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We invite prospective new sailing students and members to come down to the Charlestown Navy Yard and go for a FREE SAIL on Boston Harbor with one of our experienced skippers. Enjoy complementary barbecue, fabulous views of the city, and great discounts on lessons & memberships for the 2013 season! Register for a free sail by selecting the number of tickets on the ticketing page, or feel free to drop by anytime from 12pm to 3pm on April 21st, 27th, or 28th.
If you had a chance to take one of our newer Rhodes-19 jibs out for a spin last season, you know what a difference a new sail can make. Well, thanks to a fundraising campaign spearheaded by our Frostbiting and Corporate Challenge fleets and supported by many of you, all 24 Rhodes-19's now have spiffy new mainsails as well! Doyle Sails tweaked the design for us with a few extra inches in the roach, giving the sails a nice curve and a bit more power…and we’ve even added adjustable backstays. We certainly noticed an improvement in boatspeed and performance this winter, and we're sure you will, too! Please help us take care of our new sails by rolling them from the head (instead of folding the sail at the first batten, as we used to do) along the leech, never letting them touch the cement dock, and fastening the sail cover carefully. A huge thank you to everybody who contributed to this effort - we know you'll love the results!
 

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013 17:59

Online Deals

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We want to make sure that each and every one of our customers has the best experience possible sailing with us, whether as a passenger on a leisurely cruise set against the breathtaking Boston skyline, taking a private lesson to try sailing out, or enrolling in one of our highly acclaimed keelboat courses. The details of each option are outlined below so that you can learn precisely what we're offering, and how and when you can redeem!

Weekends and evenings will book up quickly and all time slots are first come, first served.

How to book

  • You will use the online scheduler to reserve your spot. The buttons to take you to this are at the bottom of the page, under the description of what you've purchased. Before moving to the online scheduler, please read through these instructions and have your code ready.
  • Enter your unique voucher code at the top of the page, by clicking on the Promotion code button.

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  • You should see a number 1 on the left if the code is accepted. 

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  • You then click on the book button for your course. Note: The 12 hr course can be found by clicking the Learn to Sail tab on left, and selection Basic Keelboat Part 1. 

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  • After clicking the book button, follow the instructions to schedule your course. If you selected the same course that your voucher is valid for, you will not be asked for any additional payment. 

To reserve your course now and get on the water, find the description for your course below!

 


 

One Admission to a Two Hour Sail

This deal gets you a spot on one of our Rhodes-19 sailboats for a two-hour sail or lesson. You'll be matched up with up to two other guests, and your instructor--who will always be on the boat with you--will be happy to customize the experience for you and your fellow participants. Our instructor can teach you some sailing skills if you want a lesson, or she can simply skipper the boat while you enjoy the ride for the harbor cruise option - it's up to you!

Specific times and availability may vary. You may reschedule freely up to one week before your scheduled appointment. We will charge a $30 fee for rescheduling within one week of the scheduled appointment. Voucher is subject to forfeiture for cancellations within 24 hours or no-shows. If Courageous cancels your sail due to weather or any other reason, we will reschedule it for a convenient time.

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Two-hour Sail for Up to Four

This deal gets you a two-hour private lesson or harbor cruise with an instructor on one of our comfortable Rhodes 19 sailboats. The boat can fit 3 adult passengers easily, or 4 if you don't mind a squeeze. Our instructor can teach you and your friends some sailing skills if you want a lesson, or she can simply skipper the boat while you enjoy the ride for the harbor cruise option - it's up to you! Perfect for an individual looking for a one-on-one lesson, a couple, a family, or a group of friends out for a special occasion.

Specific times and availability may vary. You may reschedule freely up to one week before your scheduled appointment. We will charge a $30 fee for rescheduling within one week of the scheduled appointment. Voucher is subject to forfeiture for cancellations within 24 hours or no-shows. If Courageous cancels your sail due to weather or any other reason, we will reschedule it for a convenient time.

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12-hour Keelboat Course (Basic Keelboat Part 1)

Our Basic Keelboat courses are the best way to learn to sail on Boston Harbor! One voucher will allow one adult(aged 18+) to take our introductory 12-hour Basic Keelboat Part 1 and is bundled with one month of membership. Part 2 of the course can be purchased directly from our website for those wishing to continue their sailing education! To book this course, go to the Learn to Sail tab of the purchase page.

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More answers to more questions

When is the best time to sail on Boston Harbor?

Some of the best sailing of the year is in May, June, and September. The hotter months in July and August are great, too, but are more prone to light wind and thunderstorms.
 

What if there's bad weather?

