SCYA Midwinters Regatta brings 88-year tradition to West Coast harbors

National sailing competition will be held at multiple Southern California venues in February.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — The nation’s largest sailing competition comes to 26 Southern California yacht clubs during the second and third weekends of February, boasting more than 2,500 sailors competing in more than 600 boats and 100 classes.

Southern California Yachting Association (SCYA) brings the Midwinters Regatta to more than two-dozen venues beginning Feb. 11. Participating yacht clubs will be hosting races Feb. 11-12 and Feb. 18-19.

Ten local yacht clubs will host a Midwinters Regatta event on Feb. 11 and/or 12: California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey (Feb. 11-12); Coronado YC (Feb. 11-12); Dana West YC in Dana Point (Feb. 11-12); Del Rey YC in Marina del Rey (Feb. 11-12); Hollywood YC in Wilmington (Feb. 11); King Harbor YC in Redondo Beach (Feb. 11-12); Newport Harbor YC in Newport Beach (Feb. 11-12); San Diego YC (Feb. 11-12); Silver Gate YC in San Diego (Feb. 11); and, VO 70 RC in Newport Beach (Feb. 11).

The remaining Midwinters Regatta events will be held Feb. 18-19 at Alamitos Bay YC (Feb. 18-19, Long Beach); American Legion YC (Feb. 18-19, Newport Beach); Bahia Corinthian YC (Feb. 18-19, Newport Beach); Balboa YC (Feb 18, Newport Beach); Channel Islands YC (Feb, 18-19, Oxnard); Dana Point YC (Feb. 18-19); Lake Mission Viejo YC (Feb. 18, Mission Viejo); Long Beach YC (Feb. 18-19); Mission Bay YC (Feb. 18-19, San Diego); Oceanside YC (Feb. 18-19); Seal Beach YC (Feb. 18-19); Southwestern YC (Feb. 18, San Diego); and, Westlake YC (Feb. 19, Westlake Village).

Silver Gate YC split its race into weekend dates, opening Feb. 11 and hosting the second half of its regatta on Feb. 18.

One regatta – hosted by Lake Gregory Yacht Club in Crestline – will be held May 6, the only event scheduled outside of the weekends of Feb. 10 or 17.

Classes represented at the SCYA Midwinters Regatta include Thistle, Harbor 20, Senior Naples Sabot A and B, Mercury, Cal 20, A Class, Laser Master, Lido 14 A and B, Wylie Wabbit, Martin 242, Star, J/24, PHRF Non-Spin, Flying Tigers 10, Cruising Non Spin A and B, Optimist Carrie Series, Nirvana RC, Balboa 13, C-22 and VO 70.

Visit for a complete list of participating yacht clubs, listed classes, and information on contacts, entries and location.

Southern California’s Midwinters Regatta launched in 1928 as a joint venture between SCYA and the L.A. Junior Chamber of Commerce. A perpetual trophy was deeded to the event in 1930. Races were initially held at the Los Angeles Harbor before expanding to multiple locations between San Diego and Santa Barbara.

More information about Midwinters Regatta can be found on its website or by contacting the race’s chair, Marlyn Dinon, at

(SCYA photo)

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