Posts for April 2020

Want to Race? YOU CAN RIGHT NOW!

Joe Nelson on

One Design Racing

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We don't care about no stinkin' virus!

You can virtually become a great racer. We are starting programs at Fishing Bay and Hampton Yacht Club has offered folks at Fishing Bay the opportunity to join their e-racing program that will run on Wednesday evenings in May. This past month they hosted the Corona Series and it was a great success with over 80 people participating. So if you want to start sailing on-line sign up.

Send Joe Nelson a note expressing your interest by clicking here.

Once you have done that you will need to do a few preliminary things which Joe can detail. You will need to sign up at no cost on Virtual Regatta Inshore and run through …

We're Back...Now Training New Crew Online

Karen Soule on

Offshore Racing

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FBYC's popular Crew Training Seminar has tacked over to the right side of the course to catch the online wind shift.  And this year, it's FREE!

Each Tuesday evening in May, our seasoned and winning instructors will share their both their love for sailing and for winning with interested sailors from, well, everywhere and anywhere.  (This is one Zoom webinar that you'll want to "dress up" for--if only from the waist up!)

We encourage ALL members to share this link with friends or others--novices or experienced sailors, who are interested in getting together and learning from the pros.  You can go to and click on the link provided. OR simply click here to register: …

YAMs Hosting Virtual Kentucky Derby Party - May 9th, 9:00pm ET

Mary Catherine Buhl McAllister on

Social Events

Bring your best hats, seersucker and signature cocktail to the first virtual derby party on May 9th at 9:00 PM

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Be prepared to learn how to make new cocktails presented by your YAM committee members. Be sure to have your computer camera ready, we will also be voting on the best outfits of the evening. 

US Sailing Yacht Club Leadership Forum

Tracy Schwarzschild on


This past week, the FBYC Flag participated in the virtual Yacht Club Leadership Forum presented by US Sailing. The Forum offered an open exchange regarding the challenges facing yacht clubs around the country due to the CoVid-19 outbreak.

The Forum featured presentations by the commodores from several yacht clubs, including Jonathan Bartlett of Annapolis Yacht Club, as well as the President and the CEO of US Sailing. This highly informative program provided great insight into actions taken by other clubs as they work to address the CoVid-19 challenges. All clubs are facing problems similar to those that are being confronted at FBYC. The actions taken by substantially all of the clubs include strict adherence to the guidelines and recommendations of …

Let's Gather Together for "Opening Day"

Karen Soule on

Club News


Are you missing:

  • Scurrying to ready your boat for Opening Day?
  • Walking down the Fishing Bay dock and marveling how beautiful Stove Point and Gwynn's Island are?
  • Crossing the line for the first 2020 offshore race and hearing the horn blow?
  • Listening to Doug Anderson, our FBYC chaplain, bless the fleet?

We all do.

But here's a solution to help lessen our collective loss.  This Saturday, April 18 at 5 PM we invite all FBYC members to join together ONLINE at for our first (and hopefully, only) Virtual Opening Day.  Just go to the website and click on the link in the Opening Day photo.

A boatload of members have worked to prepare a video that will bring …

JUNIOR WEEK T-SHIRT CONTEST!!! Deadline is May 8th

Jason Angus on

Junior Activities

Let's get excited for JUNIOR WEEK! This year we are holding a T-Shirt design contest for the 2020 Junior Week T-Shirt. Have your design worn by over 130 sailors during this Summer's Junior Week.



  • Artist must be under the age of 18 years old
  • Design must be submitted to by 5pm, Friday, May 8th, 2020!
  • Must include contact information of artist's parent and the name of the artist in the email
  • Include the following text on the design: Junior Week, June 22nd-26th 2020
  • No more than 3 entries per artist
  • No bribes to the Commodore 
  • Have fun!!

Submit your designs to by May 8th! The T-shirt design winner will be chosen by the …

Junior Week and Summer Junior Programs Update

Jason Angus on

Junior Activities

Not knowing the future, we will continue to take registrations for our summer Junior programs and certainly hope that we can provide them as planned. We will know more in the weeks to come and will communicate any changes as we learn of them.

Our goal is to continue to focus on providing the very best summer experience for our young sailors while maintaining a safe and healthy environment for them and their families and for the local community. In the event we are forced to cancel any summer programs, we will be providing a full and complete refund. Our goal is to make this decision by June 1st should we have to.

Again, with Junior Week almost 2 1 …

Moving Forward While Weathering the Storm

Karen Soule on

Club News

We've all spent more time zooming, walking our neighborhoods and cleaning out garages than we ever, ever wanted.  So here are some "look-toward-the-future" activities to inform, teach and inspire.

  • Now's the perfect time to get your required Virginia boating license, if you haven't already.  You DON"T need to pay for one of the numerous courses offered out there!  Best option is the free course at BOAT US: 
  • US Sailing's "The Starboard Portal" site is offering live discussions and videos for members.  Join other sailors at:
  • Visit FBYC member Nica Water's Facebook page, Fit2Sail.  She's doing a live "Tasty Thursdays" tomorrow at noon to help us provision and cook while on …

Facility Update and Building Closures

Brian Ankrom on

Clubhouse News

I'm please to report, we've improved the Club - inside and out this Winter!.  We've also had to complete many tough repairs because it has taken quite a beating.  Here's a few of the maintenance broad strokes:

  • The Fishing Bay Ramp had the grade improved and added a breakwater helping restore the beach.
  • Fannie's House flooring was replaced throughout.
  • The entance marquee on Fishing Bay Road has a new raised flowerbed.
  • Jackson Creek Middle Dock fasteners were replaced in the lower end and finger piers.
  • Many of the legacy trees were cleaned up, limbed, and groomed.
  • The Junior Field has begun receiving environmentally responsible burr and week treatment.
  • The Crane has been painted and is open for use.
  • The Fishing Bay …

Updated Information Regarding Club Facilities

Karen Soule on

Club News

April 1, 2020  Dear Fishing Bay Yacht Club Members- The Club leadership continues to hope all of our members and their families are well and safe as we navigate the stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are updating our FBYC protocols and planning much sooner than we anticipated.  As many of you are aware, the Governor of Virginia updated his Executive Order (#55) on March 30, 2020 to extend the Stay at Home requirements until June 10, 2020.  The order has key elements specifically referencing what is and isn’t an essential need.  We have updated our notices regarding activities scheduled to be held at FBYC as well as access to Club buildings and the campus in general.

  1. Effective immediately …
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