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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.

 

Thank you,
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Dave DiLorenzo, Executive Director
 
 
 

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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

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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

volunteer

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.

Boat Donations/Sales

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]

 

CitSch2-smEvery year, Courageous Sailing gives over 1,000 Boston youth the opportunity to enjoy a responsible and confident future through the discoery of sailing, right in their own backyard. With programs in Jamaica Plain and Charlestown, Boston's diverse youth are able to learn invaluable leadership, communication, and teamwork skills through sailing. The strong connection to the harbor and the pond creates important bonds with nature. None of this could be possible without you - our friends, family, supporters, and members.

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Courageous Sailing
One First Avenue
Charlestown, MA 02129
All contributions are tax deductible to the extent the law permits