Southern Yacht Club



The heart and soul of Southern Yacht Club.

New Orleans is a city surrounded by water with a rich maritime history where some type of boating is a matter of course for most residents. Southern Yacht Club offers its members a broad assortment of boating-related activities, including sailing education, cruising, and a broad spectrum of racing from international championships to weekday twilight racing.

Racing Fleet

The Handicap (HC) fleet includes Open, Classic and Non-Spinnaker divisions which are rated using ORR-Ez time-on-time and PHRF time-on-distance systems.
The One Design (OD) fleet includes many established classes, such as Flying Scot, Lightning, Rhodes 19, J/22, Melges 24 and Viper 640.
The Dinghy (DY) fleet includes single- and double-handed classes, such as Optimist, Sunfish, Laser, Club 420, Finn and Vanguard 15.

Cruising Fleet

The Cruising Fleet encompasses power and auxiliary yachts and sponsors assorted rendezvous and excursions throughout the year.

Club-Owned Fleet

Southern Yacht Club owns over fifty boats available for use by the membership, including Optimist prams, Sunfish and C420 dinghies, two dozen Flying Scots, two Rhodes 19 daysailers and a J/27 offshore sloop.

Support Fleet

The Race Committee and Instructors support fleet includes a forty-foot Downeaster race committee boat, assorted scat-boats (runabouts) and several kayaks.


Southern Yacht Club offers a broad spectrum of boating instruction, ranging from the children's Harbor Mice fleet to adult beginner classes using a variety of club-owned boats.