THE CORRECT DATES FOR 2020 Junior Programs are:
Opti-Kids: Saturdays & Sundays; June 13-14 and June 20-21
Junior Week: Monday, June 22-Friday, June 26.
Wind, fog and dead calm infused with heat indexes over 100 degrees did not stop our FBYC Junior Laser sailors from racing fast in the Laser North American Championships in Brant Beach, NJ July 18-21. With more than 120 contenders, including adults, this was the largest regatta for many of our Juniors. Our eight racers, along with their coach, braved the conditions and represented FBYC well. Pictured are Logan Hayes, Guthrie Braun, Joshua Almany, Morey Levy, Jack Cabell, Luke Hayes (CNU), Finn Ciszewski, Coach Alex Zimmermann, Jordan Bendura, Joshua Bendura. Special shout-outs to Guthrie Braun who placed 6th in Laser Radials and Jordan Bendura who placed 18th.
We are proud of you all!
Last week was a wonderful time of learning to sail and making new friends in our Junior Week program! Many thanks go to countless volunteers to make it happen.
Junior Sailors can continue to build upon the sailing skills they learned during Opti Kids and Junior Week. There are more great opportunities at FBYC:
Summer Sailing School: We have small group classes during the summer for juniors and adults. To see the entire schedule and register, go to:
Classes are subject to change. Keep checking for updates or request a class for your group! Here are the first few offerings:
Mon-Wed 7/1-3: Intro to 420 Sailing: 2 sailors per boat, 12-18 yo
We are offering 2 warm-up opportunities prior to Junior Week. These weekend afternoons will provide a time for junior sailors, who are already registered for Junior Week, to get acquainted (or reacquainted) with an Opti or 420. Rig a boat and take it out for a spin with our instructors to get ready for a week of fun at Junior Week.
Sign up for one or both afternoons! Click on the date below to register:
To supply instructors for this opportunity, warm-ups require a fee. $35 per member or $45 per non-member
Housing needed: FBYC to host the VA Commonwealth Championships at our annual jr regatta. June 21-23. Clubs from ga, sc, va, md, and de are planning on attending. Please email Kathryn Angus at firstname.lastname@example.org if your home or spare bedroom is available for sailors or coaches. Or know of someone who is willing to rent or host a family!
Housing needed: FBYC to host the VA Commonwealth Championships at our annual jr regatta. June 21-23. Clubs from ga, sc, va, md, and de are planning on attending. Please email Kathryn Angus at email@example.com if your home or spare bedroom is available for sailors or coaches.
Get ready for another awesome summer of sailing - FBYC's Junior Programs, including Opti-Kids, Junior Week, Development Team and Race Teams are now open for registration!
Remember that FBYC club member preference ends on March 1st - classes are filling up, so please register soon.
The Club will be disposing of the abandoned small racing dinghies currently in the "toaster" racks. These racks are located in the Juniors' Yard along the fence.
If you own one of these boats, please remove it before August 1st.
Contact Brian Ankrom if you have any questions or need help.
Pictures of the YMCA camp from last week are at https://www.flickr.com/photos/fbyc/albums/72157692751422970 Thanks for a great job, Lud Kimbrough, Event Chair.
Pictures of both days of 2018 Junior Regatta plus trophy winners posted at https://www.flickr.com/photos/fbyc/sets/72157695136429792
Year after year, a common bit of feedback from parents are "it is so amazing how many people volunteer for the week", "We love coming here because it is not paid, bored staff running the camp, but volunteers passionate about what they do", and similar themed gushing about our volunteers.
Without you, the FBYC Junior Week would not be the powerful experience it is. Countless volunteers man safety boats, coordinate the Junior Shed supplies, manage the safe entry of boats in and out of the water on the ramps, give out bandaids and scoop ice cream! We encourage you to look at the signup genius and see if there are a few hours where you can give your time, whether …
We have had a great start to the sailing season for our junior race team sailors. Under wonderful coaching from our three returning coaches from Argentina: Tommy Dietrich, Tom Peligero and Francisco Renna our Race teams have grown once again to include for the first time a 420 Race team.
The season started with junior week which was a great success followed by our Annual Junior Regatta. The team’s right out of the gate did a fabulous job with Boyd Bragg taking first in 420’s, Madeline Amthor first overall in Opti is with Josh Bendura a close second. We had five of the top 10 spots for Opti is overall including John Vail, Reed McAllister and …
Take a look at the 2017 Optimist North American opening ceremonies at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, featuring 2 FBYC Race team sailors representing the USA - Guthrie Braun and Tommy Sitzmann!
This year’s Junior Regatta will consist of two days of racing with approximately three to five races per day. There will be three separate courses:
1) Laser Radials; Laser 4.7’s; 420’s
2) Optimist Red/Blue/White (as defined by USODA)
3) Optimist Green (as defined by USODA)
In addition to the separate course, the Opti Green fleet will also receive coaching and an instructional clinic. One dinner and a free tee shirt are provided to each participant if they preregister prior to June 19. Online registration is available by clicking here.
We are less than a month away from the start of the 2017 summer Junior programs and we need your help! We have a score of campers who need Optis for the Opti Kids weekends and Junior Week.
Please contact A.L. Braun (AnnLisa.Braun@bdnreit.com) if you have an Opti to spare and would like to help one of our campers.
The Junior Program volunteers and participants would greatly appreciate any gear donation you could make – we especially need sails.
Thank you for your support!
Junior Program Schedule of Events 2017
Jun 10-Jun 11 Opti Kids (1st weekend)
Jun 17-Jun 18 Opti Kids (2nd weekend)
Jun 19-Jun 23 Junior Week
Jun 24-Jun 25 Junior Regatta …
Austin sailing for Christopher Newport University
This week our own Austin Powers was named the 2017 Robert Purrington Award recipient for the Mid-Atlantic Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association. Austin is a senior at Christopher Newport University, and sailed all four of his years at the school on the varsity sailing team. He served as co-captain for three of those years. The award is given to “recognize a graduating senior from the conference who has made outstanding contributions to college sailing”. Here is the link to the full press release: http://cnusports.com/news/2017/5/1/sailing-cnu-senior-austin-powers-captures-robert-purrington-award-from-maisa-conference.aspx
For those who do not know Austin, he literally grew up at FBYC, crewing on his parents’ boats on club cruises and races from …
The 420 Class for Junior Week is CLOSED - All other classes and race teams remain open, but spots are filling fast!
We are excited about the 2017 Junior sailing season at Fishing Bay Yacht Club, and look forward to another great year of FUN! No matter your sailor's age, experience, or sailing goals, we have an event to excite them and get them out on the water with their friends. Our philosophy is that if kids have fun sailing with their friends, they will come back for more.
New for 2017 is FBYC’s first 420 Race Team! We are partnering with Christchurch School this summer to create a 420 Race Team that will run parallel with our Opti and …
FBYC Laser Race Team at the 2013 North Americans, Kingston, Ontario.
The summer issue of Virginia Sportsman Magazine, published today, has a full length article about the FBYC junior race teams. Included with the article are many photos of our kids. The article is a follow-up to last year’s article about our junior sailing camps, and covers the successes and adventures of our teams. You can pick up the edition at any magazine retailer, or purchase and view it online at https://www.thevirginiasportsman.com. Are you junior moms and dads ready for the summer?!
Oh no! We had a glitch! Registration for OptiKids, Junior Week, Race teams and August OptiWeek will be available again February 2. If you already registered, we have your registration!