“The main reason I would come back to Courageous is because all these people, meeting new friends, make you feel like you can talk to them, and they’re just so generous and nice and most of all, is what all the instructors and teachers – they make you feel like family.”
“What I liked most about Courageous Sailing was that I got to steer the boat and because I faced my fear.”
“I love sailing, and sailing makes me feel free.”
“This summer working at Courageous I was given the opportunity to determine my own personal strengths and weaknesses and set goals for myself which I was able to achieve thanks to all the love and support that is offered by everyone at Courageous. Being an IIT has helped me become a more mature person and now I am able to use skills I have learned at Courageous, like creative problem solving and working with others, in my everyday life.”
“My child seems more mature and responsible— I think from having to care for younger children. He was very concerned about arriving on time and not missing days. He’s also opened his own bank account and learned the importance of saving and spending wisely.”
“The reason why I want to come is because the staff determines me to do all these things, and I try… You made me feel determined, and I like how you made me determined to do it.”
“The most important thing I learned is that I can do much more than I thought I could.”
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
Members who purchase the optional damage waiver are released from financial responsibility for physical damage to Courageous boats in their care and custody, so long as it is not caused by the Member's negligence or intentional conduct, violation of the Courageous Sailing Agreement & General Release and Membership Terms & Conditions, failure to stay clear of other boats and obstacles, or running aground. No waiver of damage liability shall be effective until the damage waiver payment is received. Please note that the damage waiver does not waive financial responsibility for damage or injury to other boats, property or people, towing services, or lost equipment. Please read our Sailing Agreement & General Release and Membership Terms & Conditions to fully understand our policies.
For a one time fee of $50 per season, a guest pass allows you to take as many guests sailing with you as many times as you want throughout the season. Generally, a Rhodes-19 or J/22 can fit one skipper and 3-4 guests safely at one time.