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With everything happening around Courageous, we know one thing for sure: we couldn't do it without some help from our friends!  The list is long and always growing, but here are some of our favorite links, by category.

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Support Courageous Sailing – Order Gill Merchandise

Gill North America and Courageous Sailing have partnered to bring quality sailing gear to the Courageous community! For details on what Gill merchandise you can get through Courageous Sailing, please call 617.242.3821 or email lindsey@courageoussailing.org


Why order through Courageous?

When you buy Gill merchandise through Courageous, you not only get the gear to go with your sailing lifestyle, you also donate money at the same time. Every time you order through us, we get to keep some of the profit to help continue our work of providing a US Sailing certified program to Boston’s youth each summer.

How exactly does it work?

Head over to www.gillna.com to check out their products, or stop by Courageous to look through our Gill catalog. When you’ve decided on what you want to order, you can contact our office manager with the item number, size, color, quantity and your payment information.

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Email Lindsey or call her at (617) 242-3821 ext 11 to put in your order. She processes the orders to Gill, and the products are shipped directly to your home.

Order for the holidays today!

What are you waiting for?  You can order for yourself or buy gifts for the holidays.  Shipping is an additional flat fee of $6 per order.  If you want your products to be shipped in time for Christmas, remember to place your orders by Dec 10!

Show off your Courageous pride!

And don’t forget – you can even get many items embroidered with the Courageous logo!  The charge for embroidery is an additional $4.95.

Just remember to add extra time to the delivery to account for the embroidery – those orders should be placed by December 5th, if you want them in time for the holidays.

Please do not hesitate to call and ask us about our partnership with Gill !!

Call 617.242.3821 or email
lindsey@courageoussailing.org !!



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Adult Program Employment Opportunities

At Courageous we are committed to making the highest quality sailing education accessible to the community. We rely on instructors who are both great sailors and great teachers. If you have taught sailing before, or have wanted to, we want to hear from you!
Adult Program Instructor positions are typically part-time, with most classes running on the weekends and weekday evenings, so are often a great fit for those with "real jobs" who want to do something totally different in their spare time.  Some full time instructor positions are also available.


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.


Courageous Sailing was established in 1987 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in a joint effort between the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the late South Boston sailing enthusiast Harry McDonough.  Courageous Sailing has since grown into a dynamic, multi-faceted educational facility serving over 1,000 at-risk and disadvantaged children each year.  Through the organization’s Courage Curriculum, young sailors develop essential leadership competencies in personal responsibility, communication, problem-solving, teamwork and stewardship.  Demand for Courageous Sailing’s programs is at a record high with close to two-thirds (600) of the eager young children who attempt to register for our summer program being turned away due to a lack of sufficient capacity.

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.

Community Service

Courageous prides itself on being a leader in community service. Courageous has hosted the Special Olympics Summer Games and has been consistently involved in training Special Olympics athletes. Courageous also has an ongoing partnership with The Carroll Center for the Blind, which holds national blind sailing competitions as well as weekly Sail Blind races at Courageous. In addition, Courageous serves as a venue for local high school sailing team practices, as well as Women's Keel Boat and Mass Bay elimination events. Courageous has also partnered with Adventure Sail through the Big and Little Sisters organization, an event that has drawn hundreds of women and girls into the sport of sailing.

A True Public/Private Partnership

Courageous' success has captured the imagination and sponsorship of small and large Boston companies as well as hundreds of paying adult members. Corporations support Courageous' activities through the Courageous Challenge and Corporate Sponsorships, while individuals can contribute by simply becoming a member or attending exciting fundraising events such as Make-A-Mark and the College Bowl. The generous and enthusiastic contributions made by these organizations and individuals are vital to the continued growth and success of Courageous.

Courageous has also found other ways to leverage its success and appeal. In 1998, the Center sponsored the first of several co-fundraising regattas with the American Cancer Society. Our staff and venue helped them raise over $70,000 for a cure. The center continues to look for ways to help other charities while bringing the benefits of sailing to more and more children and adults.

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