Celebrate your Independence - 4th of July Regatta and Social

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One Design Racing

Fun times to enjoy on July 4th.  Long Distance One Design Racing and Fantastic All American Social

Any sailboat 24’ length and under at the waterline  


Event registration, information and notices can be found at the event website on Regatta Network Click here to register to race - ALL competitors MUST register start of 1st Race 

In Regatta Network, click "REGISTER" to sign up for the race. Dinner Tickets - Use Storefront to sign up


  • 0930 - Welcome and Late Registration (via Regatta Network only)
  • 1000 - Skippers Meeting (charts of potential courses will be handed out!)
  • 1100 - Warning signal for all classes
  • 1700: "Clubhouse Bar & Grill" Opens  (Food will be served from 1730 - 1900)
  • 1700 On-shore Happy Hour and gathering
  • 1730-1900 …

2024 One Design Spring Series #2 and ILCA Spring Regatta

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One Design Racing

FBYC had a picture perfect day with plenty of wind for racing on Sunday. With winds in the 12-14 range out of the south 4 ILCA and 3 Melges 15 ventured out for 5 races over the course of the afternoon.




Thanks to David Clark for heading up the RC as well as all of the folks who helped.



One Design Spring Series Results

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One Design Racing


LAST SUNDAY the Melges 15 fleet and the Flying Scot fleet kicked off the One Design sailing season with Spring Series #1. 4 races were sailed in 4-8 knots from the west before the wind did an about face and we had a sea breeze in April.


In the 8-boat Flying Scot fleet it was Len and Barb Guenther who won 3 out of 4 races for the overall win. Hal Starke & Rick Peterson had mostly top 3 finishes to finish in 2nd by 1 point. 3rd was a tie between Rick & Sharon Bauer and Tracy Schwarzschild with the tiebreaker going to the Bauers. Phill Web won the 4th race and finished in 5th.



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FBYC offers Race Committee 101 Sessions---c'mon and join!

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One Design Racing

Race Committee 101 Workshop

Have you ever wanted to be part of the Race Committee but did not know how/where the on-ramp was to get involved?  As a racer, have you ever been puzzled by a Race Committee decision on the course and wondered why they did what they did?  Have you ever wondered how races were set up, executed, or what all those people on the Signal Boat and Mark boats were up to?

Now is your chance to find answers to these questions as the Race Management Team will offer a “Race Committee 101” Training workshop... twice!!... to maximize participation.

  • Monday, May 27, FBYC Clubhouse, 2nd Floor, 12-2 pm
  • Sunday, June 2, FBYC Clubhouse, 2nd Floor, 12-2 …

One Design Spring Series starts April 28

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One Design Racing

Make sure you register to RACE in the upcoming One Design Spring Series.  Spring Series 1 is April 28.


Register here:  https://www.regattanetwork.com/event/27825

One Design Winter Sailing Round Up

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One Design Racing

As we approach the start of our season in the spring - a number of FBYC One Design sailors have been traveling and keeping their skills sharp through the winter. Here are a few highlights:


Flying Scot: John Wake with Mike Chesser and Sharon Wake and Tracy Schwarzschild along with Katie Finn have participated in the Greater Richmond Sailing Association Frostbite. John finished atop of the standing in the 4 day series. [RESULTS]


Our Melges 15 sailors have been prowling the winter circuit in Florida:

  • Winter Series #1 - January 8th [RESULTS]: Mason Chapman Jr. & Walker Angus; Joe Roos & Conrad Roos
  • Winter Series #2 - Feb 24th [RESULTS]: Joe Roos & Conrad Roos
  • M15 Midwinters - March 23rd [RESULTS]: Madeleine Garrett & …

2023 One Design Season Wraps up with Frostbite Regatta

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One Design Racing

The One Design Division ended the season with the frostbite regatta that wasn’t much of a frostbite.  Sailors were treated to temps in the low 70s and winds that reached the double digits.


After waiting about an hour for the sea breeze – it came and gave the 10 ILCA, 3 Flying Scots and 2 Melges 15s 4 nice races.

The Flying Scot fleet saw each boat win a race with Ric and Sharon Bauer winning the tiebreaker race to the dock to win the day.


The ILCA Fleet saw Scott Adam, James Jacob, Mike Moore and Holly Sears mixing it up at the front of the fleet.  James Jacob would win the day, followed by Scott Adam, Peter Ill …

2023 One Design Spring Series Results

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One Design Racing

The High Point awards for the Spring Series have been compiled and congratulations to our winners - Len Guenther in the Flying Scot and Justinas Petkauskas in the Melges 15. Both fleets had 6 competitors each that sailed in at least 50% of the races over the 3 race series (a 4th day was canceled due to weather).

Flying Scot

  1. Len Guenther
  2. Phil Webb
  3. Joe Nelson
  4. Hal Starke & Rick Peterson
  5. Holly Sears
  6. Ron Jenkins

Melges 15

  1. Justinas Petkauskas & Madeleine Garrett
  2. John Hubbard/Mike Miller
  3. Caroline Garrett
  4. Parker Garrett
  5. Lud Kimbrough
  6. Paul Almany

Congrats to all who participated!

