Wednesday, 01 May 2013 09:35

Opening Day

Opening Day
As we head into our season, 2013 is looking to be a fantastic year here at Courageous!  In addition to the usual-- great sailing on the Harbor and summer learning opportunities for Boston’s kids--here are a few of the things that we’re excited about this spring and summer:
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We invite prospective new sailing students and members to come down to the Charlestown Navy Yard and go for a FREE SAIL on Boston Harbor with one of our experienced skippers. Enjoy complementary barbecue, fabulous views of the city, and great discounts on lessons & memberships for the 2013 season! Register for a free sail by selecting the number of tickets on the ticketing page, or feel free to drop by anytime from 12pm to 3pm on April 21st, 27th, or 28th.
If you had a chance to take one of our newer Rhodes-19 jibs out for a spin last season, you know what a difference a new sail can make. Well, thanks to a fundraising campaign spearheaded by our Frostbiting and Corporate Challenge fleets and supported by many of you, all 24 Rhodes-19's now have spiffy new mainsails as well! Doyle Sails tweaked the design for us with a few extra inches in the roach, giving the sails a nice curve and a bit more power…and we’ve even added adjustable backstays. We certainly noticed an improvement in boatspeed and performance this winter, and we're sure you will, too! Please help us take care of our new sails by rolling them from the head (instead of folding the sail at the first batten, as we used to do) along the leech, never letting them touch the cement dock, and fastening the sail cover carefully. A huge thank you to everybody who contributed to this effort - we know you'll love the results!


Waterfront Operations and Receptions Coordinator

Job Description

The Waterfront Operations & Reception Coordinator is one of the most important positions at Courageous Sailing. They are the front of the organization, serving as the first point of contact for the public, either personally or over the phone, and will be a primary resource for our students and members. They must be friendly, polite, and knowledgeable of the rules, regulations, and operations of Courageous.  
The Waterfront Coordinator controls access to directors and other staff, handles administrative tasks such as scheduling and data entry, manages the daily flow of people and boats through the program, monitors our radios, marine traffic, weather, and wind.  They must be highly organized, have great people skills, and be able to multi-task in a sometimes hectic, fast-paced environment. 


The Waterfront Coordinator position is a full time, seasonal position starting May 1st, with hours tapering off in October.  Season ends October 31st.   Candidates must be able to work weekends, and some days during the week.  
Minimum qualifications include:
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently, mulit-task, prioritize responsibilities, take initiative, and appropriately handle confident information.
  • Ability to work fluidly with staff from all departments.
  • Comfortable working under pressure, exercizing strong problem-solving skills and a willingness to adapt to changing program needs.
  • Skilled at monitoring and managing multiple information feeds simultaneously.
  • Attention to detail and commitment to accuracy.
  • Bachelors Degree preferred.
  • Familiarity with basic computer systems, social networking programs.
  • Ability to quickly and enthusiastically master additional technology, skills, & knowledge as needed

About Courageous Sailing

Courageous Sailing is a non-profit community sailing center committed to providing access to the sport of sailing through our sailing school and membership programs.  Sailing is a tremendous platform for education, personal growth and leadership development, and we are dedicated to making the highest quality sailing education available to the entire Boston community regardless of socio-economic backround, ethnicity, or ability.  
Our youth and adult programs promote a culture of responsibility, respect, and stewardship around sailing on Boston Harbor, and foster life-long learning opportunities for all members of our community.  We rely on a team of passionate, hard-working individuals to provide top level instruction, attentive customer service, and, above all, a safe and welcoming environment.


