Lake Pontchatrain, in my mind, is the best metropolitan sailing venue in the country. Sure the Chesapeake is beautiful, but unless you live in mega-buck Annapolis, there is a two hour drive between you and your boat. If you live anywhere but Uptown, the Lake is a bike ride from your home, bike as in Schwinn, not Harley.
Because the Lake is immediately north of the city, it is a sailor’s paradise. The prevailing winds here are out of the south, so we Lake sailors have great wind and minimal waves. Today was an awesome example, winds south, southeast at 20 knots and there was not a ripple on the water as we zipped along about a half mile off the beach.
For cruisers, there are trips across the lake to overnight in one of the bayou anchorages. For racers, there are races one night each week and on the weekend. For the more adventerous in the group, the Lake feeds right into the Mississippi Sound and the Gulf.