Posts for April 2003

Laser Sailors—Race & Skirmish During Blackbeard Festival

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LaserRacingBlackbeard poster The Laser District 11 Championship Regatta will be held at Hampton Yacht Club , May 31 through June 1 this year. The word on the street is to expect a minimum of 30 boats for this event, and it's being talked up with the local college sailors, as well. To add to the fun, the popular and colorful Blackbeard Festival is being held in Downtown Hampton that same weekend.

BlackbeardFestivalFlag This is a double-edged sword (ha ha). The festival is great and offers lots to do in the evenings after racing, including a Pirate's Ball on Friday and a special Block Party on Saturday night. Also, if you bring your families, there is guaranteed entertainment …

Optimist Coaches Seminar June 7 and 8 at Fishing Bay

Ruthanna Jenkins on

Junior Activities
Kenneth Andreason Kenneth Andreasen, U. S. Optimist Dinghy Association Director and Coach of the U. S. National Optimist Team, will give a two-day OPTIMIST COACHES SEMINAR at Fishing Bay on June 7 and 8. Kenneth, who travels with the US Optimist team when they compete in international events, is truly one of the country's outstanding Opti coaches; so this is a terrific opportunity for all of us who will be working with "Juniors" and Optis. Click "Read More…" for further details.Coaches, instructors, CIT’s and parents who volunteer with the racing team will want to learn all the latest tips for rigging Optis for speed, boathandling techniques, and on the water drills and games. Kenneth and his team of national …

Join FBYC Members For The Indian Creek Cruise June 6,7,8

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Cruising News
Indian Crrek Club We hope cruisers or racers will join us at Indian Creek on June 6,7,and 8. We cruise to Indian Creek Friday and either raft up in Pitman's Cove or go to the Club's slips. Both golf and tennis will be available to us on Friday afternoon and Saturday.Indian Creek Marina Dinner on Friday will be at the Club restaurant and Saturday we'll have our own picnic there. I will need a close head count for dinner at the Club on Friday and an accurate count for tennis and golf. I have arranged for a special fee for golf at $25.00 per person including cart. There will be a fee for tennis also. The club does not …


Lin Mccarthy on

SBR News You Can Use

The 2003 Offshore Spring Series at Fishing Bay Yacht Club got things underway this past weekend.  In the MORC fleet Thin Ice (Landau/Hope) and Mojo (Mark Wensell) each recorded 2 wins out of 5 races; Brass Monkey (Jason/Will Angus) won Race #5.  In PHRF A, Wavelength (Rob Whittet) took 2 first in 3 races, and Chilcoot (Alex/Donna Alvis) got the Race #2 win.  In PHRF B, Sam Marshall's Night Music, Allan Heyward's La Maga, and Wayland Rennie's Trilogy shared the #1 spot over 3 races.  Dick Cole in Nutcracker won both PHRF Non-Spin races.The mega flood current, a 70 degree wind shift around the middle of the race … mailing list snags 2 crew members

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Offshore Racing
The question always comes up among FBYC members - How can we increase participation in our events. One of the excuses always is - "I can't find any crew". For the last several months, a link to has been posted on the FBYC home page. It is designed as a means to recruit people - members and non-members alike, who want to sail but do not know whom to ask.A month ago there were 43 people on the list, mostly added as a result of the member surveys. Today there are 54 people on the list, the last 11 are non-members who subscribed in the last month.

This past weekend, there we two crew members aboard boats at …


Lin Mccarthy on

Leukemia Cup
Jobson at MarinersGary Jobson is a household name in racing sailors' homes.  We all know who he is.  Our man in New Zealand for the America's Cup.  Mr. ESPN of our sport.  He often comes into the southern Chesapeake Bay to offer his name and presence to boost a worthwhile cause or just to share his thoughts with racers about the current state of our sport.  He has for the last 11 years given a huge portion of his energy on behalf of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Cup Regatta.

This morning Gary Jobson began chemo treatments for non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Gil Renaut sent word that Gary was diagnosed a couple of days ago.  To quote Gil …

Offshore Spring Series Begins This Weekend

Randy Alley on

Social Events
tikisun One Particular Harbor in Deltaville

Whether you race or not...where else would you rather be than the dock on Fishing Bay this Saturday evening, 26th…Motown…Jimmy Buffett…your favorite beverage…old friends and new friends…

Social starts at the Clubhouse at 3:30 after the offshore races… Stay for dinner beginning around 5:00, no reservations needed…lasagna/salad/texas garlic toast/and a cookie for $5 bucks, until the food is gone…whether the weather is beautiful, you’ll wish you were there…


Lin Mccarthy on

SBR News You Can Use
Fishing Bay Yacht Club Spring Series begins this coming weekend, April 26 and 27.  Combination of 2 drop mark races on Saturday and one middle distance race on Sunday for PHRF classes.  MORC is expected to be all drop mark courses.  For confirmation and additional info check out the web site at Spring Series Race #2 is this coming Sunday, April 27th.  In the Harbor, all PHRF classes, drop mark courses, sanctioned event, free hot dogs, beer and soft drinks for the competitors following the event courtesy CCV - under the HYC dock tent.  Racers with CCV Racing Memberships are automatically entered. Must have a current, valid 2003 PHRF rating …

More Opening Day Pics From Don Landau

catesby jones on

Offshore Racing

In addition to the great photos from Bradley Davidson which you can see by clicking on the Opening Day Photos links above, Don Landau took some fine racing shots. Click "Read More" to view some samples.

