Our Basic Keelboat Part 1 course covers the fundamentals of sailing. We’ll teach you how to rig and unrig the boat, leave and return to the dock safely with a bit of guidance, and adjust your sails and rudder to make the boat go where you want it to go. This is the first half of the complete course, and perfect if you just want to try out sailing without committing to a 24-hour course, you prefer a more relaxed pace, or your schedule can’t accommodate two consecutive weekends. Basic Keelboat Part 1 tends to follow a consecutive Saturday/Saturday or Sunday/Sunday schedule, from 10-4:30 each day, with a half hour hour lunch break, but can also be taken in one weekend (Saturday and Sunday) or in 3-hour intervals on weekday evenings.
In twelve hours, you’ll learn enough to get you off to a good start, and you’ll probably find that you can sail with confidence with just a little bit of help from an instructor. Please refer to the Basic Keelboat Complete description for more information.
This course picks up where Part 1 left off. It is the next step for those who already know some of the basics, or for Part 1 graduates who are ready for more. In Part 2, we review the basics like tacking and jibing, and continue with the rest of the Basic Keelboat Complete curriculum, including docking under sail, crew overboard recovery techniques, and refining your boat handling skills. Basic Keelboat Part 2 tends to follow a consecutive Saturday/Saturday or Sunday/Sunday schedule, from 10-4:30 each day, with a half hour hour lunch break, but can also be taken in one weekend (Saturday and Sunday) or in 3-hour intervals on weekday evenings.
By the end of the twelve hours, you arrive at the same place as those who take the 24-hour complete course, eligible for a Courageous skipper rating (which means you can sail without an instructor!) and US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification.
There's nothing like the thrill of racing to improve your skills. Courageous makes racing easy to get into and hard to stop.
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It's that time again! Time to stop griping that summer's over and another "regular season" of sailing is almost behind us. Time to dig out the hats and gloves and get psyched for another awesome season of frostbiting. Last season was one of our all time best. Our 24-boat R19 fleet offered some of the most consistent, high level competition to be found this side of Newport. More than ever, the fleet was an inspiration to Courageous kids and community AND simply the best racing around.
• Fall Series: November 12, 19; December 3, 10, 17
• Winter Series: January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4
• Valentine’s-Day Regatta: February 11
• Spring Series: February 18, 25; March 3, 10, 17
• 1130 Skipper’s meeting
• 1200 First warning
• 1500 Final race start
These spots go fast, so it's important to signup early to secure a spot. The cost is $1200 per team, with 24 spots available. Typically, teams sail with one skipper and one crew, though sailing with three is not uncommon. Note that this fleet is not for beginners. If you are new to Courageous frostbiting, we'll need to know a bit about your racing background. If this is the case, or for any/all questions, contact Dave.
This year we are offering a $100 early-bird discount for those who pay in full by October 15. To get the discount and pay now, click here.
Securing a spot without full payment requires a $200 non-refundable deposit. Please note, the balance must be paid by Nov 1. To make a deposit and secure your team's spot right away, click here.
To download the Notice of Race, click here.
Come mid-September, our Thursday night open R19 Series moves to Saturday afternoons. Expect the same winning formula (chalk-talks and debriefs), plus 2.5 hrs of racing, from 1:30pm to 4pm.
Price: Free for members and students, $5 for CBI members, $25 for non-members.
Our Thursday night Laser series is back in the Fall with three hours of racing each Sunday from 1pm-4pm.
Price: $280 for the complete series (7 Sundays) or $55 per day, if room is available. Please contact Dave with any questions or to sign up!
Monday Team & Match Racing is for those who like their sailboat racing even more intense and tactical. Our J/22s wait all week for the chance to express their dinghy nature on Monday nights. In 2011, every third or fourth Monday we'll break out the spinnakers, lengthen the courses and do some back-to-basics fleet racing.
Price: $10/person/night for members & students, $25/non-members
One of the most-competitive fleets in Boston, this series attracts our top frostbiters, as well as great racers from around the area.
