Volunteers Needed for the Stingray Point Regatta

Paul Wash on

Offshore Racing

Hello everyone the Stingray Point Regatta is this weekend. If you haven't heard, well then SURPRISE and where have you been?? We have a great event planned with the party starting Friday night with a Low Country Boil. Then Saturday we have our BBQ dinner - can't wait to have some brisket! Sunday we round everything off with hot dogs and picnic like stuffs after racing. 

So first of all - if you are racing in the event - awesome - can't wait to see you. If you are not going to race in the event, then you are invited to join us for the parties and eating - you can get your tickets online at the event page (https …

Pied Piper 2nd at Charleston Race Week

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FBYC's J70 Pied Piper, with 13 year old Gannon and his Dad, Dan, sailing with former FBYC Coaches Victor Diaz de Leon and Thomas Dietrich, have accomplished an extraordinary result at Charleston Race Week in a fleet of 67 boats.

Pied Piper was second overall in the J70 Fleet with 21 points, barely losing a tie-breaker with the 2015 CRW repeat winner and World Champion Julian Fernades Neckelman aboard Flojito de Cooperando, also with 21 points, finishing the last race Second and Third, tipping the tie-breaker to Fernandes.

Because of the fleet size, the J70s were divided into 4 fleets, and sailed a round robin, as in an Opti Championship Fleet. So the 18 Races scored are actually 9 …

J/70 Chesapeake Championship

Robin Troutman on

Offshore Racing

Due to the severe weather forcast, the J/70 Chesapeake Championship is cancelled. Details about entry fees and t-shirts are being communicated via email with registered boats.

July 4th Cookout and Race Roundup

Jon Deutsch on

One Design Racing

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 …

7/3 J/70 Friday Night Series

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The J/70 Friday night series continued with 10 boats out for racing in a fresh breeze.  Thanks to Clark Dennison for running the racing.  The series takes a break and resumes Friday, July 24.

racing 5 wide in the channel

2015 FBYC J70 Summer Regatta 1 Results

Jon Deutsch on

One Design Racing

Saturday's J/70 Summer Regatta saw 4 light air races sailed.  Guthrie Braun skippering E.L.E. was the top boat taking 3 bullets.  Followed by Inconceivable and and Nostalgia.  The threat of storms chased the sailors off the water before more races could be sailed.  Thanks Noel Clinard for being PRO and Joe Nelson for your help on RC and the social.

Pos Sail Boat Skipper 1 2 3 4
Total Points
1 420 E.L.E. Guthrie Braun 1 1 1 4 7
2 351 Inconceivable Mike Karn 2 3 3 2 10
3 99 Nostalgia Lud Kimbrough 5 4 2 1 12
4 354 Air Speed David Hinckle 3 2 5 3 …

J/70 Friday Night Series

Jon Deutsch on

One Design Racing


The J/70 Fleet starts their Friday Night series starting this weekend through most Fridays through August.  Usually 4-8 will will head out around 5pm for a couple short informal races until the sun starts to set.

Get all of the details about the series here.  And find out about the latest J/70 fleet happenings including crew opportunities by joining our fleet email list.

The Fleet continues with their Summer Regatta on Saturday.

Loonatictu at Cedar Point One Design Regatta

Noel Clinard on

Offshore Racing

J70 USA 46, Loonatictu, recently sailed in the annual One Design Regatta at Cedar Point YC in Westport, CT. Except for its location on Saugatuck Island, at the mouth of the Saugatuck River and Long Island Sound, CPYC was both reminiscent of FBYC, and different in its sailing facilities.


The club has a nice, functional clubhouse, with bathrooms and regatta offices located on the first floor, and a great room on the second floor with kitchen facilities and “keg-er-ator,” hung with visiting burgees, and displaying trophies for numerous one design divisions including Lightnings, Flying Scots, Thistles, Lasers, and the vintage sloop, the Atlantics. Volunteer members served breakfasts, lunches and dinners in simple hearty style. Race Committee was all …

J/70 Clinard Cup

Jon Deutsch on

Offshore Racing

FBYC has a new perpetual trophy to recognize J/70s.  The actual award to come later this year.  Look for the events to qualify for this cup to be sent to the FBYC J/70 Email List.  Here's the charter:

Presented in 2015 by Commodore R. Noel Clinard, founding Fleet Captain of J/70 Fleet 5 and registrant of FBYC’s first J/70 yacht, in memory of the travel and local campaigns of J/70 USA 46 “Loonatictu” and her crews.The award is for outstanding performance and participation in J/70 regattas at FBYC and elsewhere, and will be awarded to the boat with the highest number of points in thespecified events selectedby the presiding …

The First J/70 Spring Regatta

Jon Deutsch on

One Design Racing

FBYC hosted their first ever J/70 Spring regatta on Saturday.  While some of the J/70s were out on the travel circuit 6 - boats gathered at FBYC for what would be 5 races in light to moderate winds.  PRO Glen Doncaster set up 3/4 mile windward leewards in the mouth of the Piankatank River under mostly sunny skies.

