The Rescue of Valiant and crew

Strother Scott on

Cruising News

Todays Richmond Paper had a first page article about the rescue of Wes Jones and the crew of Valiant off Iceland.  

Excerpts and Pictures below:

“All we can speculate is that one of those rogue waves crashed down us,” Piersol said as he sat and sipped coffee. “It broke on top of the boat and completely smashed the boat down into the water. Blew out the portholes on the low side. Took everything. It was a violent smashing. Wasn’t like a gentle, oh-my-gosh-we’re-rolling-over. It was, wham!

“Next thing you know, you’re rolling over and upside-down and water’s pouring over you. It took the boat over on its side and …

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.

Safety at Sea at Newport News Mariner's Museum

Greg Watt on

Club News

The Mariners Museum in Newport News is once again sponsoring a Safety at Sea Seminar on Saturday, Feb 21, 2015. Come for a day-long Safety at Sea Seminar designed and conducted by sailors and experts in their fields! The seminar provides both novice and experienced mariners alike with the information and skills required to safety sail the Chesapeake Bay.  Seminar topics include: Emergency Communications; Damage Control; Crew Overboard & Emergencies; The A I S System; Medical Care & Prevention; Bay Weather; Life Raft Demo & Inflation.  You’ll also earn a Near Coastal Safety at Sea Certification from US Sailing!  SPACE IS LIMITED!  Please register early to ensure availability. This seminar is open to all cruising and …

PHRF Chesapeake Changes for 2015

Mayo Tabb on

Offshore Racing

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.

 At last month …


Lin Mccarthy on

SBR News You Can Use

Wake up, sleepyheads!  DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME began yesterday!!

PHRF WEBSITE UP AND READY – Register to apply/renew rating, check out the NEW Safety Equipment Requirements (adopted by PHRF of the Chesapeake) and more.  Go to the PHRF home page,  and click on the appropriate topic.  You can apply for your rating, get info on the “Equipment Compliance Certificate” (you self-certify as in the past, but the category titles are different and so are the requirements), and you can pay at the site. The new Safety Equipment Requirements have been developed by US Sailing and come as a result of recent tragic accidents that occurred within the past year or two. PHRF of …

Boater Card Course: LAST CALL!

Jane Cutler on

Club News

LAST CALL FOR VA Boater Card Course on March 22


Virginia Boater Course

Event: Virginia Boater Card Course
Location: Fishing Bay Yacht Club, Main Clubhouse, Second Floor
Time: 8:30 am until completion of examination
Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014 
Registration: or click here.

This year’s course will again be held at the clubhouse and will be conducted by Flotilla 66 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.  As of  July 31st of 2014, the Commonwealth of Virginia will mandate that in order to operate a vessel powered by a motor of 10 HP or greater, all operators 45 years of age and younger will be required to have taken and …


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SBR News You Can Use

Leukemia Cup to Host Gary Jobson in Richmond on March 16.  The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society kicks off its 2014 Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta season in March with a Richmond appearance by world-class sailor and ESPN commentator, Gary Jobson.Jobson will present his candid behind-the-scenes commentary on the spectacular America’s Cup comeback by Team Oracle over Team New Zealand in the Cup races held last September on San FranciscoBay. As National Chairman of the Leukemia Cup Regattas and himself a Leukemia survivor, Jobson will also offer some valuable fundraising tips for area sailors planning to participate in the upcoming 16th Annual Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta in Deltaville in July. The program is free and open to …

Vessel Safety Inspection

George Sadler on

Cruising News

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in action photo --Not A Link --

FBYC Captains and Crew,

If you wish to have a safety inspection done of your boat at the Club on Saturday morning, May 18, 2013, then please let me know via email or mobile phone.  We have members of the USCG Auxiliary Mathews Flotilla that have volunteered to perform the vessel examinations.

I will coordinate the appointment time for your inspection, which should only take about twenty minutes

For an idea of what they look for you may visit the following link:

or if you wish you can do your own assessment.

My mobile phone is 757-343-9890.

Safe sailing,
George Sadler
Cruising Division Commander


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

Craig Ciszewski on

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 …

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