The Willoughby Racers are BBSA's Little Bay faction. For over 20 years, sailboat racing has been offered in Willoughby Bay (Little Bay) between Willoughby Spit and the Norfolk Naval Base. Currently 25-30 boats in one spinnaker and two non-spinnaker fleets turn out on Thursday nights from mid-April to early September.
Go to the Documents page for race documents including Notice of Race (with details on how to register) and Sailing Instructions.
In addition to the Thursday Night Series, the Willoughby Racers enjoy two weekend regattas: the Memorial Regatta is a celebrated event featuring a staggered start. Handicaps are taken into account at the beginning of the race as the slowest rated boats start first followed by the faster boats. This sets up an exciting finish as the different rated boats eventually race together towards the finish line.
The season is wrapped up on the Willoughby Bay at the Hot Buttered Rum Race. Sailors enjoy this early November race with eyes set on the Hot Buttered Rum served at the party following the race.
Thanks to Our Sponsors
Special thanks to Bold Mariner Brewing, Cobb's Marina, Howdy Bailey Yacht Services, Hayes Custom Sails and Canvas, Bay Harbor Brokerage, Dead Reckoning Distillery, and Meadow Green Builders for sponsoring the Willoughby Thursday Night Racing Series.
Please see our sponsors page for more information and links to their websites.
Latest News for Willoughby Racers
The Willoughby Fleet Captain and assistants will post late breaking news in the Blog below: