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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.

SCYA Office

SCYA has had a physical presents in Long Beach for many years. As we have become more and more service oriented we tried to bring more services to your location. Due to the Covid 19 virus and the stay at home during the spring of 2020 we further change out...Read More »

N2E race is on

The 2021 Newport to Ensenada sailboat race is scheduled to start April 23. There will again be 3 coursed to enter so the race will have something for everyone. You will be able to enter Newport to Dana Point, or Newport to San Diego , or Newport to Ensenada. In...Read More »

Pandemic Powerhouse Performance Award

SCYA created the Pandemic Powerhouse Performance Awards to recognize the achievement of our member yacht clubs in dealing with the circumstances surrounding the pandemic and the action taken by our member clubs to deal with this unusual situation. The judges were completely blown away by the submissions. Some were over...Read More »

December 2020 Board Meeting

Due to the most recent stay at home order that affects all of southern California the December 12 board meeting has been moved to a virtual meeting on ZOOM. Meeting information has been sent out and a reminder will be sent out on Friday. Please contact the SCYA office if...Read More »

SCYA December Searchlight

The most recent edition of the SCYA Newsletter has been sent electronically if you are not on the mailing list and would like to receive this please send an email to  the SCYA Office.  The latest edition and previous newsletter can be accessed Read More »

Adaptive Sailing Organizations

There is a pent up demand for sailors with disabilities  to find ways to get on the water. This need is being met by a growing number of organizations that are filling that void. Here is a list of some that are currently active:


California Inclusive Sailing - Newport Beach (CIS-NB)

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2021 COY

The Club of the Year criteria has been revised and modified for 2021 and have been posted HERE.  This is the 100 year anniversary of SCYA and it would be a shame if your club is not in the running for this prestigious award....Read More »

SCYA Installation & Awards Dinner

SCYA is proud to move into its 100th year  by hosting the annual officer installation and awards by a Zoom meeting due to the pandemic guidelines.

You will be receiving an invitation in  the mail but do not delay with your reservations so you have time to set up your Zoom...Read More »

SCYA Search Light Newsletter

The October and November 2020 issues of the newsletter have been posted. These two issues as well as the other issues for the last 2 years are available HERE.  

The december issue of the newsletter will be sent via email on...Read More »

November Board and Membership Meeting

The November meeting originally scheduled for the 7th has been postponed due to the weather and is rescheduled for the 14th. The board meeting will start at 10:30 and the membership meeting with the election of new officers will start at noon. The meeting will be held outdoors's so dress...Read More »

2020 Commodores Cruise

SCYA Commodore John Marshal and Robin invite you to attend the festivities to be held in Avalon on Catalina Island October 23rd to 25th. This will be a great time to connect with Flag Officers of other clubs and to have some much deserved fun and relaxation. Please...Read More »

Recreational Lobster Fishing Information

California's coastal waters are home to a multitude of invertebrates (species lacking a bony skeleton). The California spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus) takes a particularly special place within this group as a highly sought-after target of both California's recreational and commercial fisheries.

Recreational lobster season opens at 6:00 a.m. on the Saturday...Read More »

Pandemic Powerhouse Performance Award

This year has and continues to be tough on all of our members. SCYA wants to honor those clubs that excelled in the service to the community and their members during this difficult time. In addition to the club of the year awards we will be recognizing these special clubs...Read More »

SCYA Midwinter Regatta 2021

The 92 annual regatta will be held the weekends of the February 6th & 7th and 20th & 21st 2020.  We are also open other dates that maybe better suited to class or club schedules and ask interested clubs to contact the race chair Bruce BatchellerWhile 2020 has...Read More »

2020 Coastal Clean Up

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year the annual Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) event is going to have a different approach:   Instead of a one-day statewide event, we will be encouraging volunteers to clean their neighborhoods, local parks, local creeks, or other natural area, either alone or with...Read More »

Membership Meeting at BCYC

Largest number of Staff Commodores Present Trophy

We have been working with Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club and we are expecting to hold our regular membership meeting LIVE at the club. With  the mandate of only using outdoor areas and social distancing requirements there...Read More »

Division of Boating and waterways offers on line course

Marinas and yacht clubs are invited to two workshops in Northern and Southern California that present oil spill response resource information. The workshops will cover information on:

▪ California's oil spill response structure
▪ Office of Spill Prevention and Response Equipment Grants
▪ Third party claim process
▪ General information on oil spill kits for...Read More »

SDYC Cancels Opening Day Festivities

Last April SDYC announced that Opening Day was postponed until they could truly celebrate the re-opening of the Club.  As the year has progressed and the virus stays in our community, it’s become apparent that Opening Day will not be possible this year.  Zoom ceremonies and virtual activities don’t make...Read More »

Crew of 2 Around Catalina Regatta

With many of the clubs facing restrictions and for the safety of the sailors many of the formal regattas in the region have been cancelled or postponed. This has caused an increase in demand among racers to participate in the sailing competitions that remain. South Shore Yacht Club was the...Read More »

Corona19 Virus disrupts SCYA's Programs

2 of our most successful educational events The Women's Boating Clinic and Medical Emergencies at Sea have been postponed till 2021 as the Corina19 virus continues to  disrupt our previous lifestyles. Due to the requirements for social distancing and not holding events for large groups we felt it was in...Read More »


The latest edition of the SCYA Newsletter has been posted on the website. This is a double issue covering July and August 2020. You can see it HERE

We are always looking for interesting information that would benifit our members and the boating community in...Read More »

COY Criteria has been Changed

Due to the Corina 19  Virus the normal criteria for judging the Club of the Year competition is not valid. The board of directors approved the revised criteria at the June board meeting.  You can find the revision HERE

We have also added a new award to the...Read More »

Wear a Gator and make a Difference

You can help stop the spread of the Corona 19 virus by wearing a face covering in public. Recreational Boaters Of California also needs your help in continuing their efforts monitoring and lobbying for your needs as boaters in Sacramento.

Well now you can do both by donating $50.00 to RBOC...Read More »

Pandemic Powerhouse Performance Award

SCYA recognizes 2020 has been a year of extreme challenges for our member clubs and we want to award extraordinary performance! 

The Pandemic Powerhouse Performance Award will recognize one Senior, one Regular, and one Associate Club for excellence in club management during the COVID-19 crisis.

We urge all clubs to participate because...Read More »

SCYA Inclusive Boating

SCYA Member Clubs Updates

  • What’s your club up to? Planning for 2020?  Get in touch with Peter Philips and let me know!  Email:,

 Inclusive/Adaptive Sailing organizations

Challenged Sailors San Diego (CSSD)

  • CSSD is not currently sailing or racing due to the use of companion sailors with the handicapped sailor in...Read More »

IT'S ON Old Glory Boat Parade July 4th

ALYC has announced that they have recieved approval to again host the Old Glory Boat Parade on Saturday July 4th starting at 1:00 pm and running through 3:30 pm in Newport harbor. After being cooped up for so many weeks this is a chance for boaters to get out on...Read More »

Anglers Report June

An angler fishing recently in Baja California Sur, Mexico, caught an 88-pound white seabass that could break a 67-year-old world record. Ricardo Reyes Martinez landed the giant seabass on April 30, but the International Game Fish Assn. announced the catch this week as a potential record breaker in...Read More »

Pilgrim Auction

Ocean Institute appreciates how the local community has lifted us as we mourn the loss of the beloved Pilgrim on March 29th, 2020. The outpouring of emails, pictures, stories, and experiences truly highlighted the deep impact she made on so many of you. While it hurts to say goodbye, a talented...Read More »

CorYC opening Day

Some yacht clubs with opening days scheduled for early in the year were lucky to have their openings day celebration as normal. Most other clubs had their opening days postponed or cancelled due to the pandemic. Some clubs thought outside the box and hosted opening day ceremonies in unique ways...Read More »

June Board Meetng

Even as the state opens up we still need to be cautious about gathering in large groups and be cognoscente about social distancing. As a result the scheduled June Board meeting at  Long Beach Yacht Club has been cancelled and will be replaced with a Zoom meeting. The meeting will...Read More »

American Legion Serves the Community

The American Legion Post 291 in Newport Beach is open for foodservice providing drive-thru low cost meals to our Post family members, their families, friends and the community during the Covid-19 crisis.
The mission is to provide delicious meals at the lowest price possible.
They will be open 7 days...Read More »

World sailing Issues Guidelines

In response to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, World Sailing has issued  Guidance has been to support all sailing event organizers and athletes. The
purpose is to help organizers to follow advice provided by United Nations agencies including the World Health Organization (WHO), International Olympic Committee (IOC) as well as the...Read More »

Seal Beach YC postpones opening day

Seal Beach  Yacht Club has moved their opening day to June 20th. See other changes to the opening day schedule here

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New Dockwalker Training Added

Due to your requests and the success of our virtual Dockwalker Trainings, we will be offering more virtual Dockwalker trainings using the Zoom video conferencing system. This is a great alternative to an in-person training and in the best interest of everyone considering the current situation. Through the Zoom video...Read More »

Legendary Red Hats for Sale - an N2E first!!

