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!
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. …
Bring your friends, bring your crew. Cocktails by the Bay and a buffet dinner, leading to dancing under the tent to music of the Crain Brothers Band. Can't join us for dinner? You can still kick off your shoes and dance the night away and enjoy the cash bar. All members and their guests are invited to attend! Tickets for dinner must be purchased in advance. Social tickets will be available at the door.
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 is less than two weeks away! I hope everyone has found time to start getting boats ready for the season. Let's kick off the season right with racing, a blessing, food, and entertainment. Come out and join the fun. Can't wait to see you there!
Official event information is here - check back for updates.
Online registration is easy and you can do it here - remember to buy your meals!
PHRF of the Chesapeake recently held a meeting to discuss changes for 2015. The PHRF Rating rules for 2015 will incorporate very significant changes that will affect all PHRF racers. The most dramatic is going to dual ratings with one for Windward-Leeward courses and a second called Random-Circular which will apply to courses with a balance of windward, reaching and downwind sailing. As we know certain boats are severely handicapped for certain wind directions and the dual ratings should help address the situation. Additionally we will expand the Genoa credit to now have three categories – up to 155%, up to 140% and class One Design which will provide a credit for cruisers that use 130% Genoas.
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.
We hope you will come join us tomorrow for the annual Wolf Trap Race. The course is an approximate 24.6 nm trek down to the Wolf Trap Light and back again. Tomorrow's conditions will provide us with a beat to the light with a sleigh ride back home. This is the last race of the 2014 Offshore Distance Series.
Following the race, Bonnie Black will be providing dinner for $5 a head. The menu includes:
The Stingray Point Regatta was capped with 3 great days of racing with the Stingray Light Distance Race on Saturday followed by buoy racing series on Saturday and Sunday. Here are the winners along with some great photos:
Last weekend 6 Fishing Bay Boats were among the 75 boats competing at the Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge and half of the boats came home with podium finishes. The 3 day regatta feature one light-air race on Friday, a distance race on Saturday ending at the Pier and 2 more buoy races on Sunday.
SOUTHERN BAY RACE WEEK – They came. They raced. They partied. SBRW racers gathered in Hampton for three days of competition that tested the full range of racing skills. On Friday, a lightly rainy, semi-dreary day weather-wise, they raced in Hampton Roads Harbor; on Saturday, a bright sunny, blustery day, featuring NNE breezes in the high teens and low 20s and accompanying seas, they raced one another in a distance race off Bukroe; on Sunday they squared off in multiple windward-leeward races off Ocean View, again under sunny skies with perfect, steady, racing wind. When all was said and done, Neil Ford and Lis Biondi (J24, Rocket J) won their fleet and the coveted BLACK SEAL CUP, thus proving …
The Offshore fleet finished up the spring series on Sunday with great sailing for 2 more races. 24 boats in 4 fleets sailed 8-10 knots out of the north and partly cloudy skies. PRO John Hubbard ran W6 courses for the AB fleets and W4 for everyone else.
In the PHRF-A fleet it was Double Eagle and Voodoo 2 each with a win and Double Eagle got the tiebreaker to win the day. In PHRF-B GOIN' put up two bullets to lead their fleet. PHRF-C was led by a trio of S27.9 and Horizon just out of moth balls won the day on a tie breaker over Cheeky Monkey. Juggernaut took the Non-spin …
Spring Series 3 is this Saturday, May 10th...We hope to see everyone there! Please be sure to register for the event!
Also, if you have not already renewed your PHRF certificate for 2014, please do so now. As of May 1st, 2013 PHRF certificates are no longer accepted as valid. Per the sailing instructions, if you are racing in a PHRF fleet, you must have a valid PHRF certificate. You can easily renew by visiting this site. It only takes a few minutes!
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.