Melges 15 Demo Day at FBYC – September 11, 2021

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Take a demo sail in the newest design by Melges Performance Sailboats. East Coast Sailboats will be at the club offering demo sails on Saturday, September 11th. There will be demo sails off the Fishing Bay beach in the first part of the day before transitioning to the East Dock of Jackson Creek for post-Wolftrap Race demos. Additional details to come. Please reach out to Rob Whittemore or Paul Almany with any questions.

Here is a YouTube video of the boat:

Also, a more detailed description of the boat is below:

“Designed by Reichel/Pugh and built by Melges, the Melges 15 prioritizes stability, comfort, ease of use, and performance.

“The Melges …

Share Your Talents

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Are you interested in serving in a volunteer or leadership position at the Club?  This is the time of year during which we plan for next year’s Board and Committee leadership positions.  Offshore, Cruising, One Design, Junior Programs, Adult Programs, Facilities and Equipment, Special Events and Social Activities are all areas in which volunteers serve our Club.  Many of our Board and Committee volunteers remain for ongoing service, but we typically have individuals who may wish retire from Board or Committee service or simply take some time off.  We also have opportunities to consider members who have the commitment and time to share their talents in a hands-on leadership role.  If you, or someone you know, would be an …

Jere Dennison Legacy Regatta Set for August 7, 2021

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Here's the skinny:

·        Skipper must be 60+ years old (crew can be any age--so grab a family member, to help crew--juniors


·        Vintage skipper division (70 +  -  you could win two trophies)

·        Open to all one-design and vintage boats 25 feet or under. (Bring your Flying Scot, Laser, Front Runner, 

         Typhoon, San Juan, Mobjack, Windmill, etc, etc.)  

·        Three like-type boats will get a fleet start/awards, 

·        Portsmouth Class  (will combine all boat types with less than three like-type boats for a start/awards )

.        The traditional Social cookout will be provided by the club for race participants after the event !

.        For boats not domiciled at FBYC, sail in Jere’s Regatta and leave your boat at FBYC to race in the Annual …

July 4th at FBYC – What a Weekend

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The July 4th FBYC sunflower raft up was a big hit with boats of all sizes participating and numerous visitors from shore.

Sunday the 4th of July was a beautiful day for a yacht race.  Ten boats, all less than 24 feet, competed under a Portsmouth Handicapped 6-mile distance race.  Top honors went to Mike Chesser in Scuba Kat followed by Lucky Dog with John Wake and 9Iron with Kevin Cross.  Full results a can be found on the events page. Race committee was the Catitude Crew and Friends.

As afternoon blended into evening, family and friends gathered at FBYC for the July 4th cook out.  The weather was perfect, the food was hot, the drinks were cold …

July 4th Weekend at FBYC - Training, Racing, Raft up and Food

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Come join the celebration this weekend at FBYC with some great activities both on and off the water.

Adult Sail Training -July 3rd : Learn whatever you'd like to know about making our club boats go

Long distance race- July 4th : Portsmouth race open to boats 24’ or less at the waterline

Sunflower raft up- July 4th: Enjoy the water, visit friends, meet new people – shuttle will be running from FBYC dock

Cook out and music July 4th : A relaxed family cookout with food, drinks, music and yard games

Come celebrate the 4th of July at FBYC with a sunflower raft up in Fishing Bay. See details below.  Other weekend activities include Saturday's family friendly Flying …

Two Great Events to Celebrate this July 4th Weekend

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First, sign-up for Saturday's Family-friendly Flying Scot Training Day, right here:

This day of instruction begins at 1 PM and you'll learn whatever you'd like to know about making our club boats go.  Bring your family and guests...our Scots can seat four adults for "social sails."

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Then get ready to celebrate our nation's birthday with a full day of racing, food, music and games.  We need you to sign-up to prepare enough food.  And volunteers are always needed to help make this a member-driven successful event.  

