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04-19-2016 12:08 PM
Re: Sailing Pontchartrain

Originally Posted by gdemarcay View Post
I am new to sailing and would like to crew for races on Lake Pontchartrain. I have some experience in sailing small day cruisers and larger boats (35Ft.) If interested, please respond to this post.
Gary, the Wednesday evening handicap-formula races run by the NOYC, or the Friday one-design races out of the Southern YC could be the easiest way for you to get your first ride. Try their web sites, or just show up early, "linger hopefully" and let it be known you are looking to crew.

And the windier the evening, the more chance for you to get a ride with those who are looking for a little more "rail meat" to hold the windward rail down upwind.
04-18-2016 03:14 PM
Re: Sailing Pontchartrain

I am new to sailing and would like to crew for races on Lake Pontchartrain. I have some experience in sailing small day cruisers and larger boats (35Ft.) If interested, please respond to this post.
04-12-2016 09:11 AM
Re: Sailing Pontchartrain

I am new to sailing and want experience. If anyone needs a crew, please contact me on this site.

Thank you,
Gary DeMarcay
03-29-2011 10:31 AM
cthomas Check Heron's Way Marina in Mandeville. Very nice marina. We have been there for almost six years. Coming from Baton Rouge is only about 10 minutes further and you will like both being on the East side of the causeway and the protection of Bayou Castain.
03-25-2011 01:55 PM
nolatom Bill, don't know what you're sailing or what you draw. Mandeville is still a 20-mile sail, easy downwind in the south-sw breezes we'll have this weekend, but could be a "long" beat back if your boat isn't a close-winded greyhound, and maybe a little lumpy on the north shore if the wind kicks up.

Not much on the south shore, most of us sail between the Causeway and the Lakefront airport (easy reaches in a southerly). If you're a centerboarder, you could sail over to Pontchartrain Beach, tie up at the end of the old pier, and walk ashore for a picnic and a swim. Or anchor out and swim in if you draw a lot.

Also, a putt-putt through the outer and inner harbors at West End can be decent "sightseeing" with all the boats and boathouses. You can sail or motorsail the outer harbor, but need to motor the tighter inner harbor. and you can tie up at the dock at Landry's Seafood restaurant for a drink and a decent meal.

Pm me if you have any questions. Enjoy! looks like a warm, good-weather couple of days.

03-24-2011 06:33 PM
Nudibranch Capt. Bill,

From the southshore, its a nice sail to Mandeville on the north side of the lake. You can tie up at the wall just inside the entrance for free for 4 days (if I remember correctly), you need to check in at the yacht club, (the closest two story building). Plenty of places to eat and drink and explore.
03-24-2011 09:34 AM
travlin-easy Looks like I'll have to make a trip back to the sunny south so I can show those folks how to STEAM crabs--NOT boil them. UGH! Can't imagine boiled crab! Must be something like those tiny gum erasers I ate in Bossier City one night. Somebody told me they were crawdads, but to me they tasted just like tiny, gum erasers with hot seasoning. Get yourself a big can of Old Bay Seafood Seasoning and do those crabs some justice.

Old Bay Seasoning


03-24-2011 08:59 AM
Weekending the Lake

I'm trailering down to Lake Pontchatrain tomorrow and will spend the weekend sailing out of the Orleans Marina on the South Shore. Can any locals give me any tips on places to go more specific than "explore the lake?"
06-17-2010 08:10 PM
ROSA I just heard on the radio that it was closed today for repairs. Sometime it is stuck up and sometime down. I have been stuck trying to get back home and so has my son. All the best.
06-17-2010 03:37 PM
jaydducote Thanks ROSA. I have the chart you referred to, so I should be good to go there. I'll make sure to check with the Hwy 11 drawbridge on VHF. Hopefully it is operational next weekend!
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