Please join us for the 2022 mid-year Membership Meeting on Monday, May 30th (Memorial Day) from 10-11 am upstairs in the main Club House. At this informal meeting we will provide updates on Membership and Club Operation with time reserved for questions.
The agenda will include:
Club Management/Facilities/Sailing Events
Long Range Plan Process
Summary and Questions
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Over the last several years, we have had an informal membership meeting over the Labor Day weekend to give members an update on goings on around the Club and upcoming plans. You may recall that we held a virtual membership meeting earlier in the season and we have decided that under current conditions, it would be prudent to avoid an indoor gathering. We have been communicating plans and events through various formats, The Log, Wednesday “blasts” and separate communications. In general terms, the state of the Club is excellent. We are looking at certain infrastructure needs involving the docks and equipment, and we will certainly share more information on options with you as plans develop. Club events and programs are …
It is August at FBYC, and Junior Week rolled right into AOD. Things are somewhat different this year. Throughout this spring and summer, numerous volunteers and our staff have worked hard reopening the facilities and modifying programs and activities to make them safe for our members, guests, staff and neighbors. We have changed our habits to support social distancing, wearing masks and extended cleaning. Now, as we continue to move through our season, we need to remain vigilant and continue to reinforce these new habits.
In this update, we wish to focus on the year end events, the ongoing activities and the need to remain focused on safe practices and using common sense.
The FBYC water system is experiencing problems with the feed to the treatment unit and currently cannot produce fresh water. We are running off the storage tank and have shut down water to several places throughout the campus.
We are asking all members to make every effort to conserve water, essential use only.
We believe we have identified the failed equipment. We have a spare on hand and are currently waiting for the certified technician from our water contractor to conduct repairs. If there are no other issues, the system is expected to be back in operation soon. We will keep you posted.
Our club has many members and we wish to do everything possible to ensure safety for everyone including their family members. Please continue to keep each other safe by wearing a mask when inside the buildings. When your are outside---if you can't social distance then please wear a mask. We have hand sanitizer throughout the campus as well to assist you in your safety measures.
We are sad to note the passing of Brooks Zerkel on July 3, 2020. Having sailed with many of us and served as a highly qualified race official for major Club events and elsewhere for many years, Brooks was an active force in the life of FBYC, A more complete tribute to Brooks will appear in the next few days.
As we move though the phased reopening, our primary goal remains to provide a safe and healthy environment for our members, staff and community. Numerous volunteers across all aspects of the Club have dedicated a tremendous amount of time in planning and preparation to get to this point. Many programs and activities are going forward this year, although maybe not quite in the same fashion as in years past.
But even as we begin to enjoy more of the reopening at FBYC, the environment around CoVid is changing. We are constantly reassessing how this affects our operations and activities. Rules and programs may continue to change as we move through the summer and fall. The key to success of these …
Just as we are all used to anticipating and responding to the shifting breeze in Fishing Bay, the Flag, the Sailing Commanders, Chairs, our staff, and numerous volunteers are all at work to actively monitor and adapt to the dynamic environment driven by CoVid 19. As we move into June, with recommended safety measures in place, we will see racing extend beyond the virtual to the real, with Offshore, Juniors, and One-Design sailors competing on the water. For 2020, the Junior programs have been restructured around an exciting vision for Juniors to learn and enjoy sailing with appropriate safeguards.
As FBYC is committed to following the evolving guidance from the State of Virginia around group interactions, we are assessing actions …
This weekend is Memorial Day. It is traditionally the weekend we usher in summer with water, sailing and close camaraderie. As with most activities this year, things are slightly different.
Over the past couple of months, the Sailing Commanders, Chairs, our staff, numerous volunteers and the Flag, have been working to address the challenges of living in the CoVid19 Pandemic while striving to enable all of us to participate in the sport we love.
Recently, the Governor issued executive order 61 which provides for Phase 1 easing and we have been considering how this may impact FBYC. In particular, we have assessed the actions directed at all business sectors and those specific for organizations such as campgrounds …
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 …
Join Commodore Paul Wash, Vice Commodore Tracy Schwarzschild, Rear Commodore Elizabeth Staas, Treasurer Glenn Doncaster, Finance Chair Veronica Hinckle, and Secretary and Membership Chair Joe Roos/Geoff Cahill for an informal meeting on Monday, September 2nd (Labor Day) from 10-11 am upstairs in the main Club House.
Join Commodore Rob Whittemore, Vice Commodore Paul Wash, Rear Commodore Tracy Schwarzschild, Finance Chair Veronica Hinckle, and Secretary and Membership Chair Joe Roos for an informal meeting on Monday, September 3rd (Labor Day), from 10-11 am upstairs in the main Club House.
After a lot of hard work by many, many people, I am pleased to announce that the new East Dock will be ready for use this weekend! We ask that you be patient while a few finishing touches are completed and ask that everyone stay off the freshly seeded areas!
I would like to thank the many volunteers that have taken this project from concept all the way to completion. I would also like to thank all the donors for their generous support. It is important to note that donations came in from all divisions of the club. There are so many people who have made this a reality -- Thank you!
To add to the excitement of our Closing Day, we will have a delegation from the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand visiting the Club this Saturday, November 4th. It will include their President, who is a former Admiral in the Thai Navy. They contacted us through an Attaché at the Embassy of Thailand and are coming on a good will mission. They have heard much about the success of FBYC, and would like to see for themselves how our Club operates.
They will meet with Division leaders, as well as former Commodores. Please extend a welcome to them.
I am sad to report that Meg Rock, our Executive Secretary, submitted her resignation to me late last week. Her resignation is effective immediately. Meg has thoroughly enjoyed her time serving as Executive Secretary, but must now turn her full attention to her deteriorating health.
I have formed a search committee tasked with interviewing and hiring a new Executive Secretary, and their work is already underway.
Please keep Meg and her family in your thoughts and prayers. It has been wonderful working with her on the Board, and so many of us will sorely miss her professionalism, guidance, and cheerful disposition.
Messages may be sent to Meg, Peggy, and Bob at the address below:
Thank you to so many who have made a donation or pledge to the Jackson Creek East dock fundraiser. We are well on our way to reaching our goal, and hope that those who have not yet given will consider a donation now. Funding of this project through use of cash, some debt, and the generous donations of members will allow us to embark upon other important projects for the Club as well, such as repairing the Fishing Bay boat ramp. To donate now, Login to FBYC.net, click on "Members", then "Dock Donation". Thank you.
Join Commodore David Lennarz, Vice Commodore Rob Whittemore, Rear Commodore Paul Wash, Treasurer Steve Quiriconi, Finance Chair Veronica Hinckle, and Secretary and Membership Chair Joe Roos for an informal meeting on Monday, September 4th (Labor Day) from 10am - 11am upstairs in the Main Club House.
We are pleased to announce the hiring of Brian Ankrom to fill the new role of General Manager. Brian began on January 2nd and his office is located in Fannie's House. Brian is originally from Richmond where he coordinated and managed litigation discovery and production projects since 2001. For the past several years he has resided in the Northen Neck with his wife and two children and has for the past two years managed vessel service projects at a local boatyard. Brian earned a Baccalaureate in Recreation, Parks, and Sports Management from VCU, as well as a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. He is a member of numerous community and charitable organizations to which …