Sign-up NOW at:

Celebrate the 4th of July at FBYC with Racing, Raft up and Cookout

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Come join the fun this July 4th at FBYC.   It will all kick off with the start to the Long-Distance Race. This Portsmouth race is open to boats 24’ or less at the waterline.  For those who wish to kick back for an afternoon on the water, there will be a sunflower raft up in Fishing Bay. What a great way to enjoy the water, visit friends, meet new people and view the racers as they finish and return to FBYC. All boats – Offshore, Cruisers. and the racers are invited to join. As the sailing activities wrap-up, enjoy a relaxed family cookout with hamburgers, hot dogs, and bratwurst, along with some delicious sides and desserts. Of course there will …

FBYC Sailors win 1st Place in A2N ORC4

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FBYC sailors take first place in A2N (Annapolis to Newport) ORC 4. The 475 nautical mile race breaks down into three legs, down the Bay, Ches Light to Block Island, and Block Island to Newport finish. The Bay was finicky as usual with everything from light breeze, to no wind, to 15 knots. The crew battled with competitor Integrity, a Navy 44, and were side by side exiting the Bay. At Ches Light the chutes went up and the run to Block Island was on! Fair winds and following seas to Block Island were enjoyed by all!


Supposedly we kept block to our port, but with all the fog we didn’t see land until we were within 100 yards …

Join Nica Waters on the Refit of S/V Calypso On Thursday

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We love working with other sailing organizations on the Chesapeake Bay--especially the Harrington Harbour Sailing Association (HHSA)!  This Thursday, June 10 at 7 PM, HHSA is hosting a Zoom presentation with FBYC members Nica (and perhaps Jeremy) Waters where they discuss their major refit, rerig and renovation of their Bristol Channel Cutter, Calypso.  They've been living on the hard just down the road from the club while preparing for some far-flung sailing adventures.

Register to hear how they're progressing at:  Look under the "Social" tab (we're sure this has been only great and relaxing fun!) to sign-up.

FBYC Junior Regatta/Virginia Commonwealth's Cup June 26, 27th

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I am completely amazed how rich the "Corinthian spirit" has been at our club and how many members are volunteering for our upcoming two day regatta.  After a year of being bound by a computer our kids finally have the opportunity to be on the water again to represent our amazing sailing program and club.  We are hosting the Virginia State Championship which is also the season opener for CBYRA.  With registration open for about a month we have been successfully amassing an army of volunteers to serve over 100 sailors along with their family and friends.  As far as the eye can see will be an armada of kids geared and ready to give it their all June 26-27th …

Open House 2021 - Updated Plans

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With today's weather conditions being unfavorable to racing and raft-up - the sailing portion of today's Open House event is cancelled.

Good news - the party is still on for this evening!   Please plan to join us and enjoy a great time at the club, with the schedule as follows:

1700: On-shore Happy Hour with some light apps
1730-1900: Dinner served
1700-2030: Live Music by Neal & Perkins 

We hope to reschedule the raft-up to coincide with an event later this year - stay tuned for details to follow.

We still would love to have some volunteers join us for setup at 3:30p at the clubhouse - please feel free to join us!

Grand Opening! First Annual! Festival Fun! This Saturday! Register Now!

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Flying Scot.jpegEVERYONE is welcome to join in the fun at FBYC's first Family and Adult Sailing Festival this Saturday!  It's our Adult Sailing School Grand Opening where we'll welcome our latest addition to the club's Flying Scot fleet--our 4th boat.  There will be sailing instruction, activities for kids, tours of the club for guests and food for all.  REGISTER NOW AT:

Learn to rig, launch, stow, heave-to for a snack or watch a dolphin, hit a picnic beach—avoid hitting the dock—you get the picture—skills you will need to have a fun and safe day on the water.  And maybe show off a bit to your friends/kids/grandkids.

