Southern Yacht Club

The records of the Southern Yacht Club trace its history back to the club''s founding in the Gulf Coast 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.

New Orleans in the antebellum era was a thriving port city, banking center and cultural leader. However, during the summer months, many New Orleanians would retreat to the Gulf Coast to flee the heat, humidity and outbreaks of yellow fever. Summer homes, hotels and boarding houses dotted the coast along the Mississippi Sound to Mobile Bay. The first recorded regattas in this region were held as early as the 1830s in the coastal ports of Biloxi and Mobile.

A favorite destination among New Orleanians was the Pass Christian Hotel. There, SYC’s organizational meeting was held on July 21, 1849 and the hotel became its headquarters for several years. Eighteen yachts answered the starting gun of the first regatta.

Activities continued at ""The Pass "" until 1857 when the club relocated to New Orleans and held its regattas on Lake Pontchartrain. Meetings were held at various locations in the city.

Club Contact Details

Name Southern Yacht Club
Address 105 North Roadway
Town/City New Orleans
County Louisiana
Postcode 70124-1633
Telephone 504.288.4200