It's hard to believe but FBYC's two season-capping events are just around the corner.
Mark your calendars for our Closing Day Regatta & Oyster Roast on November 2, 2019. This event is always fun-filled, whether you're pursuit racing 'round the marks or just coming to slurp, shuck or dress up local oysters to your liking.
Then, get ready to rock on November 16, 2019 for the Annual Meeting and Commodore's Ball. We're "mixing up the race course" with a new location at the Hippodrome Theater. Located in Richmond's Jackson Ward, the Hippodrome promises excitement and history, not to mention great food and music.
Register now on-line for both events. The season's never really over now is it!
FBYC hosted a fantastic group of ladies (both club members and non) for the annual Women's Clinic. This year eleven women took to the water in three club Flying Scots, a club 420 and a Laser and enjoyed two full days of on-the-water practice with a scattering of chalk talks. Everyone got what they came for which was tons of tiller time and a better understanding of strategy, tactics, and racing rules. Several participants will be out sailing at FBYC in the immediate future including at AOD and the Fall One Design Series. Special thanks to FBYC's Luke Hayes for coaching the beginner group and Premier Sailing's Arabella Denvir for coaching the racers. Also thanks to the One Design Fleet …
Since 2005 we have assembled over 23,000 photos in FBYC's Flickr Account. These pictures have been viewed over 2,000,000 times. Over the years, we have shared our old credentials with many different volunteer photographers. Flickr has now been sold to SmugMug - and in the process they have forced us to change our credentials. Please contact Strother, Brian, Paul Almany, or Karen Soule to get the new credentials so we can keep the photos coming.
On Tuesday, June 18th, 6:30-7:30, join us for a reception and talk with Niall Rafferty. Born in Ireland, Niall grew up racing at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork, Ireland. His passion for racing and the water has led Niall to a lifetime career from working as a Captain with his 300 ton license, to skipper numerous yachts around the world. Niall will talk about his experience in the Maxi Yacht Racing world in the Mediterranean and Caribbean and how his experience led him to designing and project management of building the next generation super yachts. Niall has now joined the Rob Doyle Design team, where they are on the forefront of performance super yacht design in …
We all rely on the Middlesex EMT and Fire Department squads. Yet for those of us who don't live in the county, it's easy to forget how important these men and women are...until an emergency strikes someone at FBYC.
Let's say THANK YOU to these fine folks by hosting them and their families for a "fun day at FBYC" on Saturday, August 17 from 10 AM to 3 PM.
We're inviting them to use our pool, go for a sail on a club or big boat and have a picnic lunch. We're looking for some members who are willing to flip some burgers or take a family sailing for an hour or two.
When you visit the club this weekend you will notice that the potholes and ruts on the side of Fishing Bay Road have been repaired. It is very important (when possible), to avoid driving over the repaired ruts alongside the road that have been filled-in with crushed concrete. Currently, the crushed concrete is a mix of powder and stone that will solidify with moisture. Once we get some rain the concrete will activate and set up.
What a wonderful Memorial Day Open House (or Open Boat!) we had. For once, the weather was practically perfect which helped attract almost 250 people. We hosted loads of potential new members and encouraged them to join. Our social chair and volunteers set a great table with fixin's from Roadhouse Barbecue, hard cider tastings, music that filled the grounds and plenty of Dark 'n Stormies.
Fishing Bay itself was filled with transient sailors either visiting for the day or on their way north. We certainly drew their attention with our sunflower raft-up.
Next social event? July 4th weekend. So plan your calendar accordingly and invite a friend to participate in all we have to offer!
Sign-up now to help welcome summer at FBYC's Open House Regatta...and Dinner...and Dance...and on-the-water Sunburst raft-up on Sunday, May 26. The weather looks promising...warm enough for swimming among our rafted-up cruising boats. The food will be wonderful....Roadhouse Barbecue. The music...by Nate Sacks....will get your dock shoes dancing...
And that's not even mentioning the pursuit race around government marks with the finish at the FBYC pier.
The cut-off for registration is TODAY at 3 PM. Visit the event page on-line and sign-up "just in time!"
Tom Bayliss is the winner on this month’s Webmaster Gold Star award. He tried to reset his password and received a Server Error. He sent in Screen Shots and I was quickly able to duplicate the problem. It turns out a minor website setting change in mid-April had broken the web site’s ability to send emails. As a result, there were no emails confirming registrations or board meeting updates filed for the last month.
