The Rescue of Valiant and crew

Strother Scott on

Cruising News

Todays Richmond Paper had a first page article about the rescue of Wes Jones and the crew of Valiant off Iceland.  

Excerpts and Pictures below:

“All we can speculate is that one of those rogue waves crashed down us,” Piersol said as he sat and sipped coffee. “It broke on top of the boat and completely smashed the boat down into the water. Blew out the portholes on the low side. Took everything. It was a violent smashing. Wasn’t like a gentle, oh-my-gosh-we’re-rolling-over. It was, wham!

“Next thing you know, you’re rolling over and upside-down and water’s pouring over you. It took the boat over on its side and …

St. Mary's Governor's Cup - Southern Leg

Jim Raper on

Offshore Racing

Friday, August 4th...5:55 pm first warning.

There are currently 53 entries for this annual event with three points of origin.  The southern leg starts at the mouth of the Piankatank and concludes 46.2 miles later in St. Mary's river at St. Mary's college.  There are overnight facilities available at the college that can be explored here and the social, party and catering is a first class affair.  

Registration is via yacht scoring here: 

4th Annual Wee Dram Cruise | Race

Jim Raper on

Cruising News

The Wee Dram will again venture to Cape Charles, VA on August 12th…their slips are a confirmed 18’ depth. We have reserved ‘C’ dock at the Town Harbor and if we should need more slips, those are available.

This remains a casual cruise/race format with a formal (shorts and tee shirts – no holes) social Saturday afternoon in Cap Charles.

To emphasize the cruising aspect of the ‘getting there’, and to assure a worthy recipient of the 2017 Wee Dram burgee, each boat will submit two scavenger hunt tickets naming items typically found on a proper cruising vessel…i.e. in-boom furling, electric winch, a third anchor, water maker, microwave, rail mounted grill, dingy …

New Jackson Creek Survey done 2/8/17 just published

Tom Roberts on

Club News

Just in time for sailing season, The Corps of Engineers has done another survey of Jackson Creek Entrance and published it today.   Previous was 9/1/16 this latest  done just last month on 2/8/17. Looks like the channel is more uniformly wide and 8 or more deep.  These last two surveys are color coded and lots easier to read and compare.  All recent surveys and condition reports are available with the link. 

New survey information has been added to ESDS.

Survey Number: JK_01_JCK_20170208_CS
Channel: Jackson Creek
Project: Jackson Creek
Surveying Start Date: 2/8/2017
Surveying End Date: 2/8/2017
You can view this data by visiting the ESDS website at http://gis.nao …

Welcome Cruisers Party Registration Is Open!

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Cruising News

WHEN: Saturday, April 8th at 5:00 PM  (Registration deadline is April 1)


CONTACT: John Galloway

John and Mary Galloway, Nancy Powell, and Chris Lindbloom are pleased to host the Welcome Cruisers Party on April 8.  We will start the 2017 cruising season at the FBYC clubhouse and will provide beer, wine, & heavy hors d’oeuvres.  New members interested in getting involved in FBYC cruising are welcome!  We will have the opportunity to renew our friendships, share past sailing stories, and talk about the upcoming cruising schedule. For further details, contact John Galloway. The registration deadline …

NOR - Inaugural Summer Solstice Ocean Race

Jim Raper on

Offshore Racing

Offshore Fleet and Cruising...below is the abbreviated text of a new event organized by CCV.  It comes on a weekend when there is a hole in the 2017 Offshore schedule and may be of interest for many...

Notice of Race | Inaugural Summer Solstice Ocean Race
Saturday, June 17th, 2017 (makeup date is June 18, 2017)

58 nm daylight race round Chesapeake light for spinnaker fleets (C, non-spin & Cruising - 29.7 nm).
The Chesapeake Light is 1 mile beyond the 12 mile zone in international waters.
The deep draft Thimble Channel is off limits for safety.
Entry fees are: $40 ($35 for USSA members) for entries paid by June 6, 2017.
Enter race and pay online: http …

New Jackson Creek Survey from September 2016

Tom Roberts on

Club News

ESDS - New Survey (Jackson Creek)--  

New survey information has been added to ESDS.   This survey is in color(screenshot of 2016 survey shown)

  • Survey Number: JK_01_JCK_20160901_CS
  • Channel: Jackson Creek
  • Project: Jackson Creek
  • Surveying Start Date: 9/1/2016
  • Surveying End Date: 9/1/2016

You can view this data by visiting the ESDS website at

Note: If you have any comments on ESDS, please consider filling out our online feedback form. These comments are anonymous and will help us improve ESDS.

