2020 Racing Program
The object of the Club shall be the development of the art and science of sailing, the acquisition of knowledge of the theory and practice of seamanship, navigation, meteorology, aerodynamics, yacht design, and construction and allied subjects; and the furthering of this purpose by the promotion and encouragement of races, regattas and cruises . . . . FBYC ARTICLES, Article III
Offshore Division events will consist of three major club series: Spring series, Fall series, and the Long Distance series, bookended by two stand-alone club events, plus two invitational regattas. Opening Day will start the year in middle of April. The season will officially end with the traditional festivities of Closing Day. There will be 2 additional winter races after Closing Day events. FBYC will again help host the Leukemia Cup Regatta in July, offering two days of racing and a chance to contribute to a worthy cause. The Stingray Point Regatta will continue as a three-day event. A government mark race will be held the first day, followed by two days of around-the-buoys racing. This event is expected to again attract a large contingent of racers from around the Bay over Labor Day weekend to race for the Brent Halsey, Jr. Memorial Trophy and the Potts Challenge Trophy. Depending on the level of interest in racing by cruising sailors, the Offshore Division will offer starts for Cruising Class boats with handicaps assigned by FBYC in all of the season’s major events. Our J70 class will again conduct their informal Friday evening club series during the summer months. During Stingray Point Regatta event will be the J70 Chesapeake Championships. All of our racing events will present the opportunity to include our new members as well as sailors from our crew training program as part of our racing teams. Participation of FBYC boats in regattas and series around the Bay and beyond will continue to be strong.
One-Design Division: The One-Design season is set to be an exciting one, reinvigorated with multiple new or refreshed events, including a Family Regatta, and a Women's Sailing Clinic. The season starts in May with a One-Design Opening Day Regatta beginning the Spring Series for Flying Scots (FS), Front Runners (FR), Portsmouth Handicap (PORT) and Lasers. Four club series Laser events will be spaced throughout the year. We will again host the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship in October. The annual Long Distance race will be held on Saturday, July 6th. Two Summer Seabreeze regattas will be held in July and Aug. The 80th Annual One-Design Regatta will be held over the second weekend in August, and a large turnout is expected to be on hand. The Jere Dennison Legacy Regatta is set for August; skippers must be 60 or older but are allowed to have crew of any age. There is also a classic boat division for this event. The One Design Fall Series (FS, FR, PORT and Lasers) begins in September and continues through October. FBYC will be hosting the Windmill National Championships at the end of July. Our traveling One Designers will again represent FBYC in regattas all over the eastern region of the country, and we wish them well. It requires a lot of effort on the part of our volunteers to conduct all of our racing programs. Let's all make a concerted effort to have numbers of boats on the starting line which will help sustain the high quality of racing at FBYC.
Junior Programs: The FBYC Junior Programs have continued to evolve, and FBYC’s racing juniors have become a regular presence not only on the Chesapeake Bay, but also across the country and around the world. The 2020 summer program will include six major components designed to accommodate a wide range of ages, sailing skills and abilities, and individual goals for sailors age 6-18. As in past years, Opti Kids and Junior Week will provide the entry-level teaching platform for young sailors in Optis and Lasers. Our Opti Development Team, Opti Race Team, Laser Development Team, and Laser Race Team will give those juniors wanting to expand their horizons and skills the opportunities to do so over the summer months of June, July, and August. Our world-class coaching staff and our quality club resources – boats, staff, and volunteers – all combine to ensure that our Junior Program maintains the high standard our junior sailors deserve.
RACE DAY ORGANIZATION
Our racing (and other) events are managed by members who agree to serve as Chairs and recruit sufficient volunteers to help carry out their responsibilities. Responsibilities of the individual event chair assignments are as follows:
Event Chair: Event Chairs have the overall responsibility to plan, market, staff, and manage all aspects - except the racing itself - of our larger sailing and non-sailing events. For regular race days, we only have a Race Chair and a Social Chair, saving Event Chairs for large events.
Race Committee Chair: The Race Committee Chair is the Principal Race Officer (PRO) for the day’s/regatta’s racing and is responsible for running the Race Committee and ensuring that the racing is conducted safely and in accordance with any Notice of Race and the General and Special Sailing instructions. The PRO is also responsible for ensuring race results are turned in to the Division Lt. Commander for scoring, appointing a protest committee (if needed), and presenting awards following most events. The PRO is expected to recruit an adequate number of assistants to operate and staff the signal and mark boats. The PRO will act as the official liaison with the United States Coast Guard for the day’s regatta. If any event is cancelled, the PRO should notify the Coast Guard at (757) 374-3408 (USCG Waterways Duty Cellphone) or via VHS Channel 16 and also notify the Fleet Captain.
Junior Race Committee Chair: Junior Race Committee Chairs run the Junior Race courses. Junior Race Committee Chair will serve as the Principal Race Officer and will be responsible with safely conducting all races in accordance with any Notice of Race and the General and Special Sailing Instructions.
Social Chair: For the typical weekend series race, where there is no Event Chair assigned, the Social Chair is responsible for after-race refreshments (generally soft drinks, beer, and snacks.) For larger events, the Social Chair works with the Event Chair, taking responsibility for food, beverages, and entertainment, as well as lining up volunteers to assist as needed to take care of the social activities for the event.