Advanced Keelboat (12 hours)

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Complete or Basic Keelboat Parts 1 & 2 or equivalent experience
Regular Price: $295
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Whether your goal is to sail fast around a race course or to achieve the perfect spinnaker run home from The Graves, Advanced Keelboat is the course for you.  This course is taught in a J/22, a performance boat designed for speed and grace, by our top instructors.  If you are working on a Green Flag rating, preparing for a J/22 checkout, or are interested in getting into racing, Advanced Keelboat can help you work toward your goals- just let your instructor know what you'd like to focus on.

Advanced Keelboat covers: 

  • The finer points of boat handling: how to use crew weight to your advantage, reduce rudder drag, roll tack and jibe, etc.
  • Advanced sail trim: how and when to use the vang, outhaul, Cunningham, traveler, backstay, and other sail controls to determine the shape and maximize the performance of your sails.
  • All you need to know to use a spinnaker well: rigging, sets, jibes, douses, and proper trim.
  • A review of the basics and more advanced techniques, including docking, anchoring, crew overboard recovery, and heavy weather sailing.

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.

Individual Full Membership

Regular Price: $645

Holiday Special Through December 31: $516 -  20% OFF!

 

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Our individual Full membership gives you access to our whole Rhodes 19 fleet (27 boats!), 7 days a week, May 1st through October 31st (or for one calendar year if purchased after May 1st). It is by far the best value on the harbor. For an additional $100, get the J22 upgrade and use our more high performance J22 fleet as well. Don't forget a Guest Pass so that you can take your friends and family sailing!

Members must pass an on-the-water checkout and written test in order to sail a Courageous boat without an instructor; please see our Flag Ratings section for more information. Our sailing area extends out around the Harbor Islands for qualified members. Courageous is open noon - sunset on weekdays and 10 - sunset on weekends and holidays, May 1 through October 31. Boat availability is usually plentiful (with the exception of before 3:30 on weekdays during our 6-week summer Youth Program), but is not guaranteed.


 

Family Membership

Regular Price: $745

Holiday Special Through December 31: $596 - 20% OFF

 

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A Family membership is like three Individual full memberships for just $100 more than a single membership. If there are 2 or 3 adults in your family who would like to sail -- but you don't always plan to sail together -- a Family membership is the way to go. This provides the same access to our great fleet of Rhodes 19s, but for up to 3 skippers. Don't forget to add on a Guest Pass, so that all 3 members can take out friends and family!

Private Rhodes 19 or J/22 Lesson or Cruise 

2-hour sail for up to 4 (Rhodes 19)

Regular Price: $95/ hr
Holiday Special through 12/31: $95 for 2 hours - 50% off! 

 

2-hour sail for up to 4 (J/22)
Regular Price: $125/ hr
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This two-hour lesson or cruise is an opportunity for up to 3-4 people to experience the fantastic views from Boston Harbor, learn some sailing skills, or just sit back and enjoy the ride on a comfortable, stable nineteen-foot keelboat. An expert instructor will be there every step of the way, and will be happy to customize the experience for you.  

If you’d like a private lesson (beginner or more advanced), no problem--you’ll be amazed by how much you can learn in just two hours, even if it’s your first time on the water. Private lessons are a good choice if you're working towards a particular rating here at Courageous, would like one-on-one coaching for specific skills, need more scheduling flexibility than our group courses offer, or want to bring a group of mixed ages or experience levels.  

If a leisurely cruise or harbor tour is more your style, great! Or combine a little bit of both for a fun, unique experience. Just let your instructor know what you’re looking for, and we’ll do our best to make it happen!

Feel free to bring a picnic or snacks for the sail (note that alcohol isn’t permitted before or during sailing). Life jackets are provided. Both Rhodes 19s and J22s fit up to 3 or 4, in addition to the instructor; choose the J22 option if you’d prefer a slightly larger, faster boat or would like a more advanced lesson. Please contact us directly if you'd like to book a private course, a sail on one of our cruising boats, or a lesson or sail lasting more than two hours.

Courageous Sailing

A great Place for Sailing and SailBlind

SailBlind's involvement with Courageous Sailing Center (then Pleasure Bay) began in the late 1970's and early 1980's.  At that time, we weren't even called Sailblind, and Courageous Sailing Center had yet to develop with the docking of the 12-meter namesake at the present site. Harry McDonough was running Pleasure Bay, and we got a chance to sail on boats called Brutal Beasts, a cat boat with only a mainsail, no jib. Compared to our program of today, we had no "competitive branch" nor did we have all the techniques that we use today.  Instead, Arthur O'Neill and a few of us adventurous folks would get to Pleasure Bay and sail for a few hours under Harry's tutelage.  Occasionally, he'd come out in his little motorboat and "coach" us, admonishing us to steer straight and "for chrissake let the sail out!"

Then, sometime in the 1980's, we moved to the present site in Charlestown, Courageous Sailing. While sailing at the current facility, we became aware of the first World Blind Sailing Championship to be held in Auckland, New Zealand in 1992. It was at this point that CSC was instrumental in providing the boats and expertise so necessary to help in forging a competitive blind sailing team. At this point, the name SailBlind was born, and we have gone by that team name ever since.

Our association with CSC didn't end after the first World Blind Sailing Championship. In fact it developed even further, to the point where they host our Wednesday night practices (for the competitive sailors) and the recreational sailing program on Saturdays from June to early September. Additionally, they have hosted many regattas for blind sailing.

On a personal level, I have benefitted greatly from sailing at CSC, both as a competitive sailor practicing on Wednesday nights, and as an occasional participant in evening races. Dave and his crew have always been helpful to us by working with us to schedule practices and getting us into some of the Courageous weekly races. Of particular importance is that they were there for us prior to any of our major competitive events, particularly the World Blind Sailing Championships. By providing us with practice times and access to their boats, we were able to train prior to these events, even during some of the winter months.

Finally, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank CSC for supporting us, both as individual sailors and as a team. Your support of SailBlind certainly played a role in many of our teams medaling in the World Blind Sailing Championships over the years. Without your help, our achievements would have been made more difficult, if not impossible to attain.  May we have many more years working together.  Thanks, CSC for all you do in supporting us.

Matthew Chao

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