Thanks to an outpouring of community support, in March of 2011, the BPS district-wide sailing team took the water for the first time with a small, but extremely dedicated crew of sailors. The team was comprised of students from all parts of Boston. They had one thing in common: a passion for sailing. The season culminated in a strong C-Division finish at the Mass Bay League Championship. The team’s success was highlighted in numerous news articles, and we were honored that it received national praise in the Council for Great City Schools’ June/July 2011 issue of Urban Educator.
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The J/22 is a 22 foot keel sailboat designed by J boats. It is actively raced in yacht clubs in the United States and Europe. The J/22 has a comfortable self-bailing cockpit with 7 ft. long seats and room for 4 people in the cabin to escape the rain or cold. J/22 is built for safety with buoyancy tanks and offshore hatches. Her 700 lb. lead keel lowers the center of gravity, creating nearly 1700 foot pounds of righting moment at 90 degrees of heel.
The Rhodes 19 is a 19 foot (6 m) long sailboat, designed by Philip Rhodes and originally manufactured by O'Day. Currently, the Rhodes 19 is built by Stuart Marine Corp. To date, approximately 3500 of the boats have been built. Available with either a fixed keel or with a retractable centerboard, it is used primarily as a day sailer or for one-design racing. All of the Courageous Rhodes 19s are fixed keel. The Rhodes 19 is still actively raced throughout the United States, with active fleets in many Massachusetts locations.
This is the most casual type of outing. Participants can spend the day learning to sail or tour points of interest in Boston Harbor. A Leisurely sail is often a good option for smaller groups that are not able to field a large number of boats for a fleet race.
This event is great for larger groups as it allows several divisions to compete at alternating times. The team race format encourages camaraderie and team spirit. Each team has teammates on the water throughout the day, giving everyone a change to win. Those on shore can cheer on the racers or relax and enjoy refreshments dockside.
We begin with a two-hour lesson so everyone can learn to sail and work together. We take a short break for light refreshments and then head back out on the water for some short course racing. The day ends with an awards presentation.