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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 Note very quickly found her home at Pier 4 this summer and established herself as Courageous' big boat entry in weekly inner-harbor PHRF racing.   Below is a beautiful account that
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For the past four years, I have had the privilege of working with students from Swim Sail Science, a program Courageous created in partnership with Boston Public Schools. The SSS program aims to serve students who are at risk of summer learning loss. These students continue their academic studies through the summer, in conjunction with sailing, swimming, and marine science lessons. Through the different aspects of this program, my students cultivate a passion and new found comfort for the sea. Many
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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 was extremely eager to take a step up on the totem pole and accept more responsibility, this new job title did frighten me. I had never driven a powerboat and the
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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 English as their first language. This summer, the students' first languages ranged from Spanish and Portuguese all the way to Cantonese and Mandarin. During the first week of the program, we started to
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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, to replace the aging J/22 fleet with a fleet of more modern J/80s over the next few years. I first heard about the J/80s in a March Facebook post from Courageous.  I was excited; it’s not every
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