Matt Braun and crew on E.L.E. came out of the blocks fresh from competing at Charleston Race Week to win the first two races with good speed and boat work.  David Hinckle on Air Speed would win the 3rd and 5th races with E.L.E. also winning the 4th race putting them 1st overall …

FBYC J70s at 2015 20th Charleston Race Week

Jon Deutsch on

Offshore Racing

Five FBYC J/70s were in Charleston for the weekend competing in the 384-boat Charleston Race Week. 

  • Matt & A.L. Braun along with Kevin Cross and Matt Lambert on E.L.E.
  • Blake, Julia, Lud Kimbrough & Will Crump on Nostaliga
  • Noel Clinard and Sophie Massie on Loonatictu
  • Latane Montague on Full Monty
  • Dan & Gannon Troutman on Pied Piper


Dan & Gannon Troutman continued their performance from Key West and wond up 4th overall on the 83 boat fleet.  They finished 2nd in the Dynasty division and Gannon won a new set of Opti Sails from Quantum Sails in a raffle.


Prize Giving, Sunday 19th April, 2015. Sperry Charleston Race Week 2015 Photo: © …

J70 Happy Hour

Blake Kimbrough on

One Design Racing

The J/70 Fleet is having a happy hour at The Tobacco Company on Friday starting at 5:30 and is inviting skippers, crew, fellow members and anyone else interested talking sailing over cocktails & reduced price appetizers.


Gannon Troutman: KWRW Youngest Skipper (Ever)

Jon Deutsch on

One Design Racing

Some of the world's greatest sailors are competing in J/70 class at Quantum Key West 2015. Most of them got beaten by a 12-year-old during Monday's second race of the series.

Gannon Troutman has gone from racing Optimist dinghies to skippering an entry in the largest class at one of the greatest regattas in North America. And the kid is doing pretty well, steering Pied Piper to a third place finish in the talent-laden, 54-boat class.

Troutman"I almost fell off the spectator boat!" Robin Troutman said of seeing her son's boat heading to the finish line with the lead pack. "I couldn't believe he was doing that well on the first day."

Read the Full …

2015 One Design Fleet Captains

Jon Deutsch on

One Design Racing

As we begin 2015 I wanted to introduce our adult One Design fleet captains for the year:

24/5055 Len Guenther/Barb Guenther

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.

157552 Frank Murphy

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 …

2014 J70 Chesapeake Championship Recap

Noel Clinard on

One Design Racing


The first J70 Chesapeake Championship was held at Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville, Virginia, on November 1-2. The event saw challenging weather conditions as a cold front rushed into an offshore Low Pressure, creating a NE Gale with gusts above 30 knots and temperatures in the low forties.  Faced with large waves and heavy gusts in the Chesapeake Bay, the races were moved into the Piankatank River in Fishing Bay. 

In difficult conditions [Hotty Toddy Video], the Race Committee led by John McCarthy, got off two races Saturday before winds exceeded Class Guidelines, consistently gusting above 25 kts.  The fleet then sailed back to the Club outside the lee of Fishing Bay, facing winds over 30 …

2014 Offshore Fall Series #3 Results

Jon Deutsch on

Offshore Racing

The Offshore Division began Sunday with an offshore division meeting to discuss program ideas and improvements for the upcoming season.  Lead by division commander Paul Wash a number of constructive ideas were shared.

Out on the water - the day started with overcast skies and winds in the mid-teens which dipped under 10 by the end of the second race.

Here's a few photos taken mostly by John Hubbard while aboard our new Parker which was put into service for the first time today.


PHRF-A (5 boats)

  1. Afterthought - Craig Wright
  2. Nanuq - Glen Doncaster
  3. Double Eagle - Sam Mitchener

PHRF-B (6 boats)

  1. Mad Hatter - Bob Fleck
  2. GOIN' - Dennis Hannick
  3. Shenanigan - Miles Booth

PHRF-NS (5 boats)

  1. Chilcoot - Alex Alvis …

Offshore Fall Series #1 Plagued by Light Winds

Jon Deutsch on

New Building

Light winds on Saturday plagued the FBYC offshore fleet as they took part in the first of the Fall Series and only 1 race was sailed for the 17 boats in 5 fleets.


  • PHRF-A: Afterthought -Craig Wright
  • PHRF-B: GOIN' - Dennis Hannick
  • PHRF-C: Cheeky Monkey - Paul & Julie Ann Wash
  • PHRF-NS: Chilcoot - Alex Alvis
  • J/70: Loonatictu - Noel Clinard

Photo: Cathy Clark

FBYC Boats at the J/70 Worlds

Jon Deutsch on

One Design Racing

Last week at the J/70 World Championship the 3 boats with FBYC sailors saw some tough conditions and some even tougher competition.  All 3 boats with FBYC members aboard sailed in the silver fleet after the qualifying round.

Nostalgia Racing finished 4th in the silver fleet.



Latane Montague on Full Monty was 14th in the Silver fleet


Ron Thompson's NoName finished 30th in the Silver Fleet



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