• Explore. Learn. Sail! Low-cost, high-quality programs that connect city youth with Boston Harbor and Jamaica Pond. Youth Sailing
  • Convenient and affordable courses, lessons, and memberships for all experience levels and interests. Sailing for Adults + Families
  • Sailing and rowing for kids, adults, and families on this beautiful pond located in the heart of Boston. Jamaica Pond
  • Work at Courageous

    The 2015 season is just around the corner, which means there is an opportunity for you to come spend your summer working at Courageous. You'll be outside and on the water with a great staff and sailors from age 8 and up. This could be the start of your lifelong passion for teaching sailing, educating, and organizing in your community. Read More
  • Leadership + Growth

    Through this 7-week summer job-training program, students make the transition from student to instructor, developing their abilities to teach, lead, and inspire the next generation of Courageous kids. Read More
  • Environmentalism at Courageous

    Courageous is wind powered, but we do more than just use natural energy sources. For the past several years, our young sailors have been learning about marine biology and ocean cleanup from our own Environmental Educators and award-winning partners. Read More
  • Support Courageous Kids

    As 2014 draws to a close, Courageous is celebrating a successful year of teaching sailing and more to Boston kids, and looking ahead to next year. Please consider supporting Courageous in our mission to provide high-quality summer learning opportunities for the kids who need them most by making a tax-deductible donation to our Annual Appeal before December 31. Read More
  • Awareness Campaign

    See our new awareness campaign made by Hill Holliday and Courageous board member, Joe Berkeley. The campaign captures the essence of the Courageous Sailing mission and its impact on Boston kids. Read More

About Courageous


 

Our Mission

Courageous Sailing transforms lives through sailing programs that inspire learning, personal growth and leadership.

Our Vision

Courageous Sailing is a community that embraces sailing as a platform for life-long learning, personal growth and leadership; a center of sailing excellence committed to removing barriers to access for all Boston youth, the public and people with physical and intellectual challenges.

History

Courageous Sailing was established in 1987 as a 501(c)(3) by the late South Boston sailing enthusiast Harry McDonough. It was Harry’s dream to use sailing to build character and camaraderie among Boston children from all economic and ethnic backgrounds.  For 25 years, we have continued to grow and deliver our mission to transform children’s lives through sailing programs that inspire learning, personal growth and leadership.  In Harry’s words, “Every child's perspective is improved 50-yards off-shore.”

Courageous is now a nationally recognized year-round educational center for community sailing and youth development.  Courageous offers Boston-area youth free and low-cost out-of-school-time programs in sailing, environmental education, job skills development, and leadership training. In 2011 we were honored to be named one of the top 10 community sailing programs nationwide by both US Sailing and Sail Magazine.

How Courageous Got Its Name

The America's Cup 12 meter "Courageous" once lived at Pier 4 in the Navy Yard. This two-time America's Cup winner lent its name to Courageous Sailing in the late 1980s. The boat now resides at the Museum of Yachting in Newport, Rhode Island, where it has been restored and is still being raced.

Our Partners in Community Service

Courageous is proud to partner with many like-minded nonprofit organizations.  During our longstanding relationship with Special Olympics of Massachusetts, Courageous has hosted the Special Olympics Summer Games, and continues to be a host training venue for Special Olympics athletes two days each week.  We have another close partnership with The Carroll Center for the Blind, whose pioneering Sail Blind program has called Courageous a home base for two decades.  With the Carrol Center, Courageous has been host to national blind sailing regattas, the annual Harry McDonough Regatta for the Blind, and weekly Sail Blind racing and recreational practice sessions.  Courageous is also home base for the Big Sisters Association of Greater Boston's annual Adventure Sail program for inner-city girls, an event that has drawn hundreds of women and girls into the sport of sailing.  In recent years we have been developing new and exciting relationships with Boston Family Boatbuilding, Boston Afterschool and Beyond, and the Boston Public Schools.

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Frostbiting Week 10: Winter Series Ends, Frostbiting Rolls On with Valentine's Day Regatta
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Thanks to everyone coming out this past Saturday, and helping us get 23 boats on the line in some very chilly conditions! Throughout the day, we had steady wind around 8-10 knots. Current was sweeping across the course, going out of the harbor, and seeming to slack through the afternoon. In the firs...
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Frostbiting Week 4: There is always a lot to learn.
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First is when the tide is coming into Boston Harbor, the current is often going out. That was true all day on Saturday. There had been enough rain earlier in the week that they were dumping the Charles River. As Jim Watson, my very observant crew points out, fresh water is lighter than salt and th...
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Week 3 Recap: Overtaking at the Windward Mark
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 I hope you are all staying warm and dry today. It is one of those days that you don't have to walk far before you look like you've fallen off the dock or been swept overboard. The good news is that this weekend should be warm (high of 45) and dry, with NW winds around 10 knots. I am taking a...
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Frostbing Week Two- Starts Are Hard
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Barge- Move forcefully or roughly. Push, Shove, Force. "We can't just barge into a private garden party." or "Barging in at the start line causes havoc and makes Courageous staff anxious and competitors angry." Yes, this week's recap is about starts, and in particular, barging. Which there was a ...
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Week 1 Brings Great Weather, Great Racing
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Current was coming straight down the course all day, making starts difficult at first. As the current slacked, the fleet was still pushing hard and we had several boats OCS, but no general recals occured.  In Race 1, the boats starting pin got over into a nice lefty shift, and were able to t...
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