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A Sailing Club For Women, By Women

The Lake Pontchartrain Women’s Sailing Association (LPWSA) was founded in 2004 by Mamsie Maynard 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, that we knew we had to organize. Today we host two regattas on the lake and we have a very talented group of women who travel the Gulf Coast and the country and successfully race,” said Maynard about the formation of LPWSA.

The mission of the association was to enhance the lives of women and girls through quality education and access to the sport of sailing. Over the years the LPWSA mission has remained the same. LPWSA programs and events have helped countless women and girls realize their potential both on and off the water.

Past events have included:

  • Pink Ribbon Regatta
  • Learn About Sailing Things (L.A.S.T.)
  • AdventureSail
  • Knot Tea Party

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