Tuesday, 13 November 2012 19:00

Day 1

1. Pratt 17
2. Bodde / Callahan 18
3. Clancy / Deshong 20

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Tuesday, 13 November 2012 19:00

Day 1 Recap

Day 1 Recap
We had some beautiful, sunny weather for our first day of the 2012-2013 frostbite season, and 24 boats out on the line to enjoy it.  Racing was started at 12:30 instead of 12:00 due to longish introductory skipper's meeting and an ill-timed car carrier.  Despite the delay, four races (all course 4) were run.
Wind was a Northwesterly, starting off at a healthy 8-10 knots at noon gradually tapering off to about 2-5 knots for the last race.  Sizable lefties and righties made for an interesting day..the left shifts seemed to come with the best velocity, while gigantic righties kept RC antsy.  Finicky Northwesterly breezes generally make it hard for RC to settle into the course but I think the team found a pretty decent average for the conditions.  There were some crazy moments, like when a massive lefty during the sequence resulted in everybody starting on port tack, only to be counteracted with what felt like a 90 degree righty.
With our beautiful new mains up,  the entire fleet had to relearn how to sail a R-19.  It seemed to me that the boats found a fast groove going upwind sailing high.. but I haven't actually taken one of them out for a spin with the new gear.  Please discuss - we're as new to these sails as you are! 
What felt good? What felt bad? 
Where did you find the best draft position? 
What about jib car/ traveler position?  
How did have your vang and outhaul set?
Congratulations to John Pratt and Bob Coyle for winning the first day of the series with 17 points on such a fickle day.  Runners up are Jen Bodde, sailing with Niko Kotsatos, coming in at 18 points and Steve Clancy with Mark Deshong at 20 points.  
As always, let us know if you will not be able to make it Saturday so we can fill the boat!  We have a incredibly long wait list of high schoolers, staff, eager skippers/crews, and full teams that got boxed out this year.  On windier days I'd like to encourage you to take one of our high schoolers out as a third - they would love it and can learn a lot from you all!
See you all in a few days,
Thursday, 06 December 2012 19:00

Day 3 Recap

Good Evening Frostbite Sailors,

Last Saturday was one of the most perfect breeze set-ups that I have ever seen on Boston Harbor, with a fairly steady 6 - 8 knots, coming out of the N/NW.  We were able to set a long, square course with the start by Fan Pier and the upwind set in the channel, between Lewis Wharf and Pier 1 East Boston.  Only minor adjustments to the course were made throughout the day.  While we may pride ourselves on our ability to adapt to typical fluky harbor conditions, the chance that steadier breeze provides to focus on basics (tactics, strategy, boatspeed, sail trim, etc) over lots of relatively similar beats and down-winds is invaluable.  I was very pleased to watch several newer teams consolidate some of the knowledge and skills that they have been developing into demonstrably better boat speed and tactics, dramatically improved scores and visibly cleaner sailing.  
Another wonderful thing happened on Day 3 - we were able to place two of our high school sailors (Ian Hay, of Boston Latin, and Ben Geffkenn, of the Boston Public School team) as crews with Matt Marston and Bob Coyle.  They are pretty incredible kids, and obviously their awesomeness rubbed off on their skippers - both teams came in at 20 points for the day, with Marston/Hay taking First Place to Coyle/Geffken's Second Place in the tiebreaker.  Lindsay/Watson followed in third with 21 points, and you can see the rest of the scores at the link.   Click here for the Public Frostbite Folder - view Results, How-to's, NOR, etc.
And now for.....Day 4, Saturday December 8, 2012Possible Showers high 52° low 42° 

If the current forecast for the weekend holds, we'll see moderate temperatures, perhaps slightly damp, with southwest breeze around 3-5 knots OR 10-15 knots depending on which wind site you trust.
Carl Zimba will be running a rules clinic from 10:00am - 11:00 am at the Seaport School (first floor of building at the base of our pier).  We'll provide coffee and donuts.  Carl will follow up with specific topics for our first rules clinic.  Our Head Judge this weekend will be John Tagliamonte, but we do not have anybody signed up from the fleet to be our second and third judges.  Last week Marty Gallagher and Mark Lindsay stepped up to the plate with head judge Matt Marston.  If you are able to help out this weekend, please sign up here.
Good news on parking! The managers of Shipyard Marina have given us the ok to continue to park on Pier 6.  Lets try to keep all our cars towards the water side of the Tavern as usual.  

