• Convenient and affordable courses, lessons, and memberships for all experience levels and interests. Sailing for Adults + Families
  • Explore. Learn. Sail! Low-cost, high-quality programs that connect city youth with Boston Harbor and Jamaica Pond. Youth Sailing
  • Sailing and rowing for kids, adults, and families on this beautiful pond located in the heart of Boston. Jamaica Pond
Because of the Halloween Regatta on Saturday, no Rhodes will be available for member sailing between 1:30 and 5.  Join us at 5 for our End-of-the-Season Halloween Cookout!
  • Awareness Campaign

    See our new awareness campaign made by Hill Holliday and Courageous board member, Joe Berkeley. The campaign captures the essence of the Courageous Sailing mission and its impact on Boston kids. Read More
  • Leadership + Growth

    Through this 7-week summer job-training program, students make the transition from student to instructor, developing their abilities to teach, lead, and inspire the next generation of Courageous kids. Read More
  • Environmentally Friendly

    Courageous is wind powered, but we do more than just use natual energy sources. For the past several years, our youngsters have been learning about marine biology and ocean cleanup through award winning partner programs. Read More

Why Give

The incredible strength of Courageous programs is leading to an increased demand from the community. The toughest thing we have to do is turn away children in need because we don’t have the resources. Despite growing the program, in the last year alone we turned away more than 250 children. Courageous depends on unrestricted dollars raised through the Annual Appeal to help provide scholarships for those who need them most. Anything you can do to help would make a huge difference to a child, a community, and a city.



Courageous provides excellent sailing instruction–for beginner through advanced youth sailors, including courses in racing and cruising–to nearly 1,000 students annually. Our young sailors learn nautical terms, sailing theory, maneuvers, procedures, and the parts of a sailboat. We also have an extensive hands-on environmental education program focusing on exploring the ecosystems in which we sail. Students study pollution prevention, discover local creatures up close, and explore their natural aquatic environments. Courageous is one of the only sailing centers in the nation to employ an in-house environmental education director.



Not only are our students growing and changing–our youth program is, too!  In 2013, we expanded to provide free swimming, sailing, and science lessons to over 60 new young sailors.  We hope to continue offering these free opportunities in 2014 to reach students who ordinarily would not have access to this caliber of summer learning.



Our 2013 Instructor-in-Training (IIT) program was more advanced than ever. For seven weeks each summer, our 27 IITs train intensively, developing transferable career skills in areas like teamwork, public speaking, and critical thinking. IITs work directly beside more seasoned youth program sta, who model advanced teaching and sailing skills. Your support allows us to help teens from around Boston become professional, inspired leaders within the eld of sailing, as well as a unied team of talented and commied young instructors, charged with leading the next generation of Courageous sailors forward.


My Courageous Family
Youth Program
I asked all of the Youth Program staff to write blog posts for me that show what Courageous means to them and/or about a story that embodies their time at Courageous. I feel it is only fair for me to do the same… I came to Courageous in 2011 after calling Kate, the Youth Program Director, and askin...
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Courageous Has Got Talent!
Youth Program
By Allison McGuirk and Martin Weissgerber A few weeks ago, I had a front row seat to hands-down the greatest show I have ever seen: the step 1/  2 talent show.  We had been cooped up in the big tent all day because of torrential rain and lightning, so our step leaders decided that it woul...
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Role models
Youth Program
By Shamus Connelly As an older kid at an after school program when I was in fifth grade, I was told to be a good example for the other children. If I was messing around they would tell me that I needed to be a good role model, that the younger students looked up to and copied me. As an ten year old...
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Courageous Sailing- It's All in the Name
Youth Program
By John Zupkus          My most noteworthy Courageous Sailing moment came very early this season during a mini camp in the beginning of June. The Brooklyn Boulders/Courageous Sailing mini camp gave a group of 9 Boston children a chance to branch out and push their limits th...
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One fish, two fish...
By Emily Hart In the last week of sailing school, we explored different fishing strategies and their effects on fish populations. We had a great time playing games! For example, to investigate hook and line fishing (pole fishing) our “fisherman” threw a very soft ball into a sea of students who wer...
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