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.
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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. 
Monday, 11 February 2013 20:06

AP Membership Lessons Combos

Course + Membership Combos

Courageous offers a number of discounted membership and lesson combinations to encourage those who know they want to jump right in! Learn (or review) the basics with a course, and then put your new skills to good use with a one-month or one-year membership. For many, the Basic Keelboat Complete plus Full Membership combo is the perfect way to get started.

For combinations purchased during the sailing season (May 1 - October 31), your membership will begin when you finish your course, and run for either one calendar year or one month from the date you activate, depending on the membership you choose. Memberships expire October 31 if the combination is purchased before May 1.

Check out the appropriate course and Core Memberships sections for more information.  You can see a list of available course dates by clicking the Book Now button on the appropriate course page. After you purchase your combo, you'll receive an email containing a voucher code enabling you to book your course; you may also schedule by phone.

Basic Keelboat Complete + Rhodes 19 Full Membership

 
This combo deal, designed to make your first year of sailing affordable, is the perfect way to get started.  Learn the basics with our popular 24-hour course and sail all season long!
 
 

$995  Save $395!

 

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Courses can be scheduled beginning in January. Please retain your PayPal email confirmation to schedule your course.  

 

Basic Keelboat Part 2 + Rhodes 19 Full Membership

 
For those with previous sailing experience, Basic Keelboat Part 2 is a chance to review the basics and build the skills you need to sail as a Courageous member all season long. 
 

$795  Save $275!

 

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Courses can be scheduled beginning in January. Please retain your PayPal email confirmation to schedule your course.  

 

Basic Keelboat Complete + Rhodes 19 One-Month Membership

 
Learn the basics with our popular 24-hour course and follow it up with one month of sailing on Boston Harbor! 
 
 

$775  Save $170!

 

The PayPal cart will open in a new window. If you purchase additional items, they will be added to your cart.

 

 

Courses can be scheduled beginning in January. Please retain your PayPal email confirmation to schedule your course.  

 

Basic Keelboat Part 2 + Rhodes 19 One-Month Membership

 
For those with previous sailing experience, Basic Keelboat Part 2 is a chance to review the basics and build the skills you need to enjoy one month of sailing as a Courageous member.  
 
 

$475  Save $170!

 

The PayPal cart will open in a new window. If you purchase additional items, they will be added to your cart.

 

 

Courses can be scheduled beginning in January. Please retain your PayPal email confirmation to schedule your course.  

 

 

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
Spoons
bowls (perhaps something like this to help prevent spillage?)
bread / rolls
chips
cheese
sour cream
Chilli
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
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 10:07

Step Program Lottery Registration

Step Program Lottery Registration

 

OUR YOUTH PROGRAM LOTTERY IS NOW CLOSED. 

 

 

Important Dates
Lottery Registration Opens March 1
Lottery Registration Closes March 15
Confirmation Letters Mailed March 31
 

Note

Registration for Step 1, Step 2, Step 3 & Step 4 in 2015 was lottery-based. There was NO advantage to submitting a registration form early. This is NOT a "first-come-first-served" system. More Rules and Restrictions
 

Note

Confirmation letters regarding registration and waitlist status will be mailed and emailed to registrants no later than March 31, 2016. Please allow one week from that date (until April 7) 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.
    • 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 prove their Boston residency per order of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. Proof of residency requirements will be posted closer to the registration period.
    • Lottery registration forms must be submitted by Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The online form will not be available after March 15, 2016.
    • 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 ashton@courageoussailing.org 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 2017 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.
    • Class Assignment Policy: In order to provide the best and safest experience possible for each young sailor, Courageous Sailing reserves the right to update class preferences based on that student's previous experience and recommendations from their previous year's instructor.

 

 

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