2023 FBYC Summer Sea Breeze #3 and ILCA Summer II Results

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What started light, turned into a nice day of racing for 6 ILCA and 5 Melges 15s. After a brief postponement on the water the wind started to fill and 4 races were sailed in a breeze that built to 10-12 out of the ESE. The wind shifted, the course moved and 1 more race was sailed from the SE.  Bob & Lisa Fleck, Glenn & Becca Doncaster and Ruthana Jenkins were the race committee.

In the Melges 15 class Rob Whittemore and JT Mason won 4 out of 5 races to take the day. They were followed by Mike Miller with John Hubbard and Justinias Petkauskas.


In the ILCA Fleet - it was Jon Deutsch winning 3 races with Alain …

Jere Dennison Legacy Regatta Results

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The 6th Annual Jere Dennison Legacy Regatta was a Grand Success!  It was a beautiful weather day with 8 to 10 knot winds for the 25 boats registered in four fleets: Flying Scot, Melges 15, Portsmouth, and Portsmouth Classic  Three Very Good races were conducted by a quite capable Race Committee chaired by Clark Dennison!

The after race Social/Party and Awards Ceremony was Outstanding! The Social Committee, chaired by Susan Webb, performed "Yeoman's Duty " in causing Jere's Regatta to culminate in a really fun and successful Event ! 

Phil Webb, Event Chair, is extremely appreciative of all the club volunteer support which caused the regatta and social event to be enjoyed by all who attended!!


Complete race results can …

84th Annual One Design Regatta Results

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One Design Racing

Scott Adam receiving the John R. Hawksworth Memorial Trophy

Sailors from all over – including Seattle, Tampa, and large contingents from North Carolina and Maryland – came to Fishing Bay Yacht Club’s 84th Annual One Design Regatta this past weekend. When all was said and done, 95 boats across nine fleets hit the waters of the Piankatank. The Championship course, with its seven fleets and six starts, set up in Hills Bay and each fleet completed four long races on Saturday. Fishing Bay YC welcomed two multi-hull fleets this year, six Isotope catamarans and nine Weta trimarans, marking respectively, the first ever trimaran fleet and the first catamaran fleet since the early 90’s at this event. Unfortunately, the wind did not hold into Sunday, and only the two Opti …

Annual One Design Regatta Participation History

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Thought it would be useful to share some perspectives on how participation for various fleets at the Annual One Design Regatta has ebbed and flowed over the last two decades. The most number of boats was 127 in 2011. 2023 was the first return to over 90 boats since 2016.

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The raw data behind this can be found here.


84th Annual Regatta This Weekend

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One Design Racing



They are coming from all over for the 84th Annual One Design Regatta at Fishing Bay Yacht Club this coming weekend. We’ve got 95 boats in 9 classes on 3 courses ready for a great weekend of sailing.  This year will feature not one, but two fleets of multi-hulls with the FBYC debut of fleet racing in the Isotope and Weta classes. Other highlights include 16 boats in the Melges 15 class.  11 Hampton One Designs and a 9-boat Portsmouth fleet.

There is still time to join the fun by either registering a boat or volunteering to help out. We have a number of spots throughout the day we could still use a few extra hands.

If you …

Summer Sea Breeze II and ILCA Summer Regatta Results

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One Design Racing


Summer Sea Breeze got off to a great start on Saturday with 22 boats in 3 classes racing in 6-16 knots out on the Piankatank. The storms rolled right around us and never really approached. Tom Roberts and his Race Committee team got 4 races in during the afternoon.

In the 10-boat ILCA class Jon Deutsch and Scott Adam were neck and neck trading places to tie points for first. The tie breaker would tip to Jon on account of his finish in the last race. Mike Moore came in 3rd and William Sutten was 4th overall and the top boat in an ILCA 6.

Not to be outdone – the 7-boat Melges 15 fleet was also settled on …

84th Annual One Design Keepsakes

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The 84th Annual One Design Regatta is coming up in just over a week and we've got some great regatta souvenirs.  First up is the regatta t-shirt - supplies are limited so be sure to get your size by registering ASAP.



The other keepsake is a little harder to come by - you'll have to finish atop of your class for one of these!!!!


The EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT runs out after Monday, July 17th so don't delay!


July One Design Sailing at FBYC

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One Design Racing

If you are into one design sailing - then now's your time to shine with a full slate of One Design Events planned in the next month for Flying Scot, ILCA, Melges 15 and any other fleets wishing to come join us.

It all kicks off on Sunday, July 2 with the One Design Long Distance Race - don't be fooled by the moniker - this is open to ANY small boat under 24' at the waterline and is sailed around government marks using the Portsmouth Handicap System for scoring.  Do you have a Laser II, Mobjack or Front Runner?  Then this is the event for you!  REGISTER HERE


The Second weekend in July features the Summer Sea Breeze I regatta for double …

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