Saturday, 30 November 2013 13:18

Annual Appeal | From the Executive Director

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,
DaveDSignature
 
Dave DiLorenzo, Executive Director
 
 
 
Monday, 25 November 2013 09:14

Damage Waiver

Members who purchase the optional damage waiver are released from financial responsibility for physical damage to Courageous boats in their care and custody, so long as it is not caused by the Member's negligence or intentional conduct, violation of the Courageous Sailing Agreement & General Release and Membership Terms & Conditions, failure to stay clear of other boats and obstacles, or running aground.  No waiver of damage liability shall be effective until the damage waiver payment is received.  Please note that the damage waiver does not waive financial responsibility for damage or injury to other boats, property or people, towing services, or lost equipment.  Please read our Sailing Agreement & General Release and Membership Terms & Conditions to fully understand our policies.

Monday, 25 November 2013 09:14

Guest Pass

For a one time fee of $50 per season, a guest pass allows you to take as many guests sailing with you as many times as you want throughout the season.  Generally, a Rhodes-19 or J/22 can fit one skipper and 3-4 guests safely at one time.

Monday, 25 November 2013 09:10

J/22 Upgrade

The J/22 Upgrade gives you access to our fleet of nine J/22s, in addition to the Rhodes 19s, for just $100 more. While we all love the Rhodes 19, there comes a time when you want to sail in a higher gear. The J/22 is a fast and highly responsive keelboat, built for speed and performance.  You must pass an on-the-water J/22 checkout in order to sail them.

Monday, 25 November 2013 09:09

One Day

 One-Day Membership

Our One-Day membership option, similar to a boat rental, is perfect for experienced sailors who are looking for a little time on the water without a longer commitment. In order to take out one of our Rhodes 19s or J22s, we'll need to schedule a quick on-the-water checkout (including a crew overboard recovery drill and docking under sail) with one of our instructors, which you may do in advance or on the day you go sailing. A One-Day membership gives you access to Boston's inner harbor, and can last for a few hours or the whole day--it's up to you!

Weekend & Holiday pricing:

Rhodes 19: $95

J/22: $145

J/24: $175

Weekday Pricing:

Rhodes 19: $65

J/22: $95

J/24: $135

One-time checkout fee applies to all one-day memberships ($30 for Rhodes 19 + J/22, $50 for J/24). Checkout fee is waived if you complete your checkout in under 30 minutes on the water.

To purchase a One-Day Membership, select the appropriate option from the dropdown menus on our membership page. Weekend rates apply on Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day. Please email frontdesk@courageoussailing.org to schedule your checkout and reserve a boat. 

 

Tuesday, 25 June 2013 17:25

June 24th - Final Night

The last night of racing at the Courageous Corporate Challenge set up as a close fight with the scores a tight spread of 7 points among the top 3 teams. After a couple of weeks of cancellations due to violent thunderstorms the evening’s conditions set up in typical Boston Harbor fashion. A shifty southwesterly coupled with strong outgoing current from both the Charles and Mystic Rivers.

With a threat of thunderstorms looming 18 boats headed out to the race course. As the first race played out it became clear that several breezes were converging across the course and course-middle was death by velocity header. The call of the night? Get a great start, connect the puffs and choose one side of the course or the other. On the left clearer air and pressure reined but boats that went that way had to contend with a severely headed port layline as they got close to the windward mark. Was it worth to over stand and avoid the headers? Absolutely!  Boats that were patient came into the windward mark with velocity and were able to sail through swirling winds around the mark. But as port tackers closed on the starboard layline they faced the challenge of negotiating around starboard tackers at a mark that was set so close to the shoreline it left very little room to maneuver around starboard tackers.

For those who tacked out and went right 100 percent commitment was the operative word for boats. It was tempting to tack on the mini velocity headers but in the end a patient skipper who hit the starboard tack layline could take advantage of breeze bending perpendicular to the shoreline, riding it all the way to the windward mark.

Skippers who focused on boat speed, connecting the pressures, and getting to the next header won out over those pinching to climb. The strong teams; Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Fidelity and Alphagraphics understood that footing off to the next header got them up the course  much faster and when sailing the run staying patient through the little shifts but not being afraid to gybe in the larger shifts. After four races the consistent finishes from Bank of America Merrill Lynch gave them the night’s win with seven points and overall Series Championship. Fidelity was close behind with 12 points and second place for the series. Third for the night and the series—Alphagraphics.

With four races in the hopper and lightening flashing over the Tobin Bridge the teams heading back to base for post race partying courtesy of Capers Catering and Premier Bartending.  All-in-all the Corporate Challenge was a success in the quality of competition among the 20 teams racing, the introduction of sailing to many new corporate members and the over 60 thousand dollars in funds raised for Courageous youth programs.

Courageous Sailing relies on our corporate community to not only sponsor more than 100 youth each summer but also to add to the growing number of members in the Courageous community. For all your support we are ever grateful. See you out on the water!
 
