What an Honor

Karen Soule on

Offshore Racing

2019 Keelboat Championship Crew

We are club-wide proud of Glenn Doncaster and his Nanuq crew for representing FBYC at the 2019 US Offshore Keelboat Championship in Annapolis this past weekend. Glenn and his crew,--Matt Newborn, Alex Seamus O'Toole, Sloan Burns, Jim Cobb, Commodore Paul Wash, Jerry Latell and their midshipman, Grace, took third place.

The 3-days of fleet racing, consisting of long-distance and buoy races in Navy 44's, attracted stellar competitors from throughout the nation.  Each of the 11 US Sailing districts sent a crew with our guys besting some prestigious organizations like Chicago's Corinthian YC and California's St. Francis YC. The Naval Academy also campaigned a boat (they won) and provided a cadet to serve as crew on the other contenders. 


Congratulations …

25th Stingray Point Regatta Soars

Karen Soule on

Offshore Racing


It's rewarding to have so many FBYC boats and crews along with boats from around the Bay proving their prowess during this past weekend's Stingray Point Regatta.  The camp ground was full of visiting crews, the food was delicious, the music was rocking and the sailing was challenging--as light air always brings out the best sailing skills.

Thanks to Becca Doncaster and her volunteers for arranging a great event; to Mike Karn and race committee for getting off four races flawlessly; and Massey Whorley for a wonderful party.  Full results are available on the FBYC.net website

Start making plans now for the 26th!



Southern Bay Race Week 2019

Paul Wash on

Offshore Racing

Opening Night – Thursday, May 30

Racing, Parties, Awards – Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2

(The weekend AFTER Memorial Day)

Hey Skippers,

Here is a gentle reminder that the deadline for Early Bird Entries for SBRW 2019 is rapidly approaching.  On Tuesday, April 30th the Early Bird discount flies away!

So, if you enter by April 30th, you will received the Early Bird discount ($15 off and 10 complimentary regatta drink tickets).   AND, if you are a skipper returning from SBRW 2018, you may also deduct the $25 SBRW Loyalty Discount from your entry fee – a total of $40 off. 

To enter ON LINE, just click  on  https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=6123  and follow the prompts.  If …

Trim to Win - With Ullman Sails

Bob Fleck on

Offshore Racing

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Trim to Win

Designed for Skippers and crew Serious cruisers, club racers, and advanced racers looking for a refresher

Join us Sunday April 14 for an outstanding sail trim seminar with our own Jerry Latell, owner and chief sailtrimologist of Ullman Sails Virginia. Find out how to get more speed, balance and efficiency from your sails as you prepare for the upcoming season. Get answers to all your trimming questions from the opening day race. Learn the tips and techniques that will move you boat to the front of the fleet.

We'll have the Coffee brewing, other beverages, and assorted munchies to assist in your 'morning after' the opening day festivities.


Meet at the Main Clubhouse at 0845

The …

Crew Training Seminar: Still Time to Register

Karen Soule on

Offshore Racing

Why sign up for FBYC's Crew Training Seminar?

  • Learn from the experts
  • Recruit new crew
  • Step up your game

These sessions are a great way to introduce new and prospective members to racing at FBYC.  The first class starts Tuesday, March 2 so get on board today at:  https://www.fbyc.net/sailing/crew-training

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Crew Training Seminar Open for Everyone

Lauren DeSimone on

Offshore Racing

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Share the news!  Invite your friends to attend!  There's loads to learn and new sailors to meet at FBYC's crew training seminar this year.  Classes are Tuesdays, April 2, 9 and 16 and will be held in Richmond.  The on-water sessions will be April 28 and May 5.  Learn all the details and enroll at the FBYC.net Event page.  


Have more questions?  For the answers, email Lauren DeSimone at laurenbdesimone@gmail.com

2019 Crew Training Course Open for Registration

Lauren DeSimone on

Offshore Racing

FBYC Fall Race-crew training


Spring is just around the corner and that means it’s time to dust off your sails and find your foul-weather gear… because another sailing season is blowin’ in! What better way to celebrate the new season than inviting some new faces to the party.


