Posts for September 2010

Interesting Melges crash video from Scuttlebutt 3187

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Offshore Racing
It was day two of the Worlds, at the first weather mark of race three on that day. Joe Woods’ Red team rounded the offset mark, and in the process of raising their kite, was fully out of control within 10 seconds. As they rounded up, another 10 seconds passed before Michael Dominguez’s Bronco team literally speared Red with their pole, taking aim at their aft weather quarter.

Luckily, Bronco’s pole retracted on contact. Otherwise both Bronco’s pole and Red’s hull would have been a lot worse off. And what about the protest? Red was found at fault based on Rule 16.1 which says, “When a right-of-way boat changes course, she shall give the other …


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Edward Eubank "Sugar" Ralston, age 86, died peacefully September 16, 2010. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marjorie K. Ralston. He is survived by his four children and their spouses, Edward E. "Bo" Ralston Jr. and Melissa, Cary A. Ralston and Janet, Susan R. and Dr. Jim Mathers and Rebecca L. Ralston; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Sugar and Marjorie owned the Fishing Bay property just to the west of the clubhouse and were Honorary Members of Fishing Bay Yacht Club. He was generous in allowing the club to use his beach property during Junior Week and the Annual One Design Regatta each year and he even contributed to the …

Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters NOR

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The Notice of Race is up and Online Registration is now open for the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship to be held October 16-17 at Fishing Bay Yacht Club. This Annual Regatta has been held at Fishing Bay Yacht Club for the past 28 years. The event has become a must-do on the Laser Masters circuit for sailors over the age of 35.

Last year’s regatta featured two of the premier masters sailors in the US - both of whom have won world championship titles in the Laser – John Bertrand of Annapolis and Peter Seidenberg of Newport, RI. Last year the event was sailed in not less than 17-25 knots. It was a sight to see lasers flying around the …


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Fishing Bay Yacht Club finished 10th overall out of 24 teams competing in the 2010 NYYC Invitational Cup Qualifying Series in Newport this past week.  The team of  Travis Weisleder, Rob Whittemore, Lud Kimbrough, and Ben Buhl sailed 26 races in 4 days in Sonars and J22s, making it to the championship round of the final 12.   Only the final top three (3) teams received the coveted invitations to the 2011 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup Regatta; those were Eastern Yacht Club, Annapolis Yacht Club, and Newport Harbor Yacht Club.   

FBYC WOLFTRAP.   Saturday was a beautify racing day on the southern Bay and those sailing in the annual Fishing Bay Yacht Club Wolftrap race took …


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Saturday, October 2, 2010
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The Indian Summer – Sail Against SIDS Regatta is hosted by FBYC. All FBYC Members are encouraged to participate. Proceeds will benefit the research and prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is the leading cause of death in infants between the ages of 1 and 12 months. There is currently no known cause or cure.

Starts will be offered for the following classes: 420, Flying Scot, Front Runner, Laser, Laser Radial, Mobjack, and Optimist. Additional classes may be added at the discretion of the Event Chair or the One Design Division Commander. Optimists will be divided into Red, Blue, White and Green …


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John A. Hubbard, Trophy Chairman

The Trophy Committee will receive nominations until October 9th for the following perpetual trophies to be awarded at the Annual Awards Party in November.

PIANKATANK TROPHY – Recognizes the FBYC skipper who most exemplifies the principle that “all is not lost until the boat sinks.”
MATTHEW FONTAINE MAURY BOWL – Recognizes a member of FBYC for an outstanding contribution to sailing at Fishing Bay Yacht Club.
COMPETITION TROPHY – Recognizes a member of FBYC who is the skipper of an enrolled offshore or one-design boat and who most successfully represented FBYC in sailboat racing events conducted by other yacht clubs or associations during the past year. Nominations should consider the character (local, regional …

FBYC/NYYC Farewell

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60927_545513714080_9904293_32210526_3468596_n.jpg The FBYC Team, with its supporters, including Commodore Mayo Tabb, bid farewell to NYYC's Harbour Court after six races, for a total of 26 races in 4 days. Preliminary finishes of 9-7-10-9-10-8 placed the team in 10th out of 24 in the final standings. Results were delayed while numerous teams, including ours, were protested for going inside the prohibited area along the shore of the Naval Station, as they tried to skirt the shore upwind to avoid a massive ebb tide in light air. FBYC retired from that race, but it did not affect our standings.

The evening began with cocktails in the tent housing a Sperry Shoe Store and 2 car Jaguar Display, then moved to another tent …

Team Continues Replenishment in Style

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NYYC Update Saturday 018 Team FBYC completed 6 more races Friday with a 7-11-5-2-12 leaving them tied for 8th in the Championship Fleet of 12, with the three leaders being Annapolis, Eastern and Newport Harbor. After racing, the Team and its supporters feasted on scalding hot steamed lobsters with corn on the cob in the regatta tent on the waterfront at Harbour Court. Today will determine the outcome of the Qualifying Series. The day dawns with continued northwest wind, cloudless skies and zero humidity, in a sailing paradise.

