Posts for July 2011

72nd Annual One Design Regatta

Mary Spencer on

One Design Racing


For the John R. Hawksworth Memorial Trophy
August 13 & 14, 2011

Registration 1900

Advance Registration Is Encouraged

Continental Breakfast 0800
Registration 0900
Skippers’ Meeting 1030/First Warning Signal 1130
Dinner and Entertainment 1800

Pasta Dinner - Adults $15 / Children under 8 Free

Continental Breakfast 0800
First Warning Signal 1000
Refreshments and awards following the last race


420, Albacore, Hampton, Flying Scot, Front Runner, San Juan 21, Typhoon, Windmill, Laser, Laser Radial, and Optimist (Red, Blue, White and Green fleets). Additional classes may be added at the discretion of the Event Chair or One Design …

Geezer Regatta Updates

Jere Dennison on

One Design Racing

Eight updates for the Geezer Regatta on August 27:

1) The event is planned for Flying Scots and all other One-Design fleets that can muster three or more boats. If you can't get on a Scot, consider Lasers, Mobjacks, 420s, and even Optis for grins. (Optis will have a separate, shorter, and more docile course.) If you can't bring your own vessel there is no excuse: the Club has four to five Lasers, seven 420s, and 16 Optis available for use. Alain Vincey is trying to encourage the Lasers,  Perry Guy the 420s, Gordon Cutler the Optis, and Case Whittemore the Mobjacks.

2) If a sufficient number of Flying Scots register, the Committee will consider breaking this …

Update on Progesssive Cruise details

Strother Scott on

Cruising News

The Progressive Dinner Cocktail Party will begin at 5 PM, July 23, at Brent and Lindsay Halsey's home on Fishing Bay.  It is suggested that those who have officially registered to attend the Progressive events park in the Yacht Club parking lot, and walk to the Halsey home.

Dinner will begin at 7 PM at Tony and Kate Sakowski's cottage, 76 Sunrise Point, which is about a 300 yard walk from the Halsey's.  Parking will be at a premium, and will be saved for those with difficulty making the walk from the Halsey's.  Contact Tony at 804 387 3875 if you need one of the few parking places that will be available.

Coffee …


Lin Mccarthy on

SBR News You Can Use

Southern Chesapeake Bay racers were out and about  these past few days.  Southern Bay boats and crew sailed  in the Chicago - Mackinac Race (Meridian 2), the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean  Race (Nanuq), and, of course 16 were at Screwpile 2011 in Solomons, Maryland.

   Some of what happens at Screwpile stays at Screwpile. . .  but not all of it!

    Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge Regatta, aka Screwpile, always has been and still is the favorite destination regatta for southern Bay racers.  The event is a racer's paradise.  They take over the town, the headquarters hotel, and the hearts and minds of anyone within the environs of Solomons Island, Maryland.  There are party legends and there are …

Cruising update

Joe Schott on

Cruising News

We have several events coming up in quick fashion. The first is the Progressive dinner this weekend which is filled to capacity thanks to the deligence of Sarah Carneal. The next weekend June 30 is the cruising regatta. This is a pursuit type race officiated by Case Whittemore and has been a lot of fun in the past. Following will be a dinner hosted by Ric and Sharon Bauer with awards. Would be great to see 20 boats on the racecourse.

So sign up ASAP. The following weekend will be the Pirate Invasion at the Hole in the Wall hosted by Carl and Diane Simon. This year will be a joint venture with the one design sailors and cruisers-one big …

Attention Pirate wannabes

Strother Scott on

Cruising News


Attention Pirate wannabes!  The Cruising and One Design Fleets, co-hosts for the August 6th Pirate Cruise, are looking for a great FBYC Club turnout for the beach gathering at the Hole-in-the-Wall beaches of Gwynn Island.  No race event is scheduled, but fun is!  We’re hoping to attract some dark-side power boaters in case the winds aren’t favorable for the One Design participants, but we will work it out regardless. Come One, Come ALL.

Leaving FBYC in order to gather around 1045 hours in the wide waters of Hill’s Bay, off Stove Point, the plan is for a brief seagoing water battle. Cruisers beware that the One Designer’s are planning a strafing run due to their potentially …

Upgrade Completed on News Web pages

Strother Scott on

Club News

We have recently upgraded the way news is viewed and posted on   The new technology eliminates the need for the news poster to be familiar with html, plus it includes new search capability, and the requisite “Like” and “Tweet” links for Facebook and Twitter.

