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.
The Boat "Irie"
You will be trained on the Chrysler 22 foot “pocket” cruiser - Irie. The weighted retractable keel and wide beam provide exceptional stability for a dry and safe sailing experience. In addition to meticulous standard maintenance, Irie was completely refurbished with new rigging throughout in 2010 and new sails in 2015. 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. The cabin is equipped with a portable head (toilet). The spacious open cockpit design provides sufficient room for sailors to safely and efficiently change positions during sailing maneuvers or just relax and sail. A bimini (cover) will be used to escape the heat and rain. Irie is also powered by a 6 hp Mercury four-stroke outboard motor purchased new in 2010.
Lessons and Charters
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.
Chartered 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. Bring beverages and a picnic to enjoy during your sailing adventure or in the privacy of the harbor. Visit our Private Charters page for details.