Posts for March 2005

Laser sailor, Blackburn, averages 8.6 knots for 13 hours

catesby jones on

One Design Racing
The amazing thing about Michael Blackburn's "conquering" the Bass Strait isn't that he sailed single-handed across the Bass Strait--that's been done before--it's that he averaged 8.6 knots in a Laser for 13 hours. No, Blackburn didn't pick the Bass Straits because of daring-do, but because it's one of the few places in the world where you could pull this off. See photographs, videos, and a piece Alden Bugly wrote about it here.

US Sailing Level 1 Course Offered in Charlottesville

Ruthanna Jenkins on

Junior Activities
A US Sailing Level 1 course will be given on four weekday evenings in Charlottesville (April 11, April 13, April 18 and April 20) and at Fishing Bay Yacht Club all day on Saturday April 23 with Sunday April 24 as a rain date.

This course leads to certification as a US Sailing Level I dinghy instructor, and provides the instructor with personal liability insurance, as well as instruction information. Our instructor has promised to make this course very oriented to Optimist sailing, so attendees will learn proper rigging, and Optimist sail control, topics that are not covered when the course material must be more general.

The instructor has a two-week work commitment in Charlottesville, and so is able to …

Change in location of Saturday, April 2, Cruising Class Party

Tony Sakowski on

Cruising News

The location of the Cruising Class gathering for this coming Saturday, April 2, has been changed from the FBYC second floor facility, to the Deltaville cottage of Tony and Kate Sakowski, 76 Sunrise Lane. Brief directions to the cottage would include taking a left at Ruark’s Marina, and then going three speed bumps until you see Sunrise Lane on the left (200 yards). Turn left and park after going up the hill, but be sure to leave room for our neighbors to pass. Parking will be available at the very end of Sunrise Lane (Hay Hardy cottage) if there are no areas open. Please don’t park in the large field in front of our cottage.

I will distribute …

#242 SOUTHERN BAY RACING NEWS YOU CAN USE

Lin Mccarthy on

SBR News You Can Use
This coming Friday, APRIL 1st, is National Sailboat Racers Day, aka April Fool's Day!  Get foolish - go sailing! 
 
Last Reminder:  CCV - HYC Race Management Workshop, Saturday, April 2, at Hampton Yacht Club, check-in at 0830, start at 0900.  No charge, OPEN TO ALL.  Pre-registration guarantees you a 2005 CCV Race Management Manual.  To pre-register, just call (757) 850-4225.  If you have your RRS 2005-2008 (current rule book), bring it.  There will be rule books for sale at the workshop for those who need them.
 
Mark your calendars:  SOUTHERN BAY RACE WEEK, June 3-5:  Southern Bay Race Week is in countdown mode.  Event Chairman Leigh Morgan promises great racing …

#241 SOUTHERN BAY RACING NEWS YOU CAN USE

Lin Mccarthy on

SBR News You Can Use
DO NOT BE AN APRIL FOOL - Get your PHRF 2005 certificate now!  Racing starts early in April.  If you do not have your 2005 PHRF certificate, you will not be able to do a sanctioned race.  Once April arrives, all the Johnny-Come-Latelies will slow down the system.   Send in your certificate application/renewal form today.
 
Last Reminder:  On Friday, March 25, Gary Jobson will speak at the University of Richmond.  His 7:00pm talk will be in the Moot Courtroom of the T.C. Williams School of Law. If you have ever enjoyed one of Gary Jobson's appearances, you know that his sailing topics know no boundaries.  No matter how many others attend …

Gary Jobson Tonight!

David Hazlehurst on

Club News
From today's Scuttlebutt with no added comments.

