Southern Yacht Club, the second oldest yacht club in the United States, is an extremely active sailing club and is the organizing body for the Race to the Coast, the oldest point to point regatta in the Western Hemisphere. Initially raced on July 4, 1850, the race continues to this day with the course starting on the shores of New Orleans on Lake Pontchartrain and finishing in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Southern Yacht Club also is host to an active Rhodes 19, Vanguard 15, Sunfish, 420, Laser, Optimist and J-22 fleet as well as multiple Handicap and Offshore Racing Fleets and several high school sailing programs. Additionally, the Southern Yacht Club has, for over fifty years, hosted Intercollegiate Sailing Association regattas including The New Orleans Sugar Bowl Regatta, often partnering with Tulane University.
Southern Yacht Club is home to four U.S. Sailing Olympic medalists including Gilbert Gray who in 1932 won a Gold Medal in Los Angeles in the Star Class, G. Shelby Friedrichs Jr. won Gold in the Dragon Class in Mexico City, 1968 and most recently, Johnny Lovell who received a Silver Medal in Athens in 2004 as well as numerous other national and international champions. Southern Yacht Club is a founding member of the Gulf Yachting Association.
The New Orleans Yacht Club was founded in 1949 and is dedicated to furthering the sport of Yacht racing, marine safety and seamanship. Located in New Orleans’ historic West End overlooking the marinas and Lake Pontchartrain, NOYC has over the course of its 60 year history counted among its membership many national, international, and Olympic champions and today is represented by many more. Having won 10 GYA Challenge Cups alone, NOYC is a well respected club that is known for its casual, if not laid-back attitude and friendly atmosphere. With direct access to Lake Pontchartrain, NOYC is ideally located to meet the needs of everyone interested in boating.
NOYC is one of the largest clubs in the Gulf Yachting Association. It has a proud history of distinguished sailors and boating enthusiasts that is second to none. As a private club, the membership is “open” to anyone who meets a few basic minimum requirements: sponsorship by a member in good standing, and the ability to meet the financial obligations that occur with the membership. As a member of NOYC there are numerous advantages that can be enjoyed.
The Pontchartrain Yacht Club, founded in 1967, is a member of the Gulf Yachting Association and the United States Sailing Association. Situated on a three acre waterfront site, Pontchartrain Yacht Club is in Mandeville's historic Lakeshore district. The grounds offer an unobstructed view of Lake Pontchartrain. Cast off from the launch area and you are sailing in open water in less than five minutes.
Tammany Yacht Club is located on the northshore of Lake Pontchartrain in Slidell, LA. TYC is a member of the Gulf Yachting Association and is active in many forms of boating, including cruising sail and power boats, racing PHRF and one-design and offers junior sailing camps and instruction.
Our membership consists of persons, male or female, of responsibility and good character interested in the promotion of yachting, racing of water craft, seamanship and other kindred matters and related activities for the good of the membership, community and state. Membership is open to all persons who meet those criteria, and no persons shall be denied membership on the basis of race, religion, color, or gender.
We are the women of the Lake Pontchartrain Women’s Sailing Association. We are the only sailing group for women that draws members from all the clubs on Lake Pontchartrain, as well as women who are not affiliated with any yacht club. If you are a sailor, or a wanna-be sailor, we invite you to join our club.
Our membership consists of women, men and juniors—anyone who shares our goal: to increase women’s participation in sailing. We invite anyone who shares our goals to participate in our activities and join our club. Membership is only $50/year and $25 for juniors.
The Corinthian Sailing Association of Lake Pontchartrain was established in 1983 as a non-profit club by a group of avid sailors, whose principal purpose was to provide a low-cost venue for racing sailboats on Lake Pontchartrain.