From the Executive Director
When I joined Courageous in the summer of 2007 as the youth program racing coach, my biggest challenge was our youngest racer, Emily. Full of promise but short on attention span, she seemed to specialize in undoing the best-laid lesson plans. Whether off collecting jellyfish during chalktalks, or jumping out of her boat during a race to go for an unannounced swim, she had a knack for doing things her own way. There was no arguing with the amount of fun she was having, but it was not exactly the kind of race training I had in mind.
That summer, and every summer since, Courageous provided Emily with opportunities to grow and develop her skills–and she did. In 2011 she graduated from our Instructor-in-Training program, and just completed her second year as a full-fledged instructor. This season, when one of our younger students was struggling with some difficult issues in her life, she turned to Emily. It wasn't an easy situation, but Emily responded with sensitivity and maturity that made all the difference.
For me, seeing Emily grow through the Courageous program–becoming not just a great sailor but a role model, mentor, and teacher who is able to give back and make a difference in the lives of our youngest Courageous kids–is what it's all about. This fall, Emily just started her freshman year at URI, where she has–no surprise–joined the sailing team.
This summer was full of countless similar moments. There is a long, long list of Courageous kids– Maia, Matt, Adam, Colleen, Liz, Jack, Sara, Kayla, Alexis, Griffin, Morgan, Luke, Ian, Will, Mikaya, Kelsey, Amy, Anthony, Claire, Audrey, Leo, Kieran and so many more–who, in what feels like the blink of an eye, have become incredible leaders and role models.
This season we have so much to celebrate. We were again a major partner for the award-winning Boston Summer Learning Project. We received our biggest grant ever from the Mabel Louise Riley Foundation, enabling us to dramatically improve our outreach to underserved communities and launch an exciting new program that combines swimming, sailing, and marine science classes for 60 rising fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students from the nearby Harvard-Kent school in Charlestown.
As I head into my seventh year at Courageous and my second year as director, I am moved beyond words by the accomplishments of the Courageous community over the past 26 years. One person at a time, one act of generosity at a time, we have built one of the country's leading organizations dedicated to using sailing as a platform for growth, learning, and empowerment. I hope you will join me in continuing to support the Courageous mission.
Dave DiLorenzo, Executive Director
Donated sails are typically used in our youth and membership programs and then sold after several years of use to help keep our youth sailing programs free. In particular, we are looking for good quality J/22 mainsails, jibs and spinnakers. Please contact Dan Keenan our fleet manager if you are considering donating a sail to Courageous.
All contributions are tax deductible to the extent the law permits
Donated boats are typically used in our youth and membership programs and then sold after several years of use to help keep our youth sailing programs free. In particular, we are looking for good quality Rhodes 19s, J/22s and larger cruising boats. Please contact Dan Keenan our fleet manager if you are considering donating a boat to Courageous.
All contributions are tax deductible to the extent the law permits
Courageous' first volunteer was Harry McDonough who summoned a small group of volunteers to get the resources and support necessary to create Courageous Sailing Center in 1987. Today, volunteers can help with a variety of tasks at Courageous, especially in preparation for the busy summer season. Courageous schedules "Work Parties" where volunteer work crews help Courageous prepare boats for the season, spruce up the boathouse, etc. Volunteers also contribute to our "Guest Coach" program and not only coach our racing program for a day but also talk about how sailing made a difference in their lives and careers.
Contact us to get involved as a volunteer.
Redeeming your Online Deal at Courageous Sailing
Did you just purchase a sailing lesson or harbor cruise through Rue La La, Living Social, Groupon, Google Offers, or are you thinking about it? That's great! Groupons were a big highlight of our 2010 and 2011 seasons, and we're happy to offer more deals through more vendors for 2012!
We want to make sure that each and every one of our customers has the best experience possible. Please be sure to read this page thoroughly in order to understand exactly what we have to offer you and how and when you can redeem your vouchers.
May 1st, 2012 - September 30th, 2012
These are the dates that we are actually open for sailing, and in which your 2-hour lesson/harbor cruise, 12-hour course, or 24 hour course will take place.
April/May Groupon: May 7 - June 30, 2012
February Groupon: Now - June 30, 2012
Rue La La: April 7 - June 30, 2012
Living Social, Google Offers: Now - June 1st, 2012
You can call us or use our online scheduler to reserve your time slot during the scheduling period of your particular deal. Think of this as a registration period.
