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Blackwater Yacht Racing Association

Pelican Point Yacht Club

Smith Mountain Lake, VA

Latest News Welcome

2024 Calendar of Events


2023 Full Calendar of Events

Spring Series:

Races 1/2 - April 1 Cancelled - high wind

Races 3/4 - April 22

Races 5/6 - May 6

Spring Regatta - May 20/21

Races 7/8 - June 3

Make-up - June 10

Fall Series:

Races 1/2 - September 9

Races 3/4 - September 23

Races 5/6 - October 7

Races 7/8 - October 21

Make-up - October 28

Other Events:

BYRA/VISA Night Race - July 28

Pub Race - August 26

BYRA Awards Banquet - November 4

2024 Annual Meeting - January 13, 2024


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 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 Des Runyan, 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