It's Time to Think Oysters

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Mark your calendars for our end-of season celebration regatta and oyster roast, Saturday, October 29, 2022.  Here's the skinny:

  • Oysters:  roasted, steamed dumped on tables.  
  • Bring your favorite dish.  It can be either chili, a shared dish or dessert,  It should be enough to feed 6-8 people.  Claim your bragging rights!
  • Start time will be when Mr. Roberts returns to the dock following the race (hopefully between 15:00 -16:00 hours)
  • Club will provide oysters, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Cost:  $5.00/person. 

You need to register for both the race and the roast by October 20.

Learn more at:


New Weather Station Installed

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A small group of members installed a weather station on the Fishing Bay side of the club Saturday morning. The station will record local conditions and beam them back to an internet page enabling members and guests to see real time wind, temperature, and other atmospheric conditions. It also show recent trends and historical data.


The installation was the culmination of a couple months of planning, modeling, and researching the optimum position and method of installation. The station is now mounted about 20’ above the Fishing Bay dock on the yard arm of the flagpole where it’ll have an unobstructed view of the wind and other conditions.


For more on how to access the weather data and save it …

Accessing the Fishing Bay Weather Station

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Fishing Bay Yacht Club’s weather station displays the latest wind, temperature, rainfall, lightning, and other measurements from its perch on the flagpole on the Fishing Bay dock. There’s a great mobile website that can be easily added as an (web) app on any phone to see the data as well as the historical trends.

To access the site visit this URL:
OR point your phone’s camera at this QR Code:

Clicking on any of the metrics will show the history and you can zoom in or out to see it on different time scales.


Use the button in the top right to toggle between the forecast and the data modes.


For …

A Fabulous Day Honoring Jere Dennison's Legacy!

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Jere Dennison Legacy Regatta 2022

On Saturday, August 6, we hosted the Jere Dennison Legacy Regatta to honor a man who served in FBYC leadership roles for over 40 years.  It was a beautiful day on the water full of laughter and camaraderie.  A huge thank you goes out to all those who made this event possible!

83rd Annual One Design Regatta and Racing Rules Clinic

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The Annual One Design Regatta is taking place on August 13th and 14th! It is two days of racing and fun with multiple courses for one-design classes. This event is also host to Flying Scot Atlantic Coast Championship and Capital District Championship. There will also be a Portsmouth Yardstick handicap offered to those without enough boats to qualify for the one-design class. We're looking forward to a great weekend of all kinds of sailing! 

Register here for the AOD!  Volunteers are greatly appreciated and needed! Please sign up to volunteer here!

For those who are looking to grow their knowledge of racing rules for the AOD, there will be a Racing Rules Clinic with Jerry Thompson the evening of August …

Check out this SpinSheet Article on our Juniors!

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I had the pleasure of writing a piece focused on our Junior Program for the August issue of SpinSheet Magazine. Thank you to Mae and Walker Angus for sharing their experiences with me, and Paul Almany for the fantastic pictures! 

Find the story here on page 63!

Successful Women's Sailing Clinic

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WC group 2022

FBYC welcomed a lovely group of about 20 ladies to the club this weekend for the Women’s Sailing Clinic. Beginners and more experienced sailors, members and non-members alike gathered for two gorgeous days on the water. Coaches Holly Sears and Caroline Patrick lead the morning classroom sessions for the Racing Fundamentals class and the Sailing Basics class respectively, and then everyone set sail in a combination of club-owned and personal Flying Scots, as well as a couple of Melges 15s, a Front Runner and a Laser.

WC on the water

The wind Saturday was light initially but built mid-morning as both groups headed out on the water. The beginners took off two to a boat, each with an on-the-water instructor and a student …


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Sign up and attend the Jere Dennison Legacy Regatta on Saturday August  6, 2022.  We encourage all classes of boats to participate--we especially invite Flying Scots, Typhoons, Windmills, Mobjacks, Lasers, Front Runners, San Juan 21s, Melges -- and any classic boat.  The older the better.  You sail it, we will score it. Open to members and non members of FBYC.  This is a one day event, open to all boats 25 feet or less waterline, and targeting skippers 60 years plus.  Crew can be any age. Please review the Notice of Race on the FBYC website for details and sign-up.

Any boat class with three or more participants will be scored as a Fleet.

Classic and other boats with less than …

Women's Sailing Clinic July 30-31

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Calling all women sailors, members and nonmembers alike!

There will be another two day Women's Sailing/Racing Clinic on July 30th and 31st. The Sailing Basics Class is for beginners or those who are looking to refresh their nautical skills. Each woman will get hands on experience without the stress of racing as either skipper or crew. The Racing Fundamentals Class is, as the name suggests, race centered, allowing for the sailors to better their boat maneuvering skills in a racecourse setting. You will choose your preferred class when you register! 

Advanced registration is required! Please do so here

This is for women of all ages and all experience levels! Click here for more information on the event including fees …

FBYC Members Make the Podium in the Newport to Bermuda Race

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Congratulations to the FBYC members who made the podium in the  52nd Newport to Bermuda Race. Rives Potts has done very well in many races, and continues to make a name for himself with his crew of family and friends on “Carina.” Glenn Doncaster has had success in this race before, and continued his run with his FBYC crew on “Nanuq,’ including Rebecca Doncaster, Paul Wash, Jerry Latell, and former member Alex Otoole. Here is a quick summary of the conditions of the race courtesy of Jerry Latell:

“We had light air at the beginning and end of the race.  And some of it was in leftover slop.  The gulf stream crossing was fairly long because of the way …

Adult Fun Sail & Training Day this Saturday, July 2nd

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The Adult Fun Sail & Training Day is this Saturday, July 2nd. This is a social and sailing event open to both members and non-members. There will be training in Flying Scots and any boats under 19 ft--including Melges 15s! The cost is $15/person for in boat instruction, other participants are no charge. There will be help for beginners and intermediates. Sign up here! 

