Courageous Sailing

A great Place for Sailing and SailBlind

SailBlind's involvement with Courageous Sailing Center (then Pleasure Bay) began in the late 1970's and early 1980's.  At that time, we weren't even called Sailblind, and Courageous Sailing Center had yet to develop with the docking of the 12-meter namesake at the present site. Harry McDonough was running Pleasure Bay, and we got a chance to sail on boats called Brutal Beasts, a cat boat with only a mainsail, no jib. Compared to our program of today, we had no "competitive branch" nor did we have all the techniques that we use today.  Instead, Arthur O'Neill and a few of us adventurous folks would get to Pleasure Bay and sail for a few hours under Harry's tutelage.  Occasionally, he'd come out in his little motorboat and "coach" us, admonishing us to steer straight and "for chrissake let the sail out!"

Then, sometime in the 1980's, we moved to the present site in Charlestown, Courageous Sailing. While sailing at the current facility, we became aware of the first World Blind Sailing Championship to be held in Auckland, New Zealand in 1992. It was at this point that CSC was instrumental in providing the boats and expertise so necessary to help in forging a competitive blind sailing team. At this point, the name SailBlind was born, and we have gone by that team name ever since.

Our association with CSC didn't end after the first World Blind Sailing Championship. In fact it developed even further, to the point where they host our Wednesday night practices (for the competitive sailors) and the recreational sailing program on Saturdays from June to early September. Additionally, they have hosted many regattas for blind sailing.

On a personal level, I have benefitted greatly from sailing at CSC, both as a competitive sailor practicing on Wednesday nights, and as an occasional participant in evening races. Dave and his crew have always been helpful to us by working with us to schedule practices and getting us into some of the Courageous weekly races. Of particular importance is that they were there for us prior to any of our major competitive events, particularly the World Blind Sailing Championships. By providing us with practice times and access to their boats, we were able to train prior to these events, even during some of the winter months.

Finally, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank CSC for supporting us, both as individual sailors and as a team. Your support of SailBlind certainly played a role in many of our teams medaling in the World Blind Sailing Championships over the years. Without your help, our achievements would have been made more difficult, if not impossible to attain.  May we have many more years working together.  Thanks, CSC for all you do in supporting us.

Matthew Chao

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For Registered Students Only: Next Steps & Deadlines

This page contains information to help students and families who have won a spot in the Summer Youth Program via the lottery. Please keep on reading below for next steps more information on how to confirm your seat.
#1) Complete the Online Confirmation Form. Due by April 30.
To confirm your registration, please begin by completing the online confirmation form (this is where we collect all of our students' emergency contact and medical information):
#2) Print, sign, and mail the Enrollment Form and pay the balance of your invoice for program fees and/or submit your scholarship application materials.
Due by April 30.
You can download this form here: 
Please complete and submit one for each student in your household.  Each student needs a new form on file at Courageous each year. Mail to: Courageous Sailing, One First Avenue, Boston, MA 02129.
The confirmation materials that were emailed or mailed to you contain an invoice number and the total amount due to finalize your child's or children's registration for the summer youth program. You can pay your balance via check, cash, or credit card. Note: At this time we are only able to accept credit cards by phone.
See below for more information on how to apply for a scholarship. Note that there is no "scholarship application form," only materials that need to be mailed in along with the Enrollment Form.
#3) Print, have a lifeguard sign off on, and mail the Proof of Swimming Form.
Due by June 15.
You can download this form here: 
Please complete and submit one for each student in your household. If you have already submitted this form for a previous program or season at Courageous Sailing, Courageous has it on file and there is no need to submit another.

Scholarship Applicants: please submit one or more of the following along with your mailed enrollment & release forms: 

    • 2013 Federal Income Tax Form 1040
    • Proof of being on a government assistance program (see FAQ)
No scholarship application will be processed without copies of one or more of the above documents. This information will be reviewed solely by the Youth Program Director, the Executive Director, and their administrative assistants. After review, these sensitive documents will be destroyed immediately.
Attach a separate page detailing any other information that may be helpful in determining financial need for extenuating circumstances


2014 Course Fees & Payment

If you have received confirmation that your child has been admitted to the Summer Youth Program, you can make your payment online below.

Payments may also be made by Credit Card via telephone (617-242-3821 x12) or by sending a check to: Courageous Sailing, One First Avenue, Boston, MA 02129.

10% Sibling Discount: For families paying course fees for more than one child, we offer a 10% discount on the course fees for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. children registered. If different amounts are due for each child, the highest course fee is due in full, and the discount applies to the rest. The discount does not apply if you have been awarded a scholarship. Please also note that the 10% discount applies to course fees only. The discount does not apply to the admin or extended day fees.


Step 1 (1 week session)

Annual Household Income
(or AGI)
Day Fee
Online Confirmation & Enrollment Forms
Scholarship Materials

Proof of Income or
Proof of Gov't Assistance

AGI < $65,000 $10 $0 $0 N/A Required Required Required
$65,000 < AGI < $135,000 $10 $75 $10 10% Required Required Required
$135,000 < AGI $10 $175 $10 10% Required Not Required Not Required

Steps 2, 3 & 4 (3 week sessions)

Annual Household Income
(or AGI)
Day Fee
Online Confirmation & Enrollment Forms
Scholarship Materials
Proof of Income or
Proof of Gov't Assistance
AGI < $65,000 $10 $0 $0 N/A Required Required Required
$65,000 < AGI < $135,000 $10 $200 $10 10% Required Required Required
$135,000 < AGI $10 $500 $10 10% Required Not Required Not Required

Thank you for your application!

Please check your email Inbox (and Spambox!) for confirmation that we have received your application form. This email will contain a copy of your submitted application so that you may review it for any mistakes. Please feel free to contact us with any questions: 617-242-3821 x12 or

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