About Courageous


 

Our Mission

Courageous Sailing transforms lives through sailing programs that inspire learning, personal growth and leadership.

Our Vision

Courageous Sailing is a community that embraces sailing as a platform for life-long learning, personal growth and leadership; a center of sailing excellence committed to removing barriers to access for all Boston youth, the public and people with physical and intellectual challenges.

History

Courageous Sailing was established in 1987 as a 501(c)(3) by the late South Boston sailing enthusiast Harry McDonough. It was Harry’s dream to use sailing to build character and camaraderie among Boston children from all economic and ethnic backgrounds.  For 25 years, we have continued to grow and deliver our mission to transform children’s lives through sailing programs that inspire learning, personal growth and leadership.  In Harry’s words, “Every child's perspective is improved 50-yards off-shore.”

Courageous is now a nationally recognized year-round educational center for community sailing and youth development.  Courageous offers Boston-area youth free and low-cost out-of-school-time programs in sailing, environmental education, job skills development, and leadership training. In 2011 we were honored to be named one of the top 10 community sailing programs nationwide by both US Sailing and Sail Magazine.

How Courageous Got Its Name

The America's Cup 12 meter "Courageous" once lived at Pier 4 in the Navy Yard. This two-time America's Cup winner lent its name to Courageous Sailing in the late 1980s. The boat now resides at the Museum of Yachting in Newport, Rhode Island, where it has been restored and is still being raced.

Our Partners in Community Service

Courageous is proud to partner with many like-minded nonprofit organizations.  During our longstanding relationship with Special Olympics of Massachusetts, Courageous has hosted the Special Olympics Summer Games, and continues to be a host training venue for Special Olympics athletes two days each week.  We have another close partnership with The Carroll Center for the Blind, whose pioneering Sail Blind program has called Courageous a home base for two decades.  With the Carrol Center, Courageous has been host to national blind sailing regattas, the annual Harry McDonough Regatta for the Blind, and weekly Sail Blind racing and recreational practice sessions.  Courageous is also home base for the Big Sisters Association of Greater Boston's annual Adventure Sail program for inner-city girls, an event that has drawn hundreds of women and girls into the sport of sailing.  In recent years we have been developing new and exciting relationships with Boston Family Boatbuilding, Boston Afterschool and Beyond, and the Boston Public Schools.

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  • Beginner/Intermediate Rhodes 19

    For great informal racing on Boston Harbor, Thursday nights at Courageous is the place to be. Racing is a great way to sharpen your sailing skills…plus it’s fun! Read More
  • Advanced Rhodes Racing

    This competitive fleet attracts our top Frostbiters, as well as elite racers from various area fleets. Extensive racing experience and an in-depth knowledge of the racing rules are required to skipper; anybody is welcome to crew. Season prizes will be awarded. Read More
  • Laser

    A popular boat at every club around the world and Courageous has a fleet of 12 new boats with upgraded lines packages and rig options (Full, Radial, and 4.7) for each hull. We race Lasers on Tuesday nights in the spring and summer. Those wishing to store their own boat here at Courageous are encouraged, and even recieve a discount on the racing series. Read More
  • Frostbiting

    For the hard-core racer inside you that scoffs at some ice and snow. Despite taking place in the middle of a New England winter, this is our most popular racing series. Every Saturday from mid November through early April 24 Rhodes 19's can be seen racing in the best wind of the year on Boston Harbor. Read More
  • High School

    Boston Public High Schools and Boston Latin practice and race in our fleet of Club 420's in the spring and fall. Read More
  • PHRF

    Qualified cruising members are welcome to use our new CS30 for Wednesday PHRF racing, run by Constitution Yacht Club. Sportboat members are welcome to use one of our new J80s as well, subject to availability and skipper qualifications. Read More

 

 

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