It was great weekend all around at the 36th Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship where 44 sailors had 7 races over two days in a variety of conditions and Rob Hallawell from Milford Connecticut won the championship. Sailors from as far away as Toronto and Miami began arriving at Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville Virginia mid afternoon Friday as the weather began to turn and cloud up with some misty rain. That didn’t deter some hearty sailors from going for a practice sail.
High tides on Friday night and Saturday made driving down Fishing Bay Road more of an aquatic adventure and cars queued up at the hose stations for wash downs much like sailboats do after racing ...
Fishing Bay Yacht Club will host the 36th Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship this October. FBYC's Laser Fleet will welcome sailors from around the mid-Atlantic and beyond for great sailing, great food, and great friends.
Alain Vincey will be back to put on another great dinner, and our RC team, led by PRO Rick Klein, will be back again to put on solid racing.
FBYC's Laser Fleet introduced a number of new and returning sailors to the Laser. The clinic covered basic boat setup, some basic manuvers and on the water instruction. Mike Toms and Jon Deutsch led the effort.
This Saturday the Laser Fleet will be conducting a clinic and training day starting at 10am. Jon Deutsch, Mike Toms and other fleet members will be there to help anyone move people forward in sailing, no matter their skill level. Whether you hope to race or play, this clinic can help make Laser sailing more fun and safer.
The clinic will be started at 10AM and run for a little over 2 hours.
boat rigging - How to put a basic boat together, how to do some of the 'new' rigging, must-have rigging versus the nice-to-have stuff.
Safety - how to launch a boat from the beach, how to recover, how to tow a laser, how to ...
There aren’t many things to look forward to in getting old – but Laser Masters sailing is definitely one of them. This was my first time sailing Florida Laser Masters week having just qualified a few months ago. The week consists of 3 events – Florida Masters in West Palm, Masters Midweek Madness in Sarasota and Masters Midwinters in Tampa. For over a decade now I’ve been running the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Regatta at Fishing Bay Yacht Club and so I was familiar with masters sailing in general. I’ve also traveled to numerous ILCA-NA events from ACC to Nationals to North Americans and was eager to try out Masters week. Unfortunately, my schedule would ...
We've got 40 boats registered and a few more expected to join us for some great sailing and food. As always - we've got a great group of volunteers and we thank them for their work to make this happen. And to the sailors - thanks for putting this on your calendar every year and making this part of your fall.
Here's a few things to know as you make your way to Deltaville:
PARKING Anyone arriving on Friday is more than welcome to go ...
We had a great day for sailing on Saturday for our Laser Fall Regatta. We had 7 sailors out and we took out 6 Lasers and a RIB. Each sailor took two turns running the races while everyone else sailed. Jon jumped from boat to boat and sailed a different boat each race. We did 14 total races in just over 3 hours right off the dock in a 4-6 kt north east breeze. We used Ruthana Jenkin's auto horn to run a 3 minute horn start so all the RC person had to do was hit start, call the over earlys, and record the finishes.
Charlie Brewer was most consistent and won the ...
FBYC's Laser Masters sailor, Charlie Brewer shines at the Atlantic Coast Championships hosted by the Sayville Yacht Club on Long island Sound held on 16 and 17 July. Thirty-seven competitors race for the championship with adjustments made to their scores based upon age. Charlie easily won his age group and was third overall. The legendary Peter Seidenberg, winner of numerous World, North American, European and National championships, as well as the father of the much loved Seitech Dolly was first overall.
FBYC continues to enjoy an outstanding reputation throughout the country not only for its strong junior sailing program but also for its ability to ably conduct major regattas. The annual Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship routinely attracts skippers ...
This Saturday the Laser fleet is hosting a training day. This is a day of training and practice in Lasers, open to experienced or inexperienced Laser sailors. Sailors wanting to try this kind of boat are welcome as well. Jon Deutsch, Mike Toms, and other experienced fleet members will be around to lead a day of learning and practice. More details and how to register on the club website.