The 2019 Crew Training course is open and ready to have some fun. Holly Fuller and Lauren DeSimone are the co-facilitators, along with a host of skippers and crew who are so graciously willing to share their wisdom and time helping new crew learn the ropes.

If you know anyone who is interested, please send them to the Crew Training webpage.

Help us promote the course by sharing a post from FBYC on Facebook.


Training …

Fall Series #1 Wrap up

Tom Roberts on

Offshore Racing

Fall Series started on the second day of Fall with light wind from the North West which built comfortably and shifted to the N NE during the three races (as SailFlow predicted (see previous post)).   There were 17 boats competing and all started together on each race adding some interesting large fleet racing aspects.   There were five classes; PHRF A, B, C, Non Spinnaker and J-70..  J-70s were racing tightly and the boats finished with 6,7,8 and 9 points.   The non spinnaker fleet was included in the first start and first leg to windward then did a medium length course up the Piankatank to Marker 12 then a slalom course back to 8 and then back to the …

Fall Series #1 Offshore

Tom Roberts on

Offshore Racing

SailFlow weather forcast for Saturday














Fall is here!   This is the forecast for Saturday.  Moderate wind that shifts some and gets better.  RC will be ready to adjust marks to suit. Comfortable temperatures.   You could be sailing in this!







Nanuq first in class in 2018 Newport Bermuda

Strother Scott on

Offshore Racing

Nanuq owned by Glenn Doncaster, and representing FBYC, won Class 6 in the St. David’s Lighthouse Division in the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race   Besides Glenn, other FBYC members on board were Alex O’Toole, Austin Power, Bob Fleck, and Jerry Latell.   Word was they made huge gains in their fleet the last day and a half of the race.  Congratulations to Glenn and Nanuq on an outstanding performance.  NanuqTrophy

Congratulations also go Gannon Troutman who was mid bow on Dreamcatcher, who won Class 5.  Dreamcatcher, a Swan 48, was entered by the MudRatz Offshore Team, a 501(c)3 organization founded to complement youth sailing programs.  At age 15, Gannon was the youngest sailor on Dreamcatcher.  For more about Mudratz …

Stingray Point Volunteers Needed

Becca Doncaster on

Offshore Racing

Have you filled your volunteer requirement for 2018 yet?  If not, we need you!

The Regatta Committee is in need of volunteers to help with Race Committee for Stingray Point Regatta.  The regatta is a three day commitment and will be held on 8/31, 9/1 and 9/2 this year.  Positions available are a driver for Mr. Roberts and a skipper/helper for the gate boat.

Please contact Becca Doncaster ASAP if you can assist with race committee.

Stingray Point 2018 Registration is OPEN!

Becca Doncaster on

Offshore Racing

Registration is now open for the 2018 Stingray Point Regatta in beautiful Deltaville, Virginia. It all kicks off Friday, August 31 with a medium distance race (scored separately from the regatta) and continues through the weekend with two days of buoy racing. -          On Friday night, join us for dinner hosted by the crew of Nanuq Sailing and relax to the tunes of the musical trio, Two Timin’ Susan. -          Saturday after racing, there will be a catered dinner and then you can dance away the evening with a rockin’ band, The Radio Narks!    You won’t want to miss the racing and fun!

Register for the 2018 Stingray Point Regatta by clicking here!

Questions?  Contact Becca Doncaster.  Special thanks to our …

Lloyd Phoenix History Article

Strother Scott on

Offshore Racing

I have now migrated almost all our history content to the new website - I ran across one of Jere's history articles describing FBYC's participation in the 1974 Lloyd Phoenix Regatta.  Due to fortuitous circumstances, Fishing Bay Yacht Club came back to win the Championship on the last day.  There may be some timely advice for our team at the US SAILING’s National Offshore Championship in Annapolis this weekend. 

Excerpting from the article...

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According to Johnny, he and his crew adopted an ultimately winning strategy for the Luders 44 in these difficult circumstances: "So our game plan turned out to be to get a clean start where the small crew could concentrate on sail trim and get this …

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