Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association (BBYRA)

The Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association is a Regional Sailing Association, With 14 member yacht or sailing clubs located around Barnegat Bay on the central Atlantic coast of New Jersey. We host a weekly championship series and provide coordination of sailing events between our member clubs.

History of the BBYRA

For many years prior to the inception of the Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association, yacht racing was the popular sport on the Bay. Commodore Herman Muller of the Seaside Park Yacht Club invited members of local yacht clubs to meet with him on February 11, 1914 to discuss the advisability of forming an association to foster and unify yacht racing on Barnegat Bay. Four clubs were represented at this meeting, Bay Head, Island Heights, Ocean Gate and Seaside Park.

After agreement as to the name and purpose of the Association, Commodore J.V.A. Cattus of the Bay Head Yacht Club was unanimously elected Chairman and to serve with him, Commodore E. A. Lloyd, Jr., as Vice Chairman, Commodore Herman Muller, Secretary and Mr. M.R.H. Crowell, Treasurer. The first regular meeting was held March 11, 1914 at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at which time the original Bylaws were adopted and a racing schedule formulated, the first race being held at the Seaside Park Yacht Club on July 4 of that year. At this first meeting, the Association was enlarged by the election of the Mantoloking Yacht Club into its membership.

The first season’s championships awarded by this new organization was in 1914. The first annual meeting was held on October 21 of that year and by this time, membership had grown to six Clubs by the addition of the Lavallette Yacht Club and an official Regatta Committee was appointed then known as “The Racing Commission.” In 1922, the Toms River Yacht Club was elected to membership. The following Clubs were subsequently elected to Membership: Shore Acres Yacht Club (1941), Beachwood Yacht Club (1946), Metedeconk River Yacht Club (1946), Normandy Beach Yacht Club (1947), Manasquan River Yacht Club (1962), Pine Beach Yacht Club (1979), and Ocean County College Sailing Club (2005).

The BBYRA Delegates approved an extensive revision of the Bylaws in 1994. The organization applied for, and received, Federal and State status as a tax-exempt corporation 501 (c)(3) enabling contributions to the BBYRA to be tax-deductible based on individual limits. The impetus for change during the 90’s did not stop at the Bylaws.

Significant changes have been made to the Racing Rules, Sailing Instructions, Course Configuration, scoring and methods of registration. An active web-site was introduced in 2000 which has provided timely communications between the Yacht Racing Association and the Clubs and Sailors.

The BBYRA horizons continue to expand beyond the Saturday Championship series. We currently serve as the umbrella organization uniting Junior Sailing Programs and YRA sponsored instructional clinics and coordinated events. Our seminars providing Race Management and Judges training reinforce our commitment to provide the best venue possible for our sailing members.

The development of the Association has been gradual but sound. Each group of officers contributes their time, energy, and effort to continue the commitment to sailing and racing on Barnegat Bay.

BBYRA Website

BBYRA Member Clubs

Bay Head Yacht Club
111 Metcalfe Street
Bay Head NJ 08742

Beachwood Yacht Club
P.O. Box 167
Compass Avenue
Beachwood NJ 08722

Island Heights Yacht Club
P.O. Box 721
River Avenue
Island Heights NJ 08732

Lavallette Yacht Club
124 Swan Point Road
Lavallette NJ 08735

Manasquan River Yacht Club
P.O. Box 325
405 River View Lane
Brielle NJ 08730

Mantoloking Yacht Club
P.O. Box 885
Bay Avenue & Downer Avenue
Mantoloking NJ 08738

Metedeconk River Yacht Club
P.O. Box 281
Tilton Road
Brick NJ 08723

Normandy Beach Yacht Club
P.O. Box 726
South Court
Normandy Beach NJ 08739

Ocean County College
Sailing Club
P.O. Box 2001
Toms River NJ 08750-2001

Ocean Gate Yacht Club
P.O. Box 347
Foot of Ocean Gate Avenue
Ocean Gate NJ 08740

Pine Beach Yacht Club
P.O. Box 301
Riverside Drive
Pine Beach NJ 08741

Seaside Park Yacht Club
P.O. Box 428
Bay Front
Seaside Park NJ 08752

Shore Acres Yacht Club
P.O. Box 4337
800 Drum Point Road
Brick NJ 08723

Toms River Yacht Club
1464 Riviera Avenue
Toms River NJ 08754