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Our Mission & Vision

CSNOI shall positively impact lives by providing accessible educational opportunities and the promotion of health on Lake Pontchartrain for all in the population of the region regardless of age, background, and abilities, including, as a core mission, serving the low and moderate income and minority communities in metro New Orleans by providing access to a community asset that has been historically inaccessible to those large segments of the population.

CSNOI shall enhance the Greater New Orleans community by utilizing the development of sailing skills as a platform to develop independence and self-confidence, improve communication, foster teamwork and acquire deep respect of the marine environment.

Our Values

  • Inclusiveness: CSNOI believes everyone should have access to the waters of Lake Pontchartrain regardless of age, background or ability.

  • Safety: CSNOI actively pursues safety as the highest priority in all activities and programs.

  • Stewardship: CSNOI builds connections between students, the greater community, and a sustainable natural environment.

  • Experiential Learning: CSNOI engages students through inquiry-based learning and delivers dynamic STEM and environmental education.

  • Collaboration: CSNOI seeks to complement existing resources available in the community and collaborate with local agencies and partners to increase impact

Our History

Community Sailing New Orleans was formed in 2010. The following year it received its 501(c)(3) status. The 65-year site lease was signed in 2014. Rent through 2024 was donated by a generous supporter in 2014.

A small core group of individuals has worked to ensure a sound, feasible and sustainable plan for building and operating this community sailing center. It began with countless hours of planning, gathering information from other community sailing programs and developing a board of directors drawn from the community-at-large. Community sailing programs from around the country shared their knowledge, expertise, experience, and program and promotional material, along with a large dose of moral support.

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