Your Captain

Frank Jones is a 15 year New Orleans “native” living with his wife and their two daughters in an uptown camelback shotgun. He was born on the shores of Lake Ontario and has been boating his entire life. He started sailing while living in Connecticut in 1988. He has obtained five American Sailing Association Certifications, as well as, a Moorings “Captain” designation certifying him to solo sail any boat anywhere in the world. Wishing he had more time to do so, Frank has sailed up and down the coast of California, around the Caribbean Islands, in Long Island Sound, on Lake Dillon outside Denver, on Lake Ontario, the Florida Keys, and most recently to Ranague Cay off the coast of Belize Central America. He currently keeps his 22 foot Chrysler Pocket Cruiser on Lake Pontchartrain where he can be found chasing the sunset whenever the time and winds allow.

Our Fleet


For Private Sailing Lessons you will be trained on our Chrysler 22 foot “pocket” cruiser - Irie. The weighted retractable keel and wide beam provide exceptional stability for a dry and safe sailing experience. Irie is rigged with a mainsail and genoa (jib) which are fully manual thereby providing students with experience in controlled raising and lowering of sails. Irie is also powered by a 6 hp Mercury four-stroke outboard motor. Pictures of Irie can be found in our Gallery.

Float On

For Private Sailing Cruises you will enjoy the spacious cockpit of our Hunter 35.5 Cruiser - Float On. A very stable and comfortable cruiser with plenty of seating and a full private bathroom for quests. Students who refine their sailing skills on Irie may choose to have Private Sailing Lessons at the helm of Float On. Pictures of Float On can be found on our Private Cruises page and in our Gallery.

Lessons and Cruises

Private Sailing Lessons

We provide one and two person private lessons year round, seven days a week, early morning to evening, specifically to fit your schedule. In our experience most students can obtain the skills necessary to sail a vessel similar in size to Irie with only two Private Lessons. We offer discounts for two person "Private Lessons" and discounts for multiple lesson purchases. Visit our Private Lessons page for details.

Private Sailing Cruises

Sail NOLA also provides individuals and couples the opportunity to relax and enjoy a sail on Lake Pontchartrain with Captain Frank Jones at the helm of our Hunter 35.5 Cruiser - Float On. An optional catered picnic can be selected from our menu of New Orleans cuisine and beverages. A perfect finish to your perfect day of sailing on Lake Pontchartrain. Visit our Private Cruises page for details.

Gift Certificates are Available for Private Sailing Lessons and Private Sailing Cruises and can be found on our Registration and Forms page. HOLIDAY SPECIAL - Take 10% off all Gift Certificates when purchased between November 24th and December 24th.