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Blackwater Yacht

Racing Association

Pelican Point Yacht Club

Smith Mountain Lake, VA


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2018 Calendar:

Full Schedule

Spring Series:

Races 1/2 - April 14

Races 3/4 - April 21

Races 5/6 - May 5

Races 7/8 - May 19

McDonald Cup Regatta/Make-up - June 2-3

Fall Series:

Races 1/2 - September 8

Races 3/4 - September 22

Races 5/6 - October 13

Races 7/8 - October 20

Make-up - October 27

Other Events:

Summer Sailstice - June 23

BYRA/VISA Night Race - July 20

Pub Race - August 18

BYRA Awards Banquet - November 10

Annual Meeting - January 12, 2019


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 11:30am 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 Mark Gobble, 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 a racing sailboat, come on out. We welcome all participants and at each race there are usually skippers looking for crew members.


The BYRA members thank Pelican Point Yacht Club and our Regatta sponsors Mary Lou McDonald and Gallins Foods. The links below will provide you with more information about their services.

If you are having issues with this website, please contact the webmaster: Brandyn W. Price