The best weather of the Summer blessed us Saturday night for the Marslight Regatta. 18 boats were treated to a gorgeous sunset, no moon, but a million stars, and Mars...and oh, yes, there was racing too...First place in PHRF A was taken by Paul Andersen and the Titillation crew, with 2nd going to Strother Scott and his Loose Cannon crew of 1 adult and 5 kids. Loose Cannon topped the J105 fleet. PHRF B was won by Miles Booth and the crew of Shenanigan, while Eric Powers and the crew of Nereid took top honors in the 9 boat Non-Spin class, with the Gaenzle family finishing second in Nutmeg.
Lori Moyer and her race committee crew set great …
A bee for your bonnet: On October
18, The Mariners' Museum, in Newport News, VA, is presenting an
and Classic Boat Show. Plans call for an all day affair on the Museum
grounds and a number of runabouts on display on the lake. Efforts
are under way to have some small sailboats there too.
2003 HOD NATIONAL CHAMPION is LATANE MONTAGUE: Latane
and his crew, Chris Johnson, sailed in the National Championship
under the Potomac River Sailing Association banner. As 2003 champion,
Latane will name the site for the 2004 event. He may pick any
location on the Bay, and several interesting ones will be explored as possible
hosts. Finishing second in the 2003 …
Sailboat mishap has happy ending - reprinted from the Southside Sentinal
"Copyright Southside Sentinal, used with permission." Although they dont know the names of the people who helped them when their small sailboat overturned on August 8, Joe Grimes and Eleanor Dunlap of Arlington said they are very thankful that so many people came to their rescue in the Rappahannock River just off Urbanna Creek.
Dunlap said people in four or five boats came to their rescue and helped them right their 19-foot boat. We will probably never know their names, but they will always remain in our hearts, said Dunlap.
Grimes said he and his wife, who are part-time residents of Urbanna, were trying to raise the main sail …
The 64th Annual One Design Regatta held on August 9 & 10 can go down as a fun and successful event. In near ideal conditions, 82 boats in nine divisions raced two days in 8 - 15 knot breezes in FBYC's premiere One Design event. Of the 82 boats, 35 represented Fishing Bay. The largest class at the event was the Flying Scots with 18 boats. Two visiting classes were Hamptons with 13 boats and Albacores with 9 boats.
The race committees did an outstanding job running at least 7 races on the three race courses. It was great to have the club's flagship, Mr. Roberts, back on the starting line. Results of the regatta can be found on …
Swarms of small pirates attacked FBYC this past weekend during the annual Cruise with Kids. After a slight delay due to threatening skies Saturday morning, the pirates commandiered a flotilla of small ships, hoisted the jolly rogers they made that morning and put to sea where they fought a pitched battle with water cannon, water ballons and washdown hoses off Stove Point. No prisoners were taken though and the pirates soon stormed ashore near the main clubhouse in search of fabled buried treasure.
Later that afternoon, several grownups met their fate at the end of the plank (aka diving board) for the annual cannonball contest. Last year's defending champion Captain "Gusher" Gaenzle was handed certain defeat by Captain "Hardball …
From Alain Vincey....run to your nearest newstand to get the new, September issue of Sailing World which features the old and new FBYC clubhouses front and center in Gary Jobson's article, "Taking on the Big Club Project"!!
As the August moon fades, and my creative well dries up, member submissions for reasons 7, 6, 5, 4, 3.....for doing the Moonlight Regatta are requested, please post for everyone's pleasure in the reply at the bottom of the second page below. Best reason will win a free dinner at the cookout!
In a light and shifty weekend of racing in Annapolis, MD, the team of Scott Collins, Blair Hamilton and Marie & Will Crump bested a 45 boat fleet that included the current North American Champion in addition to several other exemplary teams. The regatta was the debut for Will and Marie as a husband and wife team, and a championship title in a major event could not have been a more suiting wedding present.
Will remarked that it was also a special experience to connect generations of sailors from Fishing Bay in having the opportunity to share the experience with Blair, now 21, who has demonstrated her own skills many times over in the Optimist and Byte classes. This event …
The 2003 MOBJACK NATIONAL CHAMPION IS TREY SMITH. In
three days this past weekend, the class was able to get in the required
number of races (3 of a minimum of 6 miles each) in topsy turvy weather
that went from drifty to honking thunder storm precursors. Yesterday,
going into the third and final day of the regatta, held off the mouth of
the Warwick River in the James River, Trey Smith and Mark Arnold
were tied. They decided the championship with a 1-2 (Smith-Arnold)
finish. Bob Beach
from Winchester, Virginia, sailing out of the
Potomac River Sailing Association finished 3rd. Crew for the top
three finishers, Smith, Arnold and Beach, were Jordan Wintringham,
Matt Frank …
The 8th reason for doing the Moonlight Regatta:
If Queen Anne's Revenge were to suddenly appear off your stern, it's good to know where you stand in the FBYC fleet...if you're not the fastest, there's always a good reason for not being the slowest, either...no quarter given...
