2021-2022 Winter Education Series

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.

Anatomy of a Sailboat – Class One

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!

October Sailor Social Special

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.

Upcoming Workshop – 05.25.15

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.

Fleur de Lis Regatta 2021

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.

Registration and NOR available at Regatta Network.

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

Photo courtesy of New Orleans Sailing http://www.neworleanssailing.com

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 www.womensailing.org.

You’re Invited!

LPWSA Holiday Party & Fiberglass Workshop

December 5, 2020 – 1:30pm

Join us for the annual LPWSA holiday party plus an exclusive workshop on fiberglass repair presented by Sintes Boat Works. The party starts at 1:30pm at the covered pavilion in West End Park. We will have food, drinks, prizes, and elections for your 2021 LPWSA board members. At 2pm we will walk across the street to Sintes Boat Works (7385 West Roadway Street) for a hands-on demonstration about marine fiberglass repair using our own club boat Femme Fatale. Please bring your own mask.

Beyond Beginner Workshop


This month’s workshop, offered by Veronica Del Bianco, will focus on navigation skills for sailors. Participants will learn key navigation concepts and have an opportunity for hands-on practice with a chart, compass, and more! All supplies will be provided and light refreshments will be served! Join Veronica starting at 6:30pm on October 15 at North Sails Loft 1716 Lake Ave, Metairie, LA. All supplies will be provided.

The Beyond Beginner workshop series is a great opportunity to expand your sailing aptitude and build skills beyond the basics. Taught by LPWSA members, Beyond Beginner is helping women gain confidence in sailing and share their wealth of collective knowledge. If you are interested in sharing your own skill or sailing related knowledge with our members as part of a Beyond Beginner Workshop please contact us.