2015 was a fantastic year for FBYC’s Laser sailors on the international stage! The North American Laser Association recently published their final 2015 Grand Prix standings in the Laser Sailor magazine. The standings are based on cumulative finishes at major North American events, including the Laser Atlantic Coast Championship, North Americans, and United States and Canadian Nationals. Jon Deutsch finished 26th in the Standard Class, out of 254 qualifying boats; Alexander Hanna finished 37th in the Radial Class out of 245 (Alexander won the 2015 ACCs, sailed at FBYC); and Jackson Montague finished 7th in the 4.7 Class out of 15 qualifying! Congratulations to all!
The Laser Fleet finished their racing with the Frostbite Regatta as the 4th and final event in the 2015 Laser Series. With the fall event having been cancelled due to extreme weather 3 events stood with 16 sailors competing in 17 races. 8 sailors competed in enough events to qualify for the series and 5 of them participated in every race of the series.
The 34th Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Regatta was one cool regatta and Mike Hecky (Riverton Yacht Club) was coolest of them all winning the first race and hanging on to win the championship. Cool temperatures, fluky winds and a power outage were not enough to dampen the spirits of the 45 sailors all over the age of 35 competing for the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship at Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville, Virginia.
On the first day a long course was set just south of Fishing Bay in the Piankatank River. Throughout the race the wind eased off from 8-11 at the start and Hecky was first to finish in just under an hour. Following that race the wind ...
4.1 Race Schedule Saturday, October 17 0800-0945 Continental Breakfast, Late Registration 0945 Late Registration Closes 1000 Skippers Meeting 1100 Warning for First Race Following racing there will be a dinner
Sunday, October 18 0730-0900 Continental Breakfast 1000 Warning for First Race Awards will be given as soon as practical after racing in the clubhouse.
The NOR is now posted and online registration is now open for the 2015 Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship onOctober 17-18.
Fishing Bay Yacht Club will host the 34th Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship this October. FBYC's Laser Fleet will welcome sailors from around the mid-Atlantic and beyond for great sailing, great food, and great friends.
Alain Vincey will be back to put on another great dinner and our RC team lead by PRO Rick Klein will be back again to put on solid racing.
The mouth of the Piankatank River was the scene of the second regatta of the four event Laser series on Sunday 26 July. A strong turnout of 10 racers tackled the tactically challenging light to moderate breeze. Once again, Mark Stephens and his team did an excellent job of adapting to the wind variations throughout the afternoon and was able to complete five races in a little over three hours. Jon Deutsch had a very strong and consistent performance and won the regatta and is the series leader. Full results are posted on FBYC.net. Next up for the Lasers is the 76th edition of the Annual One Design Regatta8-9 August. Register now and encourage ...
The first Laser Regatta of the four event season was held on Sunday, 7 June. The 10 competitors, including two from North Carolina and one from Florida, enjoyed five races in a moderate and tactically challenging breeze. Austin Powers demonstrated that he has not forgotten how to race a Laser since moving on to his Tartan Ten. PRO Mark Stephens and his team did an outstanding job of adjusting the course as conditions changed throughout the day.
As is a long standing tradition with Laser regattas at FBYC, the post race food and beverages were excellent. A variety of gourmet sandwiches prepared by Brad Squires were enjoyed by all.
The 2015 Laser Atlantic Coast Championship tested competitors both mentally and physically with long courses over shifty winds and current. Eric Reitinger (Brant Beach YC) had consistent finishes near the top nabbed him the Standard Championship while Fishing Bay Yacht Club's Alexander Hanna put up all top 3 finishes to win the Radial division.
Radial Champion Alexander Hanna
Saturday's racing saw the sailors racing out in the Chesapeake Bay where the currents of the Rappahannock River and the Piankatank river all converge. Winds started in the low double digits and the first race had most of the fleet racing for nearly an hour and a half. By the time the standards started the second race- the wind eased ...
Welcome to the Laser Atlantic Coast Championship at Fishing Bay Yacht Club this weekend! We've got 47 confirmed boats and are expecting a few more, nice weather, great food and good competition. And we want to thank our great team of volunteers who have assembled to make this happen. As you make your way to Deltaville, here are a few things you should know:
We have an EARLY start scheduled on Saturday - please note the 0915 skippers meeting and 1030 first warning. We want to make the most of the day and may even choose to sail on the outside course to get the best conditions - so please arrive early and be ready to sail shortly ...