Basic Keelboat Part 1 (12 hours)

Prerequisite: None
Included text: US SAILING Basic Keelboat
Regular Price: $295
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Our Basic Keelboat Part 1 course covers the fundamentals of sailing.  We’ll teach you how to rig and unrig the boat, leave and return to the dock safely with a bit of guidance, and adjust your sails and rudder to make the boat go where you want it to go.  This is the first half of the complete course, and perfect if you just want to try out sailing without committing to a 24-hour course, you prefer a more relaxed pace, or your schedule can’t accommodate two consecutive weekends.  Basic Keelboat Part 1 tends to follow a consecutive Saturday/Saturday or Sunday/Sunday schedule, from 10-4:30 each day, with a half hour hour lunch break, but can also be taken in one weekend (Saturday and Sunday) or in 3-hour intervals on weekday evenings.

In twelve hours, you’ll learn enough to get you off to a good start, and you’ll probably find that you can sail with confidence with just a little bit of help from an instructor.  Please refer to the Basic Keelboat Complete description for more information.


Basic Keelboat Part 2 (12 hours)

Prerequisite: Basic Keelboat Part 1 or equivalent experience
Included text: US SAILING Basic Keelboat
Regular Price: $295
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This course picks up where Part 1 left off. It is the next step for those who already know some of the basics, or for Part 1 graduates who are ready for more.  In Part 2, we review the basics like tacking and jibing, and continue with the rest of the Basic Keelboat Complete curriculum, including docking under sail, crew overboard recovery techniques, and refining your boat handling skills.  Basic Keelboat Part 2 tends to follow a consecutive Saturday/Saturday or Sunday/Sunday schedule, from 10-4:30 each day, with a half hour hour lunch break, but can also be taken in one weekend (Saturday and Sunday) or in 3-hour intervals on weekday evenings.

By the end of the twelve hours, you arrive at the same place as those who take the 24-hour complete course, eligible for a Courageous skipper rating (which means you can sail without an instructor!) and US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification.

Saturday, 26 January 2013 12:40

Boston Family Boat Buiding

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Boston Family Boat Building's Boat Launch

 

High School Racing Teams

The British School sailing team trains at Jamaica Pond.

For more information about high school sailing, please email Mike Kostigen, Jamaica Pond Site Director or call the JP Boathouse directly at 617-522-5061

School Programs

Courageous Sailing partners with public schools throughout the city to offer specially tailored programs that will enhance your students' experiences. These programs are offered primarily at Jamaica Plain and schools must be Boston Public Schools. At Jamaica Pond, past school partners include the Curley School and the J.P. Manning School.

For more information about high school sailing, please email Mike Kostigen, Jamaica Pond Site Director or call the JP Boathouse directly at 617-522-5061
 
Age 11 and up
Limits Open to Boston Public Schools
Location Jamaica Pond

After School Sailing

This program is open to students who have sailed with us during the summer in Step 3 or above. This is an open time for students to practice the new skills learned over the course of the summer. Some sessions may have a specific focus, such as racing or cruising. After-School sailing is only offered at the Jamaica Pond site.
 
Age 11 and up
Limits Step 3 and above
Location Jamaica Pond
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 19:00

Day 6 Recap

Our first day of frostbite racing in the new year was a great one -  24 boats on the line, sunshine, brisk but not bone-chilling, and 6 races completed despite two postponements!  The breeze was heavier than expected, gusting over 20 knots at times.  Without reefs in, the R-19's were screaming around the racecourse.  Saturday's conditions were on the edge of [Courageous Sailing's] reefing territory, so the Rhodes were about as loaded up as we'll let them get before shortening sail. Results will show Mark Lindsay and Jim Watson handily taking first for the day with 11 points, followed by Bryan Lee and Rob Breslin (26 pts), Chris Palmieri (28 pts), and Marston Brand at 31.2 pts.  
This coming Saturday is forecast to be mid to high 40's, cloudy, and light at 5 kts S.  Be prepared to obsess over the being on the line with speed at go and having perfect light-wind keelboat tacks.
>Here's a quick article on tacking keelboats.  
Heres a video of a Thistle doing a sweet roll tack, and by video I mean a set of slides with a ridiculous soundtrack - but the Boomshakalaka crew does a masterful job of snapping their boat through a tack.  The three crew members are impressively synced up.
 
