July 4th Weekend at FBYC - Training, Racing, Raft up and Food

Joe Roos on Wednesday June 30, 2021 07:23AM


Come join the celebration this weekend at FBYC with some great activities both on and off the water.

Adult Sail Training -July 3rd : Learn whatever you'd like to know about making our club boats go

Long distance race- July 4th : Portsmouth race open to boats 24’ or less at the waterline

Sunflower raft up- July 4th: Enjoy the water, visit friends, meet new people – shuttle will be running from FBYC dock

Cook out and music July 4th : A relaxed family cookout with food, drinks, music and yard games

Come celebrate the 4th of July at FBYC with a sunflower raft up in Fishing Bay. See details below.  Other weekend activities include Saturday's family friendly Flying Scot training day, and on Sunday, the long distance race and the cookout with music and yard games at the Club. See the event notices for more details and registrations

The sunflower raft up is fun and a great way to enjoy the water, visit friends, meet new people and view the racers as they finish and return to FBYC.  The raft up will start at 1400 with break up at 1600.  Individual boats who want to continue rafted up together may stay longer as long as they have an anchor.  All boats – Offshore, Cruisers. and the racers are invited to join.  A shuttle will be operating between the FBYC dock and the raft up.

Parker Garrett  lpgarrett@gmail.com is our “Raft up Marshal”  so please drop him an email if you are interested in rafting or have any questions. Of course, “sail-ups” are absolutely welcome to join the raft up.  Here are some of Parker’s raft up details and tips

  • Running Tide will be one of the two main anchor boats. 
  • Once we get two anchors down, that will be enough anchors.  Too many anchors can become a problem if the wind shifts.
  • Here are some good images of the sunflowers of past
  • VHF 71 for all communication for the raft up
  • a few tips for other boats:
    • hail on VHF 71 for you to be asked to come tie up; the size of boats and where they are located is important so wait to be called in 
    • in general, only one boat tying up at a time
    • the arriving boat comes with the lines ready to pass to the boat they are tying to
    • come in slow and allow the final 5 feet of distance to be closed through pulling in lines, not big engine power or thrusters
    • have 4 dock lines ready (bow, stern, fwd & aft springs) and fenders out before coming in (the fenders can be tweaked after)
    • throw the bow and stern lines first
    • leave your bow line way looser than your stern line
    • once tied up, kill your engine
    • walk forward of the mast when crossing vessels
  • we will be close in to the FBYC docks on Fishing Bay and plan a shuttle from the docks to the raft.

As the sailing activities wrap-up, join your fellow FBYC members and guests for a relaxed family cookout with hamburgers, hot dogs, and bratwurst, along with some delicious sides and desserts, music, and yard games.   Note: On line registration and payment for the Cookout is mandatory so we are sure we plan for enough food for all


FBYC Schedule of Events

 July 3rd

1300 Club Boat Family Sail Training

 July 4th

1300 start of Long distance Race for all classes

1400 Raft up begins

1600 Raft break-up  (individual boats who want to continue rafted up together may stay longer as long as they have an anchor)

1700 On-shore Happy Hour and gathering
1730-1900 Dinner served

1700-2000 Music and yard games

Fishing Bay Yacht Club
Office Mail: Fishing Bay Yacht Club, 2711 Buford Road #309, Bon Air, 23235,
Clubhouse Address: 1525 Fishing Bay Road, Deltaville, VA 23043 (no mail delivery)

Phone Numbers: Club House 804-776-9636

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