What’s more legendary than N2E? The race’s legendary red hats!

For the first time ever our highly coveted, signature hats are available for sale.

While supplies last, these 2020 collector’s items that commemorate the race that was only run in our hearts will support our valued sponsor – Ullman Sails - and...Read More »

SCYA Radio Communications Committee April Report

The public’s growing interest in amateur radio for emergency communications is a legacy of 9/11, when Americans saw their cellular telephone networks become overwhelmed by excess traffic and system outages. When regular phone service fails, amateur radio operators fill the communications gap with their independent transceivers and battery power backups.

More...Read More »

Remembering Daniel J. Hodge

2016 SCYA Fleet Captain 

September 27, 1952 – April 29, 2020

Dan Hodge, affectionately referred to as “Hodgie” by many, was a Commodore extraordinaire and passionate about sailing and racing.

Serving as Commodore of Dana Point Yacht Club in 2012 during tough economic times, his vision and leadership spurred...Read More »

The Three Plastic Islands

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also know as the Pacific Trash Vortex or gyre, is located in the central North Pacific Ocean and is larger than the state of Texas. There are also garbage patches in the Indian and Atlantic ocean. The patches are defined as containing a higher amount...Read More »

Opening Day Update 4-30-20

CLICK HERE  to view the latest information we have regarding the status of Opening Days form our member clubs.

Please note LGYC planning to do an Opening Day on June 6 in the parking lot of  Club House.  This is a For Members Only Event with separate tables...Read More »

OnLine Dockwalker Training

Become a 2020 Partner Dockwalker by taking one of our Video conference trainings!

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, and with social/ physical distancing in mind, we continue to offer virtual Dockwalker trainings using...Read More »

Opening Day Schedule

As we have been doing weekly we have again updated our opening day schedules. Almost all Clubs have either cancelled or postponed their events. CLICK HERE to  see the changes.

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RBOC announces free seminar

On Thursday April 30

Boating Government Affairs Town Hall Web Conference

Sign up today to participate in the first and free RBOC and BoatUS virtual Government Affairs Town Hall Web Conference.

Thursday, April 30 at 11:00 AM – for Northern Boaters

Thursday, April 30 at 1:00 PM –...Read More »

Earth Day and Every Day


Checkout these resources and...Read More »

Ullman steps up to make masks in time of need

Ullman Sails Production Line takes a Starboard Tack
Sailmakers are creating face masks in a time of uncertainty and need

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., April 20, 2020 – Without fair winds on these unchartered waters, Ullman Sails is stepping up to help solve the widespread Personal Protective Equipment...Read More »

SCYA May Board Meeting

SCYA board members are usually busy in May with opening day events so is there usually not a board meeting. But with cancellations and a lot of business to cover there will be a virtual ZOOM meeting on Saturday the 9th of May form 10:30 till around noon. Watch your...Read More »

SCYA Commodores Cruise Oct 2-5

SCYA prefers to remain positive regarding to quick resolution to the Corona Virus and is continuing to make plans for the Commodores Cruise to be held aboard the Carnival Inspiration the first weekend of October. This 855 foot vessel holding up to 2610 passengers will leave the port of Los...Read More »

More Opening Day Changes

More changes to the opening day schedule have been posted CLICK HERE to view all the changes due to the corona virus.

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Radio Communications Committee March

The following is from the American Radio Relay League February 6, 2020 Newsletter, and will be of interest for our maritime amateur radio operators.

Undersea Expedition Planned to Retrieve Titanic's Radio Gear

The company with sole rights to salvage artifacts from the RMS Titanic has gone to court to gain...Read More »

Opening Day Changes as of 4-9-20

There have been many cancellations or postponements to our members opening day schedule. We try to update this every Thursday so keep checking back. See the latest changes by CLICKING HERE. 

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Become a Dockwalker

Become a 2020 Partner Dockwalker by taking one of the Video conference trainings!

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, and with social/ physical distancing in mind, we are planning to offer virtual Dockwalker trainings...Read More »

How the Virus affects the Ports

If your are a boater in the San Diego area there are new restrictions in who and what you can do in the bay. All recreational boating has been prohibited. This includes Stand Up Paddle-boarding, Kayaking, Boating and Recreational Fishing. Law enforcement, including Harbor Police, is prepared to issue citations...Read More »

April Searchlight is Here

The April edition of our newsletter is now available by CLICKING HERE

Past editions are available for your reading pleasure HERE

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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 »