FBYC has made two changes for this season to our Portsmouth Handicap racing for small boats to improve the racing and make it easier to register for and (score these) events.
First, FBYC is adopting the DPN-2 handicap numbers for Portsmouth racing this season in place of the base DPN numbers we’ve traditionally used. The reason for this is that the base number is calculated for a very low wind range, and it’s very rare that we see that wind for the whole of our race days. Some of our participating boats have very different (higher) performance characteristics in more wind and the base rating wasn’t as fair to the other boats. Using DPN-2 – which is a …
Thanks to Rick Klein's amazing RC team (and his apparent ability to control the weather) and Rick Peterson's culinary expertise, OD Spring 3 was a fantastic day of fun on and off the water - with 6 Flying Scots, 7 M15s, and a San Juan 21 "showing and going" under ideal temps and winds. Thanks to ALL who volunteered and participated!
If you are not smiling in the picture below - you should be. OD - Spring 4 is 6/11 so register early and often!
After a rained out attempt at Spring Series 1 last weekend, the One Design season officially got underway with Spring Series #2 and 20 boats in 3 fleets enjoying 5-10 knots of breeze out of the south and mostly cloudy skies. PRO David Clark and his team got in 4 races for the fleets.
The 5-boat Flying Scot fleet was led by Len & Barb Guenther who took home bullets in 3 of the races. Hal Stark/Rick Peters and Phil Webb tied for 2nd with the tiebreaker going to Hal/Rick on account of their win in the final race.
The Melges 15 Fleet had some close racing with the Garrett/Patrick clan aboard 3 of the boats …
After a rainy attempt at starting the one design season at Fishing Bay last weekend - we’ll give it another go this Sunday, May 7 with Spring Series #2 (Flying Scot/Melges 15). The ILCA Fleet will also be along for their Spring Regatta.
A couple notes about this weekend:
Please do register before you arrive at the club. If you need to correct any registration info, you can do that online or come to the main clubhouse porch shortly before the skippers meeting so that we can properly account for who is on the water and score everyone correctly.
The NOR and Sailing Instructions (and amendment) are posted on Regatta Network.
FBYC celebrated Independence Day with an exciting One Design Long Distance race in building conditions!
Congratulations go to Walker Angus for winning the day and the Hicks Trophy, which is FBYC's perpetual trophy for this unique event. Walker skippered one of the club's new Melges 15's as well - great to see this new class taking off at the club (in more ways than one!).
This coming Saturday is our annual Family Regatta - always a crowd pleasing one design event marked by tremendously casual yet competitive fun. Don’t forget to get your team registered and bring the whole family out for a great time on the water: https://www.regattanetwork.com/event/24653
We’d love to see an abundance of Melges 15s, Flying Scots, and perhaps other fleets out on the line. Skippers meeting is 10:30am followed by first gun at Noon. Typical format is several short races to allow for plenty starts and lots of mixing it up in close action. Creative team uniforms and goofing off are highly encouraged.
Saturday the 30th of April was almost a picture-perfect day for the start of the One Design Spring Series. Goldilocks temperatures, forecasted for 7-10 kts of breeze, partly cloudy, in short, a beautiful day on the water.
Even better, we had 18 boats registered, 16 sailed in three (3) one design fleets with one (1) Portsmouth boat. The Flying Scots, with A and a B fleets (ability grouped), ICLA Dinghy’s (Lasers) and the new Melges fleet were all well represented.
We managed to get in three races, in increasingly shift wind conditions. Trying to fetch the windward mark was mystery game of guessing which way the shift would go. Keeping …
This One Design Spring Race Day event is open to FBYC club members and all sailors interested in racing, developing their sailing skills and being part of a great sailing tradition on the Chesapeake Bay. It's also a great opportunity to reserve one of the club's Flying Scots and join the new Melges 15 fleet and Lasers (ILCA) on a day that promises fun and looks like favorable weather.
Ladies, the 2-day women's sailing clinic is returning again! As always, there will be a beginning sailing class and a racing fundamentals class. Please save the date for the last weekend in July for this great event, filled with camaraderie, sailing, and of course the apres-sailing socials. To learn more, go to the event webpage. Registration up soon! Contact Caroline Patrick if you have questions. See you there!
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.