And more big thank you's to Capers Catering for all the delicious food, Premier Bartending for the excellent bar service, and AlphaGraphics for those great looking logos. 
 
For Monday, don't forget to let us know early if you need a skipper, or would like to be put on the waitlist for an extra boat.  
 
Have a great weekend all, stay dry, and we'll see you on the water!
 
By Judy Krimski. Read more from her blog, Center of Effort
 
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 15:25

Challenge Results - Series

Rank Team Low Point Total Excluded Points Total Points
1 Bank of Americal Merrill Lynch  54  23  31 
2 Fidelity 2  60  26  34 
3 Alphagraphics  68  34  34 
4 State Street  88  41  47 
5 Fidelity 1  74  26  48 
6 Mayflower Advisors  77  21  56 
7 Eaton Vance  94  35  59 
8 Atlas Venture  100  41  59 
9 Step Ahead Physical Therapy  113  50  63 
10 Skinner 2  97  31  66 
11 Colony Realty Partners  101  34  67 
12 BzzAgent  112  33  79 
13 Lynch & Associates  139  50  89 
14 Skinner 1  146  50  96 
15 Patriot Energy Group  156  50  106 
16 Yankee Advisors  157  50  107 

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Atlas 2  160  50  110 
18 Northern Trust 173  50  123 
19 McGladrey 178  50  128 
20 State Street 2 200  50  150 
21  Alphagraphics 2  200  50  150 
22  Mellon Capital  200  50  150 
23  Industrial Manufacturing Co.  200  50  150 
24  ROUX  200  50  150 
25  Skinner 3  200  50  150 
26 Courageous 1 200 50 150
27 Courageous 2 200 50 150
Place Team Boat # R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
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Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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2 Fidelity 2  15 1 12 
3 Alphagraphics 13 14 
4 State Street 2 18 
5 Atlas Venture 21 9 4 6  26
6 Fidelity 1 5  4  11 15  38 
7 Lynch  11   6 12  13   39
8 Step Ahead Physical Therapy   8 10  11  10  39 
9 Atlas Venture 2  20  DNC  15  40 
10 Mayflower Advisors  16  DNC  40 
11 Skinner 1  11  13  10  14  48 
12 Yankee Advisors  10   10 14  DNC  50 
13 McGladrey   DNC 15  51 
14 Patriot Energy Group  19  13  17  12  51 
15 Colony Realty Partners   DNC 16  12  53 
16 Eaton Vance  22   DNC 14  16  11  60 

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Skinner 2  17   12  18  17  13  60
18 Mellon Capital  12   DNC DNC  DNC  60 
Friday, 07 June 2013 16:09

June 3 - First Night Recap

If you missed it, Monday surprised us all.  Not only did the storm clouds pass and the sky clear, but the breeze was close to perfect and delivered of the nicest nights of Boston Harbor racing we've seen in a while.  Of course Boston Harbor always keeps it interesting, and in this case the breeze was working its way from the southwest through downtown, setting up some nice big shifts.  With the start line set into the Mystic Basic, toward the Tobin, sometimes the pressure was coming from the Courthouse, and sometimes from the Zakim.  As the winning skipper, Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Steve Ulian, pointed out, the left delivered in races 1 and 4, and the right for races 2 and 3.  His winning moves were to call the correct side, start with a clear lane, and minimize tacks. 
 
Big congrats to the top three teams: Fidelity 2, with another strong performance after their Practice Night win, BzzAgent, keeping a solid hold on second place, and BoA Merrill Lynch, for taking the top spot with 2 bullets and 9 points total. Click here for complete scores. There is also a Facebook photo album with pictures from Monday's race. We'll keep adding to this, so check back after each race.
 
And more big thank you's to Capers Catering for all the delicious food, Premier Bartending for the excellent bar service, and AlphaGraphics for those great looking logos. 
 
For Monday, don't forget to let us know early if you need a skipper, or would like to be put on the waitlist for an extra boat.  
 
Have a great weekend all, stay dry, and we'll see you on the water!
 
Dave
 
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Place Team Boat # R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 6 3 1 1 4
2 BzzAgent 2 2 2 7 13
3 Fidelity 2 15  1 6 4 5 16
4 Eaton Vance 22  5 7 8 2 22
5 Mayflower Advisors 16 6 4 3 9 22
6 Fidelity 1 9 5 5 3 22
7 Alphagraphics 13  8 11 7 1 27
8 Skinner 2 17  7 3 14 10 34
9 State Street 4 9 11 12 36
10 Step Ahead Physical Therapy 8 10 10 10 8 38
11 Colony Realty Partners 3 15 8 12 6 41
12 Atlas Venture 21 11 13 13 11 48
13 Skinner 1 13 17 16 17 53
14 Northern Trust 1 18 12 9 16 56
15 Lynch & Associates 11  14 14 17 13 58
16 State Street 2 23  12 18 16 14 60

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Patriot Energy Group 19 16 15 15 15 61
18 Yankee Advisors 10 17 16 DNC DNC 73
19 Alphagraphics 2 4 18 19 18 18 73