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




Apply to be a Step 1 Instructor



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




Apply to be a Step 1&2 Leader



Saturday, 08 December 2012 10:51

Jamaica Pond Contact

Sailing Address:
507 Jamaica Way
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

(617) 522-5061

Off Season Telephone:
(617) 242-3821 ext. 12


Friday, 07 December 2012 15:08

Cruising 30 Fleet - Tartan 27

Tartan 27 yawl

Happy Parrot is our classic pocket cruiser. The most mature member of our Cruising Fleet, she has a great pedigree as a Tartan built, Sparkman & Stephens designed yawl. Both names are synonymous with quality in the marine industry. Over 700 of these boats were built starting in 1961 and most are still on the water today. Happy Parrot has a nice roomy cockpit and space below decks to sleep 4. She is equipped with a marine head and ice chest for those long days out exploring the harbor and surrounding islands. Try your hand at sailing a two masted vessel, find out what the mizzen staysail is all about!


Overall length 27'


tartan 27 yawl drawing

Waterline length 21' 5"
Beam 8' 6"
Draft 3' 2"
Sail Area 393 ft2
Displacement 7400 lbs
Lead keel 2400 lbs
Engine Diesel Inboard



Friday, 07 December 2012 14:10

Core Fleet - J/24

Core Fleet - J/24

The J/24 is the world's most popular one-design keelboat. This appealing keelboat started with one man’s desire for a sailboat to accommodate his family and to be a competitive racer. Twenty-seven years later, the J/24 has become a legend. A stable sailboat for family togetherness, the J/24 has also been the competitive launch pad for the careers of numerous America’s Cup professionals and the platform for a number of international regattas. Our two J/24's, LOBSTAH & CRAWFISH (the former donated by the McDonough family, the latter by longtime Courageous friend & Louisiana native Nick Kathmann ), give our cruising fleet a bit of one-design flair.


Overall length 24' (7.32 m)  J24 line drawing
Waterline length 20' (6.10 m)
Beam 8'10" (2.71 m)
Draft 4' (1.22 m)
Masthead above DWL 36' 6" (11.23m)
100% Sail Area 261 ft2 (24.25m2)
Spinnaker area 449 ft2
Displacement 3100 lb (1406 kg)
Lead keel 950 lb (431 kg)
Engine 4hp outboard



Saturday, 01 December 2012 15:50

Dinghy Fleet - Club 420

c420Dinghy Fleet - Club 420

The International 420 Class Dinghy is a monohull planing dinghy with centerboard, bermuda rig and center sheeting. It is designed for a crew of two. The name describes the overall length of the boat in centimeters (the boat is exactly 4.2 meters long).  The International 420 was designed by Andre Cornu in the 1960s as a general purpose two sail, transom sheeted, non-trapeze dinghy, with modest easily handled sail plan. The hull's seaworthyness and stability at speed proved to be better than most of its contemporaries, and this together with its modest sail area make it fun to sail in heavy weather and thus an excelent youth trainer, qualities that lead to its adoption for that role by the RYA in the mid 1970's.


Overall length 13.90 ft (4.24 m)  c420 drawing
Beam 5.50 ft (1.68 m)
Draft 2.95 ft (0.90 m)
Mainsail Area 79.65 ft2 (7.40m2)
Jib Area 30.14 ft2 (2.80m2)
Spinnaker Area 95.00 ft2 (8.83 m2) 
Hull Weight 230 lb (104.33 kg)
Optimal Weight Range 220-300 lb (100-136 kg)




Saturday, 01 December 2012 15:48

Dinghy Fleet - Laser

Laser cropDinghy Fleet - Laser

Thanks to the generosity of the Courageous Community, we acquired a fleet of 12 brand-new Lasers in 2010, complete with Full, Radial, and 4.7 Rigs. The International Laser Class sailboat, is a popular single-handed, one-design class of small sailing dinghy. The design, by Bruce Kirby, emphasizes simplicity and performance. Now manufactured by Laser Performance, the Laser is one of the most popular single-handed dinghies in the world. As of 2011, there are more than 250,000 boats worldwide. A commonly cited reason for its popularity is that it is robust, simple to rig and sail. The Laser also provides very competitive racing due to the very tight class association controls which eliminate differences in hull, sails and equipment.


Overall length 13.78 ft (4.2 m)  laser line drawing
Beam 4.56 ft (1.39 m)
Draft 2.62 ft (0.80 m)
Full Rig Sail Area 75.99 ft2 (7.06m2)
Optimal Weight Range 160-190 lb (73-86 kg)
Radial Rig Sail Area 62 ft2 (5.76 m2) 
Optimal Weight Range 121-159 lb (55-72 kg)
4.7 Rig Sail Area 50.59 ft2 (4.7 m2)
Optimal Weight Range 100-120 lb (45-54 kg)
Hull Weight 130 lb (58.97 kg)




Saturday, 01 December 2012 14:48

Core Fleet - J22

j22.3 copyCore Fleet - J/22

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.


Overall length 22'6" (6.98 m) 
Waterline length 19' (5.8 m)
Beam 8' (2.45 m)
Draft 3'10" (1.18 m)
Upwind Sail Area 223 ft2 (22m2)
Spinnaker area 345 ft2 (34 m2) 
Displacement 1790 lb (812 kg)
Lead keel 700 lb (318 kg)





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