Wednesday July 8, 2015 12:59AMon
With the weather near perfect, 231 members and guests attended the FBYC July 4th event this year with 28 boats racing. In the race's debut of J/70's they were no match Mark/Melissa Stevens in the incumbent Front Runners fending off the newcomers and taking the Hick's Trophy. Matt/A.L. Braun took 2nd and Len Guenther was 3rd.
The racing started in the Piankatank off Stove Point and followed a course out the Piankatank near the entrance of Jackson creek and then back up the Piankatank finishing just in front of the club house. It featured, upwind, downwind and everything in between testing the various makes of boat all under 24' waterline and scored on the Portsmouth Handicap system.
Jim Raper and his crew of Catherine Clark, David Clark, Joanna Nyad, Lesley Rowland, Ruthana Jenkins, Mike Dale, Matson Roberts, Sue O'Connell and Dineen Perez did a marvelous job running the race and getting all of those boats started and finished on one line.
The cookout Featured hamburgers/cheeseburgers/
A volunteer event of this size requires planning, purchasing, and, more importantly, a ready and willing volunteer staff to make this happen. Dianne & Ed O'Connor with help from Julie Anne Wash, Charlie & Stella Jones, Ted & Myra Bennet, Becky Dale, George & Lyons Burke, Willard & Betsy Strikland, Maurice & Rhee Lyerly and Scott & Louisa Sirles prepared a mid-afternoon cookout for 200 people with all of the fixings and a macaroni and cheese side not to be missed.
Photos courtesy of Julie Anne Wash, Craig Wright, Lesley Rowland, Diane O'Conner & Jon Deutsch