Well, that depends on what you mean by bad weather.  Sailing is fun even when the weather isn't perfect, and we cannot guarantee sunny days for everyone.  So if it's overcast or just a raining a little, we will sail.   In the event of unsafe weather conditions, heavy rain, or heavy winds, we will reschedule the two-hour sails free of charge.  We very rarely cancel our Keelboat courses, as there are plenty of onshore materials in the curriculum, and we can often use the nicer parts of a day for on-the-water activities and then have lunch or shore-school while a storm passes through.  If the weather is looking bad, it's best to give us a call before heading to Charlestown if we haven't already contacted you.
 

What if I need to reschedule my reservation?

As long as you give us a week's notice, it is no problem at all.  Please refer to the deal descriptions above.  We cannot guarantee availability for rescheduled appointments.
 

What should I bring with me? How should I dress?

Make sure the bring a printout of you voucher!
Cameras are welcome - we love to see photos from sailors posted to our facebook page!
Depending on the deal you purchased, you'll be outside for 2 to 6 hours.  Prepare accordingly, and check the weather!  We recommend a water bottle, sunblock, sunglasses, clothing suitable to any regular outdoor activity, and a hat.  If it looks like rain, pack a rainjacket.  Sneakers or athletic shoes are fine, but no flip flops or dress shoes.   If you're taking Basic Keelboat, you can either bring a lunch or visit a nearby sandwich shop.  You will be able to bring a bag on-board with you and stash it under the deck, where it will remain dry. 
 

Can I bring children? 

You may bring children on the 2 hour lesson or cruise.  There must be one responsible adult per child under the age of 12 who can oversee their movement on the boat (and the instructor doesn't count!).  Please let us know in advance if there will be children on board.  If bringing a child under 50 lbs, the customer is responsible for providing a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device for the child.
 

When should I arrive at Courageous Sailing?

Please arrive at Courageous 10-15 minutes early so that you can get your full two hours on the water.  If you are running late, please call ahead to let us know!  If you arrive late for your appointment, we will not be able to give you the full two hours.
 

Where is Courageous Sailing? How do I get there?

Courageous Sailing is located on Pier 4 of the Charlestown Navy Yard.  Various GPS and map services have a hard time finding us, so please us our Parking and Directions page so you don't get lost!  
 

What kind of boat will I sail on? Do they capsize? Will I get wet?

You'll be sailing in one of our Rhodes 19s.  R-19s are keelboats, which means there is a big heavy metal fin and bulb on the bottom that prevents the boat from capsizing.  On windy days, you may get a bit wet from spray as water breaks over the bow or sides of the boat, but there is a compartment where you can stow items and keep them dry.
 

I loved my two hour sail! How do I keep sailing ?

Courageous makes it easy.  If, after your sail, you decide to sign up for a course, you'll receive a $45 discount off one of our 12-hour courses or $95 off of one our 24-hour courses.  Check out our great lesson and membership options!
 

 

Basic Keelboat Part 1 (12 hours)

Prerequisite: None
Included text: US SAILING Basic Keelboat
Price: $295
 
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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.


Basic Keelboat Part 2 (12 hours)

Prerequisite: Basic Keelboat Part 1 or equivalent experience
Included text: US SAILING Basic Keelboat
Price: $295
 
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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.

Sunday, 11 January 2009 21:22

Racing at Courageous

Fleet Racing on Boston Harbor

There's nothing like the thrill of racing to improve your skills. Courageous makes racing easy to get into and hard to stop.

Check in over at our member's site for weekly scores, photos, NORs, SIs and more.

 

 

Saturday Frostbiting is Back!

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.

Here's the calendar for the 2011-2012 Season:

• 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

The schedule each Saturday is the following:

• 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.


Fall 2011

Saturday R19 Racing

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.

Sunday Laser Racing

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!


Spring/Summer 2011

J/22 Mondays - Team, Match & Fleet Racing - May 16 through Early September

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


Advanced R19 Fleet Racing Tuesdays - May 17 through Early September

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


J22 PHRF Wednesdays - May 18 through September

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.


 Thursday Beginner/Intermediate Rhodes 19 Racing - May 19 through Early September

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.


Thursday Laser Racing - May 19 through Early September

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


 

Group Practice Classes (3 Hours)

Price: $25

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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 Rhodes 19 or J/22 Lesson

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.

 
Rhodes 19: $95/ hr (Minimum of 2 hours per lesson; price includes up to 3-4 students.)
J/22: $125/ hr (Minimum of 2 hours per lesson; price includes up to 4 students.)
 
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Private Cruising Lesson

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.

Cruising Boat: $150/ hr (Minimum of 2 hours per lesson; price includes up to 5 students depending on the vessel.)
 
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