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Blackwater Yacht Racing Association

Smith Mountain Lake, VA

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2024 Full Calendar of Events

Spring Series:

Races 1/2 - March 23

Races 3/4 - April 06

Blue Ridge Regatta - April 20/21

Races 5/6 - May 04

Races 7/8 - May 18

Make-up - June 01

Fall Series:

Races 1/2 - September 07

Races 3/4 - September 21

Races 5/6 - October 05

Races 7/8 - October 19

Make-up - October 26

Other Events:

BYRA/VISA Night Race - July 20

Pub Race - August 17

BYRA Awards Banquet - November 16

2024 Annual Meeting - January 11, 2025


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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 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 John Schramm, 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