Internal view of thistle tacking.
Here is a Melges 20 gently finessing their hull through some light breeze, with the utmost attention paid to crew weight in the boat.  The team delicately transfers their weight, fully aware that the smallest roll to windward at the wrong moment could kill their momentum.
 
In each of these clips, check out the skipper's tiller position through each point of the tack.  Watch it over and over and over again.  Then practice using two chairs and baseball bat.  Then come down on Saturday and practice in the boat on the way out to the course.  We'll try to get some video of tacks and throw the clips online.  
 
 
Last week Albert brought some very tasty vegetarian chili.  Unfortunately our meat chili suffered a mishap, so we were low on food.  Please sign up for this coming weekend!
 
We need:
2 judges
Spoons
bowls (perhaps something like this to help prevent spillage?)
bread / rolls
chips
cheese
sour cream
Chilli
Veg Chilli 
  (Or whatever you feel like making/buying/bringing!)
 
As always, please give a heads up in advance you won't be able to make it and do not have anyone to fill in, or if you need a crew/skipper.  
 
-- Cha
Sunday, 13 January 2013 07:07

Youth Program Lottery

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2014 Summer Youth Program Lottery

 

Important
Dates
 
 
Lottery Registration Opens March 10
Lottery Registration Closes March 28
Confirmation Letters Mailed By April 11
 

Note

Registration in 2014 will be lottery-based. There is NO advantage to submitting a registration form early. This is NOT a "first-come-first-served" system. Forms must be completed online (link below). More Rules and Restrictions
 

 

How to Register for the Lottery:

 
  1. Choose the Step that's right for you based on your age and experience. Read class descriptions.
  2. Choose your preferred session dates and locations (up to four, in order of preference).
  3. Complete and submit the online registration form by March 28th, 2014.

  

Click to go to the online registration form >

 

Note

Confirmation letters regarding registration and waitlist status will be mailed to registrants no later than April 11, 2014. Please allow one week from that date (until April 18) for delivery prior to calling the office. Thank You!

 

Rules and Restrictions

  • All Courageous Sailing Youth Program students registering for classes in Step 1, 2, 3 or 4 MUST provide proof of their ability to swim at least 25 yards and tread water for 90 seconds. All students in Step 3 and above will be subjected to an on-site "swim check" by Courageous instructors. Download Swim Test Form. Note that the swim requirement does not apply to "Swim, Sail, Science" students or "Summer Learning Project" students.
  • Before registering for the lottery, please note the age and skill requirements for each Step.
  • All students entering the lottery for Jamaica Pond classes MUST be Boston residents per order of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. Courageous Sailing reserves the right to require proof of address.
  • Lottery registration forms must be submitted by Friday, March 28, 2014. The online form will not be available after March 28, 2014.
  • All lottery registration forms received will be processed in the following order of priority: (1) returning students, (2) siblings of returning students, and finally (3) new students who have no siblings in the program.
  • Waitlists are capped at 40. All students whose lottery registration forms have been processed will received confirmation fo their status of registered, waitlisted, or not registered.
  • Post-lottery: Once you receive a letter of confirmation, you may make changes, additions or cancellations via telephone, subject to availability. Please email youthprogram@courageoussailing.org or call the office 617.242.3821 as soon as possible if you must cancel your class. Be advised that "no-shows" will not be admitted but will instead be automatically waitlisted should they choose to apply for the 2014 program.
  • We expect long waitlists due to the high demand for our programs and very limited number of spots. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Bareboat Cruising Instructor

 

Job Description

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Benefits

    • Teaching sailing on Boston Harbor - not a bad way to spend your spare time
    • Compensation: $15/hour for US Sailing-certified Keelboat Instructors; $20/hr for certified US Sailing-certified Cruising Instructors with USCG license
    • Free membership for instructors who commit to teaching at least 4 full Basic Keelboat classes during the season. Check out our website for details, but this means free use of the fleet and access to all member racing, events, parties, etc.
    • The chance to have a really good time, become a better sailor and better teacher, and be part of a great organization.

Current US Sailing Keelboat/Cruising Instructor certification is Required.

