NECN checks out Courageous Frostbiting in January. Check out the article after the break.

Monday, 04 July 2011 20:00

NECN - Summer Jobs, Life Lessons

Despite still-weak economy, Boston business leaders and Mayor Menino celebrate 9,700 summer jobs for youth.
Read the full article

Tuesday, 13 September 2011 20:00

US Sailing - Outstanding Training Programs

US Sailing, the national governing body of the sport of sailing and standard bearer for sail training in the United States, has recognized Courageous Sailing as one of the best community sailing centers in the country. Courageous offers sail training from the very basics all the way through advanced keelboat courses, bareboat cruising, and celestial navigation. In addition to Courageous, US Sailing recognized only eight other sailing centers.
Courageous Sailing was recognized by SAIL Magazine as one of the top ten community sailing centers in the country. What set Courageous apart was the organization's involvement in Special Olympics and Sail Blind among other adaptive sailing programs. SAIL mentioned how Courageous has played an important role in making the waterfront accessible in the summer for non-caucasian youths from lower income backgrounds.
Sailing, marine life, and field trips are part of a program to prevent a summertime loss of reading and math skills among low-income students in Boston. Its aim is to help close the achievement gap. On a sweltering August day, student Hendrick Estrella sits on a sailboat, dragging his hand through the waves and reveling in the coolness of Boston Harbor. The day before, he had touched – and tasted – a striped bass, gathering details for a book he is writing about fish. 
Saturday, 26 January 2013 13:31

Summer BBQ

Jamaica Pond Summer Fun BBQ!


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Saturday, 26 January 2013 12:40

Boston Family Boat Buiding

Boston Family Boat Building's Boat Launch


Wednesday, 09 January 2013 19:00

Day 6 Recap

Our first day of frostbite racing in the new year was a great one -  24 boats on the line, sunshine, brisk but not bone-chilling, and 6 races completed despite two postponements!  The breeze was heavier than expected, gusting over 20 knots at times.  Without reefs in, the R-19's were screaming around the racecourse.  Saturday's conditions were on the edge of [Courageous Sailing's] reefing territory, so the Rhodes were about as loaded up as we'll let them get before shortening sail. Results will show Mark Lindsay and Jim Watson handily taking first for the day with 11 points, followed by Bryan Lee and Rob Breslin (26 pts), Chris Palmieri (28 pts), and Marston Brand at 31.2 pts.  
This coming Saturday is forecast to be mid to high 40's, cloudy, and light at 5 kts S.  Be prepared to obsess over the being on the line with speed at go and having perfect light-wind keelboat tacks.
>Here's a quick article on tacking keelboats.  
Heres a video of a Thistle doing a sweet roll tack, and by video I mean a set of slides with a ridiculous soundtrack - but the Boomshakalaka crew does a masterful job of snapping their boat through a tack.  The three crew members are impressively synced up.
Internal view of thistle tacking.
Here is a Melges 20 gently finessing their hull through some light breeze, with the utmost attention paid to crew weight in the boat.  The team delicately transfers their weight, fully aware that the smallest roll to windward at the wrong moment could kill their momentum.
In each of these clips, check out the skipper's tiller position through each point of the tack.  Watch it over and over and over again.  Then practice using two chairs and baseball bat.  Then come down on Saturday and practice in the boat on the way out to the course.  We'll try to get some video of tacks and throw the clips online.  
Last week Albert brought some very tasty vegetarian chili.  Unfortunately our meat chili suffered a mishap, so we were low on food.  Please sign up for this coming weekend!
We need:
2 judges
bowls (perhaps something like this to help prevent spillage?)
bread / rolls
sour cream
Veg Chilli 
  (Or whatever you feel like making/buying/bringing!)
As always, please give a heads up in advance you won't be able to make it and do not have anyone to fill in, or if you need a crew/skipper.  
-- Cha
Sunday, 13 January 2013 07:07

Youth Program Lottery

2014 Summer Youth Program Lottery


Lottery Registration Opens March 10
Lottery Registration Closes March 28
Confirmation Letters Mailed By April 11


Registration in 2014 will be lottery-based. There is NO advantage to submitting a registration form early. This is NOT a "first-come-first-served" system. Forms must be completed online (link below). More Rules and Restrictions


How to Register for the Lottery:

  1. Choose the Step that's right for you based on your age and experience. Read class descriptions.
  2. Choose your preferred session dates and locations (up to four, in order of preference).
  3. Complete and submit the online registration form by March 28th, 2014.


