Tag: FBYC Annual Regatta
Fishing Bay Yacht Club’s Annual Regatta for One Design sailboats held the 2nd week of August each year in Deltaville Virginia.
A little more wind today made it more of my conditions and despite a bad start in the first race I was able to get to the right of the fleet and found pressure to get back ahead. Dave had to compete with his son which allowed me to stay ahead and win the 1st race.
In the 2nd race Dave beat me to the first mark, but I stayed close on the downwind. I was able to get into a position with right away and Dave capsized in his effort to stay clear and I sailed on to win the race.
In the 3rd race Dave tried to port tack the start and I just stayed clear of that, but made sure to give Mike, just to leeward of me, all the room he needed to close the door on Dave at the pin. Mike and I went to the left, got clear and stayed ahead for the rest of the race. Trip had a great race and picked off Mike to finish 2nd while I finished 1st.
In the 4th race I had a poor start and was back in the fleet and had to push hard around the course to make up a few boats and get back to 2nd. Dave was clear ahead and I settled for 2nd.
Going into the final race of the regatta the wind was starting to get light and I knew I was either tied or 1 point behind Dave in the standings. With no drops I’d need to beat him to win the regatta. I ended up taking a bit of a flier out to one side. Dave smartly covered me, the rest of the fleet passed us and he put some boats between us to safely finish ahead of me and win the regatta.
Thanks to Bob Fleck our PRO for the day and his crew who made the best racing they could with the winds we had. Dave, Mike, Trip, Brad and Alain were great to sail with and we all had some fun competition.
We started FBYC’s 80th Annual One Design Regatta with light winds and a 10-boat Laser fleet. We were set up in the middle of the Piankatank and had some current diagonal to the course that made going downwind a little tough. Upwind being generally to the left and definitely in more pressure helped a bunch. We were on the course with San Juan 21’s and staying clear of them was important too.
Dave was just fast all the way around the course and got 3 bullets on the day. Any time I let him get away and didn’t catch my own great shift – he usually just pulled away. Alain had some good racing – especially the 3rd race where he went left and was first to the new pressure and came across the top of all of us. Brad also had a good day and was near the top most races. I finished 3rd in 4 of the 5 races and 2nd in the other to be sitting in 2nd.
This morning we were greeted to sunny skies and light winds out of the North. We launched and sailed almost to Gynn’s Island in area C so we’d have the most fetch with a north wind. We got the first race started and just as we were about the start the wind clocked around toward the east and came in a 8-10. The mark was easily fetchable so we had another parade race. There was some passing and it was important to stay as high as possible so as not to be blanketed by the other fleets on the opposite leg. I rounded the first mark in 4th and then made up two spots on the 2nd ‘upwind’ to finish 2nd.
The course was reset for the 2nd race and the wind picked up to 10-14 with some whitecap and small waves. I had a great start, held my lane and used speed and hiking to pull away from the pack a bit. Charlie and David were to leeward going out left as well. About halfway up the beat I tacked to catch a shift to the right and ended up with less air and more headers. Charlie stayed all the way out to the left and came into the windward mark about 15 boat lengths ahead and I was almost as far ahead of David behind me. On the second beat I tried going more left than Charlie, but couldn’t get any shifts and we held our positions for another 2nd for me. That put him 1 point ahead in the lead again.
For the 3rd race we had a pile of boats at the boat end for the start. Charlie and I pulled ahead a bit and we rounded 1-2 at the top mark. I stayed within 3 boatlengths downwind and we crossed close a few times upwind before I got a shift out of phase and he put 3-4 boat lengths between us and held that to the finish.
It was great being out on the water – I feel a lot better and up to speed before going to Masters Nationals in Brant Beach in two weeks. Thanks to Rebecca and Massey for organizing the event and to John K and all of the folks on the race committee running the races and marks around.
The forecast was pretty dismal for the 79th Annual Regatta at Fishing Bay Yacht Club and we were treated to a nice of weather as we could have gotten – I was expecting cloudy skies turning to rain by the afternoon and didn’t even take sunglasses or sunscreen out. We ended up sailing 4 races in 0-7 and the clouds broke up and gave us some sun before the end of the afternoon.
In the first the wind started out more to the west of south and the left side of the course was favored. David went left, while Charlie and I went right. I bailed out halfway up the leg and got somewhat left and managed to round just ahead of Brad. We held our positions downwind and on the second upwind David covered me to the left side of the course allowing Brad to catch a lane out to the right and sail around us. I would end up 3rd.
In the 2nd race I had a great start, this time also worked my way a little left and had to pick my way back right. Alain rounded just ahead of me and I followed him downwind. The two of us again went left on the second beat, this time the course was set 10 degrees more to the south. Charlie and Brad were able to sail around us and I finished 3rd again.
In the 3rd race the boat was heavily favored, I had a great start and punched out working the middle left of the course. Most of the fleet went way to the left and I found more pressure, less dirty air from the other fleets and a favorable shift at the top mark on the first beat. Charlie caught up to me downwind and we jockeyed at the downwind mark with me just ahead of him. Upwind Charlie split out to the left while I stayed middle right and Mike stayed far right. Mike caught up and crossed ahead and headed to the left while I stayed middle right and again found better pressure and shifts rounding 15 boat lengths ahead and held that to finish 1st. That put me 1 point ahead of Charlie, David and Brad who were all tied for 2nd.
