Posts for October 2011


Lin Mccarthy on

SBR News You Can Use

FBYC Fall One Design Series final standings: Front Runners (9 boats) - 1) Matt Braun, 2) Mark Stephens, 3) Chris Rouzie, 4) Lee Fairinholt. Flying Scot (15 boats) - 1) Len Guenther, 2) Noel Clinard, 3) Rob Whittemore, 4) John Hubbard.

RRYC Flying Scot Invitational: 1. Jerry & Andrea Latell (RRYC); 2. Tom Gallagher & Pete Cookson (GRSA); 3.Hal Starke & Ron Mihills

DAYLIGHT SAVE TIME ENDS THIS  COMING SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6th at 0200 (2AM) - Fall back and snooze one more hour!

The Caribbean 1500 departs Hampton on Monday, Nov 7th -  ergo , there are possible crewbies around for Sunday's Frostbite racingIn previous years, Carib1500 sailors have been delighted for a break from their  "preparing-to-go" mode and …

Conclusion of 2011 Offshore Season

David Clark on

Offshore Racing

Yesterday finished up the Offshore racing season.  Unfortunately, because of the weather the Staggered Start Race was canceled.  However, the Oyster Roast went ahead and everyone had a good time. 

The awards were presented for the Long Distance and Fall Series. 

Long Distance Series PHRF A - Afterthough, PHRF B - Shenanigan, PHRF C - Schiehallion, Non- Spinnaker, Red Sky.  Congratulations to the winning skippers and crew.

Fall Series PHRF A - Double Eagle, PHRF B - Elancer, PHRF C, Horizon.  Again, congratulations to the winning skippers and crew.

Although our season was a bit curtailed by either too much wind or not enough wind, the racing was close and at times very exiting. 

Thank you for the …

Closing Day Regatta

Jon Deutsch on

Offshore Racing

Fellow Skippers,

As you are no doubt aware the weather forecast for tomorrow's Closing Day Regatta is not looking good.

The decision to run the race or not will be taken tomorrow morning at the club. If the race is canceled we will be going ahead with the presentation of the Long Distance and Fall Series trophies. This will happen at 12 noon in the Clubhouse followed by the Oyster Roast. So please come and take part in the award presentation and of course the Oyster Roast, remember to bring a share dish and your oyster knife.

The rain and wind will not stop us from eating, drinking and having a good time!

See you tomorrow.


Offshore Division …

Reminder of the Oyster Roast Saturday the 29th

David Clark on

Social Events

Just a reminder about the Oyster Roast this Saturday which will begin after the Offshore Closing Day Regatta. Bring a share dish and your oyster knife.

See you there! 

America's Cup History in Fishing Bay: Black Knight

Jon Deutsch on


During the weekend of the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship a peice of America's Cup history was in Fishing Bay.  Black Knight, the boat used as the Signal boat by the New York Yacht Club in the 1983 America's Cup made a stop at the Chesapeake Marine Railway for some minor repairs on her way further south.


More pictures can be seen here.


Annual Awards Updated with menu

Jon Moody on

Social Events

Rosetta StoneAnnual Meeting and Awards Party

Saturday, November 12, 2011
The Country Club of Virginia
James River Club House
709 South Gaskins Road

You are invited to enjoy this great event with friends and family. Share sailing stories of 2011 and make plans for 2012! A slide show of all 2011 sailing events will be shown continuously on the Club’s big screen.    

Piano Music and Band will be provided Bruce Sullivan and Rosetta Stone.  For more information about the music see:

This is a band that all ages will enjoy, so come on out and celebrate another wonderful season at FBYC!

6:00-6:30 Annual Meeting in the Ladies Card Room …


John Beery on

Flying Scots

Congratulations to the Guenthers (Len and Barb) who had simply an awesome year sailing Wind Dancer.  Not only did they handily win both our Spring and Fall Series, but traveled extensively around the Flying Scot circuit, either winning those events or placed very high in the standings.  During the off season, you will need to purchase some jerseys with big RED targets on the back! 

Congrats also go to Noel Clinard who finished 2nd in the Fall Series.  Noel - you definitely keep getting better.  Good show!

Rob Whittemore, who took 3rd for the series (and 2nd yesterday), was an extremely tough competitor throughout the year, winning many races, but alas, had to miss a couple of Spring …

Fall Clean Up November 19th

Mary Spencer on

Clubhouse News
FBYC Fall Clean-Up Is Scheduled For
Saturday, November 19th

Mark your calendars! On Saturday, November 19, at 9:00 am, we will have our annual FALL CLEAN-UP of the Club Grounds. We will gather in the Main Clubhouse around 8:30 am for coffee and task assignments. Usual tasks include leaf raking, mulching and pruning. Bring your favorite yard tool or use ours. All ages welcome! Complimentary lunch will be served around Noon. To sign up, email me direct at or call my cell 804-241-6080 or register online here.