* From Michelle Slade (edited to our 250 word limit): I just attended the Corinthian YC (Tiburon, Calif), first evening of its 2005 speaker series with Gary Jobson. I know this has been said before but it simply can never be said enough - Gary is truly a gift to the sport we all love. It's been both a heart rending and heart warming experience to watch him over the past few years battle through his illness. To see him healthy and happy today, his humor-incensed enthusiasm for the sport a complete inspiration is awesome. I wonder how often we stop and appreciate how much he's brought to this sport in this …

Greg Fisher's Flying Scot Workshop

Debbie Cycotte on

Flying Scots
Greg Fisher will be conducting a workshop on successfully racing Flying Scots. This will be held on Sunday, April 10th from 11:00 to around 4:00 at FBYC. A $5.00 per person fee will include lunch.

Greg is one of the top One-Design sailors around and is head of the O/D Loft at North Sails in Annapolis. He has won over 36 Nationals, North Americans, and Midwinters Championships in 9 One-Design Classes - including the Flying Scots five times (the most recent this year's Midwinters)!

This will NOT be an on-the-water clinic but we will have a Flying Scot rigged in the parking lot for demonstrations. Among the topics of the day will be a discussion on …

The Laser, a boat for all ages and sizes

David Hazlehurst on

Lasers
Since the Laser was introduced in 1972 more than 180,000 boats have been built and are sailed in every country in the world. Adding to the Laser as the established men's single-handed Olympic boat the Laser Radial has been selected as the women's single-handed class for the next Olymics in place of the Europe. A major reason for this change was the ready availability of Lasers on a world-wide basis as well as their lower cost.

Along with other major classes Lasers hold Mid-winters regattas each year, and in the case of Lasers these are held on both the East and West coasts. An unusual incident earlier this month at the Mid-winters West at the California YC …

Racing Rules and Race Management Seminar

Sharon Bauer on

Social Events
Fishing Bay was fortunate to host John McCarthy for two seminars on Saturday March 12th. Fifty members and guests attended the morning session on the Rules. Attendees included at least one Junior racer and 9 former Commodores -- we can all use a little refresher. John's presentation was informative and entertaining and should add to the quality of our racing in 2005 with a focus on not only the rules, but how they should figure into strategy on the course. He encourages communication between the racers and recognizes that some issues are not black and white and simply must be handled in the protest room.

Twenty-eight stayed for the afternoon session on Race Management. The session focused on the mechanics …

#240 SOUTHERN BAY RACING NEWS YOU CAN USE

Lin Mccarthy on

SBR News You Can Use
On Friday, March 25, Gary Jobson will speak at the University of Richmond.  His 7:00pm talk will be in the Moot Courtroom of the T.C. Williams School of Law. If you have ever enjoyed one of Gary Jobson's appearances, you know that his sailing topics know no boundaries.  No matter how many others attend, you will feel like he is a friend stopping by your digs for a friendly chat about sailing.   For tickets ( and price info) call the Leukemia Society in Richmond, (804) 627-0400, ext 15, or (800) 766-0797.  
 
When the National Hospice Championship boats hit the starting line on April 15-17 in Annapolis,  there will be three southern Bay representatives on the …

#239 SOUTHERN BAY RACING NEWS YOU CAN USE

Lin Mccarthy on

SBR News You Can Use
Don't be caught with your PHRF cert down!  You must have a valid 2005 PHRF rating certificate to race in sanctioned (as well as many other) events.  Check the expiration date on any special or provisional rating you may have obtained late in the 2004 season; chances are it will not cover you for the 2005 season.
 
SOUTHERN BAY RACE WEEK 2005:  The organizing committee is hard at work on this year's rendition of this great event set for June 3-4-5.  2005 Event Chairman Leigh Morgan says the "big boat" fleet can expect the venues to remain in the same locations as last year - the PHRF A, B and C Spinnaker fleets and One-Design classes …

Cable TV wire now buried under new land

Strother Scott on

Club News
Two independent sources have confirmed that the Middlesex County Cable TV people were on site last week and have now buried the Cable TV line to Stove Point as it crosses the FBYC property. They successfully avoided cutting all water lines that we knew about. Apparantly some water lines were unknown! The next step is to remove the old above ground cable TV wire, which might be done Monday.

Great job and thanks to Chip Hall, Grounds Chair, for getting this long awaited project underway.

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