Price: $300/team/season for members & students, $400/team for non-members
This year all our J/22s are available to race PHRF-style against Boston's big boats, all the while enjoying a little one-design action amongst themselves. Though we can't pay your entry fee ($30/day), we love to see our J/22 members out there competing against the big boys.
Price: Free use of the boats for J/22 members. CYC series fee is $30/day.
For great informal racing in Boston Harbor, Thursday nights at Courageous is the place to be. Test your skills against the competition and improve your skills as you go, both by picking up tips from your fellow members and taking advantage of pre-race chack talks, on-the-water coaching and post-race debriefs by one of our skilled racing coaches. And afterward, you'll want to stick around for our Thursday night barbecues on Pier 4.
Price: Free for members and students, $5 for CBI members, $25 for non-members.
For the first time ever, Laser sailing at Courageous! Race one of our brand new Lasers for just $40 per night ($30 for members) in a twelve boat fleet. Space is limited to 20 for the 2011 season.
Price: $300/person/season for members & students, $400 for non-members
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On alternating Saturday and Sunday mornings, join other members and students looking for extra practice, coached one of our senior instructors. This is a great way to build from Red Flag to Yellow Flag, earn your Red Flag (if your instructor has given you specific skills to work on), gain more confidence, or to get back into it if you haven't been sailing in a while. The class starts with an on-shore chalk talk on topics requested by participants, so come prepared with questions. Students will be paired up to sail together in Rhodes 19s (unless you really want to practice single-handing with some supervision!), while the instructor coaches from a motorboat. The class might focus on particular skills, like docking or crew-overboard recovery techniques, or on drills to improve general boat handling--let the instructor know what you’d like to work on. Maximum of 12 participants.
Private lessons are perfect if you prefer to learn one-on-one, need more scheduling flexibility than our group classes offer, want to troubleshoot specific skills to earn a rating, or would like to bring a group of mixed ages or experience levels. We also offer private lessons for children and teens, individually or in groups of up to 4. Let us know what you’re looking for, and we’ll do our best to make it happen! Both Rhodes 19s and J/22s fit up to 3 or 4 students, along with the instructor. Minimum of 2 hours per lesson; price includes up to 4 students.
Want some coaching on how a cruising boat handles? If you’d like the chance to get comfortable with one of our cruising boats before taking out the boat on your own or get some pointers in preparation for a charter of your own, take a private lesson with one of our most experienced instructors. Lessons can be taught on our Seafarer 30, Erickson 28, Tartan 27, O'Day 240, or J/24, all of which fit from 4 to 5 students.
Whether your goal is to sail fast around a race course or to achieve the perfect spinnaker run home from The Graves, Advanced Keelboat is the course for you. This course is taught in a J/22, a performance boat designed for speed and grace, by our top instructors. Advanced Keelboat covers:
Once you start sailing the bigger boats, it’s hard to stop! And there’s always more to learn. Our Bareboat Cruising course is the next step. It picks up where Basic Cruising leaves off and covers topics such as navigation, anchoring, and heavy weather sailing in much greater detail. You’ll learn the things you need to know when chartering a sailboat: the various techniques used around the world for mooring and anchoring (e.g. stern and bow, fork, Mediterranean, Bahamian); controlling the boat under power with confidence; big boat docking techniques; provisioning; visiting the fuel and pump-out dock; VHF communication; and more. We will also take you through a tour of all the important boat systems, peering behind seat covers and into the bilge until you know exactly where everything is, what it does, and what to do (or who to call!) when it doesn’t work. This course typically includes 3 days of sailing, two overnights at anchor or moored, and additional prep and debrief time. Maximum of 4 students.
Upon passing the exam at the end of the course, your US SAILING Bareboat Cruising certification will signify that you have sufficient skills and knowledge to safely and confidently skipper an auxiliary powered cruising sailboat between 30’ and 45’ in length, in winds above 15 knots, within sight of land during daylight hours. This certification is widely respected and accepted by many sailboat charter companies in the US and other parts of the world. Most Bareboat graduates are also qualified for a Courageous cruising membership.