Posts for February 2017

First Trip to Laser Masters Week

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There aren’t many things to look forward to in getting old – but Laser Masters sailing is definitely one of them.  This was my first time sailing Florida Laser Masters week having just qualified a few months ago.  The week consists of 3 events – Florida Masters in West Palm, Masters Midweek Madness in Sarasota and Masters Midwinters in Tampa.  For over a decade now I’ve been running the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Regatta at Fishing Bay Yacht Club and so I was familiar with masters sailing in general.  I’ve also traveled to numerous ILCA-NA events from ACC to Nationals to North Americans and was eager to try out Masters week.  Unfortunately, my schedule would …

Registration for “A Night with Sally Barkow – Sailing at the Highest Level” Is Now Open!

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WHEN: Wednesday, March 29 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

WHERE: 500 North Allen Avenue; Richmond, Virginia 23220  (Orchard House School)

COST:  $12 per person

CONTACT: Kathy Ullmann

Few sporting events inspire us as much as the Olympics, and few international sailing events thrill as much as the Volvo Ocean Race.  On March 29th, you will have an opportunity to hear from a sailor that has competed in both – carrying two-time US Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year after her name. Her racing accomplishments both onshore and offshore make her a force to be reckoned …

Registration for the Bermuda High Party is Open!

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WHEN: Saturday, March 25 at 6:30 PM

WHERE: 5004 Old Millrace Court; Glen Allen, Virginia 23059 (Home of Greg & Kathy Ullmann)

COST:  $15 for Members / $20 for Non-Members per person

CONTACT: Kathy Ullmann

Festivals and Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’ come to mind on the Spring Equinox, but one tradition within the FBYC community brings a little foot freedom….The Burning of the Socks!  Did you know -  according to the Annapolis Maritime Museum, the act of sock burning began as a tradition in the town of Annapolis, MD, in the mid-1980s?  It is …

Start Sailing this Spring - Crew Training

Jon Deutsch on

Offshore Racing

20150331-002FBYC is again offering their popular Crew Training Program with classes starting in March.  This program was started over 25 years ago and has been introducing sailors to the sport and to FBYC ever since.  For anyone looking to learn the basics of sailing, or get into racing, or improve their skills - this is the class.  The class consists of 3 evening classes in Richmond and 2 optional on the water practice days at FBYC.

Classroom instruction is provided by FBYC racing skippers and crew with experience in local, national and international racing and participants are given written materials to compliment the classroom sessions.

  • Classroom: Tuesday, March 28 6:30pm
  • Classroom: Tuesday, April 4 6:30pm
  • Classroom …

Virginia Sportsman Article

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Junior Activities

FBYC Laser Race Team at the 2013 North Americans, Kingston, Ontario.

The summer issue of Virginia Sportsman Magazine, published today, has a full length article about the FBYC junior race teams. Included with the article are many photos of our kids. The article is a follow-up to last year’s article about our junior sailing camps, and covers the successes and adventures of our teams. You can pick up the edition at any magazine retailer, or purchase and view it online at Are you junior moms and dads ready for the summer?!

Murphy Rules (2017-2020) Seminar At RRYC

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WHEN: Saturday, March 4 – Registration begins at 8:15 AM

WHERE: Rappahannock River Yacht Club in Irvington, Virginia

COST:  $20 / person

CONTACT: Tom Chapman at RRYC


  • Tacking in the Zone
  • Hailing at an Obstruction
  • Room to Pass an Obstruction
  • New Code “U” Starting Flag
  • Definition of “Support Person” (including parents)
  • And more

Presented by John McCarthy, this seminar for skippers and crew is designed to maximize understanding of the rules by removing needless complexity and using “real life” scenarios that happen every day on the race course.  Remember to bring your new Racing Rules of Sailing (2017-2020 …

Maintenance & Repair Project Update

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Jackson creek dredging is complete & the markers have been placed! Here are the final soundings:



Around the Club, the East slip bulkhead has been backfilled and work as begun on the floors in Fannie’s House.  Please avoid going inside until February 25.


Save The Dates!

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NOTICE TO:  All FBYC Members

FBYC has many social activities planned for 2017 and there are five major ones you should be sure to mark on your calendar:
- Saturday, April 22   Opening Day Party
- Sunday, May 28th   Open House Party
- Sunday, July 2nd   Family Cookout
- Saturday, November 4th  Oyster Roast
- Saturday, November 18th  Commodores Ball*
(*Please note, the Commodores Ball originally scheduled for November 11th has been moved to November 18th.  The Offshore Winter Series race that was to be originally held on December 18th has been moved to November 11th.  The FBYC Events Calendar has been updated to reflect these changes.)

Stay tuned for schedule updates and additions to the social calendar!


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Piling replacement on our Middle Dock and the bulkhead wailer repairs are complete!  An inspection of the crane has also been completed.  Backfilling the bulkhead is the list.  Here is the crew replacing the pilings:


Dredging of the Jackson Creek channel is also underway!  Here is a crew working on the infamous “dog leg” of the channel:

Stay tuned for more progress updates on these projects!


Junior Events Registration now available February 2

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Junior Activities

Oh no!  We had a glitch! Registration for OptiKids, Junior Week, Race teams and August OptiWeek will be available again February 2.  If you already registered, we have your registration!

Time to register for Junior Sailing

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Junior Activities

Registration for Junior Events opens today, February 1
Member preference ends on Tuesday, February 28

We are excited about the 2017 Junior sailing season at Fishing Bay Yacht Club, and looking forward to another great year of FUN! No matter your sailor's age, experience, or sailing goals, we have a sailing activity 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.

New for 2017 is FBYC’s first 420 Race Team! We are partnering with Christchurch School this summer to create a 420 Race Team that will run parallel with our Opti and Laser Race Teams. Similar to …

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