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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.

#Meet the Member

Veronica Del Bianco

Get ready for our next Beyond Beginner Workshop led by Veronica Del Bianco. Veronica offered to share her knowledge of charting and navigation gained over years of sailing experience in places like Maryland, Mexico, and Lake Pontchartrain. Join her and LPWSA members on October 15 at 6:30pm in New Orleans, LA to start learning navigation techniques and take your sailing ‘Beyond Beginner!’

Congratulations to the 2020 Fleur De Lis Regatta Winners, Team Lola!

Marie Louise Bienvenu and her crew consisting of Guenevere Rae, Isabelle Schneidau, and Jennifer Keller, won the Fleur De Lis Regatta hosted by LPWSA and Southern Yacht Club in September 2020. Louise and her crew, aptly called ‘Team Lola’ after her boat know as ‘Her name is Lola,” sailed to victory on Lake Pontchartrain’s south shore in mid-September. When you see Louise don’t forget to wish her congratulations and ask her where Team Lola’s well-earned trophy will be showcased over the next year so you can check it out!

16th Annual Pink Ribbon Regatta

Saturday, October 10, 2020 – Notice of Race

UPDATE: The Pink Ribbon Regatta has been rescheduled to Sunday, October 18, 2020 due to Hurricane Delta. The event will take place out of New Orleans Yacht Club.

The Pink Ribbon Regatta is a fun-filled sailing event for the benefit of the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program (LBCHP) and is organized by the Lake Pontchartrain Women’s Sailing Association (LPWSA). Funds raised support the LBCHP mission “to prevent unnecessary disease, disability, and premature death by providing quality breast and cervical cancer screenings at no cost to uninsured and underinsured, lower-income women in Louisiana.” Bring your friends and family and enjoy racing on Lake Pontchartrain all for a good cause! Please note all social distancing rules apply as determined by the City of New Orleans on the day of the event. Masks should be worn at meetings.

Notice of Race

1. Rules:

1.1 This regatta will be governed by the Rules as defined by the current edition of the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the Gulf Yachting Association PHRF bylaws, this notice, the NOYC General Sailing Instructions, and any posted notice to competitors.

1.2 RRS 44.1 shall be changed to require a one-turn penalty. 

1.3 The Sailing Instructions may change other Rules

2. Eligibility: 

Open to everyone with a sailboat. The LPWSA invites all sailors to participate in this regatta. The fleets will consist of one-design, PHRF spinnaker, PHRF non-spinnaker, and cruising divisions.  No yacht club affiliation is required. Sailboats must be in a one-design class, or have a valid GYA PHRF rating or will be assigned one. Cruising class boats shall have a fixed propeller, roller furling headsail, and no spinnaker.  One-design classes must have a minimum of three boats.

3. Registration:

3.1 Entries will be accepted until 7pm on Friday, October 9, 2020. Registration must be completed online at Regatta Network. No on-water registrations will be accepted

4. Fees: 

Registration is free, however a $50 donation is suggested. Donations may be submitted during registration online through Regatta Network or via Paypal. Cash, credit, and check donations will also be accepted the day of the event.

5. Schedule:

Saturday, October 10, 2020

0900 – 1000 hrs

1100 hrs
>FUN Benefit Ratings Purchase & Shirt Sale NOYC 
>Skipper’s Meeting at NOYC
>Warning Signal for First Class
Following the final race of the day (not before 1pm but not after 3pm)>Awards ceremony at NOYC 

6. Sailing Instructions: 

NOYC General Sailing Instructions apply to this event.

7. Sailing Venue

Racing will be held on the South Shore of Lake Pontchartrain; using NOYC and/or SYC temporary and/or fixed marks.

8. Courses to be Sailed

Will be described in the Sailing Instructions and at the Skipper’s Meeting. No races will begin after 1400 hrs.

9. Scoring and benefit ‘Fun’ rating:

9.1 The low-point scoring system of RRS Appendix A2 will be used, except that there will be no throw-outs.

9.2 One race is required to constitute a regatta.

9.3 Benefit Ratings. Participants shall be able “boost” their boat’s PHRF by purchasing or earning time in three second increments. Participants shall also be able to “hit” any other boat’s rating as well in three second increments.  One-designs can likewise “boost” or “hit” in five second finish time increments.  Purchasing time is not restricted to boat owners. Crew and spectators are encouraged to fund raise and purchase time as well. Benefit ratings can be purchased at the Skipper’s Meeting or online via PayPal.

Please email with the details of any online benefit rating purchases (i.e., name of boat whose rating will be hit, name of boat whose rating you would like to adjust, or name of boat for insurance purchase).

