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Written by Step 4 Assistant Leader, Ian Hay

Today I regained my faith in adolescents’ possession of common sense. The day was intolerably muggy and boat assignments seemed dubious as I watched my students tack deep close reach to deep close reach up out of the Mystic. We had already narrowly escaped a minor uprising after I instructed the student at the helm to bear off sharply while passing under the Tobin so as to not cross beneath the falling stream of an ironworker mid-relief in the netting above. The plan for the day was to race PHRF-style out to G13 around R10 back to G13 and finish at the Tobin. 42.10:52 read my stopwatch as we passed G13 for the first time. Awesome.

“Who wants to learn how to heave-to?”

Lobstah swayed idly along as we waited for the J-22 to round the first mark. We finally spotted them off of Piers Park and decided to de-heave ourselves and go have a chat.

 “So guys what side of this harbor are green marks on?”  “We were trying to find our lay line.” “I take it you’re still looking for it?” “……When are we going in for lunch?”

The chat wasn’t having quite the effect I had hoped for so I instructed the other boat to at least round 13 and then we could head in together for an anchored lunch in the nook. Suddenly the wind came up and I watched something that looked oddly similar to a mainsheet block erupt out of the cockpit of the 22 heading straight for its mate at the boom.

“IAAANNNN! The mainsheet thing is broookeennnn!”

Funny that, maybe they (the blocks) got lonely being so far apart on an upwind leg. I instructed the student at the helm to go into safety and search for the missing pin and ringding. Hailing the Foredeck I prayed my kids would be able to fix it on their own. Sure enough, seconds after my fingers released from the VHF call button I saw the 22 ripping along at an over-trimmed broad reach, the blocks were chatting up a storm but from a kosher distance.

They (the students) had fixed their mainsheet before I even had to think about getting onto their boat. It may seem a small victory for step 4 cruising but it was a victory nonetheless. Today my students showed me that though they may act more like sea cucumbers during chalk talks than human children they can step up and fix a problem during stressful situations without being taught how to fix it in advance. And that put a smile on my face.      

 

Courageous Sailing is proud to announce its first cross-curriculum program with Brooklyn Boulders of Somerville! BKB Courageous Explorers is a unique program for kids ages 8 – 11 who want to embark on the quest of the summer! Who is Brooklyn Boulders?

Details

June 16th – 20th. Each day begins at 9:30am and ends at 4:00pm. Families must take care of their own transportation to and from the program at both sites. Course fee: $550 per child. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide financial assistance for this program.

Highlights

  • Monday and Tuesday at Brooklyn Boulders – bouldering, roped climbing, auto belays, slacklining and more!
  • Wednesday and Thursday at Courageous Sailing – master the basics of sailing through a games-based approach aboard a stable keelboat!
  • Spend Friday on a sailing expedition to a Boston Harbor island to explore and play team building games!

How to Register

Registration is open to all and is "first-booked, first-served." Space is limited to 15 students, so book your adventure today! Register on the Brooklyn Boulders Somerville website.

Our Staff

Our experienced staff will keep your kids engaged while they learn the ropes for climbing and sailing; building skills and confidence and making friends along the way!

Questions? Comments? Concerns?

Email the Brooklyn Boulders Somerville Youth Program Manager at Shea@BrooklynBoulders.com.  For more info about Brooklyn Boulders programs, booking and cancellation policies, and what to expect, visit the Brooklyn Boudlders Somerville website