Lake Pontchartrain Women’s Sailing Association

O.W.L.S. 2021-2022 Winter Education Series Dates

UPDATE: Due to the increase in COVID cases in the New Orleans area and the reinstatement of the indoor mask mandate we have chosen to cancel the remaining workshops in our Winter Education Seminar.

In partnership with Community Sailing NOLA, through funding from the Flying Scot Foundation, LPWSA is offering a Winter Education Series. Join us for the 10-week series hosted at Community Sailing New Orleans Lakeview Campus. We will use classroom based activities to teach new sailors the tools of the trade and get them ready for the 2022 sailing season on Lake Pontchartrain. The workshop is free, open to the public, and kid-friendly. Don’t miss this opportunity as it might not come around again!

Lake Pontchartrain Women’s Sailing Association

Sailing For Women, By Women

The Lake Pontchartrain Women’s Sailing Association (LPWSA) is the only sailing group for women, by women in New Orleans. Our members are women, men, and youth who share the goal of increasing female participation in sailing. The LPWSA includes members from yacht clubs and boating organizations on Lake Pontchartrain, as well as, women across the gulf coast region who are not affiliated with another sailing club in New Orleans.

Through the LPWSA network, numerous members have been placed as crew on sailboats based in New Orleans, Louisiana and the greater gulf coast. Members have made new friends, become valuable crew, joined yacht clubs, and some have even gone on to skipper their own sailboats and give lessons.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed in the things that you didn’t do than the ones you did do, so throw off the bow lines.”

Mark Twain

LPWSA invites anyone that shares the LPWSA goals to become a member! Curious about how LPWSA membership can benefit you? Check our ‘What We Do’ page to learn about the benefits we offer to members including racing, education, and outreach opportunities.


LPWSA helps place women, as well as men, as crew on boats participating in local regattas. LPWSA also encourages women to serve on race committee and helm of their own boats in competition.


It is the goal of LPWSA to provide educational opportunities that offer valuable training tips and build individual confidence and knowledge in sailing. LPWSA educational workshops are designed for all levels of sailing experience.


The Lake Pontchartrain Women’s Sailing Association is the first sailing club in the Gulf Coast region to offer AdventureSail®, a sailing-based mentor program for at-risk girls between the ages of 9 to 14.

Learn more about the benefits of LPWSA membership