Come one, come all...This Wednesday at 6-7pm the YAMs are hosting our first ever virtual club happy hour! Our theme will be a blend of nautical trivia and some other funny twists to engage everyone along the way.
All you need to participate are the following:
1) Be sure to have your computer camera ready (we want to see each other!)
2) Sport your favorite and/or funniest sailing gear...think offshore sailing jacket, sunglasses, zinc on the nose, whatever you find fun to get into the sailing spirit
3) Beverage of your choice...ideally your favorite go-to post-racing/cruising drink
Special prizes and/or recognition to be awarded to the smartest teams and best dressed based on creativity …
Final sign-up deadline for this year's Bermuda Hi party is Thursday, March 12!
Come welcome spring--but save your socks to burn for later. We're gathering for drinks, food and music by Mike Dale at a great downtown Richmond location. (Click on the link to see where.) It's been a mild winter, but let's still embrace spring together.
Cost is only $10 per member. And if you'd like to bring a potential new member with you, just email Jerry Latell at email@example.com with your guest's name and email. (Guests are free!)
Saturday's forecast for sunny skies is PERFECT for our Winter Program with legendary sailor Jim Brown.
Come down to the clubhouse at 2 P.M. to hear Jim regale us with his decades' worth of of sailing stories aboard multihulls. Stay for the reception following and check out our new ramp--a wonderful improvement for all our junior and one design sailors. This is a free program for members and the public so bring a friend and introduce them to the club. And by making a suggested $10 donation you'll be supporting our local Mathews High School Sailing Team.
It's also your chance to buy some FBYC "swag" from the store. Bring some cash or a check to purchase a new …
Does your trip to our annual Bermuda Hi Party have you slogging upwind on Interstate 95? Or maybe its a nice broad reach down US 64? Whatever your starting point, all courses to this year's Bermuda Hi Party lead to the finish line at our new venue:
23 West Broad Street
We've got a great venue in Richmond's Art District that's convenient for as many members as possible. Expect to see loads of artwork in the entryway gallery as you make your way back to our party space. There will be plenty of heavy hors d'oeurves and, of course, Dark 'n Stormies.
We'll also have our own Mike Dale providing music to liven-up …
Hold the date, March 21 beginning at 9 A.M. for the annual FBYC Grounds Clean Up. All members are encouraged to pitch in and prepare our lovely grounds for the new season. Lunch will be provided after we are done...so please sign-up online so we know how many of you are coming. (Just check out the upcoming events listing at FBYC.net.)
Jim Brown, a local Tidewater, VA resident, has been on the cutting edge of multi-hull design for more than six decades. He's tested his designs in many oceans, cruising with his family to multiple continents. An accomplished teacher and author, Jim is also a member of the Cruising World Hall of Fame and a prolific podcaster.
This is a FREE program offered to FBYC members and their guests--a great way to introduce potential members to the club. There is a suggested $10 donation at the door to support …
We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate Leap Day than holding this year's Winter Program in Deltaville on Saturday, February 29 from 2-4 pm at the FBYC Clubhouse. And there's no better person to start us off than the legendary boat builder Jim Brown of Tidewater, VA. Jim has been one of the world's leading multi-hull designers for over six decades. He's an accomplished teacher and author and member of the Cruising World's Hall of Fame. Along with his wife and children, Jim has traveled to numerous continents aboard his own designs, creating--and telling--a multitude of seafaring stories.
There will be a reception following Jim's presentation and we're suggesting a $10 donation at the door to support the …
FBYC has loads of events in the works--numerous opportunities to increase your skills and start thinking about our upcoming sailing season. So mark your calendar for these programs and look for more details on how to sign-up:
Saturday, February 1, 2020: Junior Program Registration Begins
Thursday, February 20, 2020: First session in our new seminar, "Learn to Cruise the Chesapeake Bay."
Saturday, February 29, 2020 (Leap Day!) : Winter Program with legendary sailor Jim Brown.
Can we burn a few socks and drink some Dark 'n Stormies at your home?
Our Annual Bermuda High Party is the perfect way to cast off winter and plan for the 2020 sailing season. It is traditionally held in the Richmond area where we rekindle friendships and introduce potential new members to FBYC.
We've got the date--Saturday, March 14 2020--but need a "host home." All you need to do is open your door to some happy sailors and we'll do all the rest: Set-up, Food and Drinks, Music and Clean-up.
Can you either offer your home as a location or help with the party details?
Please drop Jerry Latell, our Winter Program Chair, an email at …
Happy New Year to all our members, Deltaville friends and Chesapeake sailors everywhere. While we all take stock of 2019 and plan ahead for this new year, we remain grateful for our relationships forged under sail and for the exquisite bit of beauty we call Fishing Bay Yacht Club.
Looking ahead we can look forward to some new initiatives designed to develop our sailing skills and attract new members:
A new "Learn to Cruise" seminar to better equip those who want to explore both near and far
A "Safety at Sea Day" where we can practice lighting old flares (and get rid of expired ones)
But keep a sharp lookout for our established and successful programs:
For the past nine years, many FBYC members have relied on the folks at Cafe By The Bay for breakfasts, lunches and welcoming smiles. When we learned owners Debbie Wilhelm and Susan Smith were selling their business, many sailors were wondering where we would grab a great sandwich. 7 Eleven perhaps? Well, perhaps no.