Requirements

    • US Sailing Level 1 or Keelboat Instructor Certification, equivalent or more advanced
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification
    • Passing sailing checkout with Head Cruising Coach or Sailing Director
    • CSC motorboat qualified (mandatory in-house certification equivalent to completion of NASBLA-approved safety boat course through the MA Environmental Police and/or through the US Sailing Level I certification course)
    • 1-2 years experience teaching sailing
    • Exposure to basic sailboat and engine maintenance
    • Must be available for occasional overnight cruises and island campouts
    • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
    • Self-starter with strong work ethic and attention to detail
    • Team-oriented
    • Outstanding references
    • A passion for sailing, cruising, the ocean, the environment and working with youth  

Other Considerations for this position 

    • Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.)
    • Prior experience with out-of-school, outdoor, or experiential education
    • Previous experience cruising Massachusetts Bay and surrounding waters a plus
    • Camping experience

 

Apply to be a Bareboat Keelboat Instructor

Contact

Cha O'Connell, Director of Adult Programs

Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 17

Email: cha@courageoussailing.org

 

 

 

Basic Cruising Instructor

 

Job Description

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Benefits

    • Teaching sailing on Boston Harbor - not a bad way to spend your spare time
    • Compensation: $15/hour for US Sailing-certified Keelboat Instructors; $20/hr for certified US Sailing-certified Cruising Instructors with USCG license
    • Free membership for instructors who commit to teaching at least 4 full Basic Keelboat classes during the season. Check out our website for details, but this means free use of the fleet and access to all member racing, events, parties, etc.
    • The chance to have a really good time, become a better sailor and better teacher, and be part of a great organization.

Current US Sailing Keelboat/Cruising Instructor certification is Required.

Requirements

    • US Sailing Level 1 or Keelboat Instructor Certification, equivalent or more advanced
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification
    • Passing sailing checkout with Head Cruising Coach or Sailing Director
    • CSC motorboat qualified (mandatory in-house certification equivalent to completion of NASBLA-approved safety boat course through the MA Environmental Police and/or through the US Sailing Level I certification course)
    • 1-2 years experience teaching sailing
    • Exposure to basic sailboat and engine maintenance
    • Must be available for occasional overnight cruises and island campouts
    • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
    • Self-starter with strong work ethic and attention to detail
    • Team-oriented
    • Outstanding references
    • A passion for sailing, cruising, the ocean, the environment and working with youth  

Other Considerations for this position 

    • Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.)
    • Prior experience with out-of-school, outdoor, or experiential education
    • Previous experience cruising Massachusetts Bay and surrounding waters a plus
    • Camping experience

 

Apply to be a Basic Cruising Instructor

Contact

Cha O'Connell, Director of Adult Programs

Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 17

Email: cha@courageoussailing.org

 

 

 

Keelboat Instructor

 

Job Description

We are currently seeking experienced keelboat, cruising, navigation and racing instructors to join our instructor team for the 2012 season, which runs from May 1 to October 31. Most adult program classes run on the weekends and weekday evenings. 

Benefits

    • Teaching sailing on Boston Harbor - not a bad way to spend your spare time
    • Compensation: $15/hour for US Sailing-certified Keelboat Instructors; $20/hr for certified US Sailing-certified Cruising Instructors with USCG license
    • Free membership for instructors who commit to teaching at least 4 full Basic Keelboat classes during the season. Check out our website for details, but this means free use of the fleet and access to all member racing, events, parties, etc.
    • The chance to have a really good time, become a better sailor and better teacher, and be part of a great organization.

Current US Sailing Keelboat/Cruising Instructor certification is preferred.

For those that don't have their certification yet, we are hosting a three-day US Sailing Keelboat Instructor class, June 9-11, 2012. 

Requirements

    • US Sailing Level 1 or Keelboat Instructor Certification, equivalent or more advanced
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification
    • Passing sailing checkout with Head Cruising Coach or Sailing Director
    • CSC motorboat qualified (mandatory in-house certification equivalent to completion of NASBLA-approved safety boat course through the MA Environmental Police and/or through the US Sailing Level I certification course)
    • 1-2 years experience teaching sailing
    • Exposure to basic sailboat and engine maintenance
    • Must be available for occasional overnight cruises and island campouts
    • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
    • Self-starter with strong work ethic and attention to detail
    • Team-oriented
    • Outstanding references
    • A passion for sailing, cruising, the ocean, the environment and working with youth  

Other Considerations for this position 

    • Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.)
    • Prior experience with out-of-school, outdoor, or experiential education
    • Previous experience cruising Massachusetts Bay and surrounding waters a plus
    • Camping experience

 

Apply to be a Keelboat Instructor

Contact

Cha O'Connell, Director of Adult Programs

Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 17

Email: cha@courageoussailing.org