Insatiable No2212

J105s J105s Upwind

No169 Spinnaker No41265

Shamrock Spinnaker Insatiable2


Bob Kates on

Social Events
wednite The 2003 season will begin on May 14th. If you would like to be added to the E-mail list, please send a message to or send a blank e-mail to It will automatically add you to the mailing list of names of people interested in the wednesday night dinners shown at View List of

We are going to try to do some sailing this year. It might be fun if the various one design classes planned a Wednesday night sail and dinner. Anyone interested give me a call at 804--776-6950 or E-mail me to set up a date.

"Art on Fishing Bay" will be July 9th and will be in conjunction …


Lin Mccarthy on

SBR News You Can Use
J/29 One Designers are heading for the Fishing Bay Yacht Club Invitational this coming weekend, April 18-20  For info contact Case Whittemore at  or  (804) 285-4632.Sea Star, Cool Change, Rocket J, and Checks in the Mail Get Early Bullets in CCV Spring Series Race #1.  It could not have been a better day for racing.  Popping out in Hampton Roads just like daffodils popped out a week or so earlier, skippers, crew, and boats faced a brisk northeast wind on a frisky sea. Worth every minute of suffering rain, sleet, snow and other general boat yard frustrations to get going NOW!  RESULTS:  PHRF A: 1. Sea StarBumps & Dave …

Get Your Engines Started for the Junior Sail-A-Thon

Judy Buis on

Leukemia Cup
lcsailathon On June 20, 2003 Fishing Bay Yacht Club will again host the Junior Sail-A-Thon to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Thanks to the many participants, the 2002 event was a huge success, raising over $1000! With everyone’s hard work, our goal for this year is to double that amount!

The Junior Sail-A-Thon will be held on Friday, June 20 at the conclusion of Junior Week at Fishing Bay Yacht Club. The event is a sailing fundraiser for kids to collect pledges and donations for the number of laps they can sail around the course in the allotted timeframe. This is not a race. Trophies will be given for the top fundraisers. In addition, each participant will receive a …

Decide Now To Join Our First Cruise To Cobbs Creek

John Koedel on

Cruising News
Cobbs Creek Cruise Icon Plan now to join us on the first cruise to Cobb’s Creek May 3rd and 4th. This will be an anchor off event, although there may be two spots at the fuel dock after the Ginny Point Marina closes for the day. We will assemble at Ginny Point Marina at 1730 hours for a BYOL cocktail party. Ice, mixes and plastic glasses will be provided. Dinner will be served about 1900 hours. I will not have a firm price for the dinner until our April 19th meeting at Fannie’s House, but it should be in the $17 range.

It is nice to row up to the head waters of Cobb’s Creek, a good project for Sunday morning …

Before Opening Day

David Hazlehurst on

Offshore Racing
For any member who is just starting to think about sailing this year there are probably at least as many for whom the season is already well underway. Forgetting about those who have spent happy days since the snows started in the various dockyards doing whatever to their bottoms, polishing sides and top-sides, there has been ample activity at our club.

Over the past five weekends we have had two days of classroom, and two days of on-the-water race committee training. And a day of classroom training at Hampton YC for those who can't get enough. Also three days of on-the-water crew training, and a day dedicated to grounds clean-up. As a result of these efforts the club looks …


Lin Mccarthy on

SBR News You Can Use
FBYC Opening Day Regatta - This coming Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13.  MORC, PHRF Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker fleets.  Three races are planned; all are CBYRA sanctioned.  Point of Contact: John Wake, (804) 673-6007.

Gettin' it together on the Rivah:  Rappahannock River area Flying Scot racers shared in a real treat Sunday. Greg Fisher, 4 time national champion, was featured clinician at a seminar put together by Tom Norris of Rappahannock River YC and Debbie Cycotte of Fishing Bay YC. Ron Mihills (RRYC) reports that sailors from no less than 5 different FS fleets participated.  The site of the seminar was moved to Fishing Bay when RRYC ran out of standing room during the registration …


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Flying Scots
Flying Scotts To all Flying Scotters and Friends,
This is your final reminder about the Greg Fisher Flying Scot Workshop, THIS SUNDAY, April 6th at the FISHING BAY YACHT CLUB in Deltaville, Virginia. Please note that it is not at RRYC, like originally planned.Greg Fisher I have heard from Greg and he is psyched to come down to Virginia and talk to us all. This will start at 10:00 AM with a discussion on the principles and practices of making Scots go fast. Click Read More... for details on the day and a list of who's signed up.Then break for lunch -- please note this is a BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH. Drinks will be provided courtesy of Fleet 185 (RRYC).

In …

Rosegill weekend

catesby jones on

Club News
I've been asked to do an article on the annual Rosegill race weekend. Would appreciate hearing from the race organizers with some back ground. The article wouldn't appear until late in the summer but must be in by June 10 so I'll need to hear from you before then. Want some history of the race, # of boats, classes, anything that might be of general interest for a page article. I'll try for photos but if anyone comes up with some good action shots and would share them I'd appreciate them as they'll likely be better than mine. Thanks
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