Posts for October 2007


Lin Mccarthy on

SBR News You Can Use
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS THIS COMING SUNDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 4th,  AT 2AM.  Set your clock for Eastern Standard Time - fall back one hour.  Racing Sleepyheads ... ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz!
The Caribbean 1500 fleet, currently gathering in Hampton, will head for Tortola, BVI, Sunday, November 4.  The start of the race / cruise is planned for just east of Thimble Shoal Light around mid-morning / noon-ish on Sunday.  Check at for specifics and definite times.  This looks to be a record setting number of boats - each one beautiful.  Most are berthed at Bluewater Yachting Center (Sunset Creek - Hampton River, Hampton) and at other facilities on Hampton River.
Get spooked!   Halloween is this coming Wednesday …

Two FBYC Sailors Qualify for International Teams

Eric Powers on

Junior Activities
The United States Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA)has announced its roster of members for the 2008 South American and Holland Teams and each team includes an FBYC junior Optimist sailor! We're very proud that our optimist team sailors Alex Jacob and Kendall Swenson have qualified for these two teams respectively. They both qualified earlier this month by performing exceptionally well at the USODA Atlantic Coast Championship held at Norfolk Yacht and Country Club October 6th-8th. Six other FBYC Optimist team members also raced in the event and did very well with one other (Austin Powers) missing the qualifier for the Holland team by only 11 places. Next summer, our two qualifiers will attend these very prestigious International Optimist Dinghy …

Staggered Start this weekend

Strother Scott on

Offshore Racing
This is a heads up to what will be announced at the skipper's meeting at 0930 on Saturday morning. For the Closing Day Regatta we will have a Staggered Start Pursuit type race.

Some of us have learned the hard way, that one of the most important aspects of this race is to have a digital watch that is synchronized with the Race Committee's digital watch. If you refresh, you note the Race Committee time on the top left corner of the Home page. Knowing what time it is will be almost your only indicator as to the proper time to cross the starting line, as there are no sound or visual signals for your …


Lin Mccarthy on

SBR News You Can Use
WAVELENGTH,  LA MAGA, and  CHECKO Top Fishing Bay YC Fall Series Fleets.  After racing Saturday, the FBYC Fall Series final standings over the 9 race series were tallied and bragging rights on the Rapp River are all set for the Winter.  RESULTS:  PHRF A (6 boats) - 1. Wavelength, Rob Whittet; 2.Blade Runner, Brad Davis; 3.Double Eagle, Sam Mitchner.  PHRF B/C (7 boats) - 1.La Maga, Allan Heyward; 2.Elancer, David Hinckle; 3.Schiehallion, Brad Miller.  PHRF Non-Spin (5 boats) - 1.Checko, Steve Smith; 2.Mr Williams, William Crudts; 3.Last Boat III, Frank Murphy.
OLD SCHOOL  and  SALUTE  Win 2007 Rappahannock Cup.  Jerry Latell, coming off a huge win …


Lin Mccarthy on

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Virgina Beats The Pride!  Schooner VIRGINIA Flies Down the Bay in GCBSR!  The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race started for Virginia at 1340 on Thursday and Virginia was home in Hampton Roads at 12:58:52, Friday morning!  Along the way, she set a record for fastest time down the Bay (11 hours 18 minutes 53 seconds), took line honors at the Thimble Shoal finish line, and, to the pleasure of southern Bay sailors and citizens, she beat The Pride of Baltimore.   Always a gentleman in this grand competition, Jan Miles, skipper of The Pride, was the first to congratulate Virginia's skipper, Nicholas Alley, and crew, on their win.  Miles radioed  Virginia  from up the …


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"In 1492  Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue."  We celebrate his discovery of our part of the world today, having adjusted the date to suit the Federal holiday calendar.  Take a sail to honor Chris! 
130 BOATS SHOOT THE BIRD!    The 2007 HOSPICE TURKEY SHOOT REGATTA  topped records for number of boats (130) and  amount of funds raised (more than $40,000).  130 boats (11 fleets) raced for two days on the Rappahannock River - drop mark courses on Saturday and a pursuit race on Sunday.  The event began Friday night with the welcoming reception, competitors' briefing and food and drink, including rock fish cooked on the Yankee Point Marina decks.  More than 450 …

Laser Masters Worlds

David Hazlehurst on


Jon Deutsch sent the following article to both Club and District 11 Laser sailors. This District covers Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. The Regatta which started on September 29 runs through October 6 and is being held on the Mediterranean coast north of Barcelona, Spain..

Entries for Laser Masters Worlds Regattas are open to any Laser sailor over 35 and attracted over 400 boats, many trailiered in from all over Europe. when the Regatta was held at the Royal Cork YC in July, 2001. This was my final appearance in a Worlds Regatta and followed Cancun in March 2000, Melbourne Australia in January 1999, and Allgorobo, Chile in October 1997. In Chile I excelled myself with two mid-fleet finishes but …

Website Maintenance Update

Strother Scott on

Club News
This may interest some of you. About 2 weeks ago, the day I got back from Canada, the web site broke and would not allow on-line registrations because the hard disk was full. It was fixed promptly, like in a day, but more cleanup has now been done.

The hard disk is 73GB, so I was amazed it could be full. A couple of months ago, BM deleted a Qmail log file which recorded the time stamps and other data of all the email that comes and goes from the web site - which as you may know is about 1% real email using our mailing lists and 99% spam. The log file was 4-5GB recording about 4 years data, none …

Website Maintenance

Strother Scott on

Club News
The website may disappear for a few hours in the next week or so as we are doing some maintenance. Strother


Lin Mccarthy on

SBR News You Can Use
IMPORTANT NOTICE:   PHRF RACERS - here is your chance to be heard where it matters.  If you hold a valid PHRF certificate,  list a Region IV club as your "home" club on your PHRF cert, and have anything on your mind that relates to fleet splits or anything else that you think can be done to improve PHRF racing on the Chesapeake, grab your club's Delegate or Handicapper or contact Mike Dale, Region IV Vice President, at and let your thoughts be known. On Thursday, October 18, the PHRF Delegates and Handicappers for Region IV will meet in order to determine fleet splits for 2008 and discuss other items and issues of concern …
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