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The Southern California Yachting Association was organized in 1921 to provide a much-needed communication, educational, and organizational service to the yachting community in Southern California and Arizona.  Our objectives are to provide a forum for sharing ideas, identifying and engaging in governmental issues that affect recreational boating, promoting events, acknowledging excellence, and providing a social and educational platform to build a stronger boating community.

Regular SCYA meetings allow member club officers to build a rapport with other officers, often making lifetime friendships. Presentations are:

  • Relevant to timely issues
  • Reach back in the past that paved the path to today
  • Recognize people for major accomplishments or are expert in their field of study or sport
  • Mentoring opportunities to enlighten and overcome obstacles

SCYA assists yacht clubs in Opening Day efficiency by coordinating a master schedule to reduce date conflicts; as well as providing a mailing list so clubs can invite other SCYA member club flag officers to celebrate their special day.

There are also publications that SCYA produces for its member clubs:

  • The SCYA Race Calendar that conveniently lists races and regattas from Santa Barbara to Arizona to the Mexican border
  • The Yearbook contains member clubs' Officers, Delegates and Alternatives and their contact information
  • "The Yachting Protocol Guidelines" is a guide of the traditions in the modern world of conduct and etiquette used in the yachting community and is a handy resource for yachtsmen and leadership

In addition, SCYA provides sail numbers  as a service to the yachting community in Area J.


The November and December issues of the Searchlight News Letter have been posted. If you missed them in your email please CLICK HERE to view. Please note that the date in the December issue for the Installation dinner is incorrect and a notice had...Read More »

2020 Opening Days

Most clubs have provided their information on the opening day ceremonies for 2020. To see a complete list please CLICK HERE Please check back as there are usually many changes that occur before the event.

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Barcolana Regatta

This regatta just started in 1969 with 51 boats in attendance. It takes place the second Sunday of October every year in the Gulf of Trieste part of the Adriatic Sea. Year after year the Barcolana has become more and more popular attracting international crews and world-famous sailors. In 2018...Read More »

It's Lobster Season

A legal-sized lobster carapace is as large or larger than the fixed gap of the measuring gauge.
A California sport fishing license with ocean enhancement stamp is required to take lobster south of Point Arguello. Divers must keep their fishing license either aboard the vessel or, if beach diving, with...Read More »

SCYA Winners Announced

During the November 14th general membership meeting SCYA announced the winners of some of the prestige’s awards that annually are presented to the clubs and a sailor’s that stand out above the rest.
The 90+ member clubs of the SCYA are eligible for the honor to be named as Club...Read More »

SCYA Leadership for 2020

The members of SCYA thank the flag officers and directors for their service durig 2019. Their hard work helped the organization achieve it's goals and objectives over the last year. During our last meeting in November the members were able to decide who will take on the leadership roll of...Read More »

Opening Day Schedule 2020

The second version of the SCYA member opening day schedule is now available. Please CLICK HERE to view the events. If your club is not on the schedule or there are changes please contact the SCYA office.

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Christmas Boat Parades Coming Soon

Many of our area harbors are getting ready for their annual Holiday Boat Parade and so are many of our member clubs where you may be able to get a great seat and watch the festivities while having a great dinner or just a Jingle Juice Cocktail. Check with our...Read More »

N2E 2020

The 73rd running of the race to Ensenada from Newport Beach will be held over the weekend of April 24th to the 26th. While all the details have not yet been announced NOSA promises to make this a very special contest. You will probably again have 3 separate courses in...Read More »