||The Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs is a non-profit
corporation incorporated under the laws of the State of California.
The purpose of the Association is to support and promote the principle,
spirit and objectives of Corinthian yachting among members of the
Association. It is the aim and desire of this Association to promulgate
rules of conduct for its members so as to broaden the knowledge of
nautical experience, fair play, and sportsmanship in the yachting
fraternity, aimed always toward the goal of safety at sea.
The Association has two classes of membership, Regular Members and
Regular Members are individual yacht clubs located in the Santa Monica
Bay area that are in good standing as members of the Southern California
Yachting Association. A regular Member retains membership on condition
that the Regular Member sponsors one or more interclub educational
seminars, junior seminars, cruiser or invitational regattas annually
and/or makes a significant contribution to yachting in some form or
manner acceptable to the Association.
A significant achievement of the Association is the creation of the
annual Yearbook & Calendar.
What most mariners know, and are thankful for, is that nearly 71% of the
surface of the earth is ocean water. The Pacific Ocean contains more
than half of all the oceans water. Yet there is not a single square mile
of ocean which is free of garbage and pollution.
Here in Santa Monica Bay we live and play at the edge of this vast ocean
world. Yet from our small window we see the impact of the ocean on our climate,
our recreation, and our lives. We share the Bay with whales, dolphin,
fish, sea lions, pelicans, heron's, gulls, and many other marine animals.
Anyone who has been out in the Bay has seen the evidence of what we leave
behind: oil, gas, plastic bags, cups, raw sewage, and almost anything else
dropped on the streets.
The Association strongly supports activities to help preserve the Bay and
Mariners are reminded of the the following Pollution Laws and are encouraged
to share this with their crew:
Discharge Of Oil Prohibited: The Federal Water Pollution Control Act
prohibits the discharge of oil or oily waste. Violators are subject to a
penalty of $5,000.
It is illegal to dump Plastic in the ocean anywhere anytime.
It is illegal to dump Plastic, dunnage, lining, and packing materials
that float and any garbage except dishwater/graywater/fresh fish parts
inside 3 miles. This includes apple cores, banana peels, and bread
crusts! When buoy racing we are almost always inside this limit. "J"
mark in Marina del Rey is about 3 miles out.
From 3 to 12 miles it is illegal to dump Plastic, dunnage, lining, and
packing materials that float and any garbage not ground to less than one
square inch. Even if your apple core is less than one square inch, why
try to guess if you are outside of 3 miles? Put it with your trash
and dispose of it properly ashore.
It is your Bay, your Ocean, your Earth. Help protect it.