Tavern's untimely demise has put a bit of a damper on the social side of being a part of the Courageous Frostbite Fleet, and I'd really like to change that.  Ironsides isn't bad, but it can be a hassle to find a parking spot.  I value the time that we get to spend chatting with you all after racing, so I'm toying with the idea of providing simple food, hot coffee, etc. in the boathouse.  You'd have to BYOB, and we'd need to collect some money to cover costs... but some fold out chairs, a couple milk-crates, and the industrial heater going could be cozy.  Do you like this idea? Would you stay after for a bowl of chili and contribute a little cash to the pot?  Or does Ironsides still seem like the next best thing?  Let me know!    

As always, please let us know in advance if you won't be able to make it this weekend, if you have a predetermined substitute taking your boat, if you'll be coming late, if you need a crew, etcetera.  The more lead time the better, but last-minute notifications are also much appreciated!
See you Saturday morning!
Sunday, 09 December 2012 19:00

Day 4 Recap

Good morning Frostbiters!
Saturday, December 8 marked Day 4 of the 2012-2013 Frostbite Series.  The rain and fog let up just before noon, and the breeze held up just long enough for us to get in five races.  We had nearly the same course as last Saturday, with the line near the ICA and the windward between Boston Sailing Center/East Boston Pier 1.  5-8 knots steadily declined until our last race turned into a battle against the outbound current.  This brought up some interesting points around finishing, drifting, fouling, etc.  A sailboat has finished once any part of the boat has crossed the line... however, a sailboat is still racing until they have cleared the line.  If a finishing boat hits the mark or fouls other racing boats, then said boat must exonerate themselves with the appropriate spins and then re-finish.  The score of this boat will be in the place finished after exoneration is complete.  
The novelty of an upwind finish was appreciated by both RC and the fleet, but I do feel that the downwind finish requires a lot of strategy.  From the committee boat, we have gotten pretty good at figuring out who is going to get to the line first when there's a clump of boats coming down.  The decision between pointing your boat directly at the line to sail the shortest distance verses sailing high for speed is what it often comes down to, and those who manage when to switch from one mode to another strategically are the boats that get the 5'th place instead of the 9'th out of a close finish.  Especially for those new to the fleet, sometimes it can be good to stop comparing your speed to others when coming down on the line, and instead think about your position vs.  other boats position with relation to the line.  Are you making a perpendicular to the line while that other boat is pointed towards the pin end?  Are they chasing a small puff, or are they even paying attention to their angle? Can you maintain your velocity, and will the shorter distance pay out over the other boats slightly greater velocity?  
I can't tell you that the answer will always be yes, because it won't, but it is important to build up a set of simple questions that cycle through your head for certain parts of the race, questions that bring you from inside your boat out to the bigger picture - the fleet, the wind, the course, the current - and then back into your sail trim, your boat-handling, your seated position, etc.  I have a set of these mental flashcards that are particular to each part of the race - the thirty seconds after the start, the beat, the 30 seconds immediately after a windward mark rounding, the slog downwind on a light air day.  When I feel slow, totally uncreative, or just completely out of sync with the race, running through these preset questions bring me back into it mentally. 
Chris Palmieri and Gretchen Curtis took the day with palindromic placing - 1, 4, 2, 4, 1.. followed by Mark Lindsey/George Persiantsev with 16 points, Gordy Baird/Ed Mayo with 22 points and Stan Kostka/Steve Dutcher close behind with 23 points. Complete Scores can be found here.
The general consensus seems to be that chili in the boathouse after racing worked out well, so lets continue with it!  We were happy to kick things off with supplies(chili, cheese, chips, bowls, spoons, etc.), and thanks to everyone who chipped in - we made back nearly half of what we spent (we got more chili than needed..).  Mark Deshong brought a boatload of delicious rolls from the North End as well!  Now that we have a better idea of amounts needed, it seems that about 40 rolls and 4 gallons of chili might be the right amount, but the two bags of grated cheese were not enough.  It seems that quite a few racers are interested in making chili and bringing it in.. which would be awesome.  If anybody wants to follow through on making a vat of chili, please let me know and I'll start a signup list!
This weekend will be our combined Holiday Party/Fall Series Awards, so please stick around after racing - it will be the last time we see you all until 2013!
Sunday, 16 December 2012 19:00