See you on the 19th.
Ken Odell, Grounds Chairman.


Lin Mccarthy on

SBR News You Can Use

'ROUND THE LIGHTS was. . . challenging.    At first the right way seemed to be the left way, but it turned out that the left way was the wrong way.  And, that isn't all.  At the start the wind was supposed to be from the North and go East, but it really was from the East and went North.  About the only thing that was "as predicted" was that chop resulted from a big ebb into the face of an East breeze. . . but wait, the breeze wasn't supposed to be East, so  . . . .   See, there is more than meets the eye to sailing and doing well in the 'Round the Lights Race.   Actually, those who …

New rebuilt Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Trophy

Jon Deutsch on


Laser Masters sailors have a completely rebuilt trophy to sail for at the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship.   The trophy features the ceramic plate with a painted picture of Lasers on Fishing Bay.  The plate was part of the original trophy presented by Alain Vincey in the early years of the regatta. The new trophy is built like a serving tray with high sides to protect the plate from being broken. 

Jon Deutsch and his father Stan built the trophy in a little over a week at the beginning of October and the trophy was unveiled at the regatta in mid-October.  Read more about the building of the trophy and view more pictures on Jon's …

FBYC Scot 2011 Fall Series Finale

Len Guenther on

Flying Scots

Sunday is it, the end of the 2011 One Design Season. What do you say we go out with a bang? Mother Nature is poised to hold up her end of the bargain.

We have had 13 skippers on the line so far this Fall. I bet we can double that total if all our Scot sailors looked at Sunday's weather forecast and then contemplated the long, dark winter looming out there on the calendar.

See you on the water (and then at the watering hole)

Closing Day Oyster Roast Saturday, October 29, 2011

David Clark on

Social Events

This year has gone very fast, we are nearing Closing Day.  Our traditional Oyster Roast is being held after the Staggered Start Race on Saturday, October 29th.  We will have oysters and for those that don’t eat oysters, we’ll have hot dogs.  Please bring your oyster knife and a share

The trophies for Fall Series and Closing Day will be awarded. There is no fixed time for this to start; we will begin when the crews return from the race course. 

See you there ready to eat oysters.

30th Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship Results

Jon Deutsch on


Mike Schmidt crossing the lineLaser Masters sailors from around the bay and beyond descended on Fishing Bay Yacht Club for the 30th Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship for two days of racing in a variety of conditions.  Master Mike Schmidt from Magothy River Sailing Association emerged as the overall champion after 7 races beating Apprentice Master Keith Davids from Mission Bay Yacht Club by just a point.

On Saturday, mother nature delivered winds in the 18-22 knot range with gusts approaching 30 out of the west. While most of the sailors completed the first race, by the later races in the day attrition started to take place in the challenging conditions of the Piankatank River. Most of the fleet opted to sail …


Lin Mccarthy on

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CCV  FALL SERIES CHAMPS:  SEA STAR (PHRF A);  COOL CHANGE (PHRF B);  QUICKY (PHRF C); and VIRGINIA H (PHRF Non-Spin).  Yesterday in moderate, shifty, winds CCV racing for the season wrapped up with the final two races of the five-race Fall Series.  Thirty-Two (32) boats raced in pleasant conditions in Hampton Roads.  SERIES STANDINGS:  PHRF A (11 boats) - 1. Dave Eberwine, Sea Star (1-1-2-1-1);  2.Christian Schaumloffel, Mirage (4-2-1-2-4);  3.Phil Briggs, Feather (3-4-4-3-3).   PHRF B (13 boats) NOTE: Protest pends - 1.Rusty Burshell, Cool Change (1-2-1-2-3);  2.Dave Taylor, Wham Bam (4-1-6-4-1);  3.Ben Weeks, Rumble (3-6-5-1-2) in a tie breaker over  4. Bob Archer, Bad Habit …

30th Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship: Saturday

Jon Deutsch on


Chesapeake Bay Laser MastersMother nature delivered again with 20+ knots of wind for 3 long races on the first day of the 30th Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship.  Magothy River Sailing Association sailor Mike Schmidt leads the regatta after the first day with a 4-2-1 on the day.  David Schoene from Severn Sailing Association is currently in 2nd and Keith Davids from Mission Bay Yacht Club is in 3rd.

