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Willoughby Racers

Willoughby Racers

The Willoughby Racers are BBSA's Little Bay faction. For over 25 years, sailboat racing has been offered in Willoughby Bay (Little Bay) between Willoughby Spit and the Norfolk Naval Base. Currently 20-25 boats in one spinnaker and two non-spinnaker fleets turn out on Thursday nights from mid-April to early September.

The 2024 Notice of Race has been posted on the Documents page along with links to the Race Committee schedule and sign-up.  The first race is Thursday, April 4th.  

To join Willoughby Racers for 2024:

  • New members can register using the JOIN US link.  
  • Existing BBSA members, who need to renew for 2024, should renew now and add the Willoughby membership in the process.  For renewal instructions, see BBSARenewalProcess.pdf
  • If you have already renewed for 2023 but forgot to add Willoughby, please contact

In addition to the Thursday Night Series, the Willoughby Racers enjoy two weekend regattas: the Memorial Race 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.

Upcoming events

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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:  

"Broad Bay Sailing Association" is a non-profit organization. Virginia Beach, VA 23454

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