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About the San Diego Association of Yacht Clubs

The San Diego Association of Yacht Clubs was founded for the purpose of fostering and encouraging participation in yachting and to promote its public interest in the San Diego area. The association's officers and directors are chosen from the ranks of past commodores of its member clubs.

The Association is a forum from which its members can exchange ideas, coordinate activities and foster fellowship in the boating community. We take an active roll in the community by providing input to local and state governments on matters which are of interest to the boating community. Our association members are proud to take a proactive position on boating safety by offering both boating safety and first aid classes focusing on both CPR and first aid for on-the-water accidents.

Our association member clubs offer Junior Sailing Programs which include Sailing lessons and a chance to sharpen sailing skills to non-members as well as members. Member clubs hold annual events, including fundraising for charities, which benefit the community at large.

Each year the association recognizes members of the boating community. We reward these outstanding individuals by presenting the following:

  • The Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year award is presented for outstanding achievement and participation in the sport of yachting.
  • The Paul J. Hartley Award recognizes a junior yachtsman or yachtswoman under the age of 18 for both service to their community amd their ability on the water.
  • The Alonzo De Jessop Award recognizes individuals for their service to the yachting community.
  • The John M. Rumsey Award recognizes individuals for achievements in yachting outside San Diego County.

Please take a minute to read the information describing the various organizations that make up the San Diego Association of Yacht Clubs. If you enjoy the water and boating we invite you to make one of our organizations a part of your life.