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Sadly, summer is coming to an end.  Before everyone goes their separate ways, we would like to take a moment to recognize the Courageous Sailing Youth Program Staff, the people who make Courageous the incredible community that it is, day after day, summer after summer, for over a thousand young sailors each year.

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The kids had a blast saving the harbor with Rebecca and collecting trash from the pier. The kids wore plastic gloves to protect them from germs and what not. I was surprised how passionate and excited the kids were to save the harbor from having plastic and unwanted materials thrown into the water. Rebecca was great at organizing games with them and educating them on marine and environmental topics. "Step 1 Step fun" were the heroes of the day!

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A few weeks ago we accompanied the new england aquarium interns on an adventure to lovells island where they spent their time tide pooling, swimming, and enjoying the local views. Sailing broomstick and phoenix, an erikson 29 and a seafarer, was a challenging experience for the two of us because we generally spend our time on smaller boats. The size of these vessels  was intimidating at first but the guidance of two veteran cruising instructors, leo and ethan, we got the hang of it and picked up valuable new skils. By the time we returned to pier 4, the feeling of being overwhelmed had subsided, and was replaced by a feeling of newfound confidence.
 
-allison and lucy
 
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The purpose of Step 4 is to improve upon your sailing skills.

Out team of sailors in step 4 has greatly enjoyed these past 8 days in racing and cruising. We have decided to discuss out experiences racing and cruising with a collective effort.

To begin with, racing has been an important part of the experience of the group. Practicing has improved all of our racing skills which has been awesome. We have also learned new things like using spinnakers and it has been really unique. Finally, sail tram has been a critical element involved in racing and we have all appreciated new skills learned with this.

Another key aspect of this past week and a half has been cruising. First of all, skills learned in cruising have been anchoring, setting up tents and cooking. On an emotional and social dimension; cooperation, teamwork, competition and the demanding supportive environment of Courageous have helped us Step 4 members excel in our strive to achieve optimal sailing technique.

- Clare, Anneli, Ben, Nico, Val, Mike, Emily, & Hazel