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Broad Bay Sailing Association Waypoints
1973: The first of several annual four day cruises to Elizabeth City took place in May.
   

1974: Year round one design racing was in vogue with the arrival of single handed Force 5s, Lasers, and El Toros, to join the ever popular Sunfish. Winter attire for the well dressed skipper was a wet or dry suit. The first of what were to be twelve annual Trash Bowl Regattas was held on Lake Trashmore on New Years Day.

The Cape Henry Cup Race for Cruising and MORC boats (now PHRF) was established. This is one of the more popular races on the southern Chesapeake, with the course passing out through the Maryland Channel opening of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and returning through the Thimble Shoal Channel opening.

BBSA received the CBYRA One-Design Race Committee of the Year Award, and again in 1980.

   
1976: Membership rose to 156 families of which 95 were Cruisers or Cruiser/Racers, and 61 One-Designers. The association became affiliated with PHRF.
   
1977: The “NEXT TO THE LAST CAPE CHARLIE RACE” was sailed, followed in 1978 by the “2nd TO THE LAST CAPE CHARLIE RACE”. This race where kids and cats and turtles in the crew receive plus handicaps, and age and males minus handicaps, was followed by a raft-up, party, and awards? presentation. Regrettably 1997’s “22nd TO THE LAST CAPE CHARLIE RACE” begame “THE LAST CAPE CHARLIE RACE”.
   
1986: The Association took over responsibility for the Chesapeake Light Race, later called the Chesapeake/Atlantic Race, which was a benefit race for the “The Old Coast Guard Station”. This race was discontinued in 2001, but re-instated in 2004 in conjunction with the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival as the Neptune's Atlantic Regatta.
   
1992: The Thursday Night Racing on Willoughby Bay became a BBSA undertaking. The races are informal, with three series being held from April until October. (This BBSA organization is now known as the “Willoughby Racers”.)
   

1994: The “Little Creek Sailing Association”, a group of Little Creek based sailors who race informally on Wednesday evenings, came under the BBSA umbrella.

The “Little Bay Challenge” was inaugurated in conjunction with the Portsmouth Boat Club. This has become a major event with over 50 “big boats” racing on Little Bay at Willoughby Spit, followed by a massive party.

   
1995: The “Broad Bay Junior Sailors” came into being, with 25 young enthuisastic sailors learning what sailing is all about with shoreside instruction and on the water Sunfish sailing.
   
1996: The Little Creek Sailing Association, with the assistance of other BBSA members, inaugurated the “Little Creek Cup”, a race for the benefit of the American Cancer Society. Commencing in 2001, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital became the beneficiary of this race. In 2007, St. Jude expanded the affair to include other events creating the Hampton Roads Regatta. The Little Creek Cup was discontinued in 2010.
   
2004: BBSA stepped up their PHRF racing program with the addition of two races: the Cape Charles Cup, a two day point-to-point race to Cape Charles and back which has quickly become one of the favorite races in the Southern Bay, and the Neptune's Atlantic Regatta, which is sailed from Little Creek to the Virginia Beach oceanfront. These, in addition to the Cape Henry Cup, the Little Bay Challenge, and the Little Creek Cup (ceased after 2009), brought the total number of BBSA's major regattas up to five. This was also the inaugural year of the Southern Bay Distance Racing Series which awards trophies for best overall performance in (presently) eleven distance races put on by BBSA, HYC, CCV, and OPCYC. The organization and scoring of this series is administered by BBSA.
   
THE PRESENT: THE BROAD BAY SAILING ASSOCIATION membership is spread between Cruising, Big Boat Racing, and One-Design (under 20 feet) Racing groups, with considerable overlapping among the groups. Each group has a busy schedule throughout the sailing season. The membership as a whole meets monthly, except in December and January (the annual dinner is in January). The May and October meetings feature covered dish dinners.
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