Discovery Channel calls it shark week but here at Courageous we call it Shark Supporters Week!

Sharks are a very important topic to include in any marine biology or environmental science program.  They are misunderstood creatures that are rapidly disappearing from our waters due to negative perceptions of sharks by humans. A majority of the over 500 species of sharks are currently listed as endangered or threatened because of human interactions.  People view sharks as man hunters because of movies, news reports, and other media, but in reality, humans are the actual hunters.  For every 1 human killed each year by sharks, people kill about 70 million sharks- that is over 11,000 sharks killed every hour!  Check out this amazing graph demonstrating this fact

The intention of Shark Supporters Week is to endear people to sharks and inform people about these amazing, critically endangered sea creatures.  I hope others will also start to spread the word about the importance of sharks instead of highlighting rare shark attacks. 

Stay tuned for some fun, educational shark activities!

in Green

The purpose of Step 4 is to improve upon your sailing skills.

Out team of sailors in step 4 has greatly enjoyed these past 8 days in racing and cruising. We have decided to discuss out experiences racing and cruising with a collective effort.

To begin with, racing has been an important part of the experience of the group. Practicing has improved all of our racing skills which has been awesome. We have also learned new things like using spinnakers and it has been really unique. Finally, sail tram has been a critical element involved in racing and we have all appreciated new skills learned with this.

Another key aspect of this past week and a half has been cruising. First of all, skills learned in cruising have been anchoring, setting up tents and cooking. On an emotional and social dimension; cooperation, teamwork, competition and the demanding supportive environment of Courageous have helped us Step 4 members excel in our strive to achieve optimal sailing technique.

- Clare, Anneli, Ben, Nico, Val, Mike, Emily, & Hazel