From the Executive Director
When I joined Courageous in the summer of 2007 as the youth program racing coach, my biggest challenge was our youngest racer, Emily. Full of promise but short on attention span, she seemed to specialize in undoing the best-laid lesson plans. Whether off collecting jellyfish during chalktalks, or jumping out of her boat during a race to go for an unannounced swim, she had a knack for doing things her own way. There was no arguing with the amount of fun she was having, but it was not exactly the kind of race training I had in mind.
That summer, and every summer since, Courageous provided Emily with opportunities to grow and develop her skills–and she did. In 2011 she graduated from our Instructor-in-Training program, and just completed her second year as a full-fledged instructor. This season, when one of our younger students was struggling with some difficult issues in her life, she turned to Emily. It wasn't an easy situation, but Emily responded with sensitivity and maturity that made all the difference.
For me, seeing Emily grow through the Courageous program–becoming not just a great sailor but a role model, mentor, and teacher who is able to give back and make a difference in the lives of our youngest Courageous kids–is what it's all about. This fall, Emily just started her freshman year at URI, where she has–no surprise–joined the sailing team.
This summer was full of countless similar moments. There is a long, long list of Courageous kids– Maia, Matt, Adam, Colleen, Liz, Jack, Sara, Kayla, Alexis, Griffin, Morgan, Luke, Ian, Will, Mikaya, Kelsey, Amy, Anthony, Claire, Audrey, Leo, Kieran and so many more–who, in what feels like the blink of an eye, have become incredible leaders and role models.
This season we have so much to celebrate. We were again a major partner for the award-winning Boston Summer Learning Project. We received our biggest grant ever from the Mabel Louise Riley Foundation, enabling us to dramatically improve our outreach to underserved communities and launch an exciting new program that combines swimming, sailing, and marine science classes for 60 rising fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students from the nearby Harvard-Kent school in Charlestown.
As I head into my seventh year at Courageous and my second year as director, I am moved beyond words by the accomplishments of the Courageous community over the past 26 years. One person at a time, one act of generosity at a time, we have built one of the country's leading organizations dedicated to using sailing as a platform for growth, learning, and empowerment. I hope you will join me in continuing to support the Courageous mission.
Dave DiLorenzo, Executive Director
Donated sails are typically used in our youth and membership programs and then sold after several years of use to help keep our youth sailing programs free. In particular, we are looking for good quality J/22 mainsails, jibs and spinnakers. Please contact Dan Keenan our fleet manager if you are considering donating a sail to Courageous.
All contributions are tax deductible to the extent the law permits
Donated boats are typically used in our youth and membership programs and then sold after several years of use to help keep our youth sailing programs free. In particular, we are looking for good quality Rhodes 19s, J/22s and larger cruising boats. Please contact Dan Keenan our fleet manager if you are considering donating a boat to Courageous.
All contributions are tax deductible to the extent the law permits
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.
Contact us to get involved as a volunteer.
Donated boats are typically used in our youth and membership programs and then sold after several years of use to help keep our youth sailing programs FREE. In particular, we are looking for good quality Rhodes 19s, J/22s and larger cruising boats. Please contact Fleet Manager Dan Keenan via email if you are considering donating a boat to Courageous.
Our inventory of boats for sale is changing all of the time. For an updated listing of what Courageous has for sale please email Dan Keenan.
List of Boats Currently Available:
"Midnight Special" 1974 Ranger 23 ($2,000) [UNDER OFFER 11/23/11]
"Small Change" 1976 Ranger 23 ($2,000) [AVAILABLE 11/23/11]
"Clara Lee" 1970 Westerly Cirrus ($3,000) [UNDER OFFER 11/23/11]
The Regatta celebrates the life and vision of Boston's Richard B. Ross, a Dorchester native who believed in the transformative power of education. Before Richard tragically lost his life in the attacks of September 11th, 2001, he was a passionate sailor who took great pleasure in passing on his love of sailing to others. One of the ways his family continues to honor him is by providing generous support to Courageous in his name.
On a day when a slow moving low weather front left New England regattas becalmed and fogbound, Boston Harbor served up enough good breeze to keep 17 collegiate teams moving in Rhodes 19's for five great races. Afterward, teams gathered on Pier 4 for a barbecue. Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes out to the Ross family for their generous support of the regatta and Courageous Sailing. Thanks, too, to all sailors for participating; Ken Legler for being a great booster of this event, and Russ Bolt for taking so many great pictures! And congratulations to teams from Williams, Roger Williams and Northeastern for taking the top spots!
1st place/11pts, Williams College - Joshua Revkin & Isaac Loh
2nd/11pts, Roger Williams - Tucker Blagden & Andrew Vachon
3rd/15pts, Northeastern - Mike O'Brien & Carolyn Mason
The names of the participants on the winning boat will have their names inscribed onto the Richard B. Ross Memorial Trophy, which hangs in the Courageous Sailing Boathouse for perpetuity.
All funds raised by the College Bowl go directly to benefit Courageous's FREE youth programs.
The generosity and commitment of our community enable us to offer one of the best youth sailing programs in the country, completely NEED-BLIND to all of our students. Our events engage the community with our programs to provide a source of support and an incredible time!
Each of the events listed below provide much needed revenue for our free youth sailing programs. Click on each event to gain more detailed information.