Monday, 25 April 2011 11:05

2012 Season Tips for Members

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12 Quick Tips and Reminders For Courageous Members
  1. All new members must go through an orientation and checkout sail before using the fleet.  Returning members can skip the orientation this year, but must review and sign an orientation review sheet at the front desk.

  2. Check-in with a checkout. Returning members can go on a checkout, even if they already have a skipper rating. Checkouts are a good way to connect with our instructor staff, get some feedback on your skills and receive recommendations on taking your sailing to the next level.

  3. Stay connected and be social.  Our Facebook page is a great place to keep up with our day to day activities.  We post racing results, pictures, updates on media and events, and much more on our page.  We also post weather/wind updates, early closures, and restrictions (i.e. No red flags today, reefing for everyone else due to 15 knot winds gusting to 18) on our Facebook page. Meet your fellow members at weekly barbecues, parties, harbor trips, our new group practice classes, thursday night racing, and online through our members-only website.

  4. Meet Dave DiLorenzo, Director of Adult Programs, and Cha-Ling OConnell, Assistant Director of Adult Programs. Feel free to contact them with any questions regarding Adult Program membership or courses!

  5. Bookmark and check our calendar for the most detailed view of what's happening at Courageous.

  6. Bookmark and get in the habit of using "Boat Bookings", our online boat reservation system.  While boats are usually available, our fundraising events and youth program can sometimes stretch the fleet to capacity on nice days at peak hours.  Members can make up to two reservations at a time. Note that if we run out of Rhodes 19s entirely during events, we will upgrade qualified skippers to J/22s and other boats as available.

  7. Be Reachable! For safety, members must be reachable at all times while on the water, either via VHF radio or cell phone. If we cannot reach a member via VHF radio of cell phone, we will assume the worst and send a safety boat out to find the member, and the member may be subject to a $50 fee to cover search expenses.  Be sure that radios or cell phones are on, charged, and the ringer/volume set to high!  We have a collection of radios that we can loan to members, and highly encourage sailors to invest in their own if they will be sailing outside the inner harbor.

  8. Be aware of wind conditions, tidal currents, and sunset!  We post this information each day on the whiteboard in the boathouse.  Members are responsible for anticipating the time required to return to Courageous, including the impact of wind speed variations - members are responsible for paying the fee for being towed back to Courageous unless the tow is due to equipment failure not caused by the member.  As we do not have running light on our J/22s or R-19s, any member still out on the harbor by sunset must be towed in for safety reasons, and will be subject to a towing fee.  Towing fees are $50 for inner harbor, $100 for outer harbor. 

  9. Volunteer!  It takes a whole lot of community effort to keep costs down and provide funding for our youth programs.  There are tons of ways to help, from lending a hand on the dock, to replacing telltales, to taking prospective new members out sailing during our open house.  Interested and available?  Send us an email or give a call to Dave or Cha.

  10. We have great deals for our members on sailing gear, so check out our online store or take a look at the catalogue at the boathouse! 

  11. Our picnic tables and grills are available to use anytime that we are open - perfect for a post sail barbecue on a summers night!  While we have a strict no-alcohol-before-or-during-sailing policy, feel free to enjoy a post-sail personal beverage responsibly.

  12. Last but not least, when you're unsure, just ask! All of our staff are here to help - whether you're unsure how to depart the dock under certain wind conditions, or wondering how to get involved in certain programs, or thinking of taking a class. Ask staff at the front desk, on the dock or feel free to call or email Dave or Cha.
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