Registration is now open for the 78th Annual One Design Regatta, August 12-13, 2017. One of the biggest events of the year at FBYC, you won't want to miss this! We are happy to welcome the Hampton One Design 2017 National Championship as well! Come for two great days of racing, and a Saturday evening with friends, great food, and live music! Register now at https://www.fbyc.net/Events/2017/08.12.onedesign/ssi.dtml Volunteers like you make this event happen, so please take a minute to log into Signup Genius and see if one of these fun volunteer opportunities fit your schedule!
Calling all Fishing Bay females! New event for 2017. 2 weeks away!
A morning sailing/ racing clinic for women of all degrees of experience and age, with a combination of classroom learning and on-the-water time. Continued coaching during the afternoon Seabreeze regatta (optional but recommended). The clinic will have 2 class offerings: Beginning Sailing and Advanced Racing. Choose your preferred class when you register. Free to members! Non-members may attend with fee. See Event Notice at Women's Clinic Event Notice.
Update - REGISTRATION CLOSED JULY 11 -Sold out. Contact Caroline for wait list.
SheJumps is a national organization that supports women being active and outdoors. The regional coordinator approached Kim and Caroline Garrett to see if we would help host a SheJumps event at FBYC. On September 10th, we hosted the event, which involved a morning chalkboard session followed by an afternoon on the water.
During our morning session, the ladies learned how to tie basic knots, sailing terminology, parts of the boat, the points of sail diagram, and general rules of the water. With the help of Carrie Russell as the third skipper, we showed the ladies how to rig a Front Runner, and we set sail for the afternoon.
We did some simple drills in Fishing Bay, giving everyone a chance on …
The One Design Spring Series #3 & Laser Spring Regatta for Saturday, May 20 has been cancelled. After consultation with fleet leaders, PRO and registered participants - all agreed the combination of the impending rain for most of the day and higher winds would severely jeopardize the fun factor for our racers.
The next and final race of the Spring Series will be Spring Series #4 for Flying Scots and Front Runners on June 18.
And don't forget about the Open House a week from this Sunday - great opportunity to sail a fun short distance race followed by a great party with your fellow members - be sure to sign up ASAP so that we can assign start times for …
The One Design Indian Summer Regatta for Saturday has been canceled. With the very likely outcome of high winds, lots of rain and high tides - the fun factor is probably not going to be high enough for most of us to want to be out there.
As of now the Laser Fall Regatta is still on for Sunday and will be held unless something is posted otherwise. We'll look see late Saturday if this weather system is sticking around or will be moving off and cancel then if it looks dire.
The next and last one design racing opportunity of the season is the One Design Closing Day and will be held on Sunday, October 11.
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 …
It was light and fluky day on Sunday for the Flying Scot, Front Runner and San Juan 21 sailors racing in the 2nd Spring Series. After postponing on the water for an hour and a half 3 races were finally run in the early afternoon. Each race conincided with a 180 wind shif resulting the course needing to be flip flopped before each one.
In the Flying Scot Fleet it was Jay Buhl/Mike Karn navigating the light air the best and winning 2 of the 3 races to take the fleet. Winning one of the races was Len Guenther in his brand new boat - the boat remains undefeated as he retired for further prep. Phil …
As we begin 2015 I wanted to introduce our adult One Design fleet captains for the year:
Flying Scot Len Guenther
Len has been fleet captain before and is a regular racer in the Flying Scot and Laser fleets. He also crews on J/70s when he has the chance. You'll often find Len sailing with his wife Barb. In addition to racing at FBYC, Len has taken his Flying Scot to numerous ACC and North American Championships.
Laser Frank Murphy
Frank is a long-time member of the Laser fleet and regularly participates in our Laser series as well as the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship. Known to Laser Masters as one of Alain's chef …
The weather wasn't the best for sailing on Saturday, but more than made up for it on Sunday. Thanks to the competitors, volunteers, race officials, parents and every one else for making our 75th Annual Regatta a great weekend!
FBYC is 75 years old and we're hosting our 75th Annual Regatta THIS WEEKEND on August 8-10 for the Hampton One Designs and August 9-10 for all other fleets. This is a very special year for us and we really hope you will come join us for what will be a great event.
This year we're expecting to have starts for Flying Scots, Hampton One Designs, Lasers, Laser Radials, Optimists, Front Runners, San Juan 21 and any other fleets with 7 or more boats. If your class doesn't have 7 boats -don't worry we'll still have racing for you in a combined Portsmouth fleet. If you don't see your class friends …
Once Hurricane Aurthur blew through it was smooth sailing for the Flying Scots and Front Runners at the first One Design Summer Sea Breeze regatta on Saturday. What was clouds with winds in the 30's just a day before gave way to mostly sunny skies and 8-10 knot winds for 4 races run by PRO Mike Dale and his race committee. Thanks to Veronica Hinckle for some pictures.
We couldn't have asked for a much nicer day on Saturday for the One Design Invitational. Four Front Runners and 3 San Juan 21s and Geoff Cahill were out racing on a day that started with light winds in a building sea breeze and mostly sunny skies.
PRO Parker Garrett and his crew of Young Adult Members set a 1/4 mile course with a windward mark just off Stove Point. The sound signals were a little unconventional but let's just say Parker has a way with horns.
The Front Runner racing was close all the way around. Boren and Squires were both sailing a Front Runner for the first time and were having …
Hope everyone enjoyed the racing on Sunday - here is the 3rd place write-up:
Apparently the planets are back in alignment. The wind was a seabreeze, the humidity has begun to make itself known, and the Commodore ain’t typing this summary. Last Sunday’s racing got started after the fleet waited on the dock for an hour for the wind to fill in from the SE. Tom Roberts and his merry crew (Blackwell, Mike, Kate, Russ) wasted no time setting up a W course and then switching over to H courses once the wind “settled in.” Before one start my compass had the wind 35 degrees different at the boat than at the pin.
The universe must have a ripple in it, because there is NO way I should be writing this up. I already have a writing job for the year and this ain’t it! The past Sunday we had a near perfect day for sailing with eight Scots and three San Juan 21’s sharing the starting line. The day taught us many things and some of us werefaster learners than others. Things learned were how to sail on lakes, mark entry/exits, how to sail an Olympic course.
How to sail on lakes ….UH…Wake - we were sailing on a tidal river! This is true EXCEPT when the wind blows from the north then all bets are off. The wind on …
Fishing Bay Yacht Club held its Annual Meeting and Awards Party on Saturday, November 17th at the Commonwealth Club in Richmond. The following is a list of all of the trophies and recipients that were awarded at the Commonwealth Club.
This year the awards were started off with a special award for Achievement in International Junior Competition. This award is to recognize an FBYC Junior who not only qualified for Team USA, but finished 5th overall in the 2018 Optimist World Championship in Cypress. This sailor is the first junior from our club to reach this top level of competition and we are glad to recognize Tommy Sitzman with this award.
The HENRY E. HUTCHESON, Jr. MEMORIAL TROPHY is awarded …
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.
I am completely amazed how rich the "Corinthian spirit" has been at our club and how many members are volunteering for our upcoming two day regatta. After a year of being bound by a computer our kids finally have the opportunity to be on the water again to represent our amazing sailing program and club. We are hosting the Virginia State Championship which is also the season opener for CBYRA. With registration open for about a month we have been successfully amassing an army of volunteers to serve over 100 sailors along with their family and friends. As far as the eye can see will be an armada of kids geared and ready to give it their all June 26-27th …