Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs
13900 West Palawan Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

ASMBYC Bylaws 2013-11-14 (pdf, 64kb)

The Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs (ASMBYC) 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 Associate Members. 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.

ASMBYC Environmental Information

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 the Ocean.

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.