The downside of the upgrade is it resides on a different server, and requires a different set of login credentials.  On the "posting of news articles" part of the web site the www is replaced by new so the site is

And you must login to the new server in order to post a news article.  Most of you are familiar with logging in to …

"Inevitable" Wins J/105 Class at Leukemia Cup

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At Fishing Bay Yacht Club, the year 2011 will probably be remembered as the year the tornado wiped out numerous trees and more than 20 buildings in Deltaville the day of the Club’s Opening Day ceremonies in April. In July, the scars left behind by that event are still plainly evident, and the week preceding Leukemia Cup was notable for a humid and unstable air mass that hung over southeastern Virginia all week, delivering daily thunderstorms. Though the torrential downpour on Friday turned the grassy parking area at regatta headquarters into a morass (in places, a pond), a front passed through the area Friday night, and by Saturday morning, the weather had cleared, with clear skies and light to moderate …


Mary Spencer on

Cruising News


July 30, 2011

The annual Cruise Regatta is coming up on Saturday, July 30. Everyone is encouraged to participate in this low-key, fun regatta. To be sure there’s fair competition for all, including those who aren’t regular racers, each boat is asked to designate a non-racing helmsman.

The Race will be a staggered start (pursuit) race with Case Whittemore serving as PRO. In order to provide an appropriate handicap, each participant is asked to complete and return a spreadsheet to Case at by July 28. The spreadsheet can be obtained by contacting Case at the above address or Sharon Bauer at if you have not already received it by …

Carina - second in Class 4

Strother Scott on

Offshore Racing

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The leaderboard results look good, but I understand it is not official.  The Transatlantic Results page show Dawn Star in First, and Carina about an hour behind, in second, on corrected time.  Still pretty close after 19 days of racing.

Well done and congratulations to both Dawn Star (UVa law school grad skipper) and Carina (UVa business school grad skipper and UVa law scholl grad crew).

Caribbean 1500

Strother Scott on

Offshore Racing
Your Launchpad for Blue Water Cruising

Dear Fishing Bay Yacht Club 

We thought your members would be interested in the Caribbean 1500 rally which starts from Hampton VA in November. 

The 22nd Caribbean 1500 rally ( will set sail from Hampton VA on November 7, bound for the sunny seas of the Caribbean.   The fleet of about 70 boats will include veterans who join the rally every year, experienced blue water cruisers, and crews making their first ocean passage.

Starting off historic Fort Monroe, the boats will make a stirring sight as they set off on their adventure to Nanny Cay on Tortola, British Virgin Islands, or the alternate route to the Bahamas.

Why Rally?

Joining a …

Photo of the week at CBF

Strother Scott on

History by Dixie Hoggan/CBF Member

"For much of the year, I live on the Chesapeake Bay. The view from our house on Stove Point is unencumbered by land—just a jut of Gwynn Island to the right and Stingray Point to the left. In the distance almost directly in front of the house is Marker Number 6, a small black channel marker that blinks a red light at night. This marker is a beacon—a constant in an expanse of ever-changing light, wind, and color. Several years ago I decided to take a photo of this panorama every morning at dawn. While undertaking this project, I found that my long-time fascination with observing water and weather and sky turned into a …

Boat US update on GPS regs

Strother Scott on

Club News

As a result of a new proposal to use radio bandwidth right next to the existing GPS service, the future reliability of the GPS system across the United States is now in question.  We encourage you to contact the FCC during a short 30-day public comment period, to help them understand the public’s need for continued, reliable GPS signals for safe navigation on boats, in cars, and for so many other daily uses.


Background:  Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave conditional approval to a private company, LightSquared, to begin a nationwide broadband service adjacent to the radio spectrum used for GPS.  After concerns from user groups (including BoatU.S.), the …

J80 INTERVIEW Will Crump, Team Guldfaxe

Strother Scott on

One Design Racing

Great Interview with Will Crump on North Sails J80 page. J80 team of Thomas Klok, Scott Collins, Will and Marie Crump topped the deep 29 boat fleet with style, speed and patience.  I was able to catch up with my old friend Will Crump to get an update on their team and how things have progressed in the last year.  With only a couple of events under their belts they seem to be just hitting their stride!

What do you feel were the big keys to your win at the Annapolis NOOD regatta?
Will: We really looked at the fleet and the race area with a great deal of respect. Despite speed in past regattas, we never …

One-Design Geezer Regatta in Offing for August

Jere Dennison on

One Design Racing

oldsailor5.jpgThe most anticipated event of the summer is just around the corner for the Club’s sexagenarian set. (For the clueless, this means 60 years old and over and has absolutely nothing whatever to do with ‘sex.’) The ranks of Club membership are swelling with a growing number of candidates for the Geezer Regatta on August 27…that’s just one week before the big Stingray Regatta over Labor Day weekend.

Being a brand new event for FBYC and wishing to host a big bash on Saturday night for participants and their friends, we need a headcount fast to determine our food and beverage and trophy requirements for this first annual regatta designed specifically for us older folks.


So please, PLEASE …

Flying Scot NACs -- results from qualifying series

John Beery on

Flying Scots

Qualifying races concluded today at Cedar Point YC in Westport, Ct.  The stage is now set for the trophy round and everyone starts with a clean slate.  FBYC participants, Len and Barb Guenther and Mike and Amy Miller, will now be racing in the heavily competitive Championship Division.  John Wake is crewing for AYC member John Aras.  Of special interest -- Mike grew up racing out of Cedar Point YC.

