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.

#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 lpwsa.info@gmail.com 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 www.lpwsa.org 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 – tinamgriffith@gmail.com 

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.