From the commodore

Founded in 1872, Santa Barbara Yacht Club is the second oldest yacht club on the west coast of North America. For 151 years, we have been dedicated to maintaining a family-oriented club, rich with history and tradition. We are a non-profit private club and membership is by invitation only.

Santa Barbara's mild "California Riviera" climate allows us to race year-round. Our full-time race director oversees PHRF and One Design fleets regattas along with our seasonal Wet Wednesday races. We co-host the popular Santa Barbara to King Harbor race. The Coastal Cup race, starting in San Francisco, finishes at SBYC. SBYC racing yachtsmen represent the club in major regattas state and worldwide. For more information regarding our races, check out the On the Water page.

Our Cruising Fleet has activities year-round, including weekend cruises to the Channel Islands, Oxnard, and Ventura. Two weeks in early August are devoted to our annual Catalina Island cruise.

Our very active Santa Barbara Yacht Club Women add an important dimension to the club and to our community. Their goals are to provide additional opportunities for yacht club women to become better acquainted with each other and involved in yacht club activities, to promote sailing and boating, and to support the Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation through scholarships for young sailors. Click on the links to learn more about our community efforts: Breakwater Flag Project and the Charity Regatta.

Founded by SBYC members over 50 years ago, the Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation is a major asset to the Santa Barbara community. Hundreds of young sailors have learned to sail and compete in Optis, CFJs, and Lasers. The Junior Sailing Team prepares more experienced young sailors for out-of-town regattas. To learn more about the Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation click here.

As you can see, the Santa Barbara Yacht Club is devoted to promoting and managing yachting activities, advancing the art of seamanship, and providing for the social and recreational needs of our members, while being mindful of our important role in the community.

To learn more about our reciprocity privileges, please contact the [email protected].

Fair winds and following seas,

Dennis Boneck 2024 Commodore