EXPIRATION DATE FOR DEALS
Living Social, Google Offers: June 1st, 2012
Groupon, Rue La La: June 30th, 2012
This is the last day that you can make your reservation. This is the "expiration date" on the deal. Any voucher not scheduled by 6/1/2012(Living Social, Google Offers) or 6/30/2012(Groupon, RueLaLa) will be forfeited.
HOW TO SCHEDULE
You will have until June 1st(Living Social, Google Offers) or June 30th(Groupon, Rue La La) to make your reservation. You can also call us at 617.242.3821 and ask for Cha, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any problems or questions.
12-hour courses may only be scheduled via phone or email.
More about specific days and times can be found under each deal description farther down the page.
You can schedule your 2-hour private lesson/harbor cruise or 24-hour course by using our online scheduler.
LivingSocial - You will need the last 11 digits of your 12 digit Certificate # to use our online scheduler. If your Certificate # looks like "100050147110", you will want to drop that first "1" and enter "00050147110" into the "Discount/Deal" field.
Groupon - You will need the barcode from your Groupon to use our online scheduler. Your barcode should look like "12341234". If your barcode has a hyphen in it, please drop it and just enter the digits.
Google Offers - You will need the 9-digit code from your Google Offer to use our online scheduler. Your code should look like "123456789"
Rue La La - You will need the 10-digit code from your Rue La La voucher to use our online scheduler. Your code should like "xxxxxxxxxx"
PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to ensure that the day and time that you want is available. Weekends and evenings will book up quickly and all time slots are first come, first serve.
MORE ABOUT THE DEALS
2-Hour Sailing Lesson or Harbor Cruise for Up to Three ($95)
This is a voucher for 1 sailboat with 1 instructor that can fit up to 3 students or passengers. This means that you can come all by yourself for a lesson or cruise, or you and up to 2 friends can take a lesson or cruise together!
On weekends, we generally have slots available at 10am, 12pm, 2:30pm, and 4:30pm.
On weekdays, we generally have slots available at 1pm, 3pm, and 5:30pm.
Specific times available may vary but will follow the same pattern. You may reschedule freely up to one week before your scheduled appointment. We will charge a $30 rescheduling fee to reschedule within one week of the scheduled appointment to cover instructor costs, and voucher is subject to forfeiture for cancellations within 24 hours or no-shows.
24-Hour Sailing Lesson for One plus Two-Month Membership ($575)
This is a voucher for one adult (aged 18 or older) to take our introductory Basic Keelboat Complete sailing course which runs over 2 consecutive weekends(bar holidays) and to enjoy the benefits of a Two-Month Membership. Generally, a Basic Keelboat Complete course will look like this:
You will be grouped with 2 other students for the class. If you and a friend would like to take the class together, please contact Cha. If we have 3 people interested in taking Basic Keelboat Complete together, we can often create a schedule that is customized to your needs, whether it is a series of weeknights (i.e. 8 evenings from 5pm-8pm) or Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday if weekdays are fully open for you. You may reschedule up to one week before your scheduled course starts. Your course cannot be rescheduled within one week of the scheduled start of the course; voucher is subject to forfeiture for cancellation within one week of the scheduled start of the course.
Your Two-Month Membership allows participation in weekly racing and weekend group classes, and access to the Rhodes-19 fleet for qualified skippers (students who pass our "Red Flag", or novice rating test at the end of the course). Your Two-Month Membership starts on the last day of your Basic Keelboat Complete course. The course and membership must be used by the same customer; it cannot be shared.
12-Hour Sailing Lesson for One plus One-Month Membership ($275)
This is a voucher for one adult (aged 18 or older) to take our introductory Basic Keelboat Part 1 sailing course which runs one day per weekend over 2 weekends and to enjoy the benefits of a One-Month Membership. Generally, a Basic Keelboat Part 1 course will look like this:
Saturday May 12, Saturday May 19, 10am-4:30pm 1/2hour lunch break each day OR
Sunday June 10, Sunday June 17, 10am-4:30pm,1/2hour lunch break each day
View Calender of courses, contact Cha to schedule
You will be grouped with 2 other students for the class. If you and a friend would like to take the class together, please contact Cha. If we have 3 people interested in taking Basic Keelboat Part 1 together, we can often create a schedule that is customized to your needs, whether it is a series of weeknights (i.e. 4 evenings from 5pm-8pm), consecutive Saturday/Sunday, or even Tuesday/Wednesday if weekdays are fully open for you. You may reschedule up to one week before your scheduled course starts. Your course cannot be rescheduled within one week of the scheduled start of the course; voucher is subject to forfeiture for cancellation within one week of the scheduled start of the course.