This isn't the only fun going on at the club this weekend! Find more information on all of the Fourth of July activities here

David & Alison Lennarz Continue Transatlantic Journey

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Club Members David & Alison Lennarz are continuing their Transatlantic journey on their all carbon Balance 526. They've made their first stop in St Helena, and will make another stop in Brazil on their way to Grenada. 

To follow the voyage of "Wahoo", click on this PredictWind link or go to Instagram @sailingwahoos

Also-- follow FBYC on Instagram @fishingbayyachtclub to keep up on Club News. 

Hello FBYC Members!

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My name is Clara Skeppstrom, and I am the communications intern for FBYC this summer. I want to introduce myself to those of you I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting. I am a rising fourth-year at UVA from Richmond. While I am not the most well-seasoned sailor, what I lack in experience, I make up for in enthusiasm and love for the Chesapeake Bay and Fishing Bay especially. The main reason I’m working here this summer is to help all of you members who have events or sailing news for the Club, whether that be with posting on social media or the news page, or anything else you think I might be able to help with …

Club Members David & Alison Lennarz Begin Transatlantic from South Africa

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Club Members David & Alison Lennarz have just completed building an all carbon Balance 526 in St. Francis, South Africa.  After a shake down sail from the Indian Ocean around Cape of Good Hope, they are now in Cape Town preparing to cross the south Atlantic to Grenada, with stops in St. Helena and Brazil.  


To follow the voyage of "Wahoo", click on this PredictWind link or go to Instagram @sailingwahoos

Fourth of July Weekend Fun

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There are an abundance of activities happening at FBYC this coming Fourth of July Weekend! Here is the rundown to keep you informed on all of the fun.


July 4th Long Distance Race & Cookout – Sunday, July 3rd – The Annual Long Distance Race and Fourth of July Cookout is coming up! The cookout is for everyone, not just racers, with refreshments, hamburgers, hot dogs, and more! You need to register in advance to attend, so please do so now here. Volunteers are needed and greatly appreciated, if you can help please sign up here Volunteer.

The Long Distance Race is a handicap race open to any One Design boat 24’ length and under at the waterlines (no Optis …

Arts on Fishing Bay

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Longer tenured FBYC members will recall the wonderful spectacles of spinnaker filled horizons, the festival of land based events, and multiple nights of dining and charity auctions that comprised the Leukemia Cup Regatta. Alas, the Southern Bay LCR met its demise more than half a decade ago, but lingering memories of the excitement and sense of community that it fostered still abide. One of the more unique of the LCR events was Arts on Fishing Bay, a Friday evening marine art exhibit and sale held at our main clubhouse and featuring a variety of local artists and artisans. 

To recapture the spirit of that event we are initiating a new art exhibit on the second floor of the main clubhouse …

This Weekend – Family Regatta, Open House Regatta, Raft up and Party, and Mid-Year Members Meeting

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Be sure to join the activities, sailing and fun this Memorial Day Weekend at FBYC.

Family Regatta - Saturday May 28th, Skippers meeting at 10:30.  Sign up on Regatta Network

Open House Regatta, Raft Up and Party – Sunday May 29th. See events notice for information and signup.  Follow the volunteer link to volunteer and join in with your friends putting on a party.

Mid-Year Members Meeting – Monday May 30th, 10:00 am. We will be discussing Membership and Club Operation with time reserved for questions.

Looking to Volunteer?

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Looking to volunteer and want to know what opportunities are coming up soon?  Log on to and on the top menu on the Members tab, visit the volunteering link. You can also find volunteering opportunities on the FBYC Facebook page, and Event Pages.

Remember, our club is successful because of the generous gift of time of by our members.  We ask that all members sign up to volunteer at an event this year!  Thank you to all of those who have done so already!



Two Great Sailing Weekends at FBYC in May

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FBYC Club Boat & Adult Sailing Festival

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Sail one of the club's Flying Scots or bring your own!  Learn how to sail them under expert instruction!  All members and non-members are welcome to this fun day of sailing and social events.  Learn more and sign-up at:

Open House Regatta, Raft-up and Party

Sunday, May 29  2022

Memorial Day will soon be upon us!  FBYC has a great day of offshore racing, raft-up, food and music.  This is the perfect opportunity to invite friends to experience all that our club has to offer.  YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE!  Learn all about it at:

Opening Day Regatta and Blessing of the Fleet Saturday, April 23, 2022

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We welcome all racers, cruisers, their families, and guests to this family-friendly event to kick-start a great year of sailing.  A great tradition at Fishing Bay Yacht Club, Opening Day begins with an Offshore Regatta.

DESCRIPTION This regatta will consist of one race for PHRF (A, B, C, NON-SPIN, CC) sailboats holding a valid PHRF of the Chesapeake certificate, one-design classes, and cruising class sailboats having a provisional handicap rating assigned by FBYC.

The format for all boats will be one short-distance race around government and drop marks. PHRF NON-SPIN will be sailed allowing only one (1) headsail downwind.

Regatta Schedule: 
0900: Flag Raising & Skippers Meeting
1100: Warning for the first start

Opening Day Social Events

1630: Ric's Place …

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