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Southern Bay Race Week


Registration is open and racers may enter at the Yacht Scoring SBRW 2024 event website. 

The preliminary Race Announcement / NOR is available now and additional information and details will be forthcoming and posted prior to the regatta.

Regarding ENTRY in SBRW 2024:

  • Racers do not have to wait for current valid rating certificates to enter.  (Racers must have required certificates before the event begins on May 30, 2024.)

  • Members of host Hampton Yacht Club, may charge their entry fee to their personal HYC account, by noting their request in the “Competitor’s Notes” section on the official entry form.

  • If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Lin McCarthy at 757-850-4225 or email her at

Looking forward to seeing everyone at SBRW, May 30, 2024, when . . . 

Y'all come racing!

The signature event of southern Chesapeake Bay racing is hosted every year by Hampton Yacht Club. The event happens the weekend following the Memorial Day holiday and the weekend before Norfolk HarborFest. Opening night, Skippers Meeting, and welcome party are planned for the Thursday of SBRW weekend and the racing, socializing, awards presentations, entertainment, food and drink, and friendship are continuous Friday through late Sunday afternoon.


SBRW really does have something for everyone. Keelboats race in the PHRF Class, One Design Classes, and Cruising Classes. Courses feature drop mark courses and the SBRW open course racing in the bay.  Racers compete in three different venues – in Hampton Roads harbor, in the Bay off Buckroe, and in the Bay off Ocean View. Variety is the spice of life and of Southern Bay Race Week.

HYC and our famous southern hospitality are recognized by all attending SBRW as a key player in the success of the event. Visitors from near and far are treated as cherished friends from the minute they begin the entry process to when they head for home. There is complimentary rafting, trailer storage, launch and retrieval from HYC hoists, a special reduced rate at the local downtown, waterfront hotel, and an entry fee discount for SBRW returnees.

More than 100 HYC volunteers come together to prepare for and carryout SBRW.  There are drink pourers, entertainment procurers, food planners and preparers, volunteer organizers, greeters, welcome bag stuffers, banner hangers, vendor site organizers, and the outstanding and experienced race committee members who make the racing format and administration the best on the southern Bay and beyond.

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