Mark your calendar, 2022 Opening Day is Saturday April 23rd.
Over the last several months the Sailing Event Committee has finalized the 2022 Sailing Events Calendar for the Offshore, One Design and Junior events,2022 OS, OD and JR Sailing Events Dates will be posted on the website calendar in the coming days. Over the next several months, Event Notices and dates for the Cruising, YAM, Instruction, Social and other sailing events will be added to the Events Calendar.
Looking forward to 2022, it is going to be a great year!
We will be having an open house to watch the parade! The parade is from 10-12 December 4th. We will be watching on the corner of Lombardy and Broad. Come join us for the parade and than come by afterward for food, drinks and fun! Our address is 1522 Grove Ave. Looking forward to seeing you.
More than 140 members celebrated the close of the "regular" sailing season at the Annual Meeting and Commodore's Ball in Richmond last week. We announced our new Flag officers and board members, acknowledged our numerous award winners, danced and dined, and simply basked in each other's company.
All the details will be shared in the Log and future emails. But first, check out your fellow FBYC members enjoying the evening:
Materials begin to arrive on the 15th of November and will be primarily stored in the lot to the west of Fannies with the big red crane. The two lots between Fannies and the Bath House will be closed to members as of the 11/24/2021 and given to the contractor for his use. If you need to access the East or West Piers please park across the street or in the lot by the dumpsters. All boats need to be off the West Pier by the 11/28/2021 as demolition will start the on 11/29/2021(Monday). Thank you in advance for staying out of harm's way. Questions to Mark Wensell or Steve Montgomery.
The wind blew stink all week but that didn't stop our offshore boats from racing or our oysters from tasting sweet.
Well over 175 members slurped and shucked till they were stuffed during our Closing Day Race and Oyster Roast. Our stellar social chairs, Karen and Gary Akens, and their volunteer crew, served up three types of chili and hotdogs while resident musician Mike Dale entertained us all.
Folks were spread all over the campus, inside and out, so it felt comfortable being with each other after a two-year "pause." Also thanks to FBYC's Eric Perkins and member Carl Simon for doing double duty, roasting our catch.
There are only 14 days left to register for the 2021 FBYC Commodore's Ball
OK now..let's chat.
We're all most comfortable in deck shoes, tattered Mount Gay hats and slathered in sunscreen, right? As sailors, we put function well before fashion. Usually. But for the first time in TWO years, we can dress up, don some dancing shoes and surprise our dockmates with "Is that really you?"
We're at a new location, the Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, but we'll have the same great food and our "regular musicians, the Jangling Reinhardts.
The 2021 Commodores's Ball also includes our annual meeting and awards presentation--both not to be missed. So register now and don't be late to the …
Do you know a member who has consistently contributed over many years of membership to the success of FBYC and the sport of sailing? A member who actively works to set the strategy and direction for the club and is always there to help fellow sailors. A member who has been instrumental in helping FBYC become the club it is today. If so, consider nominating them for Life Member.
The purpose of awarding Life Member status is to recognize a member whose contributions are distinguished by their depth, breadth, superior quality and lasting impact. It needs to be stated, this is a “you know it when you see it” intangible. The compelling rationale for the nomination should be self-evident.
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.
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 …
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 …
First, sign-up for Saturday's Family-friendly Flying Scot Training Day, right here: https://www.fbyc.net/events/2021/210703-training-adult-sail-training/
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."
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: https://www.fbyc.net/events/2021/210704-offshore-july-4th-long-distance-race-and-cookout/
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 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 …
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: HHSA.org. Look under the "Social" tab (we're sure this has been only great and relaxing fun!) to sign-up.
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 …