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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.

Dockwalker Program

Promoting Clean Boating Through Education
One of the most effective methods for providing information to boaters is word of mouth. In 1999, Save Our Shores (SOS) started the Dockwalker program to provide one-on-one outreach in local harbors to help boaters appropriately discard of used oil, share best clean...Read More »

California joins the world on September 21 2020 in Cleaning the Coast

The International Coastal Cleanup began more than 30 years ago, when communities rallied together with the common goal of collecting and documenting the trash littering their coastline. The movement was catalyzed by the passion and spirit of two committed individuals. Back in 1986, Linda Maraniss moved to Texas from Washington,...Read More »

Model Boats to race an additional day at Midwinter Regatta

Second Day Added for RC Boats Racing Southern California Yachting Association Midwinter Regatta. Day One for the DragonForce65 at Mason Park, and Day Two for the DragonFlite95 at Eldorado Park.

Due to the expanding number of RC skippers that expressed interest in the Southern California Yachting Association (SCYA) Midwinter Regatta, RC...Read More »

SCYA MidWinter Regatta is just weeks away

The 91st running of this event is just a few weeks away. You will want to be part of the action at one of the host venues. See the website for information on the classes and host venues. We promise to have something for everyone....Read More »

N2E releases seminar schedule

For many the annual race to Ensenada starts at one of the many seminars offered by NOSA. Whether you are a newcomer or a seasoned veteran these seminars provide valuable information. They also allow you to meet your competitors and share notes. Seminars scheduled are as follows:
• January 23...Read More »

Gino Morrelli to be speaker at February Meeting

Gino grew up around cars and hot rods.  A self-taught engineer, Gino transferred his love of fast cars to fast boats, building a series of catamarans which he raced with his family off Hurricane Gulch off Cabrillo Beach, California.

Gino  designed the platform for the 1988 America’s Cup defender, Stars &...Read More »

First Midwinter Regatta Entry Recieved

The 91st SCYA Midwinter Regatta is now only 6 weeks off and the NOR and Registration is live through our website. The weather issues that were a problem the past few years are behind us and we have reserved perfect sailing weather for the weekends of...Read More »

CLUB of the Year Criteria

Annually SCYA awards trophies in 3 categories for the clubs that score highest. The winner is than recognized at the Awards and Installation dinner and featured on our website. To see what is needed to win this award please CLICK HERE.

Watch the website for an announcement...Read More »


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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