Although it started with a no wind delay, the August 12th Junior Regatta
featured oscillating but steady wind and a strong turnout by neighboring
clubs, particularly Norfolk Yacht and Country Club and Ware River.
Sailors also came from Severn and Hampton. There were 12 Red-Blue and
White Optimists, 11 Green Fleet Optimists, 7 Lasers (three radial and
four full rig) and four 420's.
Optimist Race Committee was Ron and Ruthanna Jenkins aided by Eric Powers
in the mark boat. Coaches Melanie Clore
and Justin Ailsworth (coach at WRSC and FBYC member) and Steve Wirt in
the mark boat managed the 420 and Laser Course. Social Chairperson Kelly
O'Toole served a delicious post race meal to all, and juice …
The 10th reason for doing the Moonlight Regatta comes from Strother Scott:
You'll have the chance to almost reach out and touch Mars when it makes its closest passing of Earth in 50,000 years, a mere 35 million miles, as opposed to its normal 60 million miles...look for the blazing orange (if dust storms don't interfere) early in the evening in the southern sky close to the moon....while to the north, you may see remnants of the Perseid meteor shower as the Swift-Tuttle comet makes its passage through our galaxy....
"Sailboat Sinks After Colliding With Warship" That
was the headline on a story in the August 7, 2003, issue of The Log,
California's Boating Newspaper. Seems a 24 foot sailboat successfully
avoided a nuclear sub, but, in so doing, ended up hitting a helicopter
carrier. The sailboat sank, but the sailor and his dog were both
rescued. The incident took place at 11:30 a.m. on July 28th, just
outside San Diego Bay. Weather conditions were reported as overcast
with high clouds and some sunshine with a 15 knot breeze. The message
here is don't mess with the big gray ones. (Thanks to Jean Kluttz,
who spends a lot of time organizing …
The 12th reason for doing the Moonlight Regatta:
the stars will be brighter, in case the batteries in your GPS go dead.... just follow the Scotts or the Gaenzles... "they are headed back to Fishing Bay aren't they?"
Another day, another dollar. Another month started off with a bang Friday August 1, with a Board meeting at the club and a reception for new members. Some 55 people stayed for dinner, and it was good to meet partners and newcomers who have not used the club as much as our hard core members. Hopefully they all enjoyed their new found friends and will come back regularly. Saturday Sam and Nancy Stoakley did a great job hosting the racers after the Cruising Regatta. The 14.5 mile race with a staggered start was masterminded by Chip Hall, and after it was all over Commodore Cole finished in second place, helped immeasurably by the loan of a well trained crew …
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Mark Wheeler Does 3-Peat in Virginia Governor's Cup:
Wheeler won his third consecutive Virginia Governor's Cup this past
weekend. He's becomes only the second sailor to do so in the 39 year
history of the event. Rob Overton won the Gov's Cup in Lasers in
1984, 1985, and 1986. Wheeler, Virginia Beach (HYC) topped the 20 boat
HOD class. Ware River Yacht Club hosted the event sailed on
the Ware River (Gloucester). The Gloucester Chamber of Commerce Cup
went to the top junior sailor, Eric Brisse, 14. Brisse hails
from Tucker, Georgia, and sails in the Ware River YC junior program.
He raced in Laser (juniors) this past weekend …
Thanks to our friends at Rappahannock River Yacht Club for a superb and
fun regatta in Irvington today. Optimists, Sunfish, Lasers and 420's
raced on Carter Creek within sight of the club dock. Winds were 12 - 15
knots at the beginning, but moderated somewhat for the second and third
races. Sailors came mostly from Indian Creek, Rappahannock River and
Fishing Bay Yacht Clubs, as well as Premier Sailing.
After the races, everyone was treated to a cookout and all sailors
received a t-shirt.
Kramer Koedel placed third and Austin Powers fourth in Optimists, and
Quentin Jenkins and Madeline Alderman placed first in 420's.
No. Aliens havent landed, its Bubba the Wildflower Fish Shaped Meadow at Holly Point Nature Park, home of the Deltaville Maritime Museum. Thanks to Brad Sindle of Crows Nest Photography, the aerial view of the meadow definitely shows a fish shape wildflower meadow with surrounding grass meadows.
The wildflower meadow was planted in March, and through the spring and summer the 3.81 million seeds have taken off and colors have been ever changing. While the view from the top doesnt show off the wildflowers, its definitely worth a walk around Bubba to appreciate the colors and the butterflies.
The meadow was funded by a grant from NIScource/Columbia Gas Transmissions …
The dog days of summer may be here, but there are ample opportunities for spending time around the water, although this past week has provided too many for the writer. Four days, starting Tuesday July 22 with family at Smith Mountain Lake, 893 feet above sea level, so it gets down into the 60's at night. A 240 mile drive Saturday to get to Fishing Bay to catch the end of a 420 Fest, and the second Summer Seabreeze Regatta. Unusually good conditions for late July. And fabulous after race food prepared by Susan and Phil Webb, another great effort by members of the Flying Scot family.
Looking at Fishing Bay early on Sunday, there was promise of a …