Posts for November 2014

Website Date Issue

Strother Scott on

Club News

Last week after the upgrade, we identified and fixed a few issues.  Yesterday we noticed a new Date issue.  The Fall Project Day is on Saturday Dec 6, and it was showing up as Dec 5 in some cases.  The issue is now fixed. 

The event is on Saturday!

Welcome to the 2015 FBYC Junior Division!

Keith B Hennessey on

Junior Activities

Welcome to the 2015 FBYC Junior Division!

We are excited about the 2015 Junior Sailing season at Fishing Bay Yacht Club!  We are looking forward to another great year of Fun.  No matter your sailor's age, experience and sailing goals, we have an event to excite them and get them out on the water with their friends.  Our philosophy is that if kids have fun sailing with their friends, they will come back for more!  And remember-parents and grandparents are always welcome to join in the fun!  


Here are some important ANNOUNCEMENTS and DATES:


FBYC Hosting the 2015 Chesapeake Bay Junior Olympics!

U.S. Sailing and the CBYRA Junior Division have awarded FBYC the 2015 USA …

Fall Project Day - December 6th!

Ken Odell on

Club News

It’s that time again. Join us for our annual “Fall Project Day.” We will gather in main Clubhouse for coffee and morning refreshments from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Lunch from Dano’s pizza will be served around noon at the Main Clubhouse for everyone.

On the agenda will be fall leaf pick-up and grounds winterization. Simply show up on Saturday and sign in or contact me at or 804.241.6080 for additional details or special assignments and/or register online.  

See you on December 6th.

Ken Odell, Grounds Chairman

Another Website upgrade and issues

Strother Scott on

Club News

Eugene has upgraded Zope, the engine behind the website to the latest version and a few errors are popping up.  No event pages are visible and you may find you can not search the database for families at though Search for Member works fine.  Good thing we waited until the sailing season was over!  Please let me know if you see other errors so we can address them.

Juniors Still Racing!

Keith B Hennessey on

Junior Activities

FBYC Juniors continue to show up everywhere!   Pictured above (and waiting for the wind) is Laser Race Team member Luke Hayes, who in September clinched Second Place in the Portsmouth Division in the year long series-also sailed against adults-at Lake Townsend Yacht Club, in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Luke and fellow Laser Race Team member Nina Willms also mixed it up with the adults at the September and November Laser Regattas at home at FBYC.  Team members Ralph Levy, Nathaniel Llewelyn and Graeme Alderman also completed their Fall series in 420s in High School racing in October.  

For a great story about two of our juniors racing in the Offshore Division, check out the article about Ned …

FBYC Juniors take 9th at J-70 Bay Championships!

Keith B Hennessey on

Junior Activities

FBYC Opti Race Team member Gannon Troutman skippered-and steered his parent's J-70 Pied Piper at the Chesapeake Bay J-70 Championships on November 1 at the Club to a 9th place finish against adults!  FBYC Junior sailor and Laser Race Team member Daniel Resio was among the crew.  The conditions were brutal, with gusts to 30 knots and very cold.  At one point they suffered a severe knock-down, and Gannon’s Dad, also crewing, went in the water!  In the photo above Gannon is receiving the trophy for the Youngest Skipper from Event Chair-and former Junior Division Commander-Noel Clinard.

Eric and Alexander Fly the FBYC Colors!

Keith B Hennessey on

Junior Activities

As reported last month, Eric Roos and Alexander Hanna won the Cressy Singlehanded Qualifier sailed in Lasers and Laser Radials on September 13-14 in Oyster Bay, New York.  Eric won the Full Rig, and Alexander the Radial, qualifying them for the Cressy Singlehanded Finals at Bellingham Yacht Club, in Washington State, on October 31-November 2.  Both families flew out, and both our sailors raced great against the toughest competition in the country!  The first day featured heavy, heavy rains and flat calms.  The RC kept both fleets on the water for 8 hours in the downpour, and ran only two short races.  Late in afternoon the rains cleared and for a few moments the sun …

2014 FBYC Annual Award Winners

Jon Deutsch on

Club News

Fishing Bay Yacht Club held its Annual Meeting and Awards Party on Saturday at the Commonwealth Club in Richmond, VA. The following is a list of all of the 2014 recipients of the club's perpetual trophies.


