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Future of Courageous

In Youth by Toni Sacco

Ever since I spent my first summer at Courageous, almost a decade ago, I always planned to one day become an instructor. I know that it is sort of a Courageous cliche to say that as a kid, I idolized my instructors and I wanted to be just like them, but it is definitely true. This is my third year …

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Quest for Transformation

In Thank You, Youth by Ashton Smith

I am writing to thank you for supporting our program at Courageous. As a Step 3 instructor, I helped our sailors progress to sail dinghies independently for the first time. This experience has allowed to witness first hand the personal development of young students. The change not only in sailing skills and boat handling but also in confidence, social skills, …

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A Privilege to Say Thank You

In Thank You, Youth by Ashton Smith

Dear Courageous Supporter, Thank you for supporting Courageous Sailing. I’m 17 years old going on 18, and this is my third year as an Instructor-in-Training. I have had so many invaluable experiences at Courageous, at the end of which I have started each school year with a renewed sense of leadership and enhanced understanding of the importance of community outreach …

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A Community to be Thankful for

In Thank You, Youth by Ashton Smith

Thank you so much for your generous support of Courageous Sailing. Thanks to your help we can continue doing what we love and impart our love for sailing and the water onto the kids we teach. This is my first year instructing at Courageous, and I can honestly say the difference between here and other yacht clubs I’ve taught at …

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A Unique Learning Environment

In Thank You, Youth by Ashton Smith

Thank you so much for your help in bringing sailing to kids who wouldn’t have been able to do so otherwise. Every summer, we as instructors get to see how these kids get excited and grow as people through sailing. It’s such a unique sport having both a physical and mental aspect to it. We really see young kids thrive …

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A Fantastic Learning Environment

In Thank You, Youth by Ashton Smith

Thank you so much for your support towards Courageous. Because of people like you, we can continue providing a fantastic learning environment for an amazing group of kids. I have only been working at Courageous for two weeks, but it has been two weeks that were packed with fun. In the time I have been working here, the kids have …

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Begging for More

In Thank You, Youth by Ashton Smith

Thank you for supporting Courageous Sailing! This was my first summer at Courageous and I feel I’ve gotten a deep understanding and developed an appreciation for the program. It is incredible to give these children the opportunity to spend time on the water so early in their lives. I started sailing a bit later in my childhood and it has …

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Growing Confidence

In Thank You, Youth by Ashton Smith

Thank you very much for your generous support of Courageous Sailing. This is my first year working with Courageous and I am absolutely amazed at all of the good that Courageous does, none of which would have been possible without your support. Learning sailing is one thing, but the skills students learn at Courageous are so much more. They are …

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An Experience to Remember

In Thank You, Youth by Ashton Smith

This summer at Courageous has been wonderful! I’ve gotten to connect with so many kids and hear so many stories. In particular, I’ve seen a huge turnaround in the confidence and independence in many of the kids I’ve instructed. They feel so much more comfortable on the water and working together. They’ve even started expressing themselves more towards each other …

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Perseverance at its Finest

In Youth by Ashton Smith

Sailing needs wind but sometimes at Jamaica Pond, wind can disappear. So on days that we hop into sailboats and float around the pond, we instructors become creative in ways to entertain our kids on limited space. Water fights, music, sailing songs, tag, and I spy can only last for so long. So when we’ve burned out all ideas of …