ICOYC Americas Conference 2022

March 25-27, 2022
Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans, Louisiana


What, Why and How — Strategic Planning for Modern Yacht Clubs

Club Benchmarking on Best Practices for Capital Planning

Membership Development and Solutions to the Senior Challenge

Keeping Youth Engaged in Sailing

GM’s Perspectives: Managing Labor Shortages and Inflation, and Moving Beyond COVID

On March 25-26, Member Clubs of the International Council of Yacht Clubs attended the 9th Americas Regional Conference at Southern Yacht Club (SYC) in New Orleans, Louisiana. Conference attendees enjoyed the opportunity to meet and discuss topics that affect yacht clubs worldwide, such as Maintaining Youth Engagement, Capital Planning, Club Fleets and Race Committee Topics. A special GM panel explored “Inflation, Labor Shortages & Moving Beyond COVID.”

Conference Partners spent two days of exploration in New Orleans, with trips to the City Park’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden, the French Quarter, haunting cemeteries and more classic locations.

About New Orleans

New Orleans was founded in 1718 by French colonists and was once the territorial capital of French Louisiana before being traded to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. In the mid-1800’s, New Orleans was the third largest city in the United States due to its ideal transportation location at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Today, New Orleans is renowned for its distinct music, cuisine, history, and architecture. The historic heart of the city is the French Quarter, known for its French and Spanish Creole architecture, vibrant nightlife, art galleries, antique stores, and excellent restaurants. The city’s location and flat elevation make it vulnerable to flooding, so the city is protected by a complex system of levees and drainage pumps installed by state and federal authorities.

About Southern Yacht Club

Established July 21, 1849, Southern Yacht Club is the second oldest yacht club in the United States. SYC is located on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain, a brackish estuary covering an area of 630 square miles with an average depth of 13’. Over the years, SYC sailors have won four Olympic Medals and numerous national and international championships, most recently the 2021 NYYC Invitational. SYC’s current clubhouse opened 12 years ago after destruction of the previous clubhouse by a massive fire in the hours following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Through more than 170 years of prosperity and adversity, the club maintains a tradition of keen competition, sportsmanship, and eponymous hospitality.