This weekend I was honored to be presented with Fishing Bay Yacht Club’s Matthew Fontaine Maury Bowl.

Jon Deutsch being presented with the Matthew Fontaine Maury Bowl

The description of the award:

In 1973, an award was created by gift of the Cruising Class. This gift was made possible by the special generosity of Reid Dunn and Ray Toms. The basis for the award is “outstanding contribution to sailing.” The Bowl is to be a perpetual trophy to be awarded annually by the Board of Trustees of the Fishing Bay Yacht Club; however, for any year for which the Board may determine that a suitable award cannot be made, the award shall be withheld. Generally, the award will be made to members of the Fishing Bay Yacht Club for contribution to sailing at Fishing Bay. In exceptional cases, however, the Board shall not be restricted in these respects. The award shall be accompanied by a citation describing the outstanding contribution to sailing on which the award was based.

The citation that was read by the Commodore at the ceremony and given to me in a frame:

The Matthew Fontaine Maury Bowl, the Club’s most coveted award, is given for the year’s outstanding contribution to sailing at FBYC.  Jonathan M. Deutsch, the 2010 recipient, has made outstanding contributions to Club sailing through his extraordinary efforts, raising the bar for hosting regattas to new levels at FBYC and across the nation.

Jon volunteered to put together the state of the art Regatta web site for the 2010 USODA Nationals hosted by FBYC in June, resulting in one of the finest Regatta web sites in the history of sailing. ( The effectiveness of the site was surely one of the reasons FBYC’s Opti Nationals was recently awarded One Design Regatta of the Year by US Sailing. The site was the backbone of the marketing efforts for months prior to the regatta which surpassed 300 boats from all over the country. He developed the site from scratch, built in links to Twitter and Facebook, organized mailing lists for registrants, and dedicated his time, full time, during the 9 day Regatta to keep up with the fast moving event online. He made frequent updates from the race courses, which resulted in notices being sent out to the Facebook event page, and tweets to those following on Twitter.  That drove a lot of traffic to the site, as many people followed both Twitter and Facebook.

This, however, was merely the finale in a long list of other things Jon has done for sailing at FBYC and beyond. A few others include serving as Event Chairman for the wildly successful Laser Masters Regatta at FBYC for the last 5 years. He has been the FBYC Laser Fleet Captain for 5 years. He crews often with our offshore fleet. He is a regular race committee volunteer. As a semi-professional photographer, he has provided the club with literally thousands of photographs of more events than we can name; but just a few recent ones include: the Front Runner Midwinters in Florida, our offshore fall series #2, and the Laser Masters. As the District 11 Laser Fleet Chairman for the past several years, (covers four states) he maintains that web site.

In the words of John Bertrand, an Olympic sailing silver medalist, and winner of our Laser Masters for the last 2 years, “Jon Deutsch is a photographer and regatta organizer extraordinaire.” For this the 2010 Maury Bowl is presented to Jonathan M. Deutsch.

And here’s the acceptance speech I gave:

This year has been so much fun.  And it has been an incredible year for the club. To the event chairs who let me be part of their events, thanks for allowing me to play a role in putting on your great events.  To those who helped me run my events this year, namely the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Regatta, thank you for your help putting on this regatta.

This year coming up will be the 30th running of the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters regatta at FBYC.  This is truly a special regatta that has a great reputation among Laser Masters sailors up and down the east coast.  Some of the best Laser Masters sailors in that area regularly come to this event.  Thank you all for everything you’ve done to help us continue this tradition.

Jay [Buhl] and Noel [Clinard], you both did a great job running the Opti Nationals Regatta this summer.  Thank you for allowing me to run with my vision for the regatta website and thanks for all the help you gave me with it.  We learned a lot in the process that we hope to roll back into the Fishing Bay Yacht Club website in the coming years.

It’s been one heck of a great year.  Thank you for allowing me to do what I do.  Thank you for the award.  I can’t wait until next season.  Thank you.

FBYC members can see the past winners of this award by visiting the members only website here.