Cha O'Connell,
Director of Adult Programs
Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 17




Once again, Courageous staff, members, families, and friends will be heading over to Boston Sail Loft for a casual night of socializing and fundraising. There will be appetizers, raffles, and, by the end of the night, enough money to purchase 80 new lifejackets! Buy Your Tickets In Advance here
Thursday, 21 March 2013 12:14

Overall Standings

1. Palmieri
2. Lindsay / Watson
3. Marston / Brand

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Thursday, 21 March 2013 12:12

Spring Series

1. Gallagher / Olson
2. Pratt / Coyle
3. Marston / Brand

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Thursday, 21 March 2013 12:08

Day 16

1. Clancy / DeShong
2. Palmieri
3. Burns / Ciulla / McEvoy / Veen / Wisch

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Thursday, 21 March 2013 12:08

Day 16 Recap

Good Afternoon Frostbiters!
This season of frostbiting marked my first as the Director of Adult Programs at Courageous, which meant that running the series passed from Dave's hands into mine.  Over the past 5 years or so, Dave, along with the RC team and so many of you, have really reinvigorated this series, and the proof is in the numbers: for two years now all team spots have been filled and we've averaged 23 boats on the water, when not too long ago getting 16 boats on the water was a good day.   Big thanks to Jesse, Luke, Kip, Carl, and I (along with all our awesome volunteers and substitutes - Andy, Ian, Jack, Nate, Hugh, Rosemary, Steve) for working so hard to uphold Dave's legacy and the progress of the past few years.   Thanks to all for bearing with us through some of the rockier race management moments in this year's transition, and thank you all for showing up, racing your hearts out, and being part of this dynamic community of sailors.  I had a blast, and I hope you all did too! 
Mark Deshong and Russell Robinson scored 26 points over 5 races, beating Chris Palmieri & Co. by 2 points and the Wisch/Ciulla team by 5 to take first for the last day of frostbiting.  Performance was inconsistent across the fleet from race to race - not a single boat made it through the day without scoring higher than 10 points at least once.  The breeze was as fickle as ever, with huge shifts from both sides that didn't seem to have a predictable oscillation.  RC had a hard time committing to the course, and finally gave in to the righty and reset the course.  Of course, not only did the RC boat drift right onto the weather mark for the J/24 fleet, but we also managed to get the anchor thoroughly hooked on something when trying to reset for the third time.  Regardless of these minor frustrations, our last day of racing was a beautiful afternoon on Boston Harbor.  
Congratulations to Marty Gallagher and Cindy Olson for winning the spring series handily, followed by John Pratt and Bob Coyle in second and Matt Marston and Cheney Brand in third.  
Over 15 days of the series, we ran a total of 71 races.  Chris Palmieri hit the magic minimum number of races sailed(53), coming in at the winning high point percentage of 0.809.  Mark Lindsay and Jim Watson took second place, just barely beating Matt Marston and Cheney Brand in third.  Huge congratulations to Chris, Gretchen, Brooke, Mark, Jim, Matt and Cheney!  Seriously, coming out on top in this fleet over a full 16 weeks is no small thing.  
Last but not least, the first annual Paul Elvstrom Award went to our very own fleet captain/ instructor extraordinaire Jen Bodde!  Congratulations, Jen!!!
Mark Deshong has ordered a beautiful wall trophy engraved with a R-19 plan, with 36 plates for personalization - I can't wait to see who is honored by the fleet in the 2047-2048 Frostbite series!  This may be my favorite thing to have come out of this season.  The values embodied by this award are not only the values that we treasure in our seasoned racers, but also the values that Courageous Sailing encourages and instills in our youth, our instructors, and our new adult sailors.  The award will reside in a prominent spot on the walls of our boathouse, serving as an inspiration for generations of Courageous sailors to come.  

At the end of the day on Saturday, Mark Lindsay pointed out to me that out of the 24 teams that signed up for this series, 20 teams had participated in 53 races or more.  This means that we had a truly amazing 83% of our fleet qualify for final season scores.  We even had 9 teams show up for 70 or 71 races - meaning that they came every single day.  Way to go, Frostbiters!  

I hope to see you on the water with us on Tuesday evenings (still available at the low price of just $150 for the whole summer), even if you just drop in once!  
Finally, as Dave said at the end of the day Saturday, by racing at Courageous each one of you is helping us deliver our mission and bring incredible sailing, and all the life skills that go with it, to over 1000 kids each year.   Thank you!
See you on the water! 
Thursday, 14 March 2013 18:41

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