Courageous at Home
Pining for the sea? So are we! Here is a little taste of the Courageous experience for you to enjoy at home. Whether you're looking for sailing-related science activities for kids, brushing up on the basics before putting them into practice, upping your game with racing tips, or just missing the Courageous community, this is the place to visit. Until we can get back out on the water, we'll be adding to this collection of resources, conversations, and entertainment to keep us connected with each other and with the sport we all love. Have suggestions? Let us know!
Video of the Week
It seems simple, but it can be trickier than you'd think! Figure out the best ways to keep a broomstick standing upright, and learn some key engineering and math concepts about lines, the power of triangles, and why the mast of your boat doesn't fall down (kind of important!).
The STEM Studio features hands-on, minds-on (and, most importantly, fun!) STEM activities for kids, using only easy-to-find household materials. Join Jen, Courageous's Education Director, as she explores engineering, physics, math, chemistry, marine biology, and more--all connected to boats, sailing, and/or Boston Harbor. These videos (each about half an hour long) are geared for grades 3-8, but anybody who wants to have some fun with science is welcome to join in!
Sailing Tips and Tutorials
For members, students, and anyone who is eager to refresh their sailing knowledge or learn some tips and tricks for sailing with Courageous. It's the next best thing to being out on our boats!
Fun, hands-on, minds-on science activities for kids in Grades 3-8. Explore the science, technology, engineering, and math of boats and the ocean with Jen Bodde, Courageous's Education Director.
Check in with students, members, racers, alums and staff for everything from stories of maritime adventures to a look into what former Courageous kids are up to now.
Our Favorite Resources
Our staff is always on high alert for great online materials to keep our members, students, and staff entertained, informed, and adding to their sailing knowledge. Below you will find some of our favorite links:
For Members & Students
- 5 Basic Navigation Rules Need a refresher about right of way? Or are you looking to learn some basic rules? This short article from US Sailing is a great reminder for old hands or a lesson for new sailors.
- Royal Yachting Association The RYA has compiled the ideal source of news, tips, tricks, and exciting videos for any experienced racer or those who want to start sailing for speed. They also offer some great videos for kids and families!
- US Sailings's Starboard Portal US sailing has been working with programs across the country to generate a space for all things sailing. Alongside content created by US Sailing, it's also host to contributor content from acclaimed programs.
- A Virtual Regatta We can't get out on the water right now, but it doesn't mean we can't put ourselves in the headspace of sailboat racing! There are some great YouTube video tutorials to learn tips and tricks.
- Basic Keelboat Online US Sailing has posted some of the materials for their Basic Keelboat course in a series of Powerpoints. For those of you who are plaining to take Learn to Sail, this is a great way to get a head start!
For Families & Kids
- NOAA Live Webinars Fascinating webinars from NOAA, Woods Hole Sea Grant, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
- Explore Livecams Links to nature live streams all over the world
- Ocean School Four weeks of daily videos and activities about all things ocean-related
- Science from Scientists Hands-on STEM activities for all interests
- Boston Harbor: 50 Years of Transformation Boston Harbor Now presents a look back at the clean up of our harbor.
- US Sailing's Starboard Portal So good we list it twice! Check out the Sailing with STEM section and the racing tips!
- Museum of Science at Home Daily live streams and more
- New England Aquarium Virtual visits, live presentations, and activities
- American Museum of Natural History Some cool information and activities about sea animals