But the good news is that new owners will reopen after the first of the year. And the goodwill that Debbie and Susan created all this time will continue. The ladies say thank you to everyone at Fishing Bay, who were first customers and then friends, for supporting their business. Their last day open will be Dec. 20 so if you are in town, be sure …
We are grateful for all our members at Fishing Bay Yacht Club and wish you, your families, friends and neighbors, both in Deltaville and around the world, a peaceful and joyous Thanksgiving. We leave you to enjoy a wonderful holiday with this serene photo of a most favored place for many, taken by our own Nica Waters.
More than 185 members and guests celebrated all that FBYC is at our season's-end Commadore's Ball last Saturday night. Our annual meeting highlighted the strong financial position we've maintained and welcomed our new Flag. The awards presentations showcased the accomplishments of our juniors and "older" racers and cruisers. And everyone enjoyed an awesome night of great food, fantastic live music and the shared love of sailing with dear friends. Our new venue, Richmond's Hippodrome Theater, was superb and many stayed 'til closing time dancing to the Jangling Reinhardts.
A special thank you to Mike and MJ Toms and Brynn Moody for helping at registration and David Hinkle for producing our front entrance poster. And a huge shout-out to Social …
We're looking forward to seeing many of our FBYC family at this year's Annual Meeting and Commadore's Ball this weekend. For those of you partaking in the merriment, we're teasing you with an advance "taste" of one of the many desserts from Pearl's Bakery. You'll have your pick between gingerbread, beignet, Candy Cane or Grandma's Garden flavors, not to mention all the other fantastic food you'll be enjoying.
This is your chance to dress up, get down and dance...and be ready to celebrate all that we are as Fishing Bay Yacht Club. (Parking is a bit limited so be sure to arrive in time for the Annual Meeting!)
Our Annual Oyster Roast is only four days away, this Saturday. Please bring a side dish to share as we celebrate the end of 2019's sailing season and make plans for 2020. There's no cost to members but we encourage you to sign-up online so we don't run out of oysters...and bring a side dish to share.
As if the oysters weren't enough: We'll have a bourbon tasting event for those who imbibe; bring your own reusable glass to cut down on waste. AND the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will also be on site to showcase some of their efforts to protect and improve our cruising and racing home.
Our two big season-capping events are just around the corner.
Next Saturday, November 2 is the annual Closing Day Regatta and Oyster Roast. This is a fun, exciting race followed by feasting on the Chesapeake's bounty--Rappahannocks, Old Salts or more. THE OYSTERS ARE ON US! (But please bring a side dish to share.)
Sign-up now so we don't run out of oysters at: https://www.fbyc.net/events/2019/191102-offshore-closing-day-regatta-and-oyster-roast-winter-series-1/
Close on the oysters' heels is our annual Commadore's Ball on November 16. We've dramatically lowered the cost and increased the fun-factor at Richmond's historic Hippodrome Theater. We need a firm commitment for numbers so check out all we've got planned and sign-up now at: https://www.fbyc.net/events …
"O Oysters," said the Carpenter, "You've had a pleasant run! Shall we be trotting home again?' But answer came there none-- And this was scarcely odd, because They'd eaten every one.
The oysters are on us this November 2 at FBYC's yearly Oyster Roast and closing day regatta. Sign-up at: https://www.fbyc.net/events/2019/191102-offshore-closing-day-regatta-and-oyster-roast-winter-series. The food is free but we are accepting donations and ask everyone to bring a side dish or dessert. First-come, first-served until the oysters are history!
THEN........LET'S DINE AND DANCE AT THE COMMODORE'S BALL--NOVEMBER 16
There's a new venue this year--Richmond's historic Hippodrome Theater. We've also slashed the cost and doubled the excitement. From scrumptious Bang Bang Shrimp appetizers to …
Fishing Bay Yacht Club requests the honor of your presence
at the 2019 Annual Meeting and Commodore’s Ball
Saturday, November 16, 2019
This is your "formal" invitation to FBYC's exciting, hip, and way-cool social event of the year. We've got a new venue--The Hippodrome in Richmond’s historic Jackson Ward. (Check it out here: https://hippodromerichmond.com). And we've slashed the price from previous years to encourage as many as possible to attend. The full evening features:
Annual Meeting in upstairs Screening Room 5:30-6:00 PM
Cocktail Hour cash bar and passed hors d'oeuvres 6:00-7:00 PM
Sign-up now for our annual Oyster Roast and End-of-Season Pursuit Race on November 2. We're "tilting the icebox and emptying the bar." That means we're using any leftover barbecue, other foods and drinks to finish up this part of the season. We're adding raw or roasted oysters to the mix and asking only for contributions to the donation jar.
Please bring a salad or dessert to share with your fellow sailors and invite anyone who might be interested in joining FBYC. This is always one of our most popular events so bring your friends, crew, reusable glasses and oysters knives.