All Comers Regatta & Memorial Day Party - Postponed


Sun, May 24 2020



Event Managers

  • Social Chair: Carrie Russell

Sunday, May 24, 2020

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 a fun-filled day of "low-key" racing, camaraderie, live music, and summer-inspired food with your fellow club members. The Memorial Day Regatta and All Comers Raft Up is an event for every part of the club.  Offshore, One Design, Junior, Cruising, and Social divisions all come together for an easy race, and social raft up in the middle of Fishing Bay.  Swim, paddleboard, sail your Tiki raft and join in the fun! Our members are encouraged to invite all of their friends on their boats and to the club for the festivities. Invite your friends and bring your family.

The day starts with a staggered start pursuit race for any and all boats, around a set of government marks, finishing in the early afternoon just off the FBYC pier. Following the race all boats are encouraged to raft up. There will be a shuttle from the FBYC dock to the raft up. Once the Raft Up concludes, gather under the BIG tree and celebrate the beginning of summer with your FBYC family.

"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: Please refer to the website for updates party details. On line registration is mandatory.  Registration will remain open until 10 am the day of the party but "early bird discount" will end Wednesday May 20 at 8 pm.  Registration after May 20 8pm will be regular price.

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.  Raft up Marshal: TBD

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. All floating boats, rafts, paddle boards welcome!  Prize for most creative mode of floating transportation.
1400: Racing boats finish. RAFT UP and shuttles from pier to raft up.
1700: "Welcome to Miami" ... we're goin' to Miami. UP Bar and porch bar open.

Cuban music begins. Bring your maracas and congas... dress accordingly.

1830: Regatta Awards
1900: Cuban dinner catered by KubaKuba.


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 804-889-2327

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