HENRY E. HUTCHESON, JR. MEMORIAL TROPHY – awarded to the Optimist skipper with the highest standing in Sanctioned Regattas and intra-club races. Benton Amthor

L. WOOD BEDELL TROPHY – awarded to the FBYC sailor under the age of 14 who is the highest finisher in FBYC races during the Regular Racing Season. Benton Amthor

YOUNG SALT TROPHYawarded to the Junior FBYC Optimist sailor having the highest overall standing in club Junior regattas. Benton Amthor


ROBERTS BOWL – awarded to the Junior …


Mark Hayes on

Junior Activities

On November 9th the Godspeed moored overnight in Fishing Bay.  The ship is a replica of the original Godspeed, which  brought settlers to Jamestown in 1607.  She is normally berthed at Jamestown Settlement.  Maybe we can get her back for Junior Week!

FBYC Life Membership - Beverley L. Crump

Jon Deutsch on

Club News

Bev CrumpOur newest Life Membership has been a member of Fishing Bay Yacht Club for 56 years. He has contributed to FBYC in enormous ways, many of which today, we take for granted as having always been the norm. His contributions are evident in so many areas of our club.

As a competitor, he represented Fishing Bay with with Rappahannock, one of the most competitive boats on the East Coast in the 1970s. Starting in 1974, he sailed in Southern Ocean Racing Circuit and later that year winning the CBYRA Southern Bay High Point award. They did the 1975 Annapolis to Newport Race (in which Ted Turner’s Tenacious was dismasted) and did the 1976 Newport to Bermuda Race. His boat was …

Commodore's Ball Tomorrow!

Julie Ann Wash on


commodoreball-anchor.jpgDinner tickets have sold out, but Dessert and Dancing tickets are available through Friday, November 14 (today) at 5pm.  Come at 8:30pm, nibble from the fabulous dessert table, and dance the night away on the dance floor to the Motown band.  Do not find yourself the only sailor in town who did not make it to the party!

COAT AND TIE REQUIRED AT THE COMMONWEALTH CLUB. Ladies, throw on your favorite cocktail dress.  It is time to get dudded up and celebrate the end of another wonderful year at Fishing Bay Yacht Club, and the end of our 75th anniversary.

Hop on over to the event website to register before time runs out!  

http://www …

2014 Laser Frostbite Regatta Results

Jon Deutsch on


The Laser Fleet closed out their series with a Frostbite day of racing on Sunday in light winds with 9 boats.  We had a little bit of a mix up on the scores and I want to apologize for not checking them before the awards as it wasn't until later that we realized they were missing the drop and so what we thought was the final order on Sunday was incorrect.

Stephen Sparkman sailed great all day putting up 3 bullets and ultimately won the day by just 1 making this his first podium finish since returning to the club and the Laser this summer.  Jon Deutsch ended up 2nd and Clark Dennison finished 3rd.

The races …

2014 J70 Chesapeake Championship Recap

Noel Clinard on

One Design Racing


The first J70 Chesapeake Championship was held at Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville, Virginia, on November 1-2. The event saw challenging weather conditions as a cold front rushed into an offshore Low Pressure, creating a NE Gale with gusts above 30 knots and temperatures in the low forties.  Faced with large waves and heavy gusts in the Chesapeake Bay, the races were moved into the Piankatank River in Fishing Bay. 

In difficult conditions [Hotty Toddy Video], the Race Committee led by John McCarthy, got off two races Saturday before winds exceeded Class Guidelines, consistently gusting above 25 kts.  The fleet then sailed back to the Club outside the lee of Fishing Bay, facing winds over 30 …

Annual Closing Day Regatta and Oyster Roast

Paul Wash on

Offshore Racing

Register now for the Annual Closing Day Regatta and Oyster Roast on Saturday, November 8th.

Want to race closing day?  Come on down! Want to shuck oysters, hang out around the firepit and have a cold one to celebrate the end of the sailing season? Saturday, the main clubhouse is your place to be!

While the oysters are free, we do ask that you bring a side dish/dessert to share!  Email Julie Ann Wash ( so she can help coordinate dishes.  There will be volunteers at the clubhouse to help reheat covered dishes if you are racing, just leave the instructions taped to the top!

The Roast comes immediately after the closing day regatta - pobably around …

Commodore's Ball November 15th, Register Now!

Julie Ann Wash on


Register today for the Commodore's Ball!

Never been? Don't miss it this year!  

Join us for a quick meeting at 6, cocktails at 6:30, and wonderful seated dinner at 7.  We'll be dining on Honeycrisp Apple Salad, Jumbo Lump Crabcake, Petite Filet Mignon, Mashed Potatoes, and Seasonal Vegetables

During the dinner hour, the annual award ceremony will take place - don't miss who gets the Piankatank Award!

Can't make it for dinner?  Come in time for dessert and dancing!  Immediately following the awards at 8:30, a Viennese Dessert Display will be offered and the Motown Band will get rolling!  Get your spot on the dance floor because it is going to be hopping until 11:30 …

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