Wolf Trap Long Distance Race

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Wolf Trap Long Distance Race
September 11, 2010

Register for the Wolf Trap Long Distance Race at There is no entry fee for the race but there will be a $5 fee for the dinner following the race.

Contact Social Chairs, Dick and Jean Cole for further information at or or 804-739-6187 (H) or 804-647-3866 (C). After race beverages and snacks will be served in the clubhouse when boats return. Dinner service will begin shortly thereafter. The Coles are planning a dinner that can be heated as different groups complete the race. If you would let Dick or Jean know if you plan to attend the social event and how many …

FBYC Team Pauses for Fun, Refreshment and Companionship

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NYYC DinnerLast night the FBYC Team, Coach and Entourage paused from the intensity of the Campaign for some fun, refreshment and companionship at the Clark Cooke House restaurant on the wharf in downtown Newport. In attendance were the team (Travis Weisleder, Lud Kimbrough, Ben Buhl and Rob Whittimore, their Coach, Skip Dieball, and the rest of the FBYC entourage including Shannon Weisleder, Frances and Blake Kimbrough, Mary and Jay Buhl, Mike Karn, and Noel and Meg Clinard. Commodore Mayo Tabb will join us tomorrow on the spectator fleet. The team had a very "full course meal" from Chowder and Organic Tomato salads to Seafood Linguini, wine, coffee and desserts, including "Snowballs From Hell" served in chocolate coated goblets. But, it was …

FBYC Makes Cut to Championship Round

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DSC_0720_small Fishing Bay Yacht Club is among the top 12 teams that have qualified for the Championship Series at the 2010 NYYC Invitational Cup Qualifying Series. After completing fourteen races in 2 days in both Sonars and J22s, the team advances on to two days of championship racing on Thursday and Friday in Sonars at New York Yacht Club in Newport.

The team began the day sailing the J22 with a bullet in the first race. They followed that with a 6 and a 2 before switching to the Sonar for the final 3 races. After posting solid mid-fleet finishes with one race left, the team had an 8 point cushion for making it into the championship fleet.

In the final …

Invitational Cup Qualifying Series Day 1

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FBYC Team photo by Amy RossWednesday was the first day of racing at the NYYC Invitational Cup Qualifying Series. Our Team of Travis Weisleder, Rob Whittemore, Ben Buhl and Lud Kimbrough were sailing against some very tough competition which included past Sonar North American Champions and Olympic sailors.

The 24 teams are divided into 2 groups with one group sailing Sonars and the other J22 in the morning. Then in the afternoon they switch boats. They will do this for racing Wednesday and Thursday, then starting Friday, the top 12 teams will sail in Sonars and the bottom half in J22.

Conditions to start the regatta on Wednesday were very windy. Initially the race committee forbid the boats from flying spinnakers for the first two …

Team Practice Video

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Travis, Rob, Ben & Lud on Narraganset Bay in heavy air with a spinnaker on a J-22.

The FBYC team finished a brutal day of practice in 20 to 30 knot winds in the less familiar J-22 in Newport Harbor, including a screaming downwind run featured in the attached video shot from the coach boat, followed by two near broaches and man overboards. After nursing their wounds and resting for a few hours, the team and its supporters attended a splendid reception on the lawn at NYYC's Harbour Court, where they were welcomed by Commodore Elwell as representatives of 24 of the nation's "preeminent yacht clubs." As one entered the reception, beneath the awning, the FBYC Burgee hung …

First Practice day in Newport

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downsized_0907000806.jpg 0800 on Tuesday, NYYC staff hoist colors and erect 24 participating club burgees around moored and tuned Sonar Fleet for initial practice day.

The team will have a workout today and their weigh-in this morning followed by official practice races in the afternoon.

Yesterday the team spent some time practicing on a J22. The wind was light in the morning, but filled in the afternoon with a 10-14k sea breeze. The team had to alter their crew positions for that boat and after 20-30 tacks and gybes were feeling pretty comfortable in the J22.

Follow updates from our team by visiting their facebook page.

Kattack will provide live tracking in Newport next week

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Today our team departs for Newport to participate in the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup U.S. Qualifying Series. Racing begins Wednesday September 8. The NYYC has announced that Kattack will provide live, online tracking of the boats in the 2010 U.S. Qualifying Series. Supporters and members of the invited clubs, and the general public, can access the live tracking through the New York Yacht Club Event web site:

The New York Yacht Club will also post on its web site a daily blog, written by Brad Dellenbaugh, daily photographs and will post throughout the day the preliminary race results. Also, the FBYC Team will be updating their Facebook Page throughout the day.

The …


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For the Brent Halsey Jr. Memorial Trophy
September 4 & 5, 2010


ENTRY FEE: $100 per boat. Entry fee includes Friday welcome reception, continental breakfast Saturday and party Saturday night with live music by The Wrest.

For more information and to register online:
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Contact Alex Alvis at (804) 370-8242 or if you can volunteer for any of the following:

Friday, Sept 3 – Clean Up post registration party
Saturday A.M., Sept 4 – Parking, Registration, Merchandise Sales …

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