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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.

SMYC Opening Day Location Change

Due to construction at our marina location the 2018 Opening Day Ceremonies for Santa Margarita Yacht Club located on Camp Pendleton on April 8th will be held ½ mile north east of the marina along the east edge of the boat basin and adjacent to the north side of the Yat-Yas...Read More »

Dock Walker Training

The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW’s) and the California Coastal Commission’s Boating Clean & Green Program, the Bay Foundation (DBW’s Clean Vessel Act program) in partnership with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, US Power Squadrons, and Save Our Shores, will conduct more Dockwalker...Read More »

SCYA 2018 RACE Calendar Published

SCYA is pleased to announce that the 2018 race calendar is now published in an e-magazine style. The e-magazine production allows users to flip through interesting articles and content. In addition, the calendar displays our wonderful sponsors that support SCYA and the local yachting community. The calendar contains vital racing...Read More »

Opening Day Changes

We have received quite a few changes to the yacht Club Opening Day schedule since it was first posted. As a result a new schedule is posted in the member section or it can be accessed by CLICKING HERE. It is current as of 2-7-18. We will...Read More »

Opening Days

Why do our member yacht clubs stage Opening Day ceremonies even though members can sail year-round?

The custom traces back to the practices of climatically challenged clubs on the East Coast. It doesn’t really matter that yachting season never closes in Southern California. Every yacht club must have its Opening Day, or...Read More »