ABOUT ALL ABOARD NOLA
Sailing is an ancient birthright for all humans. Unfortunately, in modern times, sailing can feel as though it's not for everyone. The vessels can be expensive, the yacht clubs can be a less-than welcoming place, and even the history of sailing ships can be very loaded, in particular for those whose historical association with sailing includes slavery, conquest, or colonialism. All Aboard NOLA seeks to change that, one charter at a time.
We at All Aboard NOLA are thrilled to share with you what we love to do most: sail and watch sunsets, to commune together, and to learn and relax. Our tours will promote the cultural, social, and ecological well-being of our community. Misogyny, racism, and homophobia have no place on the Mai Tai Two. All passengers will be treated with respect and addressed by their preferred pronouns.
Capt. David and his partners decided to restore a beautiful old ketch—a stunning boat that had been neglected for a while—and bring her from Morgan City, Louisiana, back to to New Orleans, to provide inclusive, respectful, and progressive-minded sailors an intersection with the many communities that have experienced little outreach from the sailing community.
The vessel, while fundamentally sound, sat in a hot Cajun country sun for many years. David and his team have been hard at work since February to prepare the boat for her next adventure.
The Mai Tai Two will be ready to begin tours
in early 2020.
MEET THE CAPTAIN
CAPTAIN DAVID LEWIS
After 15 years as a journalist and editor, Capt. David's new career is well-suited to his past experience, having served as a sailor in the US Navy, worked for a pilot boat company on the Mississippi River after Hurricane Katrina, as a fly fishing guide, and served on two tall ships, the schooners Freedom Schooner Amistad in New Haven, CT and the Alliance, in Yorktown, Va. David loves carpentry, playing cello, guitar, and banjo, and sailing with new friends on stunning Lake Pontchartrain.