It's time to think about summer!

Winter is officially over, and only a few weeks remain until we open our doors for the 2015 season on May 1st! We have been working hard to increase programming this winter and build our fleet. Read on to catch up on the latest the Courageous adult program has to offer!

Jake Denney, Adult Program Director

Volunteer Day and April Open Houses 
As a community organization, Courageous cannot operate without the support of our members, neighbors, and friends. Volunteer Day and our April Open Houses are a great way to get involved and meet some new people if you are new to Courageous, and for long-time supporters to help spread us the word.

Volunteer Day will take place on Saturday, April 11, from 10am-4pm. Please join us for a day of getting the boats and boathouse ready for the season--no experience necessary, and lunch will be served! Sign up and get more information here.

April Open Houses are 12-3pm on April 18, 25, and 26. During Open Houses we offer discounts on memberships and lessons, free half hour sails, and a BBQ. If you'd like to take people out sailing (Green Flag and experienced Yellow Flag members only), man the grill, or help with sign-ins, please sign up here. This is a great time to renew your membership and purchase lessons, and the last chance to get discounted prices before the season starts! To take advantage of the Open House discounts without attending in person, you can purchase memberships and lessons online or by phone (617-242-3821).

New Courses, New Boats
This summer Courageous is excited to announce two new adult program courses--Safe Powerboating and Sportboat Sailing.

In Safe Powerboating, students learn the basic of powerboat operation through both hands-on and classroom work. The first course of the year is offered on April 25th and 26th from 9am-5pm each day. Graduates earn a certificate endorsed by NASBLA, the USCG, and US Powerboating. To sign up or ask a question about this course, please call 617-242-3821, email Jake Denney, or visit our website. We are currently offering this class at a 10% Open House discount.

In the 12 hour Sportboat Sailing class, students will learn advanced sail trim techniques and how to use an asymmetrical spinnaker. This class will be taught on one of our J/80s and is highly encouraged for those interested in Sportboat Memberships. A Green Flag on the water rating is required to take this course. We'll also be offering shorter instruction sessions on the J/80s for Yellow Flag sailors who want a taste of what it's like to sail a sportboat. The Sportboat Sailing schedule will be posted online by May 1st. For questions on course content or about our growing fleet of J/80s, call 617-242-3821 or email Jake Denney.

Additions to the Courageous fleet this year include a Canadian Sailcraft 30, a Pearson 34, two J/80s, a Rhodes 19, and a new safety boat for the Youth Program. We are proud to be making such strides in improving the quality of our fleet and offering expanded programming. Feel free to contact Courageous with any questions about our new Cruising and Sportboat Memberships.

Summer Racing Series 

Advanced Rhodes 19 Racing: Last year we heard that racers wanted this long summer series broken up into shorter series, similar to how we run Frostbite racing. So this year, Tuesday night racing will be broken into spring, summer, and fall series, each lasting 6 weeks. Racing starts at 6PM each night, and registration fees have been lowered and broken up by series to encourage more participation. Check out the full NOR for pricing and more information.
* Series 1: May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9
* Series 2: June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21
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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 first few races, you simply had to sail course left to take advantage of a mixture of current relief and geographic shifts. The course become more even, as we brought the pin down, the right gate up, and the current slacked. During race four, the wind came down as the snow fall increased, leading to slower races and reduced visibility. Fortunately, we were able to get 6 races and finish around 3pm!

Overall, starts were very good. We had a general recall in which nearly everyone in the front row was over, which is a sign of a quality fleet. Watching races, I was impressed by how much better starts and mark roundings looked throughout the fleet, compared to the first weeks of the series. The fleet tends to stay close together, racing is tight, and boats are often switching places through the last moments of the finish! We had 6 races, and 5 different boats get a 1st place finish. Pretty exciting for Rhodes 19s!

This Saturday is the Valentine's Day Regatta, which I hope you will all join us for. Results don't count for the regular series, and I know we will have lot's of extra boats, so let me know if you wan't a boat and don't normally sail, or if you do normally sail but won't be joining in the fun this Saturday. Prizes will be chocolate hearts. The Winter Series awards will be given out after racing the following Saturday. Congratulations to Mark Lindsay and Jim Watson on 1st Place, Matt Marston and Cheney Brand on 2nd, and Bryan Lee, Annemarije Veenland, and FJ Ritt on 3rd!