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Biscayne Bay Yacht Racing Association

Miami, Florida

P.O. Box 331492     *      Miami, FL 33233-1492     *     (305) 667-SAIL

BBYRA helps provide a schedule of area regattas
 and a uniform NOR/SI for use by its member clubs .

BBYRA Member Clubs

Biscayne Bay Yacht Club   -   Coconut Grove Sailing Club    
Coral Reef Yacht Club 
Key Biscayne Yacht Club   -   Miami Yacht Club

Next BBYRA Board Meeting

The next BBYRA BOARD meeting will be Thursday, May 10th. If you have something you wish to submit for this meeting please prepare it in writing and mail to  BBYRA P. O. Box 331492, Miami, Florida 33233-1492.  OR you can email your document to .  It must be received the Friday before.
Thank you for your input.

Kenneth Strong Batzer (7/21/1945 - 5/13/2018)

Ken was an avid sailor who was passionate about all aspects of the sport; from one design and offshore racing, to organizing regattas and trophy presentation. He grew up sailing with his family in South Florida.  Shortly after college, he bought a Greenwich 24 which was the first of many of his boats called War Eagle; named after his alma mater Auburn.  In 1974, he caught the racing bug sailing in the SORC as a crew on the famous C&C 40 Red Jacket.  Ken then became active in racing sailboats while living in Newport Beach, California. In the late 70’s, he moved back to South Florida and joined the local Hillsboro Inlet Sailing Club, where he later became Commodore.  After several years of racing the SORC, Key West Race and other offshore races during the early 80’s, Ken became more interested in one design racing (Santana 23, J24, E22), and teaching his young son Barr how to sail.  In 1986, he joined Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and actively raced his J24, Olson 30, Melges 24 and E22.  Ken was one of the Founders of Etchells Fleet 20 and one of the organizers of the popular Etchells Biscayne Bay Winter Series in the late 80s.  He served for twenty-nine consecutive years as the Regatta Chairman for that event. Ken's sailing interests were widespread including active involvement in the resurgence of the SORC, serving as Chairman of the Lime Cup Race Committee, and being an active member of Storm Trysail. He was also involved in the Green Turtle Race, Pineapple Cup, Hospice Regatta, TP52 and Farr 40 events, Bacardi Cup Invitational's J-70 Class and the Star Western Hemisphere Championship.  Later in life, Ken still enjoyed competing locally in radio controlled Laser racing with his son Barr.

 In honor of Ken, the Etchells Fleet 20 has decided to name one of its Etchells which is designated for use by youth sailors, to be hereafter known as "Strong" which was Ken's middle name. In lieu of flowers, Ken's family has requested donations to the Etchells Youth Sailing Team to support their efforts to get young blood into the Etchells Class. Please make checks out to Oyster Bay Sailing Foundation, Inc. (Etchells Youth Team) and mail to: PO Box 720  Oyster Bay, NY  11771 .

 Ken was known as a kind person always willing to help no matter what type of boat you sailed or what race committee job you held. His passing has created a void in Miami's racing community.

 A memorial service will be held at 1 pm, Sunday, May 20th at The First Presbyterian Church of Pompano “The Pink Church” 2331 NE 26th Ave., Pompano Beach, FL.


 BBYRA Notices:  

2016-2017 Race Documents


Amendments to the 2017-2018 Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions

PART III SAILING INSTRUCTIONS: HANDICAP CLASSES                                                          


H1.1 Delete.

         INSERT: “There will be ORC 1 and ORC 2 Classes.”

H1.3 Delete.


H2.1 Delete: Class 2 PHRF - Orange and white

         INSERT: “Class 2 ORC 2 - Orange and white”

         Delete: Class 3 - Dark green


H7.1 Delete




Key Biscayne Yacht Club Annual Regatta
This Weekend ... One Designs on Saturday, May 5th & ORC on Sunday, May 6th ... Party and Awards for both fleets on Sunday, May 6th from 1600-1830 hours.
Your race committee chair for this event is:
Enrique Dillion 305-815-8288

Notice to ORC Fleets:  For this race only
ORC1 Class Flag for starting sequence will be a solid blue flag
ORC2 Class Flag for the starting sequence will be a solid green flag


One Day Race Management Seminar 5/20/18
Registration is now open, so encourage all RC Volunteers interested in pursuing Club PRO certification to sign up as soon as possible, as all registration is open to the public and is on a first pay basis. Here is the direct link:
Class will be held in the Conference room upstairs at CRYC so is limited to 15. 



Sign the Petition

 Dear BBYRA Members:

The US Sailing Center Lease is up for renewal and we need your help!

The Sailing Center was the idea of a few well known CRYC/ BBYC/CGYC  sailors back in the 1980s.   They wanted to open a facility for sailors to train and compete while also providing the community a place they could call home to access Biscayne Bay.   Along with this dream came the honor of the right to use the Olympic Rings from the US Olympic Committee.

 The Sailing Center has had a storied history with BBYRA as well as all neighboring clubs for over 25 years.  These  relationships have given the opportunity for local, national and international sailors to become the best sailors in the world.   The Sailing Center has worked closely with BBYRA  in the hosting national and international regattas providing launching, storage, committee rooms and support to our local and visiting sailors who otherwise would have no  access to the waterfront. 

 We need your support to impress its importance upon the City of Miami Commissioners!  We need the votes of at least 4 out of 5 commissioners to obtain the lease renewal.   Commissioner Russell is supporting the lease renewal.  He has shown his huge support for the Sailing Center and is a friend of the waterfront community. 

Please show your support for the future of the US Sailing Center Miami by emailing Mayor Suarez ( and the five (5) City of Miami Commissioners, Carollo (, Reyes (, Gort (, Russell (, and Hardemon ( and coming to the public hearing where the vote on the lease renewal will take place on May 10, 2018 at Miami City Hall.   Please let them know, especially if you are a City of Miami Resident, what the Sailing Center has meant to you and your families over these past 25 years.   

We plan on having a “Show Your Support Meeting” at the Sailing Center on May 8, 2018 at 6:00 PM as we prepare for the City of Miami Commission Meeting on May 10, 2018 at 9:00 AM.

Again, thank you for your support and please feel free to call me with any questions.

 Ed Cabassa,  President - US Sailing Center – Miami


Miami Yacht Club is hosting their famous 63rd Annual Miami to Key Largo Race April 21 and April 22nd
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In its 63rd year, the Miami Key Largo Regatta adds this for the 2nd day of competition - Miami Herald

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Many thanks in advance,

James Craven
MYC Secretary
305-632-1425 -

A club for the 99%

Is ORC Confusing to you?  This might help.

Interested in volunteering for Race Committee on Biscayne Bay?  It is a great way to meet people and build your experience.  We are starting a contact lists.  Please email me if you are availalble at