Your One-Month Membership allows participation in weekly racing and weekend group classes, and access to the Rhodes-19 fleet for qualified skippers (students who pass our "Red Flag", or novice rating test at the end of the course). Your One-Month Membership starts on the last day of your Basic Keelboat Part 1 course. The course and membership must be used by the same customer; it cannot be shared.
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 can be great, too, but are more prone to light wind (it's hard to sail without it!) 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. We will reschedule free of charge in the event of unsafe weather such as thunderstorms, heavy rain, or heavy winds. 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. You should be able to do it yourself within the online scheduler, but if you need help you can always contact Cha. Please refer to the "MORE ABOUT THE DEALS" section above. We cannot guarantee availability for rescheduled appointments.
What should I bring with me? How should I dress?
Depending on the deal you purchased, you'll be outside for 2 to 6 hours. Prepare accordingly, and check the weather! We recommend a bottle of water, sunglasses, clothing suitable to any regular outdoor activity, an extra layer just in case, and sunblock. If it looks like rain, pack a rainjacket if you have one (we have some if you don't). Sneakers or athletic shoes are fine, but no flip flops or dress shoes. Cameras are fine. If you're taking Basic Keelboat, you can bring a lunch or visit a nearby sandwich shop. Don't forget to bring a printout of your voucher!
Can I bring children?
Yes. 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!). We can bump the passenger limit up to 4 if it is two adults and two children, since kids tend to be on the small side. 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. Please check out our Parking and Directions page for more information.
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.
How do I keep sailing after using my LivingSocial, Groupon or Google Offer deal?
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!
Have more questions about your online deal or anything else?
Email Cha, our Assistant Director of Adult Programs or call 617.242.3821
Donated boats are typically used in our youth and membership programs and then sold after several years of use to help keep our youth sailing programs FREE. In particular, we are looking for good quality Rhodes 19s, J/22s and larger cruising boats. Please contact Fleet Manager Dan Keenan via email if you are considering donating a boat to Courageous.
Our inventory of boats for sale is changing all of the time. For an updated listing of what Courageous has for sale please email Dan Keenan.
List of Boats Currently Available:
"Midnight Special" 1974 Ranger 23 ($2,000) [UNDER OFFER 11/23/11]
"Small Change" 1976 Ranger 23 ($2,000) [AVAILABLE 11/23/11]
"Clara Lee" 1970 Westerly Cirrus ($3,000) [UNDER OFFER 11/23/11]
The Regatta celebrates the life and vision of Boston's Richard B. Ross, a Dorchester native who believed in the transformative power of education. Before Richard tragically lost his life in the attacks of September 11th, 2001, he was a passionate sailor who took great pleasure in passing on his love of sailing to others. One of the ways his family continues to honor him is by providing generous support to Courageous in his name.
On a day when a slow moving low weather front left New England regattas becalmed and fogbound, Boston Harbor served up enough good breeze to keep 17 collegiate teams moving in Rhodes 19's for five great races. Afterward, teams gathered on Pier 4 for a barbecue. Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes out to the Ross family for their generous support of the regatta and Courageous Sailing. Thanks, too, to all sailors for participating; Ken Legler for being a great booster of this event, and Russ Bolt for taking so many great pictures! And congratulations to teams from Williams, Roger Williams and Northeastern for taking the top spots!
1st place/11pts, Williams College - Joshua Revkin & Isaac Loh
2nd/11pts, Roger Williams - Tucker Blagden & Andrew Vachon
3rd/15pts, Northeastern - Mike O'Brien & Carolyn Mason
The names of the participants on the winning boat will have their names inscribed onto the Richard B. Ross Memorial Trophy, which hangs in the Courageous Sailing Boathouse for perpetuity.
All funds raised by the College Bowl go directly to benefit Courageous's FREE youth programs.