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Enhancing The Lives Of Women And Girls Through The Sport Of Sailing

The Lake Pontchartrain Women’s Sailing Association (LPWSA) was founded in 2004 by Mamsie Manard and Louise Bienvenu as a means to support women and young girls currently involved in sailing.

“There was such a huge desire for more female-oriented sailing activities, and some women felt a little bit intimidated by the sport. We knew we had to organize.”

Mamsie Manard, LPWSA Co-Founder

It is the mission of LPWSA to enhance the lives of women and girls through quality education and access to the sport of sailing. LPWSA programs and events have helped countless women and girls realize their potential both on and off the water through:

– Education and hands-on experiences for individuals interested in sailing
– Serving as a resource for females involved in the sport of sailing
– Promotion of positive life experiences for women and girls through sailing 
– Support for individuals and organizations that assist women and girls in sailing

In 2014 the LPWSA christened their first club boat, Femme Fatale. The 54-year-old Flying Scot was lovingly rebuilt by LPWSA members through hand-on educational workshops with the help of local and national organizations such as North Sails, Sintes Boat Works, Flying Scot Foundation, and many generous donors. Femme Fatale has grown to be the cornerstone of the LPWSA sailing and education programs.


Become a LPWSA member today.


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