Courageous Sailing was recognized by SAIL Magazine as one of the top ten community sailing centers in the country. What set Courageous apart was the organization's involvement in Special Olympics and Sail Blind among other adaptive sailing programs. SAIL mentioned how Courageous has played an important role in making the waterfront accessible in the summer for non-caucasian youths from lower income backgrounds.
Sailing, marine life, and field trips are part of a program to prevent a summertime loss of reading and math skills among low-income students in Boston. Its aim is to help close the achievement gap. On a sweltering August day, student Hendrick Estrella sits on a sailboat, dragging his hand through the waves and reveling in the coolness of Boston Harbor. The day before, he had touched – and tasted – a striped bass, gathering details for a book he is writing about fish. 
Saturday, 26 January 2013 12:40

Boston Family Boat Buiding

Boston Family Boat Building's Boat Launch

 

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

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.
Friday, 11 January 2013 14:47

Employment - AP Keelboat Instructor

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

 

 

 

Friday, 11 January 2013 14:36

Employment - AP General Staff

General Staff

 

Job Description

If you love working around boats and people and want to join our staff, then we want to hear from you! We have many seasonal positions available from May 1st through October 31st.

Daily staff responsibilities include:

    • Opening and closing the boathouse and dock - hours are 10am - sunset on weekends and holidays and 11am - sunset on weekdays
    • Managing Front Desk operations: check members out/in, monitor VHF radios, understand and be able to sell lessons, programs etc to prospective clients
    • Tending the dock: helping boats depart and arrive
    • Give 2 hour lessons and private cruises

We offer training, however some sailing experience is required for most roles. 

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 General Staff

Contact

Cha O'Connell, Director of Adult Programs

Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 17

Email: cha@courageoussailing.org

 

 

 

Administrative Assistant & Parent Liason

 

Job Description

This individual reports directly to the Youth Program Director.  This position is primarily office work.  This position is available from mid-March 2013 through August 31, 2013.

The position is approximately 20-25 hours per week (M-F) from mid-March through mid-May.  The position is approximately 35-40 hours per week (M-F) from mid-May through the end of August.

Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Human Resources/Personnel

  • Organize and updates all personnel files
  • Create New Hire and Re-Hire paperwork packets, updating with any new requirements (e.g. New W-4 form)
  • Schedule paperwork processing appointments and ensure documentation compliance for 90+ seasonal employees: update I-9 Forms, Work Permits (minors), Parental Consent, Sailing and First Aid Certifications, etc.
  • Process all background checks (CORI & SORI) for all new and re-hires, current staff & volunteers
  • Work with Youth Program Director to ensure that Boston teens comply with requirements of various employment programs (e.g. Boston Youth Fund, MLK Summer Scholars)
  • Timecards: act as key point person to follow up on any missed punches; follow up with staff to ensure they track time worked via login/phone system (for many this is their first job)

    Youth Programs Support

    • Assist youth program director in processing summer program applications, scholarship applications and tuition payments
    • Lead follow-up with families of students regarding missing documentation and payments
    • Field calls from parents during the application process and during the Summer Youth Program in support of Youth Program Director
    • Maintain contact database
    • Complete reminder calls to students prior to each new session
    • Help Maintain Youth Program Blog
    • Lead planning of mid-season and end-of-season family celebration nights

     

    Other

    • Assist with planning and execution of events as necessary
    • General support of Youth Program Director for any special projects, mailings, calls, visit Youth Program Site,  as needed
    • Support any other projects as needed by Youth Program, Adult Program, special events, etc.

     

    Qualifications

    • 2-3 years prior office work and customer service experience
    • Excellent telephone communication skills
    • Impeccable organizational skills
    • Comfort with common computer applications (Excel, Word, Salesforce or other database software, etc.) and/or willingness and ability to learn new ones quickly and self sufficiently
    • A strong connection with the Courageous mission
    • A love for chaotic work environments full of passionate people who take great pride in what they do!

    Contact

    Kate Henderson, Director of Youth Programs

    Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 12

    Email: kate@courageoussailing.org

     

    Apply to be the Administrative Asssitant

     

     

    Step 5: Head Instructor Trainer

     

    Job Description

    The Head Instructor Trainer is primarily responsible for overseeing the Courageous Instructor-in-Training (IIT) Program. Please note that if funding allows, we may hire up to three or four Instructor Trainers for two separate IIT programs.  In each case, there will be one Head Instructor and an Assistant. Responsibilities and qualifications for each position are similar.

    The IIT program is a rigorous two-summer-long job-skills training course that trains 15-to-18-year-old sailing students to become master sailors and skilled sailing instructors. The class typically consists of 12 to 18 students, and the curriculum focuses on topics including: advanced seamanship, boating safety, classroom management, public speaking, lesson planning, and techniques in sailing instruction. The course is similar to a US Sailing Level 1 or Basic Keelboat instructor course, but over the course of two summers covers that material in much greater depth.

