Mid-Fleet Performance 2

  • 2-day, 12-hour clinic
  • Rigging and sailing with the asymmetrical spinnaker
  • More advanced sail trim, theory, techniques, and maneuver

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In the second part of the Performance Sailing series, we provide a 2-day, 12-hour, in-depth introduction to the spinnaker, along with more opportunities to practice the advanced boat handling and sail trim topics covered in Performance Sailing 1. Conditions permitting, we typically head to the outer harbor to practice hoists, take-downs, and jibes. We review and practice how all of the various roles on the boat work together to make maneuvers possible (and safe). We also cover our Harbor Navigation curriculum so sailors are ready to leave the safety of the inner harbor and explore the harbor islands while practicing their newfound boat handling skills.

Performance 2 curriculum includes:

  • Review of J80 boat handling, sail trim and crew positions
  • Review of docking and anchoring under power
  • Rigging and packing an asymmetrical spinnaker
  • Safely setting, flying, jibing, and dousing an asymmetrical spinnaker
  • A general overview of Boston Harbor Navigation


Course Structures in 2022 and possible changes for Covid-19

Keeping participants and instructors safe at all times while on and off the water is always a top priority for Courageous. We adhere to state and federal guidelines, as well as guidance issued on outdoor recreation and amateur sports. As you know, these policies on social distancing, mask-wearing, and group sizes are ever-shifting. Because of this, we will remain flexible with our course structure for 2022 and make changes if and when necessary. As of November 2021, our intended course structure for 2022 will be as follows:

  • Three-on-One Instruction: In our traditional format, three students and one instructor sail together, allowing for plenty of personalized attention and teamwork. 

Typically, Mid-fleet Performance 2 is a two-day clinic that runs on a Saturday and Sunday from 10:00AM – 4:30PM with a 30-minute lunch break.
This schedule and format may be revisited upon opening up new courses for the 2022 season.

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Things to note:

We cannot guarantee participants a spinnaker endorsement on the J80 or a Green Flag navigation endorsement, which typically takes more practice than a single class can provide.

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.