New and returning participants, club members, non-club members, racers and beginners were on hand for this weekend’s Women’s Clinic. For some it was an introduction to sailing while others in the advanced course practiced starting line techniques. Saturday started with some classroom instruction and moved to the Flying Scots on the water to practice various sailing techniques.
On Sunday, Coaches Holly Sears and Charlie Arms kept the classes engaged with drills in the boat on land and various discussion topics when the weather kept the classes off the water.
Thanks to our coaches Holly, Charlie and the support team of Caroline Patrick, Ron Jenkins, Joe Roos, Tracy Schwarzschild, Jon Deutsch, Rick Peterson and (of course!) Brian Ankrom.
The third annual Jere Dennison Legacy Regatta held this past Saturday was a remarkable success! Twelve skippers/ boats, initially signed up to race. However, because of uncertain weather conditions and other factors, only four boats ventured out into the unknown. All skippers were 70 years or older, thus all competed for the coveted First Place Vintage Skipper Award in addition to sailing in the 60 years or older division.
Kudos go to Clark Dennison, Race Chair, and his outstanding Race Committee for running an excellent event in ‘trying weather conditions’. In addition to the committee onboard Mr. Roberts, there were two mark/ chase boats on the race course. Hunter Davidson and Elizabeth Staas (Vice Commodore) on Wild Cat and Scott …
For the 81st time, FBYC hosted its Annual One Design (AOD) Regatta and the Capital District Flying Scot Championship on August 8-9 with loads of races and great participation from numerous clubs. More than 50 volunteers pulled things together and pulled off an excellent event, always keeping sailor safety and the health of everyone safeguarded.
Congratulations to all the racers and especially to:
This Saturday's Legacy Regatta honors former Commodore Jere Dennison's immense contribution to FBYC and is the opportunity to demonstrate that experience and knowledge beats youth every time! This is a one-day event for Flying Scots, classic and one-design boats with skippers over 60 years of age.
Please sign up via the FBYC website if you are planning to attend this weekend’s event. The long term forecast looks like we will have great weather featuring a nice breeze and moderate temperatures.
While we would normally have an FBYC sponsored picnic following the event this year we are encouraging people to bring their own items if they wish to cookout. The grills will be available and there will be tables and chairs set up to facilitate social distancing. We want everyone to enjoy the club facilities but we also want all of our members to feel comfortable while on the campus.
You can virtually become a great racer. We are starting programs at Fishing Bay and Hampton Yacht Club has offered folks at Fishing Bay the opportunity to join their e-racing program that will run on Wednesday evenings in May. This past month they hosted the Corona Series and it was a great success with over 80 people participating. So if you want to start sailing on-line sign up.
We were honored to be invited and excited to send some sailors to the Annapolis Yacht Club's 3-2-1 Invitational last weekend. The 3-2-1 was a combination match/team race event where teams of six sailors raced J22's and J30's in a very competitive round robin format. Match or team racing events will soon become a reality at FBYC with our own fleet of Flying Scots...but we could use a few more. (So if you have a rarely-sailed FS you'd like to donate, please let us know.)
In the meantime, thanks to Austin Powers, Mike Toms, Ben Buhl, Parker Garrett, Blake Kimbrough et al for representing us up north.
The Jere Dennison Legacy Regatta on August 24 showcased the skills of our seasoned skippers over 60 years old and honored former commadore Jere Dennison. Congratulations to all who raced and kudos to the winners of the "Vintage Skippers Awards:" Phil Webb in Flying Scots; Chuck Carmichael in Typhoons and Wes Jones in Portsmouths.
We are proud to call you mentors, members and friends.
Strong August winds (that's right) shattered the belief that late summer sailing on the Chesapeake is boring. Not so! The Wee Dram racers sped to Cape Charles in near record time on Saturday to choose the winning bottle of Scotch Whiskey--no "e."
Back in Fishing Bay, the Jere Dennison Legacy Regatta proved that tiller prowess only improves with age. Taking line honors were Jon Wake, Phil Webb and Tracy Schwarzchild in Flying Scots; Mike Miller and Tom Roberts in the Typhoon fleet and Mike Chesser, Wes Jones and Jim Black sailing Portsmouth. Congratulations to them all.
Then on Sunday, our Laser II Summer Regatta showcased the skills of Jon Deutsch, Mike Toms and Joshua Almany who took the top …
This event honors Jere Dennison who served in FBYC leadership roles for over 40 years. While his achievements with the Club are too numerous to mention, he was the Club's youngest Commodore, created the Club's comprehensive Austin Memorial Library, and was Club Historian for over 15 years. Jere was an avid one-design sailor who completely understood that sailing is a lifelong adventure - an ancient legacy to be passed on from generation to generation!
This is a free event (no entry fee), key points:
1--Skipper must be 60 (crew can be any age--so grab a family member, junior recommended)
2--Vintage skipper division (70 +) (you could win two trophies)
3--Open to all One design and vintage boats of 25 ft length or …
FBYC's Annual One Design (AOD) Regatta attracted 45 boats, many from other clubs and organizations. Kudos to Becca Doncaster and all her volunteers for running (again!) such a great event and showcasing all that the club and our sailors have to offer. Check out these results:
Flying Scots: 17 Boats
1st--Rob Whittemore; 2nd John Wake
Lasers: 10 Boats
2nd--Jon Deutsch (leading FBYC capturing 4 in the top 5 slots!)
Hamptons: 5 Boats
1st--Latane Montague; 3rd Jackson Montague
Typhoons: 6 Boats
1st--Mike Miller; 3rd--Denton Roberts
Congratulations to all who sailed, keeping this long-standing tradition alive and well!
Nothing beats experience on the tiller! Our Legacy Regatta on SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 honors both FBYC sailor Jere Dennison....and any skipper over 60 years old. There's still time to sign-up online and show those juniors you've got what it takes to win.
This one-day event is for Flying Scots, Classic boats, and one-designs with three or more entries. You can have "youngsters" as crew but not on the helm. Don't have a boat? Enroll in the club-owned boat program and sail one of our three Scots. (But do it now before they are all checked out.)
In the meantime, enjoy this photo of Jere on a Jolly boat. FBYC sailors may go gray but never grow old!
It was a Caribbean-themed Summer Sea Breeze II Regatta with colorful shirts, a pink flamingo on the race course and 6 races in light air for six Flying Scots on Saturday. John & Sharon Wake won the day and the best dressed. Phil and Susan Webb provided the social and a great time was had on the course and off. RC was Jon Deutsch, Ruthana Jenkins and Britt Drake.
Let's remember and honor FBYC sailor, Jere Dennison, in this year's Legacy Regatta, August 24. Jere was a member for more than 40 years and served the club in many different capacities including Commadore.
This one-day event is for Flying Scots, classic boats, and one design classes having three or more boats with skippers 60 years or older. Additionally, skippers 70 years of age or older can compete for the Vintage Skipper Award. Share your wisdom and experience with younger crew members as you compete for bragging rights.