In addition, there will be a list of non-cash ‘Fun’ ratings adjustments available online at prior to registration.

9.4 Rating bands — PHRF Class breaks and scratch sheets will be posted at the Skippers’ Meeting.

10. Prizes:

10.1 Awards provided by LPWSA will be presented at the discretion of the organizing authority.

10.2 An awards presentation will take place at New Orleans Yacht Club following the last race Saturday, October 10, 2020.  Cash donations to benefit the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program will also be accepted.

11. Disclaimer of Liability: Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk.  See RRS 4, Decision to Race. Neither the organizing authority nor the host organization will accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta, and any and all events associated with it.  Participants further agree to abide by the RRS and all other rules that govern this event and the host club.  Online registration acknowledges agreement and consent to this paragraph.

12. Contact information:

For additional information please contact:

2020 PRR Committee Chair: Tina Griffith – 

Principal Race Officer: Ellen Artopoeus –  504-458-7971

13. Supplemental Information: 

13.1 Benefit ‘Fun’ Rating purchases, T-Shirt sales and post regatta awards ceremony on Saturday, October 10, 2020 will be held outside at the New Orleans Yacht Club.

#Meet the Member

Mary Kate Hostomsky

We are excited to have Mary Kate Hostomsky lead our first Beyond Beginner Workshop! Mary Kate reached out to LPWSA to offer a hands-on session about common sailing knots, a critical skill for every sailor. Join her and LPWSA members on September 17 at 6:30pm at the West End Park Pavilion in New Orleans, LA to learn and practice knot tying skills.

Beyond Beginner Workshop

We are excited to offer the first what we hope to be several hands-on workshops run by our very own LPWSA members. The idea for the “Beyond Beginner” workshops was developed during conversations among members at monthly Sailor Socials. The intention is to offer a space to share our collective knowledge about sailing and build skills beyond the basics.

Sailing Knots

Our first workshop, offered by Mary Kate Hostomsky, will focus on common knots used in sailing and good practices in line care. Members will learn key sailing knots, their applications and features, as well as have a chance to practice tying each knot on their own. Join Mary Kate starting at 6:30pm on September 17 at the West End Pavilion. All supplies will be provided.

If you are interested in sharing your own skill or sailing related knowledge with our members by participating in the Beyond Beginner Series please contact us at  

2020 FLEUR DE LIS REGATTA – September 12, 2020


The event is co-sponsored by Lake Pontchartrain Women’s Sailing Association and Southern Yacht Club. The Organizing Authority is the Lake Pontchartrain Women’s Sailing Association, P.O. Box 791966, New Orleans, LA 70179. The regatta is to be held on the South Shore of Lake Pontchartrain and hosted by Southern Yacht Club (SYC).


The Regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The 2017-2020 Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS). The US Sailing prescriptions will apply.


50% of crew members, including the skipper, must be female over the age 12 years

prior to September 12, 2020. Participants do not need to belong to a yacht club, although membership in LPWSA is highly encouraged.

2.2 Fleets may be divided into classes based upon participation. Three boats will be needed to make a fleet or class. The regatta is open to all PHRF monohull and multihull boats which will compete under the PHRF (ToD) racing system. Each competing boat shall have a current, valid GYA PHRF Certificate. Boats without a current GYA PHRF Certificate may be assigned a PHRF rating at the discretion of the Race Committee. This assigned rating may not be protested.


The entry fee for each participating yacht is $25.00. There is a $5.00 deduction for LPWSA members.


Registration is available on Regatta Network. Registration shall be completed prior to the skippers’ meeting. All fees are to be paid by this time.

5. SCHEDULE (tentative)

Friday – 1830 – Skipper’s meeting at SYC Tiki Bar. Per social distancing, 1 person per boat.
Saturday – First Warning Signal at 10:25 – Additional Races to follow.

Trophy presentation at SYC Tiki Bar one hour after RC docks.

The entry fee for each participating yacht is $25.00. There is a $5.00 deduction for LPWSA members.


The sailing instructions will be the SYC General Sailing Instructions available online on the SYC website.


The Low Point System of RRS Appendix A will apply. There will be no throw outs. This changes A2. Two races are scheduled; one race constitutes a series.


Awards will be given as follows: 1st, 2nd and 3rd for each division. A LPWSA Fleur de Lis Perpetual Trophy will be awarded in both spinnaker and non-spinnaker divisions to the 1st place finisher.


Complementary housing is available for out of town competitors. Contact LPWSA directly at


Fleur de Lis Regatta Chairman: Ellen Barrett Artopoeus (
Host Yacht Club: Southern Yacht Club (SYC), 105 N Roadway, New Orleans, LA 504-288- 4200.