Welcome to the 2016 FBYC Junior Programs!

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Junior Activities

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!

Key Junior Dates for 2016 at FBYC: 

February 1

Online registration opens

March 5 – May 29

Spring Race Teams

May 21 – August 28

Private Lessons

May 29

Open House Regatta & Party

June 11, 12, 18 …

Closing Day Oyster Roast

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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 …

Welcome New Junior Families!

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Junior Activities

Exciting news: 60 juniors joined FBYC with their families in 2014!  Most of these juniors have never attended any of our camps or learn to sail programs, and many of their parents have questions about our various programs, race teams, classes and organization; and most important, how to choose the most appropriate events for their sailor.  

We very loosely divide the programs into two overlapping sections:  educational and racing.  We are especially proud of our educational programs, which will be covered in this newsletter.  Opti Kids and Junior Week form the foundation of the Junior Division.  All but 7 of the 46 racers on the 2014 Race Teams started sailing as campers during either Opti Kids or Junior Week.  Both programs …

FBYC Juniors Still Rocking in the Fall

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Junior Activities

We’ve been busy this fall!  Our kids have flown our colors in junior regattas from New Jersey to Maryland to Georgia, as well as practicing on Fishing Bay.  In our last report in September we covered the USODA Southeastern Championships in Atlanta, Georgia, so we will pick up from there:

After the Southeastern’s, the team travelled with coach David Tunnicliffe to Brant Island Yacht Club, New Jersey, for the Opti ACCs on October 11 and 12.  Conditions could not have contrasted more with the lake conditions they experienced in September in Atlanta.  It was windy, cold and rainy!  The first day the RC postponed for two hours due to high winds.  The racing started …

Fall Opti Race Team Shines-USODA SE Championships!

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Junior Activities
This past weekend, September 19th and 20th, four of our Fall Opti Race Team members, along with their families and Coach David Tunnicliffe, travelled to Lake Altoona, Atlanta, for the United States Optimist Dinghy Association Southeastern Championships.  
There were a total of 126 competitors, many of whom sailed with professionally run teams from the top junior programs from across the country, including teams from Coral Reef Yacht Club, Lauderdale Yacht Club, Southern Yacht Club, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Sarasota Youth Sailing, and private clubs Team For and Prime.  Our kids were fantastic!  When the dust settled, Boyd Bragg finished 2nd overall and 1rst in Red Fleet!  Ian Street finished 15th overall and 7th in Red …

75th Annual One Design Regatta Results

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One Design Racing

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!

East Course Photos | Awards Photos

Here are the results and some of the winners. 

Flying Scot

Read Rob Whittemore's Write Up from the fleet here.

  1. Wind Dancer - Len & Barb Guenther
  2. Lucky Dog - John & Sharon Wake
  3. Patriot - Rob Whittemore & Blake Kimbrough

18 Boats - Results

Hampton One Design National Championship

  1. Gordon Walcott
  2. Latane & Jackson Montague
  3. Van Buren

13 Boats - Results

Front Runner

  1. Slingblade - Matt & A.L. Braun
  2. 9 Iron - Kevin Cross & Matt Lambert …

USODA Photos Now Available

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Junior Activities

Congratulations to all USODA competitors!! Photos from the New England Opti Championship in Portland, Maine were taken by FBYC member Maria Powell.  Visit Maria Burton Photography to purchase prints from all 4 days of the regatta! 


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SBR News You Can Use

Keep your eyes on these southern Bay youngsters, who distinguished themselves by finishing in their fleet top 10 at the recent Junior Olympics in Baltimore. In the 51 boat Optimist Fleet, Brenton Amthor took 1st  overall and won the Chesapeake Bay Optimist Open Championship Trophy; Garett Levy finished 4th and Trent Levy 7th.  Among the 45 Laser Radials, Alexander Hanna finished 2nd, Hannah Steadman was 6th (and top girl) and Gray Kiger was 7th.  Among the 21 C420s, Jacob Marquardt and Anna Patterson were 7th and Victor Lane and Nicholas Baker were 9th.

10 knots steady from the West makes for a nice racing day and that’s how the …


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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.


2020 Junior Week Member Preference ends March 1st!!

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Club News

Junior Week FBYC member preference ends March 1st! Class are filling up very fast and wait lists will be created once classes meet capacity. Don't wait to sign up. This known far and wide as the best summer camp on the bay supported by incredible member volunteers and professional coaches. Classes are for beginner optis all the way up to advanced racing. Don't worry about knowing where to sign up your child/grandchild. We will work with you to gauge their experience level and make sure they are in the right class for their skill level to be safe and have fun!

FBYC Junior Regatta/Virginia Commonwealth's Cup June 26, 27th

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Club News

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 …

Registration Now Open for 2023 Junior Programs

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Junior Activities

OptiKids 2022 News.jpgThe FBYC Junior Programs Committee has been hard at work making preparations for an
exciting summer of Junior Sailing. Registration is now open and many programs are filling up fast!
Registration will be managed by CampDocs, our camp registration and health forms application.
This simple, easy-to-use site allows for registering for camps and teams, collecting health forms,
and ordering t-shirts. Member registration opened on February 1st and non-member registration
opens on March 1st.  Register Here.  Programs are filling up fast! Don't wait!

All registrations must be completed by a parent or legal guardian. Member registration provides
a discount to FBYC members by using coupon code FBYC. Member grandparents no longer
need to register their grandchildren. Simply have your grandchildren&#39 …

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