Day 5 Recap

Happy Monday, Frostbiters!
I hope you are all enjoying the lovely, foggy weather this afternoon.  Saturday we had quite the opposite - a truly gorgeous, sunny December day.   
Day 5 of the frostbite series started off with two blasts on the horn and the AP flag.  The predicted breeze of 8 knots NW/ N came and went before we even made it out to the course.  After nearly an hour of glass, a SE breeze filled in and we got our first race started around 1:00 p.m.  Over the next couple hours the SE 5-8 knots stabilized into a nice 8-10 ESE and we managed to get 4 races in despite the long postponement and an inconveniently timed inbound tanker.  The fleet stayed very compressed, with most finishes taking only a couple minutes between first and last place, even with the extra-long downwind at the end of the day.  
For the day:
Steve Clancy and Mark Deshong took first with 13 points
Chris Palmieri and Gretchen Curtis took second with 14.7 points*
Matt Marston and Ben Geffkenn took third with 16 points, narrowly beating Gordon Baird and Zach O'Brien at 17 points.  
*Redress awarded to Chris Palmieri in Race 3 due to RC error (sorry!), hence the non-integer score..
For the Fall Series: 
Chris Palmieri with crews Gretchen Curtis and Brook Assad took first overall.  
Matt Marston sailed with Cheney Brand, Ben Geffken, and Dan Marston to take second.
Mark Lindsay sailed with Jim Watson, George Persiantsev, and Kristan van der Voss to take third.
-See full scores for Days 1-5, and Fall Series.
-Sign up of Protest Committee
-Sign up to bring chili or other fun things 
Check out some pictures from Saturday here -  Don't miss the epic downwind battle between Juni Terry and Mark Lindsey in Race 3!
A very big thank you to Jen Bodde for bringing in a couple cauldrons of delicious soup, Niko Kotsatos for making an impressive first-time last-minute morning chili, Mark Deshong for braving the North End for rolls, and Ed Marcus for keeping us civilized by supplying paper goods.  
Happy Holidays, and see you all in the New Year!
Saturday, 15 December 2012 13:31

Boat Sales

Our inventory of boats for sale is changing all of the time.  For an updated listing of what Courageous has for sale please our Fleet Manager, Dan Keenan.

Saturday, 15 December 2012 13:29

Sail Donation


Donated sails are typically used in our youth and membership programs and then sold after several years of use to help keep our youth sailing programs free.  In particular, we are looking for good quality J/22 mainsails, jibs and spinnakers.  Please contact Dan Keenan our fleet manager if you are considering donating a sail to Courageous.

All contributions are tax deductible to the extent the law permits

Saturday, 15 December 2012 13:20

Boat Donation


Donated boats are typically used in our youth and membership programs and then sold after several years of use to help keep our youth sailing programs free.  In particular, we are looking for good quality Rhodes 19s, J/22s and larger cruising boats.  Please contact Dan Keenan our fleet manager if you are considering donating a boat to Courageous.

All contributions are tax deductible to the extent the law permits

Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:59

Employment - IIT Head Coach

Instructor In Training (IIT) - Head Coach

The Instructor in Training program at Courageous.....................


