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 On November 15 we officially kicked off the 2014-2015 Frostbiting Season with 23 of our 25 boats on the line. Following a skippers meeting at 11:30, the first gun was at 12:20, and the course, which had been set before the skippers meeting, required remarkably little fiddling. Shifts were large but the median direction of NNW held true throughout racing. The forecast was for 8-12, with gusts to 15, but what we actually saw was more variable; winds were 5-15, with gusts to 18. Temps in the mid 30s held true, but the sunshine kept things pleasant enough. 

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Hello Frostbiters! I hope you are staying warm in this early freeze!
 
First off, thanks to everyone for their prompt responses and registrations. For those few stragglers, who I know are coming but haven't finished their registration form or submitted payment, shake a leg! The registration form is here. (We have one spot left, so invite your friends to sign up!)
 
This year's NOR and SIs are attached in the Frostbiting Public Folder, which is an excellent source of must-know information, and is also where results get published. There are no major changes to the SIs, although some wording has been added and section 17 streamlined. A few items were added prior to the winter series last year, so please take a look. Racing will be the same time and place as always. 
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I asked all of the Youth Program staff to write blog posts for me that show what Courageous means to them and/or about a story that embodies their time at Courageous. I feel it is only fair for me to do the sameā€¦ I came to Courageous in 2011 after calling Kate, the Youth Program Director, and asking if she was interested in hiring an Environmental Educator. She enthusiastically said yes. So in 2011 I started as the Step Green Program
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By Allison McGuirk and Martin Weissgerber A few weeks ago, I had a front row seat to hands-down the greatest show I have ever seen: the step 1/  2 talent show.  We had been cooped up in the big tent all day because of torrential rain and lightning, so our step leaders decided that it would be a great idea to see what talents or skills our kids possessed. In my experience, it can be like pulling teeth to get kids
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By Shamus Connelly As an older kid at an after school program when I was in fifth grade, I was told to be a good example for the other children. If I was messing around they would tell me that I needed to be a good role model, that the younger students looked up to and copied me. As an ten year old boy I thought this was ridiculous. However, as an IIT at Courageous I have found this to be
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