I'm please to report, we've improved the Club - inside and out this Winter!. We've also had to complete many tough repairs because it has taken quite a beating. Here's a few of the maintenance broad strokes:
The Fishing Bay Ramp had the grade improved and added a breakwater helping restore the beach.
Fannie's House flooring was replaced throughout.
The entance marquee on Fishing Bay Road has a new raised flowerbed.
Jackson Creek Middle Dock fasteners were replaced in the lower end and finger piers.
Many of the legacy trees were cleaned up, limbed, and groomed.
The Junior Field has begun receiving environmentally responsible burr and week treatment.
April 1, 2020 Dear Fishing Bay Yacht Club Members- The Club leadership continues to hope all of our members and their families are well and safe as we navigate the stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are updating our FBYC protocols and planning much sooner than we anticipated. As many of you are aware, the Governor of Virginia updated his Executive Order (#55) on March 30, 2020 to extend the Stay at Home requirements until June 10, 2020. The order has key elements specifically referencing what is and isn’t an essential need. We have updated our notices regarding activities scheduled to be held at FBYC as well as access to Club buildings and the campus in general.
Come one, come all...This Wednesday at 6-7pm the YAMs are hosting our first ever virtual club happy hour! Our theme will be a blend of nautical trivia and some other funny twists to engage everyone along the way.
All you need to participate are the following:
1) Be sure to have your computer camera ready (we want to see each other!)
2) Sport your favorite and/or funniest sailing gear...think offshore sailing jacket, sunglasses, zinc on the nose, whatever you find fun to get into the sailing spirit
3) Beverage of your choice...ideally your favorite go-to post-racing/cruising drink
Special prizes and/or recognition to be awarded to the smartest teams and best dressed based on creativity …
Anxious about your boat in the water or on the hard?
Rest assured that FBYC General Manager Brian Ankrom is on site most every day keeping an eye on "things." Brian walks the docks each day, checking lines and boats. So if you're tempted to go down to look things over...DON'T.
If your in-water-boat has a bilge alarm and notifies you remotely, Brian asks that you contact him first before rushing down to FBYC. Middlesex county has asked all non-residents to limit their travels to the county due to the age of residents and limited medical resources. If you've ever called 911 from the club for something minor or major, you'll appreciate the need to keep these first …
The Club leadership wants you to know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers as we all navigate the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Without exception we are all experiencing very turbulent times. Your safety and that of your family is of our utmost concern and we are making some changes in our planning for activities and use of the Club’s facilities.
Effective immediately, to ensure we promote social distancing and the safety of all of our members and guests, all FBYC sponsored events are postponed thru April 30, 2020. This schedule update applies to all fleets and social events on the FBYC grounds. The Flag …
We're all on the hard and staying home to protect others; yet we do have to sometimes venture out for necessities. Some suggestions for less-congested shopping include avoiding mornings so that the elderly can shop more safely and visiting smaller, local grocery stores with fewer folks. You may not find toilet paper there but won't face huge lines.
In keeping with federal and state guidelines that are intended to "flatten the curve" of the Coronavirus spread, FBYC will postpone the Spring Clean Up originally scheduled for Saturday the 21st. A new date will be selected when we are on the other side of this serious event. For those willing and able, Grounds Chair Steve Montgomery will maintain a list of projects one or two people can tackle on their own time. This will improve the Club's appearance and reduce the future workload. Please contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-561-7289 if you would like to volunteer a few hours
We wanted to inform you of the matters we addressed at last evening’s Board meeting regarding the impact of the COVID-19 healthcare issues. Our continued goal is to promote the safety and well-being of our members, guests and the community in Deltaville and surrounding areas as best we can.
Based on actions recommended by the healthcare community as well as the announcement from the Virginia Governor declaring a state of emergency, we recommend that you limit your social interactions. While you may not personally be in a high risk group, you may still unknowingly pass along viral infections to a family member, friend or colleague who is in a high risk group.
Fishing Bay Yacht Club's Board of Directors has made the prudent decision to POSTPONE the Bermuda Hi Party, originally scheduled for this Saturday, March 14. Any future events, especially those held indoors, will be evaluated as we collectively manage the health crisis impacting our nation and the world.
