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Blackwater Yacht

Racing Association

Pelican Point Yacht Club

Smith Mountain Lake, VA

Smith Mountain Lake, VA

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2022 Calendar:


Full Schedule

Spring Series:

Races 1/2 - April 9

Races 3/4 - April 23

Races 5/6 - May 7

Spring Regatta - POSTPONED TO JUNE 4/5

Races 7/8 - June 4

Make-up - June 11

Fall Series:

Races 1/2 - September 10

Races 3/4 - September 24

Races 5/6 - October 15

Races 7/8 - October 29

Make-up - November 5

Other Events:

BYRA/VISA Night Race - Cancelled- July 15

Pub Race - Cancelled - August 27

BYRA Awards Banquet - November 12

2023 Annual Meeting - January 7, 2023


BYRA on facebook!

Directions to Pelican Point Yacht Club

Local Weather Forecast


Past Events:

2016 SML 50K Race - National Kidney Foundation


Welcome to the Blackwater Yacht Racing Association website!

Based at the Pelican Point Yacht Club on beautiful Smith Mountain Lake in Southern Virginia, the Blackwater Yacht Racing Association (BYRA) is a non-profit organization made up of members who enjoy sailing and sailboat racing.

Activities include regular spring and fall keelboat races, summer fun races, and sponsored invitational regattas.  Social functions are also scheduled throughout the year.

Visitors are always welcome and are encouraged to attend the Saturday 12:00 pm pre-race skippers meeting at Pelican Point Yacht Club to get acquainted. 


If you would like to join BYRA and participate in the BYRA races, please contact Jim Evans, Membership Chairman.  You do not need to own a sailboat to join or participate. 

To learn more about sailboat racing or if you are interested in serving as a crew member on the race committee or a racing sailboat, come on out. We welcome all participants and at each race there are usually skippers looking for crew members. No experience is necessary.


The BYRA members thank Pelican Point Yacht Club.

If you are having issues with this website, please contact the webmaster: Jim Evans