Welcome Aboard to Your Yachting History
The history of yachting in Southern California is comprised of a diverse cast of characters and events that not only shaped the sport of yachting but helped to promote Southern California as a world leader in sporting excellence. The Southern California Yachting Association (SCYA) was formed in 1921 to encourage sportsmanship on the water as well as to promote recognition of the full potential of Southern California’s waterways and weather during a time when much of the world only knew of Hollywood.
The history section of this website was started by Southern California Yachting Association specifically to celebrate our Centennial Year and to provide an educational platform and library to archive the assemblage of Southern California Yachting history. This history encompasses rare photos and film dating back as early as the 1920’s of the Olympics, prohibition and early Hollywood in the world of yachting. In addition, you will find stories of the individuals who promoted yachting in all of its forms, including sailing, powerboat racing, angling and most importantly, stories that show the enjoyment of our beautiful weather and coastline from years long past to now.
Today, SCYA encompasses yacht clubs as far north as Morro Bay, all the way down into Baja Mexico, with all points in between and reaching out as far east as Nevada and Arizona. We ask that you enjoy this unique and fascinating history. Please come back often to see new history that is being added all the time. We also ask that you contact us if you have any interesting photos, film or stories you would like to archive and share.
SCYA Staff Commodore and History Preservation Chair
SCYA REAR COMMODORE’S SEMINAR
YOUR CLUB’S HISTORY NOW
UPLOAD YOUR HISTORY FILES
SCYA MEMBER CLUBS, ASSOCIATIONS & ONE DESIGN CLASSES
NOTE TO OUR MEMBER CLUBS, ASSOCIATIONS, and local One Design Classes: Have you found that there is a need for a place to keep and share your yacht club or fleet history?
This website is for you. We welcome all historical information related to your yacht club, association, and one design fleet. We want to share your changes, growth, and story with everyone. We will accept photos, stories, histories, and videos.
You can find the link to your page here >>> https://www.scya.events/yacht-clubs/
One Design Fleet, input your class info here: https://www.scya.events/boat-class-info/
Take a moment to check out the site as it stands now. It is just the beginning of what we wish to share with you, the history we all built together over 100 years. Your club, association or fleet can be a focus story as we get rolling in SCYA’s Centennial Year. Don’t wait, contact us today.
SCYA Film Archive Heritage Project
Within this website, focused on Southern California Yachting history, you will find many photos and stories that celebrate Southern California’s boating history from the past 100 years. What you will also find, within this website, is historic film footage of boating activities that are not limited to Southern California yacht club activities. Yes, as a result of nearly 2 decades of searching high and low for old movies in 8mm, 16mm and quite frankly any format, we came across an abundance of history far beyond yacht racing in Southern California.
We felt that this unique history should not be discarded into a closet or the cutting room floor but rather celebrated and enjoyed by everyone no matter what part of the Country they reside in. Included, but not limited to, you will experience never before seen footage of Schooner races in New York during the 1930’s and yachting in Florida in the 1940’s. Some of the film that was salvaged captures anglers from the Tuna Club in Avalon during the early 1930’s along with some of the first Kodak color movie film footage of angling big game from 1936 – 1937. Our film editing group is always finding new film and on the lookout for any and all memories regarding boating. Please visit this site often to view new video clips and please share any memories you may have in photo format, stories or home movies. We would enjoy seeing and sharing your stories and images with the rest of those who have a love of the water and the history behind our fascination of the Sea!!!
We want to make this site as interactive as possible… We ask, most importantly, that you please enjoy the memories and stories provided within. Any additional information you may possess regarding the content is crucial to the better development of the historic insight and integrity of the photos, stories and film bank. We are currently working with thousands of feet of old home movie footage and still discovering what we have, so please come back and enjoy new content being added regularly.