Welcome to the Open House Regatta

Jon Deutsch on Friday May 23, 2014 09:58AM

Welcome to our first Open House Regatta & Party on Saturday! We’re really excited about this new event and can’t wait to go sailing, pig out and have fun with our members and guests.

Here’s some information about the event and if you have any questions, please let us know.

See you Saturday!

-Your Event Team:
Caroline Garrett, Elizabeth Staas, Len Guenther, Mark Hayes, Matt Braun, Paul Wash, Jon Deutsch




  • 0930 Late registration @ Mr Roberts slip
  • 1000 Competitors Meeting - creekside flag pole - we will be prompt
  • 1100 First warning for Optis
  • 1115 First start for <22’ boats
  • 1130 First start for +22’ boats
  • 1400 Post-race raftup    
    • Landlubbers - meet on Fishing Bay pier to join raft up   **ALL children 12 and under MUST have a life jacket on any FBYC Dock or boat---no exceptions.
    • Boat Participants - corral near finish line. You will be directed into place.
  • 1630 Raft-up breaks up/ “time to get cleaned up”
  • 1700 Registration table opens for the dinner & party / Bar opens
  • 1830 Dinner
  • 1900 Band



With 400 people expected at the club this weekend, we need your help with parking so that we make efficient use of our parking space and so that at no time do we block our neighbors from travelling along Fishing Bay Road.  Carpooling is highly encouraged.

Please follow all signs and park only in designated areas.  Please park your cars closely together and don’t leave any extra space between them. Remember that people will be using their boats this weekend so don’t block any boats unless directed to do so.  As always, there is NO parking along Fishing Bay Road.

If you have a boat on a trailer that you are not using, please park in your reserved spot in front of your boat.  If you are sailing a trailered boat, please return your car + trailer to it’s space while you are sailing.


Anyone wishing to register to race or change anything about their registration can come to Mr Roberts at its slip between 0930 and 1000.

Dinner tickets can only be picked up at the registration table at the main club house starting at 1700 (they will not be available in the morning).


Will be held at the creek side flag pole at 1000 for all competitors.  After initial remarks the optis will break away to complete their meeting.


The RC boats, Mr. Roberts and Wildcat RC, will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 72. Everyone (except optis) should have a radio (including the less than 22 foot fleet - if at all possible).


The race format for the Open House regatta will be a staggered start with two separate sequences.

Tables with starting time will be posted on the FBYC site prior to 1600 on Friday 5/23.

This email has modifications to the sailing instructions and some skipper’s meeting type information:

The start times for the fleets are as follows:

  1. <22 foot fleet scratch boat start will be signaled at 1115 using the #4 pennant. This is the time that the slowest boat of this fleet crosses the line.
  2. +22 foot fleet scratch boat start will be signaled at 1130 using the #2 pennant. This is the time that the slowest boat of this fleet crosses the line.
  3. This changes the sailing instruction. A notice will be posted.

OPTIS: Will have a first start at 1100 in Fishing Bay


The race course is as follows:

  1. <22 foot fleet will sail course #4
  2. +22 foot fleet will sail course #2
  3. The first rounding mark (Piankatank River Dayboard #12) will be to taken to STARBOARD.
    1. This changes the sailing instruction. A notice will be posted.
  4. The start will be in Godfrey Bay south of Piankatank River Dayboard #12.
  5. The finish line will be a safe distance south of the FBYC Fishing Bay pier.

NOTE: Please honor red #8 when passing the shoal off of Stove Point (near the 8A nun). The depth between 8A and 8 is < 4’.


Optis will be racing drop-mark courses posted on the committee boat and discussed in the Opti Skippers meeting in Fishing Bay.


The race finish will be within sight of the dock in Fishing Bay.  Non-racers will be able to watch the exciting finish as all boats finish in short succession.  The finish will be followed by a sunflower raft up.


Following racing, boats larger than 22’ are invited to join the raft-up. We will be rafted up in a sunflower formation.  Only Son, a deadrise crabbing vessel, will act as “base camp” in the raft-up. There will be FBYC-provided snacks and beverages onboard. Feel free to hop over to your friends’ boats too.

Please take your time and use care getting on and off the shuttle boat and other boats while enjoying the raft up. One hand for yourself, one for the boat!

All boats joining in the raft-up need to monitor VHF channel 72. Raft-up coordination will be led by Waddy Garrett, in a Grady White, FLURRY. Monitor the radio for instructions.


Please maintain a proper lookout on your boat at all times. Boats ranging from 14 to 38 feet in length will be sharing the same body of water.

Children under 12- Mandatory life jacket rule on piers, club boats, and Raft up.

Around the club - please drive slowly and safely and be on the lookout for pedestrians and especially kids.


We will have a pig smoking all day. At 1830, the buffet-style dinner opens, featuring BBQ pork and BBQ chicken, cole slaw, pickled shrimp, Caesar salad. You may pick off the pig, if you want!

Memorial-day-inspired red, white, and blue berry parfaits await for dessert!


Virginia favorite bluegrass band Jackass Flats will be playing!



If you have any questions, you can contact:
Elizabeth Staas Elizabeth.staas [ at ] recondotech.com 804-337-3694
Caroline Garrett cgarrett17[ at ]gmail.com 703-201-0508

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