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Blackwater Yacht

Racing Association

Pelican Point Yacht Club

Smith Mountain Lake, VA


Latest News Welcome

  SML 50th Anniversary 50k Race - May 21, 2016

Benefiting the National Kidney Foundation


Upcoming Events:

50k Race - May 21, 2016

Spring 7 & 8 - June 4, 2016

Spring Make-Up - June 5, 2016


BYRA on facebook!

2016 BYRA Schedule

Directions to Pelican Point Yacht Club

Local Weather Forecast

Sailing Lessons - Smith Mountain Lake Sailing School


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.

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 11am 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 Pete Phillip, 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.



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