For the 4th and final race the wind shifted way right as the race were getting started and it ended up as a parade lap. Those who went high and avoided the other fleet traffic had clearer air and got ahead. The wind for most of this was 0-3 and at one point I think we were making wind by riding the current. I picked up a spot on the final leg and finished 3rd again. Charlie had pulled ahead on the 3rd leg and David squeezed ahead of me. So after 4 races in a regatta with no drop races, Charlie is 2 points ahead of me and David who are tied.
Nearly a year in the making this would mark the first time I was the event chairman for the 77th Annual One Design Regatta. With that role came a lot of additional responsibilities and unlike the single-class regattas for Lasers that I have often chaired – this one involved organizing for many different classes. In the end I think we did the best we could to balance the wishes of the sailors vs the sailing conditions we had and the volunteers and resources we had available.
Being the event chairman I was focused on making sure the event ran smoothly and so I only made it out for two races. I had a good first race and ended up in a bad spot in the 2nd race that I couldn’t get out of at a mark rounding and ended up fouling a boat and had to retire from the race.
We had a windy start for the first day of racing at the Fishing Bay Yacht Club 76th Annual One Design Regatta. Two lasers were unfortunately involved in a collision before the first race that left one boat severely holed and not sea worthy. A broken mast and traveler on other boats rounded out the rest of the carnage.
The second day was much lighter. We hadn’t sailed on the same course as Flying Scots in a while and with 16 of them on the course – it was important to find clear air. In the end I finished 2nd to Charlie Brewer who sailed a great regatta and found a way to win the last race to take the regatta.
The 75th Annual One Design Regatta at Fishing Bay Yacht Club got off to a bit of a slow start with hardly any wind to be found. The Laser fleet sat on the shore, boats rigged and communicated with the RC for when to come out to sail. Eventually a whisper of something showed up on the course and we headed out. Once on the course it was another 2 1/2 hours of sitting around before admitting defeat that the wind wasn’t going to fill and calling it a day.
By race time on Sunday we had a nice 6 knot breeze out of the ESE. We had 8 Standard Lasers in our fleet.
In the first two races of the day the wind was still what I’d call ‘light’ with some shiftiness. Eric Roos did a great job picking the shifts and put a nice lead on the rest of us on the first beat and held that to the finish. I never felt comfortable with the boat in the first two races and just didn’t like my setup or boat speed. I was hanging within sight of the leaders, but had to work to stay ahead of Brad, Mike and others all around me and settled for 3 & 5.
By the 3rd, 4th and 5th race we had another knot or two of pressure and I had settled down and gotten the boat setup right. At the starts I was careful not to get pinned to one side of the course and to have clear air. Upwind with the boat finally moving well I was able to pick my head out of the boat and really start picking the shifts. On all 3 first upwind legs I was really well in phase and had 10+ boat length leads at the windward mark.
In one of those 3 races I made the downwind work and actually pulled away in one of them. On the other 2 I felt like I was in a hole and struggled to not loose too much ground on the boats behind me. In the final beat to the finish of race 3 and 4 I was able to just cover the fleet and finish comfortably in 1st. In the 5th race I made a few mistakes getting out of phase early in the final beat and had to play some catchup to finish just ahead of James Jacob who had been consistently 2nd all day long.
By the 6th and final race of the day the wind started easing just a bit. I had a bad start, let myself get pinned on the wrong side of the course and rounded the first mark in 6th. I clawed back to a 4th, but James Jacob’s consistency and my 4 & 5 put me 2 points behind him settling for 2nd place overall.
Having had the new Laser out 5 times and this being the 2nd race day for it – it was really nice to finally have some races where I felt good and had it dialed in. Two weeks from now is the District 11 Championship at Tred Avon and I can’t wait to give it another go.
Thanks to all of the other Laser sailors who came out and sailed with us and thanks to Matt Lambert for putting the regatta together and to Alex Alvis, Geoff Cahill, Donna Alvis, Cindy Corbett, David Lennarz, Brad Miller and everyone else who helped on RC.
With no prospect of wind for the second day of the Fishing Bay Yacht Club Annual One Design Regatta, racing was called off early and yesterday‘s results stand. Being tied for first, it would have been fun to have another race to break the tiebreaker, but we wouldn’t get it and I wound up second after the tie was broken. Congrats to Brad Squires for winning the race that counted and getting it done. Results.
On Saturday I ran the GoPro cameras to do some time lapse around the club. Here’s the video of it all put together:
After awards and sailing we took out a few of the junior opti sailors and their coaches in Lasers and 420s for some fun sailing in the very light winds. I took a friend’s 9-year-old son, who is an experienced opti sailor, out on my Laser and after a few pointers he sailed the boat alone for the first time. He then proceeded in the first race to crush his college-aged coaches. He didn’t do quite as well in the subsequent races, but it was a thrill for him to sail anything other an Opti, even if it was only 4 knots of wind.
In the first race I had a good start at the boat, hit the shifts and just led the around the whole course to get a bullet. The second race was set a bit longer and I messed up the start and wound up behind most of the boats going out to the left. Halfway up the course I made my way to the right while all of the leaders went left, and I caught some good wind and shifts to the right to round just inside Brad Squires. Brad had a gear I didn’t have downwind and got ahead and led the rest of the way to the finish.
We were sent in as a storm approached and were in by 2pm.
I did two video experiments today. One was taking a bunch of time lapse pictures around the club of everyone launching and heading out to the course. The other experiment was mounting a video camera to the stern of the laser with an extension. It was a cool view, but was a little shaky. I’ll have to figure out how to stabilize it a little more.