Fishing Bay Yacht Club will host the 36th Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship this October. FBYC's Laser Fleet will welcome sailors from around the mid-Atlantic and beyond for great sailing, great food, and great friends.
Alain Vincey will be back to put on another great dinner, and our RC team, led by PRO Rick Klein, will be back again to put on solid racing.
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.
FBYC's Laser Fleet introduced a number of new and returning sailors to the Laser. The clinic covered basic boat setup, some basic manuvers and on the water instruction. Mike Toms and Jon Deutsch led the effort.
This Saturday the Laser Fleet will be conducting a clinic and training day starting at 10am. Jon Deutsch, Mike Toms and other fleet members will be there to help anyone move people forward in sailing, no matter their skill level. Whether you hope to race or play, this clinic can help make Laser sailing more fun and safer.
The clinic will be started at 10AM and run for a little over 2 hours.
boat rigging - How to put a basic boat together, how to do some of the 'new' rigging, must-have rigging versus the nice-to-have stuff.
Safety - how to launch a boat from the beach, how to recover, how to tow a laser, how to …
There aren’t many things to look forward to in getting old – but Laser Masters sailing is definitely one of them. This was my first time sailing Florida Laser Masters week having just qualified a few months ago. The week consists of 3 events – Florida Masters in West Palm, Masters Midweek Madness in Sarasota and Masters Midwinters in Tampa. For over a decade now I’ve been running the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Regatta at Fishing Bay Yacht Club and so I was familiar with masters sailing in general. I’ve also traveled to numerous ILCA-NA events from ACC to Nationals to North Americans and was eager to try out Masters week. Unfortunately, my schedule would …
We had a great day for sailing on Saturday for our Laser Fall Regatta. We had 7 sailors out and we took out 6 Lasers and a RIB. Each sailor took two turns running the races while everyone else sailed. Jon jumped from boat to boat and sailed a different boat each race. We did 14 total races in just over 3 hours right off the dock in a 4-6 kt north east breeze. We used Ruthana Jenkin's auto horn to run a 3 minute horn start so all the RC person had to do was hit start, call the over earlys, and record the finishes.
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 Laser Fleet finished their racing with the Frostbite Regatta as the 4th and final event in the 2015 Laser Series. With the fall event having been cancelled due to extreme weather 3 events stood with 16 sailors competing in 17 races. 8 sailors competed in enough events to qualify for the series and 5 of them participated in every race of the series.
We are excited about the 2016 Junior sailing season at Fishing Bay Yacht Club, and looking forward to another great year of FUN! No matter your sailor's age, experience, and sailing goals, we have an event to excite them and get them out on the water with their friends. Our philosophy is that if kids have fun sailing with their friends, they will come back for more.
And remember, parents and grandparents are always welcome to join in the fun!
The mouth of the Piankatank River was the scene of the second regatta of the four event Laser series on Sunday 26 July. A strong turnout of 10 racers tackled the tactically challenging light to moderate breeze. Once again, Mark Stephens and his team did an excellent job of adapting to the wind variations throughout the afternoon and was able to complete five races in a little over three hours. Jon Deutsch had a very strong and consistent performance and won the regatta and is the series leader. Full results are posted on FBYC.net. Next up for the Lasers is the 76th edition of the Annual One Design Regatta8-9 August. Register now and encourage …
The 2015 Laser Atlantic Coast Championship tested competitors both mentally and physically with long courses over shifty winds and current. Eric Reitinger (Brant Beach YC) had consistent finishes near the top nabbed him the Standard Championship while Fishing Bay Yacht Club's Alexander Hanna put up all top 3 finishes to win the Radial division.
Radial Champion Alexander Hanna
Saturday's racing saw the sailors racing out in the Chesapeake Bay where the currents of the Rappahannock River and the Piankatank river all converge. Winds started in the low double digits and the first race had most of the fleet racing for nearly an hour and a half. By the time the standards started the second race- the wind eased …
Welcome to the Laser Atlantic Coast Championship at Fishing Bay Yacht Club this weekend! We've got 47 confirmed boats and are expecting a few more, nice weather, great food and good competition. And we want to thank our great team of volunteers who have assembled to make this happen. As you make your way to Deltaville, here are a few things you should know:
We have an EARLY start scheduled on Saturday - please note the 0915 skippers meeting and 1030 first warning. We want to make the most of the day and may even choose to sail on the outside course to get the best conditions - so please arrive early and be ready to sail shortly …
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 …
Winter may be here now, but that doesn't mean we can't relive the sailing season and think about all of the wonderful sailing we'll be doing in just a few short months. Here's some video from the Laser Masters Atlantic Coast Championship in October.
The Laser Fleet closed out their series with a Frostbite day of racing on Sunday in light winds with 9 boats. We had a little bit of a mix up on the scores and I want to apologize for not checking them before the awards as it wasn't until later that we realized they were missing the drop and so what we thought was the final order on Sunday was incorrect.
Stephen Sparkman sailed great all day putting up 3 bullets and ultimately won the day by just 1 making this his first podium finish since returning to the club and the Laser this summer. Jon Deutsch ended up 2nd and Clark Dennison finished 3rd.
The weekend started with 12-17 knot wind out of the west and partly cloudy skies, air temp in the mid 70's and water temperature 69 degrees. The first race was a single lap modified windward-leeward where New Jersey natives MacCausland and Mike Hecky (Riverton Yacht Club) started out 1-2. The 2nd race was two laps on the same course in similar conditions and Severn Sailing Association's Jonathan Phillips got …