• 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
  • Work at Courageous

    The 2015 season is just around the corner, which means there is an opportunity for you to come spend your summer working at Courageous. You'll be outside and on the water with a great staff and sailors from age 8 and up. This could be the start of your lifelong passion for teaching sailing, educating, and organizing in your community. 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
  • Environmentalism at Courageous

    Courageous is wind powered, but we do more than just use natural energy sources. For the past several years, our young sailors have been learning about marine biology and ocean cleanup from our own Environmental Educators and award-winning partners. Read More
  • Support Courageous Kids

    As 2014 draws to a close, Courageous is celebrating a successful year of teaching sailing and more to Boston kids, and looking ahead to next year. Please consider supporting Courageous in our mission to provide high-quality summer learning opportunities for the kids who need them most by making a tax-deductible donation to our Annual Appeal before December 31. Read More
  • 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


Our 2010 Volunteer Weekend is on April 24 and 25th!

Courageous' first volunteer was Harry McDonough who summoned a small group of volunteers to get the resources and support necessary to create Courageous Sailing Center in 1987. Today, volunteers can help with a variety of tasks at Courageous, especially in preparation for the busy summer season. Courageous schedules "Work Parties" where volunteer work crews help Courageous prepare boats for the season, spruce up the boathouse, etc. Volunteers also contribute to our "Guest Coach" program and not only coach our racing program for a day but also talk about how sailing made a difference in their lives and careers.

Corporate Service Days

Courageous also hosts Corporate Work Days.  Many local companies have donated their employees' time to complete important projects for Courageous. Companies have found this to be a fabulous teambuilding activity and a way to connect to the local community.

Adopt A Boat

New for 2009, volunteers may "adopt a boat" at Courageous.  Adopted boats will carry signs noting that the boat has been adopted by the volunteer and thanking them for helping to keep it clean, safe, fully equipped and functioning properly. Volunteers will ocassionally check on the boat, clean or make minor repairs as needed and report issues to the fleet manager.  The following boats have been adopted for the 2009 season (more boats are available for adoption - please email John for more information!):

Name (Thank you!) Boat
Ed Marcus J/22 (Endorphin)
Paul Weisman & Michele Simos Ranger 23 (Midnight Special)
Jess Gormley & Marc Anthony Rhodes 19 No. 16
Becky Wheatland Rhodes 19 No. 2
Katy Capo & Bryan Lee TBD
Camerine MacBeill & Mark Racine J/22 No. 31
James Parmentier Rhodes 19 No. 26 (Black Topsides)
Your Name Here Many More Available!
Life as a Courageous Kid
Youth Program
My 18th birthday, this April, inspired me to do some serious thinking about what it means to be mature and how I define adulthood. At the same time that I was working through these big questions for myself, I became a member of the senior staff for the first time at Courageous. Although I ...
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Speaking my Language
Youth Program
This summer, I was a sailing instructor in Courageous' Swim Sail Science program (otherwise known as SSS). The SSS students are from various diverse backgrounds and live all over the city of Boston. With that being said, the kids represent several different ethnicities and do not always speak Englis...
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Experiencing the J/80s
Youth Program
This past spring, Courageous received a donation that allowed the purchase of two J/80s.  J/80s are 26-foot-long sloop-rigged sport boats, with a roller furling headsail and an asymmetrical spinnaker.  The intention is, assuming Courageous likes the J/80s and finds that they suit its needs...
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A Place for Growth
Youth Program
This summer, my second at Courageous, I had the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the Youth Program as a whole. Previously while working with the Instructors in Training, I only had a narrow view of that one piece of Courageous. Returning to Courageous, I was excited to become a part of...
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How Blue Note came to Courageous
One of of my favorite stories of 2015 is the arrival of Blue Note.   A comfortable yet sprightly 30 footer in wonderful condition, Blue Note comes to us through the generosity of the family of Dr. Paul Blum, a remarkable scientist, Peace Corps volunteer, and Boston Harbor sailor.  Blue Not...
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