Posts for March 2002

The Virginia Sailing Regatta

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varegatta In the depths of World War II, the major efforts of all members of the fledgling Urbanna Yacht Club (predecessor to FBYC for those who didn’t read last month’s column) were directed toward winning the War. However, the burgee continued to fly, and UYC did not cease operations as so many other clubs were forced to do. uycpatrol Nevertheless, racing activity on the Chesapeake Bay was severely curtailed due to the many skippers and crews on military leave and due to travel constraints dictated by gas rationing.

In 1944, the Virginia Sailing Association, then consisting of UYC, Rappahannock River Yacht Club, Hampton Yacht Club, and Norfolk Yacht and Country Club, decided to consolidate the annual regattas of the individual …

Excitement is Building for Opening Weekend, April 13th, and the Commissioning of the New Clubhouse

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newclubhousedrawing FBYC Opening Day Commissioning Dinner invitations are in the mail.

A fabulous menu is anticipated from Chef Alain around waterfowl a l'orange and a special dessert of FBYC - chocolate marquise with a couli of rasberry.

Please RSVP by April 1st. No late reservations accepted.

31902door After opening day racing, the ceremonies begin at 5:45pm. Proper attire requested.

Blessing of the Fleet - 6:00pm
The Commissioning - 6:15pm
Refreshments immediately following
Formal Seated Dinner - 8:00pm
Dancing to follow

Opening Weekend Social Events
Kick off the season……. Drop in for the first Friday Night Rendezvous - April 12 at 7:00 p.m. The sailing season is about to begin and have we got plans for you! Stop by Friday night …

Four Fishing Bay J/29s Compete at 2002 Key West Race Week

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Social Events
The weather at Key West Race Week is always the story and this year was no exception. The first and fifth days were better suited for sunbathing—no wind and no races. Of course sunbathing is not bad in January. The second and fourth days had good tactical racing in light air. The middle day had medium to strong wind that resulted in a chop that was as challenging as any on the Chesapeake. Three Long Island J/29s, Hustler (Tony and John Esposito), Tomahawk (Bruce Lockwood) and Showdown (Bijan Risadi), swept the top places at KWRC. The four Fishing Bay boats made a good showing in the middle of the 17-boat fleet. Patriot (Case Whittemore) was 5th, Killshot (Bob …

Spring Clean-up This Saturday, Mar. 16th

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New Building
On March 16th at 9:00 am, we will have our Spring Clean-Up of the grounds, house and docks. Plans are to clean up the grounds, plant grass seed, prune shrubs, clean up the porches and outside furniture. Also nail down boards on the docks. Bring your shovels, rakes, chainsaws and hammers to get your club ready for the 2002 season! If anyone would like to donate perennials, such as daylilies or other ground covers, please bring them. David Hazlehurst and Dick Cole will provide the volunteers with a light breakfast and lunch. Please email Bob Kates at or call 804-776-6950 (day or evening) if you will be able to come. Rain date is March 23rd.

Leukemia Cup Junior Challenge Regatta

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Leukemia Cup
Following a highly successful launch a year ago, the Christchurch Leukemia Cup Junior Challenge Regatta returns to the water Saturday, May 4. Young sailors from nearly a dozen area high schools will be competing for racing and fundraising honors during the regatta, which will be sailed on the Rappahannock River at the Christchurch sailing facility. Christchurch sailing coach Josh Gwilliam is inviting all area high school sailors who are interested in taking part to join the fleet, “to have fun and to help support a worthy cause.” The competition will be sailed in 420s and some boats are available for teams that register early. The event is sponsored by Christchurch School, the Virginia Interscholastic Sailing Association (VISA), the Leukemia & …

The Schooner Nighthawk

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Our club began life, not as the Fishing Bay Yacht Club, but as the Urbanna Sailing Association in 1939 nighthawk under the loom of imminent hostilities in Europe and Asia. Within a year, the Association incorporated as the Urbanna Yacht Club. The club had an enrollment of 35 sailing yachts and 63 members, had rented quarters in Urbanna, and had joined the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association. Within three years, an active racing program was severely curtailed by the outbreak of World War II, and many of our members joined the armed services, representing practically every branch of America’s fighting forces. Pictured here is the schooner “Nighthawk” shown on race committee duty for the cruising division during UYC’s Virginia …

History of FBYC

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Having been enticed by our persuasive Commodore Scott to contribute a series of history columns to the Log about the formative years of FBYC, I will cheerfully comply. As a clubmember since 1955, I suppose my credentials at least partially (but not uniquely) qualify me to undertake this task. However, major credit must be given to MacDonald Wellford, a founding member and early club historian, who fanatically maintained scrapbooks on club history from its inception in 1939 until the late 1960’s. Mac kindly loaned these scrapbooks to me before his death, and these will be source for much of the material dealing with the early years of the club’s existence. Second credit must go to the Richmond Times-Dispatch …
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