Thank You,
The ESDS Team
US Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District

The Corp has been actively watching this,   All previous surveys are available at …

Opportunity of the Year: Blue Water Sailing on OPB (other people's boats)

Lydia Strickland on

Cruising News

FBYC has a cruise going to New England this summer and for any sailors interested in getting some passage making experience, this could be your ticket.

Weather permitting, we plan to sail to Cape Charles on 6/23, then start early the next morning for Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard. Many boats plan on returning to Deltaville from NYC in early August, or maybe end of July; depends on the weather. Berths may be available for one or both of the passages.

This is a great chance for you to experience the joy of being at sea for a few days, without having to own a sea worthy sailboat of your own or having more than a week to make …

Open House Registration Open!

Paul Wash on

Social Events

What are you doing Memorial Day Weekend? Time's up! Coming to the 3rd Annual Open House Regatta and Memorial Day celebration! Registration is NOW OPEN. This year we are holding the event on Sunday, May 29th. This event is designed for members AND non-members. What better way to introduce your friends to Fishing Bay Yacht Club?

Offshore, Cruising, One Design, Juniors, everyone come out and join the fun! We begin with a fun little distance race. Then we form another circle raft up. Remember last year? Let's double it this year!  Shuttle boats will run from the FBYC dock to the raft up for those that want to join the raft up, but can't make the race. After the raft up back ashore - we …

Photos from the Blue Water Cruising Winter Program

Kathy Ullmann on

Cruising News


67 people were in attendance at the Blue Water Cruising Event held at the Omni Hotel in Richmond on March 30th.  Experienced off-shore sailers, Rob and Andi Overton gave a well documented account of their trials and tribulations of their 15 years at sea. They offered helpful tips and antidotes of their adventures around the world upon their 50ft yacht, the Akka.  It was an informative and entertaining presentation enjoyed by all.

Please let Greg and Kathy Ullmann if you have any suggestions for future speaker presentations!

Thank you to all who attended and participated in this event!



Blue Water Cruising Winter Program Wednesday Night

Jon Deutsch on

Cruising News

It is not too late to join us for the Blue Water Cruising Speaker Program.  Due to the overwhelming response, we have moved to a larger room at the Omni so no one misses out. Please feel free to show and if you had trouble registering or just hadn't had a chance you are more than welcome to register at the door. We look forward to seeing you there.

Welcome Cruisers Party - Saturday, April 2

John Galloway on

Cruising News

We will start the 2016 cruising season at the FBYC clubhouse with beer & wine and hors d’oeuvres, hosted by Doug Selden and Alison Dwier-Selden. The event will begin at 5:00 pm, and is open to all members – including those who haven’t cruised in the past, but would like to learn more on what it is all about! All beverages and food will be provided. We will have the opportunity to renew our friendships, share past sailing stories, and talk about the upcoming cruising schedule. For further details, contact Doug Selden at or call (434) 589-1506.

Please register online here.

Closing Day Oyster Roast

Paul Wash on

Offshore Racing

Attention ALL! The Closing Day Oyster Roast is less than two weeks away (November 7th)! What can I say except it's all about the OYSTERS? Starting with Oysters locally raised and prepared a variety of ways. How about good beer that complements the oysters and the temperate Fall weather? Or maybe the sides that everyone is cooking up? And there is something everyone - because if you don't like oysters - I guarantee you will find something delicious to eat. So what are you waiting for? Register online today! As a wise man once said...make it even "gooder" by racing before the roast!

