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 …

Offshore Skippers - Event Registration / 2017 PHRF Certificates

Jim Raper on

Offshore Racing
This past winter, PHRF delegates from each club voted and instructed the PHRF Handicappers Board to issue 2017 PHRF ChesBay certificates with ratings for Windward/Leeward and for Circular Random (Random Leg) formats.  You will notice on your certificate that there are two ratings:  RATING (Spin/NonSpin) and CR Course RATING (Spin/NonSpin).
Fishing Bay amended its online registration to require an entry for each format, and for each rating (4 numbers) in ###/### format, matching the PHRF certificate.  2016 certificates were issued with both ratings, but the actual CR (random leg) rating may be amended for the 2017 certificates based on the handicappers' work during the off-season.
The Opening Day event is now open for registration.  …

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 …

FBYC Hosts USSailing Race Seminar

Jim Raper on

Club News

This past Saturday, FBYC hosted an all day (literally) seminar for those wanting to keep up with the new rule changes, to recertify as a club race officer, or to become certified as a new club race officer.  The seminar was well attended with folks from NYCC, HYC, RRYC, Kingsmill, and FBYC.  Of the 27 registered, 15 were from FBYC...that's impressive.  We were instructed by the team of John McCarthey (supervised by Lin McCarthey) and Jerry Thompson pictured below.  It's great to be part of a racing program that values and supports, informed and efficient race officers.  Thank you to all that participated - 2017 is going to be a great year.

USSailing One Day Race Management Seminar January 21st

Jim Raper on

Clubhouse News

There are still a few spots left for the seminar.  It is an all day class, taught upstairs in the main clubhouse, that enables your certification as a club race officer, if that's your goal.  Certainly, it exposes you to all that the Race Committee delivers on race day, whether you are a competitor or member of the race committee.

The course is open for registration until Sunday, January 15th.  Breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks and all course materials are provided with your entry fee.

Follow this link to register -   or call Jim Raper at 804.307.3212 if you have questions.

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 …

USSailing - One Day Race Management Seminar - January 21, 2017

Jim Raper on

Club News

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 @ 8am – 5pm

John McCarthey, National Race Officer and Regional Judge, will conduct USSailing's One Day Race Management seminar upstairs in the FBYC clubhouse, on Saturday January 21st with a continental breakfast beginning at 8am and catered lunch provided.

The cost is $60 (requires a USSailing membership).  Registration will be available on the USSailing website beginning on November 1st and concluding on January 16th. Registration link.

There are seven current FBYC members who are a certified club race officer or better and many others who were once certified race officers but have allowed their certification to lapse.  This course is an opportunity to begin the race officer certification process or to …

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 …

Stingray Point Regatta - It's time to register!

Paul Wash on

Offshore Racing



Register today for the Stingray Point Regatta!

Register on Yacht Scoring.

Visit for more information.


Friday - Stingray Light Race, Saturday and Sunday - Stingray Point Regatta

Brent Halsey, Jr. Memorial Trophy & Potts Southern Bay Challenge Cup

Daily awards and social each day.

Don't forget to join us for a little shindig Saturday night with the Crain Brothers Band!





Housing rentals needed September 2-4th for Stingray Point Regatta Racers

Paul Wash on

Offshore Racing

Attention Members!   Several guest racing boats from up and down the Chesapeake Bay are planning their trip to the Stingray Point Regatta September 2-4th.  One of the biggest hurdles facing visiting race teams is finding a place for the crew to stay.  If you are interested in renting your home in the Deltaville area, please contact Julie Ann Wash,  Make sure to let her know price, date available, and number of sleeping berths available.  Even if you only have one extra room in your home available, and would be willing to host crew, for free or for a fee, let us know! Sailors love racing at our club for its well run events and beautiful …

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 …

Beginners Race Committee Training

Jim Raper on

Club News

This Saturday, April 30th at 2PM on Fanny’s Back Porch, a beginners’ Race Committee Training class will be held.  We’re using US Sailing’s, ‘Join the Race Committee Team’ pamphlet as a guide, supplemented by the other material that the club has put together over the years.  The goal is to provide enough information and handouts so that members and others who participate, understand and can fulfill each RC function before, during and after an event – with zero stress.  It’s a two-hour functional class covering each RC position and how each role fits into the overall race management objective.  