    To read more about the IIT program, visit: http://www.courageoussailing.org/youth-programs/summer-program/iit-program

    If you are the kind of passionate and skilled teacher who has what it takes to inspire Courageous' next generation of sailing instructors, please contact Youth Program Director, Kate Henderson, as soon as possible. Send your resume and cover letter to kate@courageoussailing.org.

    Requirements

      • Bachelor’s Degree
      • US Sailing Smallboat Level 1 Instructor; more advanced instructor credentials preferred, but not required
      • Current First Aid/CPR certification; WFA, WFR or more advanced preferred
      • Comfort driving safety boats and using outboard engines on sailboats
      • 5-7 years experience teaching sailing
      • Substantial experience working with high school aged youth
      • Must be available for occasional (2-3 times per summer) overnight cruises and multi-night island campouts which serve as team-building opportunities
      • Experience developing curriculum and lesson plans
      • 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 (Captain, Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.)
      • Previous experience cruising Massachusetts Bay and surrounding waters a plus
      • Conversational proficiency in other languages, including spanish and portuguese

    Contact

    Kate Henderson, Director of Youth Programs

    Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 12

    Email: kate@courageoussailing.org

     

    Apply to be the Step 5 Head Instructor Trainer

     

     

    Friday, 11 January 2013 13:36

    Employment - YP Assistant Racing Coach

    Assistant Racing Coach

     

    Job Description

    Our Team Leaders and Assistant Coaches (or “Senior Instructors”) are our talented and versatile mid-level instructors. They are employed at all three sites to work with our youngest sailors in our Learn-to-Sail, Advanced Sailing, Racing and Cruising.  They report directly to their respective Step Leaders.  Senior instructors typically have 1-2 years previous instructing experience, but do not necessarily have experience leading a class on their own.

    Senior instructors must be team players and strong role models, capable of motivating and mentoring Courageous’ youngest sailors, as well as instilling within them a deep respect for Courageous’ boats, the ocean environment and for one another.  They are also responsible for creating a fun and positive atmosphere, one that gets students excited about hopping in the boats and getting out on the water all summer long!  As safety boat drivers, they are also directly responsible for monitoring and ensuring the safety of our students.

    The ideal senior instructor would specialize in teaching a certain course at a certain site all summer long, but, in a pinch, would also be capable of filling in for other staff members teaching other courses.  As Senior Instructors are encouraged to apprentice with our Step Leaders and Coaches, this position is particularly suited to individuals interested in advancing through the instructor ranks at Courageous and in becoming assistant or head coaches.

    Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to: helping to plan and run classes; teaching students and new instructors to respect boats and equipment, and reporting damage and breakdowns when they occur; teaching students about the environment and leadership in addition to the fundamentals of sailing from within the sailboat; helping to maintain and clean the docks, boats and grounds; participation in regular staff skill-building clinics.

    Step 4 Racing

    (Charlestown Only)

    The assistant racing coach’s primary responsibility is to oversee and facilitate the day-to-day operation of the Charlestown racing program.  He/She reports to the Head Racing Coach.

    The Assistant Racing Coach must bring to the Step4/Racing program a passion for racing, and a level of energy and enthusiasm that will motivate his/her students and staff, as well as inspire younger students in the lower rungs of the Courageous program to want to join the racing program.  The Assistant Racing Coach must also be sensitive to the needs of his/her individual students, while setting up the Courageous Racing Team for success at the local, regional and national levels of racing.

    Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to: sailing with students to fine tune their boat handling; making sure all equipment for the class (specifically the 420 fleet) is cared for and well-maintained; preparing racing team members to participate in local, regional and national regattas; occasionally leading classes if the Head and/or Assistant Racing Coach are away at regattas.

    Requirements

      • Current US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Instructor certification, equivalent, or more advanced
      • 1-2 years experience teaching sailing
      • Racing experience in local junior events, preferably in 420s or Lasers as a member of a high school or college team
      • Willingness to work occasional weekends to help coach at local regattas
      • Current First Aid/CPR certification
      • Passing sailing check out with Head Racing Coach or Youth 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)
      • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
      • Team-oriented
      • Excellent references
      • A passion for sailing, racing, the ocean, the environment and working with youth

    Other considerations for this position 

    • Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.)
    • Experience with J/22s
    • Experience with team racing, though not mandatory
    • (not required, but a plus) Strong interest in racing for Courageous in local, regional and national PHRF and one-design events as a member of the youth racing team

    Contact

    Kate Henderson, Director of Youth Programs

    Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 12

    Email: kate@courageoussailing.org

     

    Apply to be an Assistant Race Coach