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Blackwater Yacht

Racing Association

Pelican Point Yacht Club

Smith Mountain Lake, VA


Latest News Welcome

2017 BYRA Annual Banquet


2017 Calendar:

Full Schedule

Spring Series:

Races 1/2 - April 1

Races 3/4 - April 15

McDonald Cup Regatta - April 29/30

Races 5/6 - May 13

Races 7/8 - May 20

Make-up - June 3

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:

VA Safe Boating Course - April 22

Summer Sailstice - June 24

BYRA/VISA Night Race - July 7

Pub Race - August 5

BYRA Awards Banquet - November 11

Annual Meeting - January 13, 2018


BYRA on facebook!

2017 BYRA Schedule

Directions to Pelican Point Yacht Club

Local Weather Forecast

Sailing Lessons - Smith Mountain Lake Sailing School


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 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.


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