Opening Day Race Cancelled, Blessing, Dinner still on

Ted Bennett on

Offshore Racing

The PRO for tomorrows race has determined, and I completely agree, that it would be unsafe to race tomorrow.
We have 2 problems with the conditions for racing.

First is the bad weather, which most models have predicted winds close to 30 MPH with higher gusts- rain squalls- temps around 45.

Second Mr Roberts is not fully commissioned (due to launch this AM).

The Opening Day Blessing of the Fleet and Party will both be inside the Club House.  Both training sessions on Sunday are also cancelled.

Safety is our first concern,

Ted Bennett  - Commodore

Opening Day Volunteers

Paul Wash on

Social Events
Did you know that there are two ways to kick off the sailing season? The first, of course, is to go sailing! The second (but not by much) is to sign up for an Opening Day volunteer shift. We need help with guest check-in, bar shifts, and clean up crew. 
Are you new to the club or just want to meet more people? Sign up for a shift and mingle all night. What better way to get people to come to you? Want to build the intimidation factor with a friendly show of force? Then get your sailing team together with their team gear and work a shift or two - show everyone that you mean business this year!
To …

2016 Opening Day Coming Up

Jon Deutsch on

Offshore Racing
Hello FBYC members and friends, we are so glad that Opening Day is finally here! We would like to invite everyone to Opening Day and the Blessing of the Fleet on Saturday, April 9th. As always, we will kick off the year with the annual Opening Day race (first warning at 1100). The evening festivities will include cocktails at Ric's Place starting at 5 PM with the Blessing starting around 5:30 PM. Dinner is at 6 PM sharp. Once again we will have live entertainment with members of the Crain Brothers Band performing at 6:30 PM playing a diverse mix of good music.
Opening Day Menu
Stationary Appetizers
Tropical Fruit Display
Assorted Seasonal Fruits and …

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 …

Stingray's Just A Week Away!

Matt Lambert on

Offshore Racing

The 21st Annual Stingray Point Regatta is just a week away!  We've got a great list of entrants so far, but it's not too late to get in on the action.  We have extended our early registration deadline through this coming Tuesday (September 1, 2015) so don't think you have a reason to miss out on all the great racing and the fun party!

Speaking of fun party, we've got two evenings and an afternoon of great times to be had!  A schedule of events is posted below, but here are some of the highlights:

Friday evening's skipper meeting will be followed by a casual pizza party with refreshments provided.

Saturday evening …

2015 Spring Series #3

Jon Deutsch on

Offshore Racing

The 3rd day of the Offshore Spring Series was a memorable one due to pea soup thick fog.  Usually 1-1.25nm courses don't have so much of a navigational element to them.

These boats were rounding the pin as seen from the committee boat:



The first race was not actually all that foggy.  It came and went, but for most of the race the visibility was 1/2 mile or so which was enough to make out some boats on various parts of the course and string a path together.


After the start of the 2nd race - the fog rolled in and the visibility was 200' at best at times.  Some boats never found the …

Lloyd Phoenix History Article

Strother Scott on

Offshore Racing

I have now migrated almost all our history content to the new website - I ran across one of Jere's history articles describing FBYC's participation in the 1974 Lloyd Phoenix Regatta.  Due to fortuitous circumstances, Fishing Bay Yacht Club came back to win the Championship on the last day.  There may be some timely advice for our team at the US SAILING’s National Offshore Championship in Annapolis this weekend. 

Excerpting from the article...

Luders 44.jpg

According to Johnny, he and his crew adopted an ultimately winning strategy for the Luders 44 in these difficult circumstances: "So our game plan turned out to be to get a clean start where the small crew could concentrate on sail trim and get this …

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