2014 FSSA MIDWINTER CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTA

Venue Description

  • SYC is a full service yacht club located directly on Lake Pontchartrain. The restaurant is open daily except on Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The bar is open daily except on Mondays (Tuesday – Thursday, and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and from 11:00 a.m. to Midnight on Friday and Saturday).
  • Purchases at SYC  – Southern Yacht Club does not accept cash for purchases of food and beverages. You must obtain a guest card from the Receptionist located on the 2nd floor. For those who are members of Clubs with reciprocal privileges, you may make charges back to your Club. Please be prepared to show your membership card to the Receptionist to obtain a guest card. For all others your guest card charges will be billed to your Visa or MasterCard.
  • Lake Pontchartrain -- The “Lake” is a brackish body of water approximately 24 miles wide, 50 miles long, and with an average depth of 15-20 feet.  The racing area is normally 1/2 to 1.5 miles from the clubhouse, depending on the anticipated wind direction.  Winds during March are typically light to moderate, but can get much higher should a late season front come through.
  • Boat storage and Launching -- SYC has ample dry storage facilities plus dock space for those who might choose to wet sail.  There are three (3) high-speed cable hoists, but no launching ramp.

 DIRECTIONS TO SOUTHERN YACHT CLUB 

SYC is located on shores of Lake Pontchartrain in the West End area of New Orleans, approximately 2 miles north of Interstate-10 (I-10) at 105 North Roadway Drive (504-288-4200).

 From the West/Airport:

Follow I-10 EAST towards New Orleans. Bear left at Exit 230 onto I-610 EAST (toward Slidell).  Stay in the right-hand land after the I-10/I-610 split and immediately bear right at Exit 1A (WEST END/ CANAL BLVD. EXIT).  Take the WEST END ramp immediately to your right.  Continue north on WEST END BLVD. for about 1.5 miles until you cross ROBERT E. LEE BLVD. (there will be a large strip shopping center on the far right-hand corner).  After about 100 yards take the first left onto LAKE MARINA DRIVE.  Follow LAKE MARINA DRIVE over the levee (where it becomes WEST ROADWAY) and after about 200 yards turn right at WESTENDPARK onto SOUTH ROADWAY.  Follow SOUTH ROADWAY along the park and bear left at the end of the park onto NORTH ROADWAY.  Keep to the right and follow along the canal.  SYC is directly ahead.

 From Downtown:

Get onto I-10 WEST.  From I-10 WEST, take Exit 231B to WEST END BLVD.  Continue north on WEST END BLVD. for about 1.5 miles until you cross ROBERT E. LEE BLVD. (there will be a large strip shopping center on the far right-hand corner).  After about 100 yards take the first left onto LAKE MARINA DRIVE.  Follow LAKE MARINA DRIVE over the levee (where it becomes WEST ROADWAY) and after about 200 yards turn right at WESTENDPARK onto SOUTH ROADWAY.  Follow SOUTH ROADWAY along the park and bear left at the end of the park onto NORTH ROADWAY.  Keep to the right and follow along the canal.  SYC is directly ahead.

 From the East:

Follow I-10 Westbound into the metro area. Approximately 1.5 miles past the high-rise bridge take Exit 238B onto I-610 WEST toward New Orleans International Airport/Baton Rouge. Continue for about 3.4 miles and take Exit 1A to CANAL BLVD. and turn right. Continue north on CANAL BLVD. for about 1.7 miles to ROBERT E LEE BLVD. (third stoplight after exiting from I-610) and turn left.  Keep in the right-hand lane.  After 0.4 miles (there will be a large strip shopping center on the right) take a right at the next stoplight onto LAKESHORE DRIVE.  Take the first left (about 100 yards after turning onto  LAKESHORE DRIVE) onto LAKE MARINA DRIVE. Follow LAKE MARINA DRIVE over the levee (where it becomes WEST ROADWAY) and after about 200 yards turn right at WESTENDPARK onto SOUTH ROADWAY.  Follow SOUTH ROADWAY along the park and bear left at the end of the park onto NORTH ROADWAY.  Keep to the right and follow along the canal.  SYC is directly ahead.

 …OR, just set your GPS to “go toN30°01.612΄    W90°06.855´!!!

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 SYC -- The Second Oldest Yacht Club:  The records of the Southern Yacht Club trace its history back to the club's founding in the GulfCoast resort town of Pass Christian, Mississippi in the year 1849. Only the venerable New York Yacht Club can document an earlier founding date.  As such, SYC is proud to bear the mantle of second oldest yacht club in the United States.

Hurricane Katrina made landfall just east of New Orleans on August 29, 2005 causing widespread destruction throughout the region.  Heavily damaged by wind and flood waters, the clubhouse was ultimately destroyed by a massive fire which burned, unchecked, in the hours following the storm. Sadly, many historic trophies and other priceless artifacts were lost in the fire.

Under the leadership of Commodores Ewell "Corky" Potts and Hjalmar Breit and General Manager Tim Fitzpatrick, the club's organization was kept remarkably intact through the ordeal of Katrina's aftermath.  By the end of 2005, an interim facility had been erected to meet the needs of the overwhelmingly supportive membership.  SYC's brand new fourth clubhouse was dedicated in the fall of 2009.

A Sailing Tradition:  Over the years, SYC sailors have won four Olympic medals and numerous national and international championships.  Through more than one hundred and fifty years of prosperity, depressions, wars, yellow fever epidemics, floods and hurricanes, the Southern Yacht Club has always maintained a tradition of keen competition, sportsmanship, and enormous hospitality.

Southern Yacht Club
105 North Roadway
New Orleans, LA 70124-1633
United States
30° 1' 38.7732" N, 90° 6' 50.8536" W