fleet was the only fleet to start under P flag. The tide helped push sailors over early on the first try for the other 3 groups which were recalled. All 3 other groups successfully started on their second try which was under Zulu flag.

The third race was also started under Z-flag for most of the divisions.  Our wind held steady most of the with a slight shift to the right.

Nic Muller (US Sailing Center Martin Count), Duncan Williford (Lauderdale Yacht Club), and Ian MacDiarmid (Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club) all had stellar days on the water.  Each of them were in separate divisions and each took bullets in all 3 races.

Racing concluded around 4:30 and sailors headed back to shore.  Our food vendors J&W Seafood and DooWilly served everyone dinner and that was followed by the USODA Annual General Meeting.

Check out our website for photos, videos and updates throughout the week.

3 Races Today

July 21, 2010 3:58 pm

by Jon Deutsch

All of our divisions have started their 3rd race.  We’ve still got great weather that held right in there.  Blue fleet was the only fleet not to start under Z-flag.  Once these races are complete all fleets will be heading back to shore.

Two races underway

July 21, 2010 2:41 pm

by Jon Deutsch

We’ve now started two races for all groups on the championship course. Our wind is holding steady around 260 at 6-10 knots. Check out this time lapse of the 2nd start for the gold fleet.

On the second race the blue fleet was the only fleet to start under P flag. The tide helped push sailors over early on the first try for the other 3 groups which were recalled. All 3 other groups successfully started on their second try which was under Zulu flag.

Keep an eye on the live sailgroove coverage to watch all of the action as it happens on the race course.

In the first race of the day our 4 race winners were Nic Muller, Ivan Shestopalov, Duncan Williford, and Ian MacDiarmid. For those unfamiliar to large fleet Optimist sailing – we separate the sailors into 4 flights and each flight starts separately. So each race as 4 firsts, 4 seconds, and so on. Tomorrow the sailors will be re-seeded and re-grouped based on their standings today.

Provisional Results with race 1 are posted.

Green Fleet

After an instructional session with Tom Coleman on shore, the Green Fleet has come out to their own race course.

Fleet Nationals Racing is Underway

July 21, 2010 12:39 pm

by Jon Deutsch

The first day of the Fleet Nationals is underway. We have 271 competitors on the championship course and about 40 on the green fleet course. The sailors on the championship course are divided into 4 groups and each group has gotten their first race started. We currently have west winds at 6-10 knots.

This morning we had a competitors’, skippers’, and coaches’ meeting. The awards for the girls nationals were handed out.

Out on the course we had a brief postponement while we set the course and racing got underway shortly before noon. Sailgroove is now broadcasting live. Watch it here.

Check out photos from the awards here.

Doctors of the Day

July 21, 2010 9:43 am

by Jon Deutsch

The phone number for the doctors of the day is 804-516-8600 (George Burke).

Outlook for Wednesday, July 21

July 21, 2010 7:36 am

by Jon Deutsch

With the Team and Girls segments of the event mostly behind us we now are now moving into the fleet segment of the event. We have 269 competitors on the championship course who will race for 2 days before being split into a gold/silver divisions for the final two days.

About forty green fleet competitors will be on a separate course.

Once again Sailgroove will be broadcasting the racing live from the water. The live morning show will start at 0930 and race coverage will begin around the time of the 1100 warning signal.

Copies of the notices are being posted to the notice board including the Day 1 Divisions. A complete list of competitors can be found here.

At 6pm this evening, USODA will be hosting their Annual General Meeting at the regatta tent.

Watch our twitter feed and check out our blog all day from the event. Good Luck sailors!!


  • 0800-0930 Late Check-in
  • 0930 Skippers’, Parents’, Coaches’ Meeting
  • 1100 First Warning Signal
  • Retail Vendors Open for Lunch and Dinner
  • 1800 USODA Annual General Meeting


The high today is expected to be around 94 degrees. Light winds out of the west this morning. This will ease by mid-day and in the afternoon it should strengthen to 10+ knots out of the west, south-west. There’s a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon.


The current water temperature is 82.3. High tides are at 7:37am and 8:15pm. Low tide is at 2:03pm.

7/21 Notices

July 21, 2010 7:03 am

by Jon Deutsch

  • Day 1 Divisions
  • Day 2 Divisions

Outlook for Tuesday, July 20

July 20, 2010 7:45 am

by Jon Deutsch

With the Team Racing portion of the event complete, we’re now moving on to the Girls National Championship. 87 girls sail one day of fleet racing for the Girls National Championship.

Now that we’ve switched to fleet racing, we’re also going to be using a different course. It’s more of a trapezoid and a diagram can be found here.

Sailgroove will continue their on-the-water live broadcast of the event. The morning preview show will start at 0930 with the first race being broadcast live at 1030.

This evening following racing will be awards and a competitor’s dinner. Anna Tunnicliffe, an Olympic gold-medal winning Laser sailor will be here to talk to competitors and to help hand out awards.

While the girls are sailing, the rest of the boys and green fleet sailors will be arriving, getting measured and checked in. Many of them will be heading out on the race course for practice. Keep an eye on the webcam to see a lot of boats going in and out of the creek this afternoon.


  • Fleet Nationals Sailing Amendment #1 has been posted to the Fleet Nationals notice board (under 7/19).


  • 0900-1800 Fleet Nationals Measurement and Checkin
  • 0930 Girls Skippers’ Meeting
  • 1030 Girls First Warning
  • 1500 No warning after this time
  • 1800 Fleet Nationals Opening Ceremony, Girls Awards and Girls Competitors Dinner


Today we’re expecting a high of 94 degrees. We’ll have light west winds 4-8mph most of the morning. Partly cloudy skies in the early afternoon. The sea breeze will not come in until late in the afternoon and may not come at all due to a few fronts expected to reach our area in the late evening hours.


Water temperature is 81.6. High tide is at 7:15pm. Low tide is at 1:02pm.

7/19 Fleet Nationals Notice Board

July 19, 2010 8:39 pm

by Jon Deutsch

  • Sailing Instructions Amendment #1
  • Provisional Results



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