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It's that time again! Time to stop griping that summer's over and another "regular season" of sailing is almost behind us. Time to dig out the hats and gloves and get psyched for another awesome season of frostbiting. Last season was one of our all time best. Our 24-boat R19 fleet offered some of the most consistent, high level competition to be found this side of Newport. More than ever, the fleet was an inspiration to Courageous kids and community AND simply the best racing around.
• Fall Series: November 12, 19; December 3, 10, 17
• Winter Series: January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4
• Valentine’s-Day Regatta: February 11
• Spring Series: February 18, 25; March 3, 10, 17
• 1130 Skipper’s meeting
• 1200 First warning
• 1500 Final race start
These spots go fast, so it's important to signup early to secure a spot. The cost is $1200 per team, with 24 spots available. Typically, teams sail with one skipper and one crew, though sailing with three is not uncommon. Note that this fleet is not for beginners. If you are new to Courageous frostbiting, we'll need to know a bit about your racing background. If this is the case, or for any/all questions, contact Dave.
This year we are offering a $100 early-bird discount for those who pay in full by October 15. To get the discount and pay now, click here.
Securing a spot without full payment requires a $200 non-refundable deposit. Please note, the balance must be paid by Nov 1. To make a deposit and secure your team's spot right away, click here.
To download the Notice of Race, click here.
Come mid-September, our Thursday night open R19 Series moves to Saturday afternoons. Expect the same winning formula (chalk-talks and debriefs), plus 2.5 hrs of racing, from 1:30pm to 4pm.
Price: Free for members and students, $5 for CBI members, $25 for non-members.
Our Thursday night Laser series is back in the Fall with three hours of racing each Sunday from 1pm-4pm.
Price: $280 for the complete series (7 Sundays) or $55 per day, if room is available. Please contact Dave with any questions or to sign up!
Monday Team & Match Racing is for those who like their sailboat racing even more intense and tactical. Our J/22s wait all week for the chance to express their dinghy nature on Monday nights. In 2011, every third or fourth Monday we'll break out the spinnakers, lengthen the courses and do some back-to-basics fleet racing.
Price: $10/person/night for members & students, $25/non-members
One of the most-competitive fleets in Boston, this series attracts our top frostbiters, as well as great racers from around the area.
Price: $300/team/season for members & students, $400/team for non-members
This year all our J/22s are available to race PHRF-style against Boston's big boats, all the while enjoying a little one-design action amongst themselves. Though we can't pay your entry fee ($30/day), we love to see our J/22 members out there competing against the big boys.
Price: Free use of the boats for J/22 members. CYC series fee is $30/day.
For great informal racing in Boston Harbor, Thursday nights at Courageous is the place to be. Test your skills against the competition and improve your skills as you go, both by picking up tips from your fellow members and taking advantage of pre-race chack talks, on-the-water coaching and post-race debriefs by one of our skilled racing coaches. And afterward, you'll want to stick around for our Thursday night barbecues on Pier 4.
Price: Free for members and students, $5 for CBI members, $25 for non-members.
For the first time ever, Laser sailing at Courageous! Race one of our brand new Lasers for just $40 per night ($30 for members) in a twelve boat fleet. Space is limited to 20 for the 2011 season.
Price: $300/person/season for members & students, $400 for non-members
Adult Program Employment Opportunities
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]
Come to Courageous Sailing! You can go sailing on your own or let one of our expert skippers take the helm and discover Boston from the water. Whether your ideal outing is a family trip, a Corporate Sailing Event or the thrill of competing in a regatta, we have the best option for you!
We are just a few minutes away from Downtown Boston.
