Southern Yacht Club

  • 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.


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 to” N30°01.612΄ W90°06.855´!!!


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.

2017 Midwinters at Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans, LA

New Orleans -- history & heritagerestaurants & cuisinemusicmuseums, theaters, plantations, zoos, aquarium, insectarium, antiques, cool art, vintage clothing, one of a kind jewelry, nightlife, casinos, streetcars, swamp tours, architectureFrench Quarter, warehouse district, the Marigny, etc. -- from the elegant hotels and restaurants to the fantastic music clubs, shopping and more…all are found here.  And, if you want to experience a New Orleans style parade there will be some on the 10th and 11th celebrating our Irish and Italian heritage.

New Orleans is world-famous for its food. The indigenous cuisine is distinctive and influential. From centuries of amalgamation of the local Creole, haute Creole, and New Orleans French cuisines, New Orleans food has developed. Local ingredients, French, Spanish, Italian, African, Native American, Cajun, Chinese, and a hint of Cuban traditions combine to produce a truly unique and easily recognizable Louisiana flavor. New Orleans is known for specialties like beignets (locally pronounced like "ben-yays"), square-shaped fried pastries that could be called "French doughnuts" (served with café au lait made with a blend of coffee and chicory rather than only coffee); and Po' boy and Italian Muffuletta sandwiches; Gulf oysters on the half-shell, fried oysters, boiled crawfish, and other seafood; étouffée, jambalaya, gumbo, and other Creole dishes; and the Monday favorite of red beans and rice. (Louis Armstrong often signed his letters, "Red beans and ricely yours".) Another New Orleans specialty is the praline, a candy made with brown sugar, granulated sugar, cream, butter, and pecans. There are too numerous good restaurants offering local flavor to list.  Several are not far from Southern Yacht Club, and include SYC's own restaurant. So weather it Cajun or Creole, shrimp, oysters, crabs or gumbo -- you name it, you can find it in New Orleans!

You will want to consider the following attractions and activities that will help make your visit more memorable:

Antiques, SAILING, Aquarium, SAILING, Architecture, SAILING, Art, SAILING, Bayous, SAILING, Beignets, SAILING, Bourbon Street, SAILING, Cajuns, SAILING, Casinos, SAILING, Culture, SAILING, Cuisine, SAILING, Festivals, SAILING, French Quarter, SAILING, Gardens, SAILING, Gumbo, SAILING, Heritage, SAILING, History, SAILING, Hunting, SAILING, Insectarium, SAILING, Jackson Square, SAILING, Jazz, SAILING, Mansions, SAILING, Mississippi River, SAILING, Museums, SAILING, Music, SAILING, National WWII Museum, SAILING, Nightclubs, SAILING, Nightlife, SAILING, Oysters, SAILING, Parades, SAILING, Parks, SAILING, Antebellum Plantations, SAILING, Po-Boys, SAILING, Professional Sports, SAILING, Restaurants, SAILING, Riverboats, SAILING, Rock n’ Bowl, SAILING, Seafood, SAILING, Shopping, SAILING, Sport Fishing, SAILING, Streetcars, SAILING, Superdome, SAILING, Swamp Tours, SAILING, Theaters, SAILING, Voodoo, SAILING, Zoo, SAILING, and …  SAILING!

So come on down to the Crescent City, aka The Big Easy, and enjoy the competition and our region!!!

New Orleans Lodging

The clubhouse does not have housing facilities, or the capacity for RV hookups. There is unfortunately no camping permitted on SYC grounds or available nearby. New Orleans, affectionately called "The Big Easy", is a premier tourism destination with broad appeal, regardless of budget. The list below is generally limited to lodging nearest the club and, by and large, on the path from the airport.  However, New Orleans is a compact city and The French Quarter and other attractions are only minutes away by car. Most of the accommodations listed below are 4-6 miles (10 to 20 minutes depending on traffic conditions and roadwork) from SYC and are located in the vicinity of Interstate 10 and Veterans Memorial Boulevard where these roadways cross Causeway Boulevard. This is not an all-inclusive list. There are also “back ways” from most of these to SYC that “locals” can explain.  None of the numerous “downtown”, “French Quarter” or “Warehouse District” accommodations are listed.  These are generally more expensive than those listed below, and are 20-25 minutes from SYC. There are also less expensive accommodations on Veterans past Causeway Boulevard, just a bit further away.

The below are within a 10 to 20 minute drive of SYC – there are others further out along the Veterans Boulevard corridor:

Hampton Inn-Metairie

2730 N. Causeway Blvd.



From $166 

5.0 mi.

Marriot Metairie at Lakeway

3838 North Causeway Blvd.



From $162  

4.0 mi.

Residence Inn New Orleans/Metairie

3 Gallaria Blvd.



From $166 

6.2 mi.

Courtyard New Orleans/Metairie

2 Galleria Blvd.



From $155 

6.3 mi.

Country Inn and Suites Metairie

2713 North Causeway Blvd.



From $95 

4.8 mi.

Ramada Metairie

3400 S. I-10 Service Road



From $96 

6.3 mi.

La Quinta Inn New Orleans Causeway

3100 S. I-10 Service Road E



From $163  

6.1 mi.

Best Western Landmark Hotel

2601 Severn Ave.



From $129 

5.5 mi.

Homewood Suites by Hilton

2730 Severn Ave.



From $139 

5.5 mi

Holiday Inn Metairie

2261 North Causeway Blvd.



From $130 

6.3 mi.

Sheraton Metairie

4 Galleria Blvd.



From $213 

6.4 mi.

Sleep Inn & Suites

4601 North I-10 Service Road



From $141 

7.4 mi.

Extended Stay America

3300 S.I-10 Service Road



From $111 

6.2 mi.


Oakview B&B

1172 City Park Avenue

N. O., LA



1896 O'Malley House B&B

120 South Pierce St.

N. O., LA



Canal Street Inn

3620 Canal Street

N. O., LA



Bayou St. John B&B

1318 Moss St.

N. O., LA



Rose Manor B&B 

7214 Pontchartrain Blvd.

N. O., LA



*Within walking distance of SYC.There are other B&B’s in the French Quarter and “Uptown” that can be found using an Internet search engine.RV park closest to SYC – about 20 minutes from SYC

Pontchartrain Landing RV Park *

6001 France Road

N. O., LA



They also have villas, a few camper trailers, and other accommodations for rent – go to

RV park near French Quarter – also about 15-20 minutes from SYC

French Quarter RV Resort

500 N Claiborne Ave.

N. O., LA