  • Current US Sailing Level 1 instructor certification or equivalent (RYA cert, etc) OR willingness to take and pass Level 1 course by the end of June 2012
  • Current First Aid/CPR certification
  • 3+ years sailing experience
  • 1+ years teaching sailing or participating in the Courageous instructor-in-training program or equivalent
  • Passing sailing skills check-out with Youth Director
  • Positive, enthusiastic and flexible attitude
  • Strong problem solving skills and an ability to adapt to changing program needs depending on changes in weather, number of students, number of boats, etc.
  • Team-oriented
  • Excellent references
  • A passion for sailing, the ocean, the environment and working with kids


Other considerations for this position:

  • Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.)
  • Other teaching and youth development experience
  • Prior experience on Boston Harbor a plus
  • Keelboat experience


Kate Henderson, Director of Youth Programs

Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 12

Email: kate@courageoussailing.org



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Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:56

Employment - YP Step 1 & 2 Leader

Step 1: Sailing 101 Leader
Step 2: Beginner Sailing Leader 


Job Description

The Step 1 & Step 2 Leaders' primary responsibilities are to oversee and facilitate the day-to-day operation of their respective "Steps" at their respective sites.
As Step 1 & 2 are the point of entry for the majority of Courageous’ youth sailors, the Step 1 & 2 Leaders must be highly energetic and excited about sailing and teaching sailing.  The leader must be a team player and strong role model, capable of motivating and mentoring Courageous’ newest instructors and youngest sailors.   
While the Step 1 and Step 2 leaders are each charged with maintaining a fun, friendly and positive environment, this person is also charged with instilling within their instructors and students a deep respect for the Courageous fleet, the ocean environment and for one another.  Also, this person must uphold a high standard of instruction in order to adequately prepare students for advancement through the Learn-to-Sail curriculum and into more advanced sailing courses at Courageous. 
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to: planning classes; creating advance plans for rainy days; planning “Fun Fridays” and other themed events throughout the summer; running classes from a support boat; training instructors and instructors-in-training; instructor performance evaluations; leading chalk talks; making sure all equipment for the class is cared for and well-maintained; working with the Youth Director to infuse sailing classes with environmental education and leadership training; communicating with leaders/coaches of other levels to coordinate advancement of students; assisting the Site Director with opening and closing the site; helping to fuel and warm up motor-boats each morning; working with Head Instructor Trainer to manage Instructors-in-Training.


At Jamaica Pond the Step 1 Leader may also function as the Site Director and works closely with the Youth Program Director.  For more information, please refer to the Site Director job descriptions.


At Charlestown, the Step 1 & 2 Leaders reports to and works closely with the Assistant Youth Program Director and Youth Program Director.  The Charlestown Step 1 & 2 Leaders will also assist in overseeing the training of our instructors-in-training and work closely with the Step 5: IIT coach to coordinate these efforts. For more information, please see job descriptions regarding Step 5: IIT positions. 


    • US Sailing Certified Level 1 Instructor or equivalent certifications 
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification 
    • Extensive safety boat driving experience CSC motorboat qualified (mandatory in-house certification that is somewhat more rigorous than completion of NASBLA-approved safety boat course through the MA Environmental Police and/or through the US Sailing Level I certification course) 
    • 3+ years experience teaching sailing 
    • Ability to communicate well with public, parents, partner organizations, etc. 
    • Experience in basic sailboat and powerboat maintenance 
    • Positive, enthusiastic, flexible, "can-do" attitude 
    • Self-starter with strong work ethic and attention to detail 
    • Team-oriented 
    • Outstanding references 
    • A passion for sailing, the ocean, the environment and working with youth 

Other considerations for this position: 

    • Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.) 
    • Prior experience in leadership role in a youth sailing program (specifically with children between the ages of 8 and 12) 
    • Prior outdoor education or summer camp councilor experience 
    • Other teaching experience 
    • More advanced Racing or Cruising experience
    • Prior experience on Boston Harbor a plus



Kate Henderson, Director of Youth Programs

Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 12

Email: kate@courageoussailing.org



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