Price: $30, $25 for members
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On alternating Saturday and Sunday mornings, join other members and students looking for extra practice, coached one of our senior instructors. This is a great way to build from Red Flag to Yellow Flag, earn your Red Flag (if your instructor has given you specific skills to work on), gain more confidence, or to get back into it if you haven't been sailing in a while. The class starts with an on-shore chalk talk on topics requested by participants, so come prepared with questions. Students will be paired up to sail together in Rhodes 19s (unless you really want to practice single-handing with some supervision!), while the instructor coaches from a motorboat. The class might focus on particular skills, like docking or crew-overboard recovery techniques, or on drills to improve general boat handling--let the instructor know what you’d like to work on. Maximum of 12 participants.
You’ll be amazed by how much you can learn in just a few hours! Let us know what you'd like to focus on, and we can tailor a lesson or series of lessons for you at any level. Lessons are most effective for 1-3 participants, and total beginners are welcome. Private lessons are a good choice if you're working towards a particular rating here at Courageous, prefer one-on-one coaching, need more scheduling flexibility than our group courses offer, or want to bring a group of mixed ages or experience levels. Most lessons are taught on a Rhodes 19; if you'd like to sail on the slightly larger, higher performance J/22, please contact us directly to buy or schedule your lesson.
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!
Want some coaching on how a cruising boat handles? If you’d like the chance to get comfortable with one of our cruising boats before taking out the boat on your own or get some pointers in preparation for a charter of your own, take a private lesson with one of our most experienced instructors. Lessons can be taught on our Erickson 28, CS 30, Pearson 34, Tartan 27, O'Day 240, or J/24, all of which fit from 4 to 5 students.
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 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. Our 3:1 student to instructor ratio ensures that we'll be able to tailor the course to the interests of you and your fellow students.
Advanced Keelboat covers:
Once you start sailing the bigger boats, it’s hard to stop! And there’s always more to learn. Our Bareboat Cruising course is the next step. It picks up where Basic Cruising leaves off and covers topics such as navigation, anchoring, and heavy weather sailing in much greater detail. You’ll learn the things you need to know when chartering a sailboat: the various techniques used around the world for mooring and anchoring (e.g. stern and bow, fork, Mediterranean, Bahamian); controlling the boat under power with confidence; big boat docking techniques; provisioning; visiting the fuel and pump-out dock; VHF communication; and more. We will also take you through a tour of all the important boat systems, peering behind seat covers and into the bilge until you know exactly where everything is, what it does, and what to do (or who to call!) when it doesn’t work. This course typically includes 3 days of sailing, two overnights at anchor or moored, and additional prep and debrief time. Maximum of 4 students.
Many course participants choose to test for their US SAILING Bareboat Cruising certification, which signifies that you have sufficient skills and knowledge to safely and confidently skipper an auxiliary powered cruising sailboat between 30’ and 45’ in length, in winds above 15 knots, within sight of land during daylight hours. This certification is widely respected and accepted by many sailboat charter companies in the US and other parts of the world. Most Bareboat graduates are also qualified for a Courageous cruising membership.
Are you planning on purchasing your own cruising sailboat (or simply sailing ours!) or chartering in the Caribbean someday? Our US Sailing Basic Cruising certification course is the first step for those who dream of going beyond Boston Harbor. In this course, we apply the fundamentals to bigger boats (up to 30’ in length) with outboard gasoline or inboard diesel engines, cover the basics of navigation, and introduce the tools needed to sail longer distances. While big boats sail just like small boats, there are more systems to learn and techniques to master. Although 24 hours isn't enough to prepare you for every challenge a cruising boat can present, you'll have plenty of time to get to know the outer harbor and develop comfort around big boat basics so you can crew competently or take the helm under the supervision of a more experienced captain. Basic Cruising takes place over two consecutive weekends, Saturday/Sunday/Saturday/Sunday from 10-4:30 each day, with a half hour hour lunch break. Maximum of 4 students.
Graduates may test for their US Sailing Basic Cruising certification. This course will also cover what you need to know to pass the theoretical portion of the Green Flag test, which (along with an on-the-water checkout) enables access to the outer harbor.
Here's a brief overview of what you'll learn in Basic Cruising: