Cruising Division to circumnavigate the Delmarva peninsula

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As of this writing three boats from the Cruising Division are signed up to participate in a Delmarva circumnavigation, June 27th through July 3rd.   Several others have expressed interest.  The three boats so far are Bolero (Lindbloom/ Powell), C’mon Wind (Gregory), and Mood Sway (Moody).  This will be a counter-clockwise trip, heading South East out of DVL, through the mouth of the Bay, and an overnight sail North to Cape May, NJ.  Following a rest in Cape May the flotilla will progress up the Delaware Bay, arriving at the C&D Canal at a time calculated to motor through the canal, going with the current.  (Sailing is not allowed on the 13-mile canal.)  Near the Western end of …

Let's Go Cruising!

Karen Soule on

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Want to go cruising but don't have a boat?  There are loads of club members with cruising boats who would welcome you aboard for a day, a weekend or perhaps an even longer trip.  Here's how to get started:

Beginning with two Richmond-based "get-togethers," on February 20 and April 2, you'll meet some of these skippers and learn about exploring the Chesapeake Bay. FBYC has numerous captains who are eager to share their time, their sailboats and their expertise with novices and experts alike. 

Session 1:  Cruising on the Chesapeake Bay   Learn where we go sailing, the cruising philosophy, and meet others wanting to learn new skills and make new friends. 

Session 2:  How to Become Crew  We'll cover …

What Makes for a Great Cruise?

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Add up these ingredients:

  • A sweet, downwind sail up to Reedville's Mill Creek
  • A lazy afternoon with 12 boats securely anchored in a lovely cove
  • A wine tasting at Jacey Vineyards and fabulous dinner catered by Carwash
  • A fleet of dinghies finding their way back in the dark guided by anchor lights
  • Another downwind sail back home the next morning

But the best ingredients were the FBYC cruising fleet members who joined together for a wonderful weekend on the water.  Simply delicious!



Wee Dram Rally Version 6 is in the books.

Jim Raper on

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Cape Charles line honors and overall winner is claimed by Doug Anderson assisted by Brad Miller.  In what is becoming a very popular annual event, this year’s version had twelve yachts and some fifty people enjoying the sail down to Cape Charles in near perfect conditions.  The group was diverse; racers and cruisers, regular crew and families, racing boats and sturdy circumnavigators.  The festival on the dock lasted several hours and after much deliberation, a trophy was selected and awarded…albeit somewhat depleted.  The return Sunday to the club was uphill but, for an August day, simply fantastic.  Look for the 7th edition on the club schedule next year, you will not be disappointed in your participation.  It …

FBYC Women Rock...and Dock

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Saturday's "Women's Skill-Building" day on the water gave six sailors loads of practice docking (thanks Deltaville Boatyard for your new T-Head!) and "springing off" against an onshore breeze. Everyone had a chance to practice and embrace the old maxim, "approach a dock as fast as you're willing to hit it."  Each sailor did a fantastic job and learned that a second approach is encouraged and more than OK when it's needed.

We also had a brief look at AIS radios, SOLAS flares and practiced fighting a fire with ABC extinguishers.  "There is far less powder in an extinguisher than I appreciated before pulling the pin on one," said one sailor.  (Thank you Brian for safely providing a fire …

For Women Only: June 1, Skill-Building Day

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Still have room for a few more women!

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 FOUR more women.  Email her directly at: to reserve your place.

Habanna express

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FBYC Member Sandy Clark has gotten his old boat - an Open 60 - back and is shortly headed to Havana Cuba.  havannna

Cruising Closing Dinner Is Around the Corner

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Friday, November 2nd at 6:00 pm in the FBYC Main Clubhouse.  We are celebrating the past cruising season with a Chicken Marbella dinner, with Apple Crisp and ice cream for dessert.  Wine, beer and soft drinks will be provided.  All FBYC cruisers are welcome, regardless of how many cruises you were able to join this year!


If you are able to attend, please register on the website ( as soon as possible, but no later than October 26th , so that we can get an accurate head count for meal planning.  For those that have already RSVP’d, thank you!


We are still looking for a couple more individuals to put together …

Wee Dram | Saturday August 25th | Cape Charles

Jim Raper on

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What began as an escape is now an FBYC can't miss event!

This Saturday; on your own schedule, following your own course, with your own crew, on your own boat - or not - [thirteen boats currently registered, plenty of time to add more (register here)] will voyage to the Eastern Shore's urban hub of Cape Charles.  We'll overnight at the Cape Charles Harbor docks, socialize until we can't; have dinner when we feel like it; call it a day after last call or before, then on Sunday unwind the course and return to FBYC at our leisure.

Cost of entry is paltry...but participants are encouraged to bring a shared hors d'oeuvres and a bottle of whisky (no 'e').  The contest …

Register Now for the Albemarle Cruise

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Sign up by August 20th for the Albemarle Loop Cruise from September 28 – October 10th.


Enjoy picturesque scenery and historic destinations as we journey through the Dismal Swamp Canal into North Carolina and visit Elizabeth City, Edenton, Albemarle Plantation, Manteo, and Coinjock on the ICW.


For questions about bridge heights or water depths, call Charlie Jones for more details

Welcome Back Cruisers!

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Cruising Season 2018 begins at 5:00 PM on April 7 at the FBYC clubhouse with the Welcome Cruisers Party! 


John and Mary Galloway, Nancy Powell, and Chris Lindbloom are hosting this year.  New members interested in cruising are most welcome!  Beverages and food will be provided.


Register by March 31 by clicking here. 


Registration is also open for all 2018 Cruising events.  See all of them by clicking here.

The Rescue of Valiant and crew

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Todays Richmond Paper had a first page article about the rescue of Wes Jones and the crew of Valiant off Iceland.  

Excerpts and Pictures below:

“All we can speculate is that one of those rogue waves crashed down us,” Piersol said as he sat and sipped coffee. “It broke on top of the boat and completely smashed the boat down into the water. Blew out the portholes on the low side. Took everything. It was a violent smashing. Wasn’t like a gentle, oh-my-gosh-we’re-rolling-over. It was, wham!

“Next thing you know, you’re rolling over and upside-down and water’s pouring over you. It took the boat over on its side and …

4th Annual Wee Dram Cruise | Race

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The Wee Dram will again venture to Cape Charles, VA on August 12th…their slips are a confirmed 18’ depth. We have reserved ‘C’ dock at the Town Harbor and if we should need more slips, those are available.

This remains a casual cruise/race format with a formal (shorts and tee shirts – no holes) social Saturday afternoon in Cap Charles.

To emphasize the cruising aspect of the ‘getting there’, and to assure a worthy recipient of the 2017 Wee Dram burgee, each boat will submit two scavenger hunt tickets naming items typically found on a proper cruising vessel…i.e. in-boom furling, electric winch, a third anchor, water maker, microwave, rail mounted grill, dingy …

Relocation of FBYC Patuxent River/Vagabond Pre-Cruise Dinner on 6/3

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Because of the cancellation of the Patuxent River Cruise, the combined Patuxent River Cruise/ Vagabond Cruise dinner scheduled for the main clubhouse on 6/3/17 has been cancelled.

Vagabond Cruise participants will receive notification of a dinner & skippers meeting on 6/3 at the cruise chairman's Mariners Point Condominium in the near future.

Welcome Cruisers Party Registration Is Open!

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WHEN: Saturday, April 8th at 5:00 PM  (Registration deadline is April 1)


CONTACT: John Galloway

John and Mary Galloway, Nancy Powell, and Chris Lindbloom are pleased to host the Welcome Cruisers Party on April 8.  We will start the 2017 cruising season at the FBYC clubhouse and will provide beer, wine, & heavy hors d’oeuvres.  New members interested in getting involved in FBYC cruising are welcome!  We will have the opportunity to renew our friendships, share past sailing stories, and talk about the upcoming cruising schedule. For further details, contact John Galloway. The registration deadline …

August Captain's Choice Cruise

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The August Captains Choice Cruise is coming soon, Aug 26 - 28.  Start making plans to join us.  Not sure where we're going yet but we'll pick something fun.  Probably a raft up.  Come join us on Friday night, the 26th at 7pm,  for ice-cream at Fannie's House.  We tend to have kid friendly cruises so all are welcome.  John Koedel, III, (804) 338-1158,

2015 Urbanna Fireworks Cruise! - July 1-3

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This year’s Fireworks Cruise to Urbanna, VA will take place Friday, July 1st through Sunday, July 3rd.  The fireworks show will be held on Saturday, July 2nd over Urbanna Creek.


  • Fun Cruising Race from FBYC to Urbanna
  • Dockside at Town Marina and Flip-flop Dining in Downtown Urbanna


  • Coffee Shop Fog-Lifter Walk
  • Mai Tai Social at Town Marina
  • Fireworks Extravaganza


  • Transit from Urbanna to FBYC

Slip availability is extremely tight this year because of the recent fire.  However, a few spots have been reserved at Town Marina.  Sailors can opt for a 1 or 2 night stay.  For reservations, please contact John Cabell no later than June 17th at, or by cell at …

Opportunity of the Year: Blue Water Sailing on OPB (other people's boats)

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FBYC has a cruise going to New England this summer and for any sailors interested in getting some passage making experience, this could be your ticket.

Weather permitting, we plan to sail to Cape Charles on 6/23, then start early the next morning for Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard. Many boats plan on returning to Deltaville from NYC in early August, or maybe end of July; depends on the weather. Berths may be available for one or both of the passages.

This is a great chance for you to experience the joy of being at sea for a few days, without having to own a sea worthy sailboat of your own or having more than a week to make …

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