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Blackwater Yacht

Racing Association

Pelican Point Yacht Club

Smith Mountain Lake, VA


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2019 Calendar:

Full Schedule

Spring Series:

Races 1/2 - April 6

Races 3/4 - April 13

Races 5/6 - April 27

Races 7/8 - May 11

Make-up - June 1

Spring Regatta - April 18-19

Fall Series:

Races 1/2 - September 7

Races 3/4 - September 21

Races 5/6 - October 5

Races 7/8 - October 19

Make-up - October 26

Other Events:

BYRA/VISA Night Race - July 19

Pub Race - August 17

BYRA Awards Banquet - November 9

2020 Annual Meeting - January 11, 2020


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