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.
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.
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