Open House Regatta & Party


Sun, May 26 2019


Event Managers

  • Event Chair: Carrie Russell
  • Race Chair: Jim Raper

Sunday, May 26, 2019


CHANGE NOTICE #1.  Starting times are published on this event page as of 1800, May 21.  Boat names in bold are those boats that have entered as of May 21.


NOTICE The event information below, used in conjunction with the General Offshore Notice of Race and the General One Design Notice of Race, as applicable, comprises the complete NOTICE OF RACE for the event.

DESCRIPTION: Make the highlight of your Memorial Weekend this fun-filled day of "low-key" racing, camaraderie, music, and summer-inspired food with your fellow club members. The Open House Regatta and Party is an event for every part of the club.  We've got Offshore, One Design, Junior, Cruising, and Social divisions all coming together for an easy race, a raft-up, and dinner with a band. Our members are encouraged to invite all of their friends on their boats and to the club for the festivities. Invite your friends if they have boats that meet the criteria!

The day starts with a staggered start pursuit race for all boats around a set of government marks, finishing in the early afternoon just off the FBYC pier. Then all of the boats are encouraged to raft up, and we'll shuttle folks from the FBYC dock to the boats. To end the evening, there will be dinner and live music.

"Sail fast, have fun, bring a friend, and enjoy the party!"

Offshore, One Design, Juniors, and Cruising sailboats are encouraged to participate.  All spectators on land are encouraged to take the shuttle to the raft-up.

CLASSES: The Open House Regatta is a handicap pursuit race open to any boat rated with Portsmouth Yardstick D-PN Handicap rating or PHRF rating.  (courtesy ratings will be given to boats without certificates).

THE START: At the Skippers' Meeting each boat will be given a staggered start time based on their rating.  (This enables an orderly start and prevents a jumble of boats from being in the starting area at once.)

SAILING AREA:  Starts will be in Godfrey Bay and sail to the Bay around marks at the entrance of the Piankatank and then back to a finish near the club pier in Fishing Bay.

FINISH: Spectators should congregate around 2pm on the Fishing Bay hillside and pier to watch the sailboats finish racing off the dock.

TIME LIMIT: If one boat finishes within 3 hours from the start, the race will be valid for all racers.  All boats must finish within 1h 30m of the first finisher or 1500, whichever is later.

SCORING: All boats will be scored using the Portsmouth Rating in the order of their finish.  Boats with PHRF ratings will be converted to Portsmouth.  Boats without PHRF ratings will be assigned a courtesy rating. 

PARTY: Purchase tickets early for a barbeque dinner provided by Roadhouse Barbeque.  GoVino cups will be provided with each ticket purchase while supplies last.

RAFT UP: We will be rafting up as many boats as possible in Fishing Bay.  Shuttle service will be available from the Fishing Bay Dock.  Marshals this year include Ann Gray, GG Gray, Diane Simon, & Carl Simon.

0900: Skippers' Meeting (will receive start time)
1100: Warning Signal for first boat to start
1300: After finishing, please join the raft-up! Radio your intention on channel 71 to the raft-up marshal.

COURSES The course will use government marks in the Piankatank River and Piankatank Channel:

Start - the vicinity of Godfrey Bay.

X drop mark
R "12" starboard
R "8" port
FBYC B starboard
Y drop mark due east of FBYC B starboard
G "5" port
R "8" starboard
R "12" starboard
Finish - Fishing Bay, near the FBYC dock.

AWARDS described in the Sailing Instructions.

Skippers' Meeting (will receive start time)
Raft-up begins - shuttle will be available
1400: Racing boats finish. RAFT UP and shuttles from pier to raft up.
1630: Bars open and live music begins
1730 - 1830: Happy Hour at UPBar
Regatta Awards
Roadhouse Barbeque Dinner service begins


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

Phone Numbers: Club House 804-776-9636

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