With the winds we had today and memories of gusts into the 30’s on day 1 last year, most of the fleet opted to the sail the radial rig under the rig swap rule that allowed radials to sail head-to-head against the standard rigs.  The radials did remarkably …

FBYC completes $10,000 campaign for the NSHOF

George Burke on

Club News

IMG_8538aFishing Bay Yacht Club is Founding Member of the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame, which requires a $10,000 donation to their capital campaign. We have reached the goal of our FBYC Campaign and last night at the Board meeting Strother Scott, Fundraising Volunteer, presented the Flag Officers the 79 checks totaling $10,220 that had been collected over the summer.

The 79 donors listed on (a members only link) only include one name per donation and obviously many came from couples. FBYC would like to single out several donations where more explanation is needed than just the donor name. Carol Lytton's donation was made in memory of her …

Welcome to the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship Regatta

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For everyone who will be joining us for the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship this weekend I would like to welcome you to Fishing Bay Yacht Club.  This being the 30th we've got a great regatta planned including a great dinner Saturday night and we'll be unveiling a completely rebuilt perpetual trophy for the regatta.  You'll be joined by 40 fellow competitors making their way from NJ, FL, TX, NC, VA, MD, and DC.

Weather-wise we are looking at perfect Masters sailing conditions - mostly sunny with winds out of the west at 13-17 on Saturday and 10-14 on Sunday.

A few notes for those who are new to FBYC or reminders for those who have …

Annual Meeting/Awards Party

Mary Spencer on


Annual Meeting and Awards Party

Saturday, November 12, 2011
The Country Club of Virginia -  James River Club House
709 South Gaskins Road

You are invited to enjoy this great event with friends and family. Share sailing stories of 2011 and make plans for 2012! A slide show of all 2011 sailing events will be shown continuously on the Club’s big screen.
6:00-6:30 Annual Meeting in the Ladies Card Room
6:30-7:00 Social gathering and cocktails
7:00-8:00 Dinner with one complementary glass of wine
8:00-9:00 Awards and desert
Adults $50.00
Children 12 and under $15.00 (Children’s Menu)
Cash Bar Only

****Reservations required by November 5, 2011****

To assure adequate …


Lin Mccarthy on

SBR News You Can Use

It's Columbus Day - sail if you can!

PUT THIS GOBBLER IN THE BOOKS!   The 2011 TURKEY SHOOT HOSPICE REGATTA  wrapped up yesterday after two and one-half days of partying, live bluegrass music, racing, and general blow-out fun on the Myer Creek - Corrotoman - Rappahannock Rivers water axis.  Saturday Mother Nature gave the racers a beautiful Fall day on the Rapp with bright sunshine and moderate breezes.  Of the 84 entries (all classic designs at least 25 years old), 79 raced and all who started finished.    On Sunday, hopeful of a repeat of Saturday conditions, racers started the traditional pursuit race in light breezes that got them up the track, but then evaporated.  Twelve (12) of the …

October 15th Wilton Creek Finale

George Burke on

Cruising News

Few sights are more pleasing to the eye than a tranquil anchorage on Wilton Creek in late October.  Join the Cruising Division for its annual Wilton Creek Cruise and Dinner by registering at the FBYC website and paying online. Wine servings will begin @ 6 pm on 10/15 in the Coves at Wilton Creek Clubhouse, followed by appetizers, entrees, and desserts, all prepared and served with the usual culinary elegance to which FBYC cruisers are accustomed.  “Auto Cruisers” are welcomed, as are any offshore or one design racers who decide to become “cruisers for a night” to learn in detail what they’ve been missing. To insure an accurate head count and enough food for all, the registration deadline is noon …

Trilogy in a nice broach

Strother Scott on

Offshore Racing

Thanks to John Hubbard for very good pictures of Trilogy this past Sunday.


I understand that their boom broke DSC_0133

and their spinnaker pole track on the mast broke DSC_0134


but that they did finish the race


and received an applause.  Hopefully no other damage or injuries.


Lin Mccarthy on

SBR News You Can Use

A week from today, October 10th, is COLUMBUS DAY - a holiday in recognition of our patron saint of distance racing!

CCV FALL SERIES, RACE #3 -  The wind numbers stayed in the high teens most of the day, but the temperature numbers went the other way - 54 degrees at starting time.  As racers peeled off their wet foulies at the post-race party,  there was talk of petitioning for double credit as an early "frostbite" race. Twenty-seven (27) racers blasted through the steady westerly to cover the 16 mile (PHRF A and PHRF B) and the 11 mile (PHRF C and PHRF Non-Spin) courses in Hampton Roads harbor.  This is the middle distance race of the 5 race CCV Fall …

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