Last but not least - we need YOUR HELP! We need VOLUNTEERS. We need people to setup …

FBYC Crew returns from NYYC Cruise in Maine

Strother Scott on

Offshore Racing

On August 9-14, 2015, Rives Potts, a FBYC member, and currently the Commodore of the New York Yacht Club, invited some FBYC members to crew for him on the New York Yacht Club's 159th Annual Cruise in Maine.  Each Commodore decides where he wants his Cruise to go, and Rives decided his first Cruise would start at Rockland, Maine, and sail to SW Harbor on Deer Isle, then to Pretty Marsh, and Bucks Harbor and then to a Lay Day in Belfast before returning Rockland via to Gilkey Harbor on Islesboro.  His usual race boat Carina, was still in Europe following the Transatlantic Race, so Rives persuaded a friend to let us race his Swan 56 Elysium …

Westover Plantation Cruise on June 4 - 9

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Cruising News

On Thursday, June 4, four intrepid boats started out from Deltaville bound for Hampton:  Tad and Sue Thompson in SWIM CALL, Vice Commodore Ted and Myra Bennet in PHAROS, Dan and Barbara Lindsay in IOLAR DA NARA, and Tony and Kate Sakowski in MISS KATE.  It was not a sail for the faint of heart; it was a nor’easter with winds gusting over 25 knots, foreboding skies with intermittent rain, and seas up to 6 feet!  We brought up the rear in SWIM CALL pounding into it from Stove Point until rounding Gwynn’s Island.  Things got better for us all after that when we could put out jibs and motor sail with a quartering wind and …

Urbanna "All Ages" Firework Cruise -July 3-5

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Cruising News

  • Transit FBYC to Urbanna
  • 5:30 pm Mai Tai’s, Appetizers, & Town Boat Parade at Dozier’s
  • 9:00 pm Dockside Fireworks Extravaganza
  • Coffee Shop Fog-Lifter Walk
  • Mini Golf and Ice Cream
  • Casual Dinner Out, Downtown Urbanna
  • Transit Urbanna to FBYC
Slips are in high demand.  For reservations please contact John Cabell no later than June 15, 2015 at or at 804.516.1271

FBYC's Newest Event Coming Up!

Caroline Patrick on

Social Events

Pickin' pigs and pickin' banjos

Your Vice Commodore, Matt Braun, says:

"Sail fast, have fun, bring a friend, and enjoy the party!"

Come continue the celebration of the Club's 75th Anniversary on MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Saturday, May 24th, FBYC will be hosting

1st Annual Open House Regatta and Pickin' Party

A great regatta to bring a friend or future sailor to the club

What's the big deal? 

RACING: Laid back, fun racing format for Offshore (PHRF), One-Design, and Juniors

POST-RACING: Sunflower-style raft-up & social for all racing & cruising boats (>22 feet long), their crew, friends, and all club members.

Non-racers (all club members) welcome to attend the raft-up social. Shuttles will be available off the dock! Refreshments …

Welcome Cruisers Party: April 6

Ted Bennett on

Cruising News

Welcome all cruisers AND all “Wannabe” cruisers to our opening social event!

There is a cocktail party with heavy hors d’oeuvres on Sunday April 6, from 6 to 9 PM, at the home of Ted & Myra Bennett – 1787 South Dover Pointe Rd. , Richmond VA 23238. All food with wine, beer and soft drinks provided – All you need to do is register by Tue April 2.

We will be covering the up coming cruising season and enjoying the company of new and established cruising sailors. Call Ted Bennett (804) 516-1144 if you have any questions.

Trim to Win - With Ullman Sails

Bob Fleck on

Offshore Racing

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Trim to Win

Designed for Skippers and crew Serious cruisers, club racers, and advanced racers looking for a refresher

Join us Sunday April 14 for an outstanding sail trim seminar with our own Jerry Latell, owner and chief sailtrimologist of Ullman Sails Virginia. Find out how to get more speed, balance and efficiency from your sails as you prepare for the upcoming season. Get answers to all your trimming questions from the opening day race. Learn the tips and techniques that will move you boat to the front of the fleet.

We'll have the Coffee brewing, other beverages, and assorted munchies to assist in your 'morning after' the opening day festivities.


Meet at the Main Clubhouse at 0845

The …

From the Cruising Division...

Nancy Powell on

Cruising News

Captain’s Choice July 24-July 26

For this Captain’s Choice the cruise leaders have selected a marina designation. Set your sails for Cape Charles Town Harbor marina, leaving Saturday, July 25th. Several slips will be reserved but you make your own reservations on DOCKWA and identify our group. The hope is that we will be clustered together which will make happy hour and “distancing” easy. A pre-cruise “distanced” happy hour is planned for Friday, the 25th, at the picnic table on the club lawn near the East Dock. You may wish to bring chairs. It’s BYOB as we are not sharing food or beverages at this time.You may bring a snack for your group.  Sign up on …

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