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.
Safe jibing and downwind sailing technique is an important skill for all sailors. In this class participants will learn how jibing differs from tacking, how to safely perform a jibe, and techniques for downwind sailing. Join us starting at 6:30pm on Thursday, January 13 at the Community Sailing New Orleans Lakeview Campus. Free, open to the public, and kid-friendly.
When sailing you eventually have to turn…you can’t sail straight forever! In this class participants will learn the proper steps to turn or ‘tack’ a sailboat into the wind as well as tips for optimal upwind sailing. Join us at the Community Sailing New Orleans Lakeview Campus on Thursday, January 6 starting at 6:30pm. Free, open to the public, and kid-friendly.
Knowing how to properly adjust a boat’s sails and steer for different conditions can make the difference between a fun sail and fail sail. In this class participants will learn the basics of how to trim sails for different wind directions as well as tips on steering to increase speed and maintain an enjoyable sail. Join us on Thursday, December 30 at 6:30pm at the Community Sailing New Orleans Lakeview Campus. Free, open to the public, and kid-friendly.
In this class participants will learn what steps they should take before hitting the water (i.e., checking the weather, checking the boat) as well as the basic steps for rigging a small sailboat. Join us starting at 6:30pm on Thursday, December 16 at the Community Sailing New Orleans Lakeview Campus!
Successful sailors have a well developed sense for the wind. In this class participants will learn how to read the wind as well as the different ‘points of sail’, key information for understanding how to trim sails correctly. Join us on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at Community Sailing New Orleans Lakeview Campus starting at 6:30pm. Free, open to the public, and kid-friendly.
In partnership with Community Sailing NOLA, through funding from the Flying Scot Sailing Foundation, LPWSA is offering a Winter Education Series. Initially offered on the North Shore at Pontchartrain Yacht Club in 2019, our course was cut short by the pandemic. Now it’s back thanks to funding from the Flying Scot Foundation and this time it’s on the South Shore hosted at Community Sailing New Orleans. Join us for “Anatomy of a Sailboat” the first workshop in the 10-week series hosted at Community Sailing New Orleans Lakeview Campus. The workshop is free, open to the public, and kid-friendly.
In the “Anatomy of a Sailboat” classroom-based workshop, participants will learn to ‘talk like a sailor’ by learning the basic parts of a sailboat and the function of each part. Understanding the basic anatomy of a sailboat is important as it gives both skipper and crew a common language to communicate effectively while onboard. A sailboat may seem overwhelming, but it is actually quite simple. Come find out for yourself!
Mark your calendars! Here is the complete list of dates and topics for our 2021-2022 Winter Education Series funded by the Flying . All classes start at 6:30pm at the Community Sailing New Orleans Lakeview Campus. Free, open to the public, and kid-friendly, these classes are delivered by an LPWSA member with goal of preparing beginner sailors for small sailboat sailing in our local area.
We are planning to offer weekly on-the-water application of the skills covered in these workshops for LPWSA members on our club boat, Femme Fatale, during the month of January. Space for on-the-water instruction is limited and priority will be given to members that have attended the Winter Education Series classes.
Join us this month at our Sailor Social for bra decorating and a very special talk from LPWSA member, Heidi, in support of our annual Pink Ribbon Regatta for breast cancer awareness!Heidi Netherton is a retired RN and a 20 year survivor of breast cancer. After earning her BSN from William Carey University and her Masters in Social Work from Tulane University, she completed a 12-month internship at the famous Charity Hospital in New Orleans. In 2003 she accepted an award at the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion for her winning essay on “The Beauty of Early Detection.” Heidi will share her experience and teach the simple breast self examination technique that helped save her life.
Join our upcoming workshop on Essential Sailing Gear offered in partnership with Community Sailing New Orleans! Learn what items are helpful to keep in your dry bag as well as tips on the best attire to stay comfortable on the water. Just in time to make the most of the upcoming memorial weekend sales! FREE to LPWSA and CSNO members; all others, $5 suggested donation to support future workshops.
Join LPWSA for the Fleur de Lis Regatta, the gulf coast’s premier mixed-gender sailing event! Participating boats must have 50% female crew, including a female skipper. Perpetual trophies will be awarded to both spinnaker and non-spinnaker classes. Proceeds from the event benefit the mission of LPWSA to increase education and access to sailing for women and girls on the gulf coast.
VIP Registration Available! VIP Perks include a t-shirt, lunch, two drink tickets, and entry fee for skippers. Crew members can also register as VIPs; just leave the boat section blank.