Posts for February 2010


Mary Spencer on

Club News
March 27, 2010 – Fishing Bay Yacht Club

8:15 - 8:50 - Registration / Bagel / Coffee
8:50 - 9:00 - Introductions and Acknowledgements
9:00 - 10:15 - Electronics - Latest & Greatest - Kevin Fay
· Sat Phone
· Internet Access
· Radar / Chart Plotters
10:15 - 10:30 - Break
10:30 - 11:00 - Electronic Interfacing - Mayo Tabb
11:30 - 12:15 - Weather - Ted Stedman
12:15 - 1:15 - Lunch
1:15 - 2:30 - Medical Emergencies - Dr. Sterling Ranson
2:30 - 2:45 - Break
2:45 - 3:30 - Sea Sense
· Man Overboard Techniques
· Warps
· Helicopter Pick-up Preparation
Cost: $10 (includes lunch)
Register at
Event Chair: Joe Schott – (804) 776-6004 or

Crew Training Program

Allan Heyward on

Offshore Racing

This course consists of three classroom sessions and two to three optional practice sessions on the water on board racing sailboats. It is offered by Fishing Bay Yacht Club (FBYC) to give sailors and non-sailors alike the basic information, understanding of terminology and confidence to crew on a racing sailboat. Following the last classroom session, there will be a social gathering for participants, instructors and FBYC’s racing skippers. All participants will receive written materials that complement the classroom sessions and include FBYC’s 2010 racing schedule. On-the-water training opportunities will be available at FBYC Saturday, April 3, and Saturday, April 10, to place interested participants with FBYC racing skippers and crews on their boats for a practice session to …


Lin Mccarthy on

SBR News You Can Use
Word is, from a reliable source (even though he is a sailboat racer), that Travis Weisleder, who races his J105 out of Fishing Bay,  has acquired  Layline.  Sounds like we will have another top quality equipment supplier with a local connection.
USNA sending INTEGRITY and DEFIANCE to SBRW 2010.  The United States Naval Academy has entered two of their offshore race boats, both Navy 44 MK2's, in SOUTHERN BAY RACE WEEK. Integrity and Defiance each carry a rating of 81 and will race in PHRF A.  The likely skippers of the boats crewed by Academy Midshipmen, are Midn Alex Dolan (Integrity) and Midn Emily Frost (Defiance).   Other Early Birds who have tossed their caps …

Cool article about Junior Sailing in Spinsheet

Strother Scott on

Junior Activities
Screen shot 2010-02-12 at 5.20.44 PM.png The article by Ruth Christie in the Fabruary 2010 Spinsheet is available at and you can download the PDF at

Shown at the left is the part of the article where Ruth quotes FBYC Juniors. You can click on the picture and see a Bigger copy of that section of the article.

"Copyright Spinsheet, used with permission."


Lin Mccarthy on

SBR News You Can Use
ORACLE (USA) WINS AC #33 - Brings Home the Cup - it's been away for 15 years!  Oracle crushed the Swiss entry Alinghi in each of the best 2 out of  3 races  off Velencia Spain, for the American's Cup.  Our high tech trimaran walloped their high tech catamaran. So, our engineers beat the heck out of  their engineers.  Perhaps the Swiss should stick to clocks and chocolate!   Now, the questions are what will the participant conditions be for the next AC competition and where it will the racing take place.   Stay tuned.  There's more info at   And, there is some unbelievable stuff on the start of race 2, including a mutiny on the RC …

A Dust-up on America's Cup Race Committee

John Beery on

Offshore Racing

A quite revealing report from Bob Fisher at the America's Cup during the Starting Sequence of Race #2. Seems there was bad blood on board. I find this fascinating when considering the level at which Race Management should be for the "premier sailing event in the world".

Read Bob's report here

Here is the pertinent part of Bob Fisher's report:

"On board the committee boat, the members of the SNG refused to handle the flags. It was left to the Golden Gate YC representative and a chase boat driver to assist Harold Bennett. The reason for the SNG spat was unclear, but it has been suggested that they would have preferred not to race. The GGYC representative …

America's Cup Coverage

Jon Deutsch on

Offshore Racing

The America's Cup has started. The first race got off around 8:30am EST and is currently being streamed live on the BMW/Oracle Racing Website. It's also available on

Here is a older video of the BMW/Oracle boat in action

If you are not familiar with sailboat racing this is the Superbowl of sailboat racing and it's happening this week. Larry Ellison (owner of Oracle) and Ernesto Bertarelli a European pharmaceutical billionaire have built a 90' x 90' trimaran and a 90'x90' catamaran. They are absolutely incredible and they sail 2-3 times the speed of the wind.

They are racing a best of 3 series to determine the winner of the America …

Snow at FBYC

Jon Deutsch on

Club News

Here are a few pictures of snow on the FBYC campus from last weekend's snow storm. Thanks for the photos Dixon!


Mary Spencer on

Social Events

Get out of the cold and join FBYC for great food,
great stories and great drinks!

Friday, February 19th at 6:30pm
The Home of Durwood and Deborah Usry
1215 Wilmer Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227

Adults $15.00


Register and pay online with a credit card at or mail checks, payable to Fishing Bay Yacht Club, and reservations to John Koedel, III, 7102 Glen Parkway, Richmond, VA 23229. Contact John at (804) 338-1158. Space is limited to the first 60 to sign up.

Name:_________________________ # ___ Adults $______

It is very nice of the Usry’s to invite us into their home. It's one of those small, secret places you stumble …


Lin Mccarthy on

SBR News You Can Use
It's good to be 4P:  If you intend to race PHRF, you need a 2010 Valid Rating Certificate from PHRF of the Chesapeake, and, for most southern Bay races, you must meet PHRF Equipment Category 4P.   PHRF is very specific about what is required when YOU check the Equipment Category box on the application.  PHRF says,  "Ensure you review the PHRF Special Regulations for safety requirements and sign the Certification of Compliance  (Keep this certificate on your boat) BEFORE checking off the Equipment Category (4P, 5P,  or 6P).  Your application form must check off the Equipment Category (4P, 5P, or 6P)."   NOTE:  The "lifeline exception" to the 4P requirements is clearly explained …
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