I can’t believe that no one noticed the unusual behavior nor pointed out the broken process. It’s all fixed now, and I award a Gold Star to Tom. If you see his parents Lynn or Temple around the Club or on Stove …
Want to dock a big boat with more confidence? How about practicing quick stops and MOB drills? Or maybe you need to feel at ease on the radio?
Then come and spend Saturday, June 1 from 10 am-3 pm, on board S/V Soulemate as we do all the above and more. Skipper Karen Soule will run her crew through all those everyday tasks to help everyone feel more comfortable and competent on the water. Soulemate can accommodate SIX (6) women. Email her directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
And if any other women skippers would like to participate with their boats, let Karen know. Let's cast off together!
Housing needed: FBYC to host the VA Commonwealth Championships at our annual jr regatta. June 21-23. Clubs from ga, sc, va, md, and de are planning on attending. Please email Kathryn Angus at email@example.com if your home or spare bedroom is available for sailors or coaches.
We have recently made two menu changes on the website - to bring more focus to recent efforts. On the main Blue Navigation Bar, we have consolidated "Fleets" and "Sailing" links into simply "Sailing". And the top two links are to
Summer Sailing School - we are offering weekly sailing classes for both adults and Juniors all summer long.
And we have renamed the seven tabs on Events pages. You will find the familiar Offshore, One-Design, Junior, Cruising and the new tab is "Instruction" - replacing Social. You will find each of the Summer Sailing Classes listed there. Each Class has its own event.
Towering waves, exhilarating speeds and tales of triumph and tragedy thrilled the largest crowd ever for an FBYC winter program. Charlie Enright, Volvo Ocean racer (and Morning Light movie star!) regaled everyone last week, including some prospective FBYC new members and junior racers. Charlie was poignant, at times hilarious and always inspiring. It was a great way to start planning for our upcoming sailing season and certainly inspired many to, at least dream of, foiling monohulls in the southern ocean. (Well maybe a nice “round the buoys race” instead.)
Next on the list of fun activities? The Bermuda High Party on March 30. Be sure to sign up now on-line and bring a pair of socks to burn, preferably clean …
We would like to recognize the generous donors who supported the new East Dock project by identifying all who contributed on a plaque that will be unveiled in the main Club House on Opening Day on April 13, 2019. Please review the list below and notify me of any corrections as soon as possible (no later than February 28th) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Grateful Recognition of the Donors to the Fishing Bay Yacht Club East Dock Fund - 2017-2018
We were able to update the web server on Monday, February 11, 2019. It has resulted in a few inevitable glitches, and we are fixing them as fast as they are being discovered. Most functions, including the important online Event Registration processes, are working fine. Please let Strother know if you run across any issues.
Milford Haven Coast Guard station is 3.4 nm from Fishing Bay. The 22 Coasties there, and throughout the country, are critical to every sailor and mariner who ventures out on the water.
To support these fine men and women during the government shutdown, FBYC and Mathews Yacht Club have joined together to give them a “family night out” at The Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad Chili Cook-Off. This fund raising event will be held on Saturday, February 2 at the Piankatank Ruritan Club from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. Both our clubs are buying tickets to send these station members and their families to the event.
If you’re local, why not attend as well to support multiple great …
We now have self-administered online Classified at https://www.fbyc.net/classifieds/ and Members are invited to use the webtool to post listings in any of the following categories
Boats for Sale,
Accommodations near Deltaville,
Recommended Services or
Postings can include up to 5 photographs and automatically expire in 30, 60 or 180 days. Today we fixed a small defect re expiration, and I have reset the expiration date of 4-5 expired postings to Feb 15. The following: Laser for Sale, - Alex MacKinnon, Ultra Anchor swivel for sale- Chris Lindbloom, 1.5" Hose and 55 pound Delta Anchor - Garland Gray are asked to edit their previously expired postings to extend the date or delete …
Schedule of Upcoming Events: Wed, Dec 5 - GM goes on vacation (Virgin Islands) Wed, Dec 19 - GM Returns from vacation Sat, Apr 13 (2019) - Opening Day
This Week’s Update: - Mark your calendars now – Opening Day is April 13, 2019! Thanks go to Strother Scott for getting the calendar on the website. We’ll be filling in the details throughout the winter. So, please check the events page often for updates. - I will be in St. Martin on vacation from December 5th through December 18th. I will not be available by phone while out of the country. But I will be checking email daily and Eric will be on-site daily. - I will be onsite daily during the week during the …