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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.


Dana Point's Ocean Institute's Pilgram Sinks

Pilgrim, a three-masted schooner that was a full-sized replica of the merchant ship that Richard Henry Dana detailed in his classic novel Two Years Before the Mast, keeled overnight between Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 and sunk in her slip at Dana Point Harbor.

Ocean Institute president Wendy Marshall said the Pilgrim is...Read More »


Latest Opening Day Changes

Every Thursday we will bring you any changes to the opening day schedules due to the risks of the Covid 19. Please CLICK HERE to access the latest information. Please check with the club for any last minute changes.

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Sea Lions cash cows or pariahs

Sea lions are cash cows in the Bay Area. Farther south, fishermen say, ‘Shoot ‘em’
The welcome mat for California sea lions has been rolled out in San Francisco but is nowhere to be seen in La Jolla and many of the state’s fishing ports.

Sea lions are increasingly living in...Read More »


Deep discounts and free shipping on commemorative 2020 N2E race gear

We were unable to race this year, but we can still wear with pride commemorative hats, shirts and fleece embroidered with the logo of the 2020 edition of the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race.

The online store on the NOSA website is now open to extend discounts of 25-50% off on...Read More »


Need Crew ?

Some times if it is blowing hard any crew member will due! But how do you get them to stay for the entire race?

New crew member on Tomol at the Dana Point weekly Thursday afternoon Pharkle races. If your in Dana Point come out to this fun race starting at...Read More »


N2E Postponed till 2021

Well being of racers and volunteers drove the decision to reschedule the annual April race

Newport Beach, CA – In light of the Corvid 19 virus,  the Newport Ocean Racing Association’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to reschedule the 73rd annual Newport to Ensenada Yacht International Race until April 23, 2021.

“Safety of...Read More »


SCYA Seminar Postponed

The Medical Emergencies at Sea Seminar scheduled for Shoreline Yacht Club on  April 4, 2020 has been postponed due to Corona Virus situation. We are planing on holding this later in the year as things get back to normal.

We hope this new date will still be convenient for those who...Read More »