Click to go to the online registration form >



Confirmation letters regarding registration and waitlist status will be mailed to registrants no later than April 11, 2014. Please allow one week from that date (until April 18) for delivery prior to calling the office. Thank You!


Rules and Restrictions

  • All Courageous Sailing Youth Program students registering for classes in Step 1, 2, 3 or 4 MUST provide proof of their ability to swim at least 25 yards and tread water for 90 seconds. All students in Step 3 and above will be subjected to an on-site "swim check" by Courageous instructors. Download Swim Test Form. Note that the swim requirement does not apply to "Swim, Sail, Science" students or "Summer Learning Project" students.
  • Before registering for the lottery, please note the age and skill requirements for each Step.
  • All students entering the lottery for Jamaica Pond classes MUST be Boston residents per order of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. Courageous Sailing reserves the right to require proof of address.
  • Lottery registration forms must be submitted by Friday, March 28, 2014. The online form will not be available after March 28, 2014.
  • All lottery registration forms received will be processed in the following order of priority: (1) returning students, (2) siblings of returning students, and finally (3) new students who have no siblings in the program.
  • Waitlists are capped at 40. All students whose lottery registration forms have been processed will received confirmation fo their status of registered, waitlisted, or not registered.
  • Post-lottery: Once you receive a letter of confirmation, you may make changes, additions or cancellations via telephone, subject to availability. Please email or call the office 617.242.3821 as soon as possible if you must cancel your class. Be advised that "no-shows" will not be admitted but will instead be automatically waitlisted should they choose to apply for the 2014 program.
  • We expect long waitlists due to the high demand for our programs and very limited number of spots. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Friday, 11 January 2013 14:47

Employment - AP Keelboat Instructor

Keelboat Instructor


Job Description

We are currently seeking experienced keelboat, cruising, navigation and racing instructors to join our instructor team for the 2012 season, which runs from May 1 to October 31. Most adult program classes run on the weekends and weekday evenings. 


    • Teaching sailing on Boston Harbor - not a bad way to spend your spare time
    • Compensation: $15/hour for US Sailing-certified Keelboat Instructors; $20/hr for certified US Sailing-certified Cruising Instructors with USCG license
    • Free membership for instructors who commit to teaching at least 4 full Basic Keelboat classes during the season. Check out our website for details, but this means free use of the fleet and access to all member racing, events, parties, etc.
    • The chance to have a really good time, become a better sailor and better teacher, and be part of a great organization.

Current US Sailing Keelboat/Cruising Instructor certification is preferred.

For those that don't have their certification yet, we are hosting a three-day US Sailing Keelboat Instructor class, June 9-11, 2012. 


    • US Sailing Level 1 or Keelboat Instructor Certification, equivalent or more advanced
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification
    • Passing sailing checkout with Head Cruising Coach or Sailing Director
    • CSC motorboat qualified (mandatory in-house certification equivalent to completion of NASBLA-approved safety boat course through the MA Environmental Police and/or through the US Sailing Level I certification course)
    • 1-2 years experience teaching sailing
    • Exposure to basic sailboat and engine maintenance
    • Must be available for occasional overnight cruises and island campouts
    • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
    • Self-starter with strong work ethic and attention to detail
    • Team-oriented
    • Outstanding references
    • A passion for sailing, cruising, the ocean, the environment and working with youth  

Other Considerations for this position 

    • Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.)
    • Prior experience with out-of-school, outdoor, or experiential education
    • Previous experience cruising Massachusetts Bay and surrounding waters a plus
    • Camping experience


Apply to be a Keelboat Instructor


Cha O'Connell, Director of Adult Programs

Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 17







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