Former LPWSA Commodore Joins Women’s Sailing Foundation/National Women’s Sailing Association

Photo courtesy of New Orleans Sailing

We are proud to announce Debby Grimm, co-founder and former commodore of LPWSA, has joined the board of directors for the Women’s Sailing Foundation/National Women’s Sailing Association (WSF/NWSA). Debby found her start in sailing at Girl Scout camp in Indiana and continued sailing for leisure through her high school years in Alabama. In the early 1990s, she began sailing in New Orleans. She is a member of Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans Yacht Club, and the Corinthians Sailing Association.

Debby has previously competed in the Sundance Cup, Rolex and US Women’s Championship match racing events, the Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship, J30 North Americans, Race to the Coast, Great Lake Race, Lake Pontchartrain Racing Circuit, Knost (both one-design and PHRF), as well as numerous J22, J30, Flying Scot, and PHRF regattas. She is also a five-time GYA Women’s PHRF Champion, multiple winner of the Coco Seemann Regatta (one design keelboat women’s regatta) and multiple winner of both the Race for the Roses and Women’s Trilogy. In 2001 she was named Female Sailor of the Year at New Orleans Yacht Club and in 2012 was awarded Outstanding Woman Sailor at Southern Yacht Club. Currently, she competes in local regattas often skippering her family’s J30, Hot Chocolate, or sailing Cayenne, a J22, she co-owns with three other ladies.

If you are interested in learning more about the Women’s Sailing Foundation/National Women’s Sailing Association and their commitment to advancing women in sailing please visit

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