Leukemia Cup Experiences an Active Weekend in Deltaville

Jon Deutsch on

Leukemia Cup

For Immediate Release                                                

July 12, 2011
Contact: Jere Dennison
Publicity Chairman
Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta

Leukemia Cup Experiences an Active Weekend in Deltaville

The 13th Annual Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta held in Deltaville over the weekend of July 8-10 was another huge success with 77 registered yachts and enthusiastic crowds at the Auction and Gala helping to raise $112,000 in cash and $20,000 in kind donations, based on preliminary numbers, to support patients with blood cancers.

Typically the Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta is one of the most financially successful Leukemia Cup Regattas in the country in spite of being one of the smallest of such national venues. And tornado …

Carina - 486 miles to go

Strother Scott on

Offshore Racing

Screen%20shot%202011-07-11%20at%209.43.28%20PM.pngCarina has been at sea on the Transatlantic Race since its start about 15 days ago - and she still has 485 miles to go to the finish.

She is still wearing the crown on the Transatlantic Race Tracker - meaning she still shows up as first in class. 

best of luck - and better winds - to Rives Potts, Skipper, and Cyane Crump - who are the FBYC members on Board Carina.

Track FBYC in the Marblehead-Halifax Race

Strother Scott on

Offshore Racing

Screen%20shot%202011-07-11%20at%209.32.16%20PM.pngWe have 2 yachts in the Marblehead-Halifax Race this year - and you can track them on iBoat Tracker.

At this moment, Dawn Trader has rounded Cape Sable, and Nanuq is just turning the corner. 

As I understand it, Nanuq is crewed by a number of Fishing Bay regulars, including Skipper Glenn Doncaster, Jerry Latell, and David Clark.


Lin Mccarthy on

SBR News You Can Use

The 2011 Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta  pulled off three races over Saturday and Sunday and gathered together plenty of folks in an effort to raise funds for a worthy cause.  Fishing Bay Yacht Club and Stingray Harbour Yacht Club coordinated efforts on the weekend regatta that produced a total of 65 boats racing in PHRF, One-Design, Classic and Cruising fleets.  Race officials got off two 4+ nm miles races on Saturday and were able to slip in a 2 miler in yesterdays very light conditions.  RESULTS:  PHRF A (4 boats): 1.Sam Mitchener, Double Eagle; 2.Leroi Lissenden, Voodoo 2.   PHRF B (5 boats): 1.Jerry Latell, Chupacabra; 2.David Hinckle, Elancer; 3.Miles Booth …

GULDFAXE at J-80 Worlds

Strother Scott on

Offshore Racing

Will and Marie Crump get a 17th (out of 67 boats - top quartile) in the J-80 Worlds in Copenhagen, DE.  See Results.

There is a good write up on the event on Scuttlebutt.

FBYC Family Fun Day - 4th of July weeekend

Jim Morrison on

Junior Activities

  Fishing Bay Yacht Club was proud to participate in the Deltaville Heritage Day Parade on Saturday, July 2nd.   Approximately 16 FBYC members turned out to represent our club; the kids had a blast throwing candy to the throngs of spectators lining Chesty Puller's highway. With a Laser focus and traditional 4th of July decorations, the parents and kids all helped to produce a stunning float.

On Sunday, the club held its first annual Family Fun Day.  The day started with a non-traditional race.  The kids began on land and sprinted to their rigged Opti’s and lasers on the beach.  The sailing instructions called for a figure 8 course to be sailed. To finish …

One Design Spring Series

Len Guenther on


The final three races of the One Design Spring Series were competed on Sunday July 3rd.  Sunday’s racing was characterized by close racing, wind from around the compass and a different winning boat in nearly every race. On the whole, 8 skippers participated in the Front Runner series and the Flying Scot fleet saw 17 different skippers on the line. It was a fun series with a variety of conditions that challenged the sailors and the race committees. The Front Runner fleet series champion is Matt Braun followed by Mark Stephens and Kevin Cross. In the Flying Scot fleet, Len Guenther won the series followed by John Beery, Noel Clinard and Rob Whittemore. Complete series results are posted at …


Lin Mccarthy on

SBR News You Can Use

SCREWPILE ENTRY PROCEDURES: Entries must be submitted on the Official Screwpile Challenge 2011 Entry Form, available at the official web site  , and be accompanied by a check.  The deadline for entry is  July 13th.    Make checks payable to Screwpile Challenge and mail with entry form to: SCREWPILE CHALLENGE 2011, PO BOX 66, HOLLYWOOD MD 20636

Heading for SCREWPILE:  Here's how the numbers break down as far as boats coming out of southern Bay clubs/sailing associations:  Hampton Yacht Club - 6;  Fishing Bay Yacht Club - 4;  Broad Bay Sailing Association - 3;  Dahlgren Yacht Club - 2; SAYC - 1.  Hampton Yacht Club won The Battle of the Chesapeake at Screwpile in …

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