We ask those who have already paid the small charge for this party to allow the club to use those funds to cover costs already incurred.
We are continually reminded how fortunate we are to belong to FBYC. Please take all necessary precautions to keep yourself healthy and consider how to support others as we move ahead.
At this point, we are still holding our Annual Spring Clean-Up on Saturday, March 21 …
Final sign-up deadline for this year's Bermuda Hi party is Thursday, March 12!
Come welcome spring--but save your socks to burn for later. We're gathering for drinks, food and music by Mike Dale at a great downtown Richmond location. (Click on the link to see where.) It's been a mild winter, but let's still embrace spring together.
Cost is only $10 per member. And if you'd like to bring a potential new member with you, just email Jerry Latell at email@example.com with your guest's name and email. (Guests are free!)
Want to learn some racing basics? Build on some current skills? Find a boat and skipper looking for crew?
Then sign-up for FBYC's highly-popular crew training workshops on April 14, 21 and 28 in Richmond, VA. There are additional on-the-water sessions so that you can practice what you've learned. Total cost is only $75 for both classroom and sailing sessions.
By know you've all probably heard about Bob and Lisa Fleck and the crew of Mad Hatter receiving the Labrot Trophy for best overall performance in CBYRA events last year. Congratulations!
But they're not alone. In Region 4N, two other members also made FBYC proud: Glen Doncaster's Nanuq in PHRF A and Miles Booth on Shenanigan in PHRF B also took top honors. We're grateful for them and their crew representing FBYC on such a prestigious and competitive stage. Here's to a successful 2020 for all our sailors!
Saturday's forecast for sunny skies is PERFECT for our Winter Program with legendary sailor Jim Brown.
Come down to the clubhouse at 2 P.M. to hear Jim regale us with his decades' worth of of sailing stories aboard multihulls. Stay for the reception following and check out our new ramp--a wonderful improvement for all our junior and one design sailors. This is a free program for members and the public so bring a friend and introduce them to the club. And by making a suggested $10 donation you'll be supporting our local Mathews High School Sailing Team.
It's also your chance to buy some FBYC "swag" from the store. Bring some cash or a check to purchase a new …
Junior Week FBYC member preference ends March 1st!Class are filling up very fast and wait lists will be created once classes meet capacity. Don't wait to sign up. This known far and wide as the best summer camp on the bay supported by incredible member volunteers and professional coaches. Classes are for beginner optis all the way up to advanced racing. Don't worry about knowing where to sign up your child/grandchild. We will work with you to gauge their experience level and make sure they are in the right class for their skill level to be safe and have fun!
Does your trip to our annual Bermuda Hi Party have you slogging upwind on Interstate 95? Or maybe its a nice broad reach down US 64? Whatever your starting point, all courses to this year's Bermuda Hi Party lead to the finish line at our new venue:
23 West Broad Street
We've got a great venue in Richmond's Art District that's convenient for as many members as possible. Expect to see loads of artwork in the entryway gallery as you make your way back to our party space. There will be plenty of heavy hors d'oeurves and, of course, Dark 'n Stormies.
We'll also have our own Mike Dale providing music to liven-up …
It is with sadness that we announce the loss of former FBYC member Carol Anne Lytton, aged 66, who died on February 9th, 2020 in North Myrtle Beach SC. Carol was the widow of former FBYC Board member and Treasurer Charles Lytton who died 10 years ago. Together they sailed their custom made sloop SONG OF JOY for decades, participating in Oceanic venues and numerous FBYC cruising events, always making friends wherever they sailed, and showing all of us how to keep yappy dogs aboard a sailboat. Her memorial service date has not yet been determined. Family condolences may be conveyed via Hardwick Funeral Home at www.hardwickfh.com, and memorial contributions may be made to Kind Keeper Animal Rescue …
Hold the date, March 21 beginning at 9 A.M. for the annual FBYC Grounds Clean Up. All members are encouraged to pitch in and prepare our lovely grounds for the new season. Lunch will be provided after we are done...so please sign-up online so we know how many of you are coming. (Just check out the upcoming events listing at FBYC.net.)