Fishing Bay Yacht Club is excited to announce its professional coaching staff!

Once again, we will have world-class coaches with a breadth of experience as both racers and coaches. We have been fortunate to find coaches that share FBYC's mission of building great teams that give our juniors the support, mentorship and opportunities to achieve their sailing goals.

Tomas Dietrich

Francisco "Pancho" Renna

Head Race Team Coach


Race Team Coach


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Tomas Dietrich grew up in Rosario, Argentina. Fresh off an Olympic campaign in the 470, Tomas returns to Fishing Bay as our 2021 Head Race Team Coach. Tomas has competed internationally in the Optimist, Laser, Lightning, 470, and J70 classes. Tomas has an incredible and exhaustive list of successful international competitions with a few highlights of his coaching experience below:

  • 400 Yacht Club Cordoba for 2007 Team Trials 
  • 29er Nationals 2008 
  • Intensive Clinics with the Argentinian National Team from 2008-2013
  • Head Coach for Netherland Antilles, 2014 OPTIMIST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
  • Fishing Bay Yacht Club (USA) Summer 2014
  • Coach at Opti clinic 2014 Mar del Plata 
  • Coach for the Peruvian National laser team 2015 
  • Head Coach Fishing Bay Yacht Club 2015 
  • Coach at 2015 49er South American Championships for Chilean Olympic Team
  • Coach at Opti clinic 2016 Mar del Plata 
  • Head Coach Fishing Bay Yacht Club 2016 
  • Coach at Opti clinic 2017 Mar del Plata 

Francisco "Pancho" Renna is an accomplished professional sailor and coach from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Francisco is also fresh off completing in a laser class Olympic campaign. Francisco has sailed extensively around the world competing in the Optimist, Sunfish, Laser, 420, 470, J24, and Soto 33 & 40 class. A few of his coaching highlights are below:

  • 2009 Worked at Club de Veleros Barlovento, as a 420 coach (ages between 15 and 17)
  • 2009 Worked with the Optimist National Team competing at the Worlds (ages between 12 and 15)
  • 2009 Coached Alexander Elstrodt & Patrick Essle (from Brazil) at Semana de Buenos Aires championship (15 years old)
  • 2010 Worked with the Optimist National Team competing at the Worlds (ages between 12 and 15)
  • 2013-October- Optimist Clinic at Club Universitario Buenos Aires, Argentina (ages between 8 and 14)
  • 2014- Laser Coaching Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • 2015- Summer Advanced Optimist Coaching- Southern Yacht Club- New Orleans, USA.
  • 2016- FBYC Optimist Racing Team Coach- Deltaville, Virginia, USA.
  • 2017- USODA Team Trials AYC/FBYC Team Coach-Brant Beach, New Jersey, USA.
  • 2017- FBYC /Christchurch School C420 Racing Team Coach- Deltaville, Virginia, USA.
  • 2020-2021- Optimist Race Team, CVB, Buenos Aires, ARG.
  • 2020-2021 – Coaching Lucía Falasca (Laser Radial Olympic representative).
  • 2021- Coaching Argentinian Optimist Team Competing at OPTINAM´S in Mexico.

Note: Coaches are subject to change and/or reassignment without notice.

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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