Posts for December 2014
Exciting news: 60 juniors joined FBYC with their families in 2014! Most of these juniors have never attended any of our camps or learn to sail programs, and many of their parents have questions about our various programs, race teams, classes and organization; and most important, how to choose the most appropriate events for their sailor.
We very loosely divide the programs into two overlapping sections: educational and racing. We are especially proud of our educational programs, which will be covered in this newsletter. Opti Kids and Junior Week form the foundation of the Junior Division. All but 7 of the 46 racers on the 2014 Race Teams started sailing as campers during either Opti Kids or Junior Week. Both programs …
While most of us ate turkey over the Thanksgiving Holiday, 4 of the 14 juniors on our Fall Opti Race Team raced in the USODA Opti Midwinter Championship Regatta in New Orleans. Before you feel too badly for them, you should know that they had Thanksgiving dinner with their families at the Southern Yacht Club, which boasts one of the premier restaurants in New Orleans; and enjoyed breakfast at the famous Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter!
The Southern Yacht Club, on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain, is one of the oldest clubs in the United States and is the long time host of the Midwinter Championship. The Midwinter is especially important in the world of …
Some video of Nostalgia Racing during the J/70 Chesapeake Championship last month
The Mariners Museum in Newport News is once again sponsoring a Safety at Sea Seminar on Saturday, Feb 21, 2015. Come for a day-long Safety at Sea Seminar designed and conducted by sailors and experts in their fields! The seminar provides both novice and experienced mariners alike with the information and skills required to safety sail the Chesapeake Bay. Seminar topics include: Emergency Communications; Damage Control; Crew Overboard & Emergencies; The A I S System; Medical Care & Prevention; Bay Weather; Life Raft Demo & Inflation. You’ll also earn a Near Coastal Safety at Sea Certification from US Sailing! SPACE IS LIMITED! Please register early to ensure availability. This seminar is open to all cruising and …
PHRF of the Chesapeake recently held a meeting to discuss changes for 2015. The PHRF Rating rules for 2015 will incorporate very significant changes that will affect all PHRF racers. The most dramatic is going to dual ratings with one for Windward-Leeward courses and a second called Random-Circular which will apply to courses with a balance of windward, reaching and downwind sailing. As we know certain boats are severely handicapped for certain wind directions and the dual ratings should help address the situation. Additionally we will expand the Genoa credit to now have three categories – up to 155%, up to 140% and class One Design which will provide a credit for cruisers that use 130% Genoas.
At last month …
During the 2014 FBYC Annual meeting, a quorum of our membership elected a new slate of Officers and Board Members to serve in 2015. Please join me, your Nominating Committee Chairman, in welcoming these dedicated volunteers who have committed to serving our Club in the up coming year; and mark their names, because in their vigilance they need and welcome your input, your ideas for how we can improve, and your gratitude. They are as follows:
- Commodore - Matthew J. Braun
- Vice Commodore - William T. Bennet
- Rear Commodore - David Lennarz
- Treasurer - Robert P. Whittemore
- Secretary - Joseph W. Roos
Board of Trustees
- Fleet Captain - Alexander Alvis, III
- Offshore Division Commander - Robert J. Fleck
- One Design Division Commander - Jon Deutsch
- Crusing Division …