Whether you want …

Open House Regatta, Raft Up and Party, Sunday May 30

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Make the highlight of your Memorial Weekend this fun-filled day of "low-key" racing, camaraderie, music, and summer-inspired food with your fellow club members. The Open House Regatta, Raft Up and Party is an event for every part of the club.  We've got Offshore, One Design, Junior, Cruising, and Social divisions all coming together for an easy race, a raft-up, and dinner with a band. Our members are encouraged to invite all of their friends on their boats and to the club for the festivities. Invite your friends if they have boats that meet the criteria!  See the Event Notice for more detail. Note: Don't miss out on the BBQ Dinner - it's Pre-order only and all orders due by May 24 …

2021 Opening Day and Blessing of the Fleet

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In a move back to normal, FBYC's Opening Day and Blessing of the Fleet was just what we all needed.  With safety first, both on the water and on land, members welcomed spring and a new season this past Saturday.    The racing was excellent and all who sailed had huge smiles and great fun.  Thanks to our new social chairs, Karen and Gary Akens, and their volunteers for holding a great Opening Day.

To check out all the pics from our resident photographer, Paul Almany, visit:

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FBYC Opening Day Ceremony

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Spring is here and with that comes our Opening Day Regatta and the honored Blessing of the Fleet
Please join us this Saturday, April 17 following the Offshore Race to join (socially distanced) your fellow FBYC Club Members, Friends and Family.  We will gather on the Jackson Creek side of our campus near Fannies House—waterside for the Blessing.  We hope to see YOU there!  If you have not registered for the race, please do so @
0900: Flag Raising & Skippers Meeting
1100: Warning for the first start
1600: Blessing of the Fleet--Fannies House backyard
Post Blessing:  Immediately following--Main Clubhouse Grounds (Outside Only for Social Distancing) We will have individual snack boxes which include sweet and salty …

CBYRA Webinar 4/15 7:30 on Weather by National Weather Service -for ALL

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Weather: Get a Shiver in your bones just thinking about it?


We can help with that. Join us this Thursday April 15th at 7:30 pm for a webinar with Steve Zubrick and Brandon Fling from the National Weather Service.

BTW, this one is FREE AND OPEN to the entire CBYRA community, members and non-members alike.

The 15 April presentation will focus on what it means to be part of a Weather-Ready Nation. What this means is that Society is prepared for and responds to weather, water, and climate-dependent events. Read more about what this means to you at Your National Weather Service: Evolving to Build a Weather-Ready Nation.


You will learn more about using the NWS radio based, online …

How do Sails Make Boat Go?

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Join Sailmaker Jerry Latell TONIGHT at 7 PM for our last Spring webinar, "How Do Sails Make Boats Go?"  Register here:

FBYC member Jerry will entertain and enlighten us with his discussion of the physics of sailing as well as the beauty of a well-set sail.  This is also a great opportunity for you to invite a friend to join us online and share your love for FBYC and sailing.

See you online....and on the water soon!

Last Call for Webinar!

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Tonight's the night to introduce your family and friends to our "Welcome to Fishing Bay Yacht Club" webinar.  

It's also the last time you, yourself, can participate to really learn about all the programs our club has to offer.  Did you know about our Adult Sailing School?  How about the Women's Sailing Clinic?  

Until we're all together, in person, let's gather together online and prepare for a great sailing season in 2021!

Register here:


Invite Your "Network" to FBYC

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Who's In Your Network?  

They're your friends and family and work colleagues. They're the people you know from a sports team, your neighbors or the friends of friends you've met once or twice.  And among the thousands of those collective people, we bet there are a few who would love to learn more about FBYC.

So here's your opportunity as an FBYC member to invite them to our online, 3-part webinar series, "Welcome to Fishing Bay Yacht Club" beginning next week, Wednesday, March 24 at 7 PM.  Here's what they'll learn:

Wednesday, March 24:  Commodore Elizabeth Staas will offer a tour of the club followed by a panel of club leaders, each describing their program.  (This would be a great …

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