Every year, Courageous serves over 1,000 kids from Boston, hosts events and regattas, and provides instruction and waterfront access to hundreds of individuals, families, and corporations.
Spend the best summer of your life teaching sailing, science, and life skills at Courageous!
Get a taste of sailing or enjoy a leisurely cruise around the harbor - the choice is yours!
Need to brush up on specific skills to pass a flag rating? Or maybe you need specific times outside our normal course schedule.
If you're just in town for a couple of days or thinking about becoming a member, a one day rental might be your best option.
Learn to sail in just two weekends, no previous experience required.
Become a member and sail our fleet from the Mystic River to Hull and everywhere in between.
Blind match racing is a growing part of sailing with fully visually impaired sailors competing.
Courageous helps provide access to the waterfront for Charlestown residents with special needs children.
Special Olympics of Massachusetts trains in our fleet of Rhodes 19's.
Every Monday evening in June, 25 teams from Boston area companies race in the Challenge to raise money for Courageous Youth Programs.
Small to large team building exercises, daytime or evening events, 1,000 person capacity tent.
There are no upcoming events.
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Are you planning on purchasing your own cruising sailboat (or simply sailing ours!) or chartering in the Caribbean someday? In this basic cruising course, we apply the fundamentals to bigger boats (up to 35′ in length) with inboard diesel engines, cover the basics of navigation, and introduce the tools needed to sail longer distances. While big boats sail just like small boats, there are more systems to learn and techniques to master. Although 24 hours isn’t enough to prepare you for every challenge a cruising boat can present, you’ll have plenty of time to get to know the outer harbor and develop comfort around big boat basics.
Graduates may test for their US Sailing Basic Cruising certification, which is a useful step for those looking to charter sailboats. This course will also cover information you need to know to pass the theoretical portion of the Green Flag test.
Students should enter the course with knowledge equivalent to that of the Learn to Sail Complete course.
The Basic Cruising course takes place over two consecutive weekends, Saturday/Sunday/Saturday/Sunday from 10-4:30 each day, with a half-hour lunch break. Maximum of 4 students.
Recommended next steps
You can see the whole US Sailing Basic Cruising curriculum here.
Prerequisites: Learn to Sail Complete (or Part II) or equivalent.
This course (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for the Bareboat Cruising Course.
Cancellation and Refund Policy: Please note that in an effort to keep our courses and memberships as affordable as possible, we must limit changes in schedule and membership. Because staff and instructors are hired and scheduled in advance, Courageous memberships, lessons, and/or other program fees are not refundable for any reason, including cancellation due to weather, or the participant’s inability to utilize the membership, lesson, or program. That said, we do understand that sometimes life gets in the way of sailing plans and, if necessary, we will work with you to reschedule for a later date. We cannot reschedule lessons within two weeks of their start date unless we are able to fill the spot with another student. All rescheduled lessons purchased before September 1 must be completed before the end of the season for which they were purchased; if purchased between September 1 and October 31, rescheduled lessons must be completed before June 30 of the following year.
This year, our team thoughtfully constructed a program that would recreate in the virtual world the community that makes being on the pier so special. Our top priority was to support our kids emotionally and help them address the feelings of isolation, anxiety, and stress that many were experiencing. Our strategy:
“I think every year with kids at Courageous you see relationships form. I think whether online or in person, I still had those relationships form with students and coworkers… One thing Courageous does well is unity. I have always found myself making new friends, connecting with old ones, and becoming friends with my instructor. Courageous to me is one big family and I think everyone is always there to support you.”—Jean, Swim Sail Science instructor and former Courageous kid
After our kids’ tough spring of remote learning in school, we knew that it would be critical to make the online Courageous Sailing experience hands-on and interesting, especially because many of our students—especially those already disproportionately affected by the upheaval of the pandemic—had lost so much ground academically. We needed to make learning fun! Our strategy:
“I was SO impressed at the job your team did. On the first day I walked by my Step 5 (somewhat sullen, quarantined) teenager hearing him laughing and happily engaging with his group. Then hearing what they were doing everyday was so amazing. Highlights I heard about (or watched): the sailing regatta app (so cool!); The underwater view of the sea under the dock; the interview with the Commander of the Constitution (that was really amazing)! I commented to my husband that the Courageous Team should be coaching the schools on how to run Zoom meetings.”—Kristin, Courageous parent
Youth are living in a world that can feel frightening, hostile, and unjust—a place where it’s difficult to feel safe, set worry aside, and just be a kid. Whether on Zoom or on the water, Courageous made sure that our students had plenty of opportunities for fun.Our strategy:
“I could have fun at home as much as outside.”—Ryhan, Courageous student“My favorite memory from Courageous is hanging out with instructors and friends and having fun with them!”—Zhencong, Courageous student