Step 5: Advanced Sailing

Step 5 is an Advanced Sailing course offered to children ages 13 and up from the Greater Boston Area.


Step 5 is the peak of our Step program before students become IITs. As such, it is designed to be the most technically demanding course in our program with students learning to race higher performance dinghies (420s and Lasers), and throw asymmetrical spinnakers aboard the RS Quests. Step 5 asks sailors to use all of their accumulated sailing knowledge to master new techniques. With crews of only one or two students, Step 5 gives ample opportunity for students to recognize their own abilities as well as to work collaboratively when partnered with a peer. Like in Steps 3 and 4, students will have the opportunity to practice on some of our larger boats, including but not limited to our J80s, and will participate in weekly science classes. Step 5 shares the same privilege as Step 4 of sailing to a Boston Harbor Island for an overnight camping trip, a perennial favorite!

Sample Daily Schedule:

8:45 Arrival

8:45-9:15 Chalk Talk – go over the water skill or activity of the morning

9:15-10:00 Rigging the boats

10:00 – 12:00 Sailing

12:00-1:00 Lunch and activities in the tent

1:00-3:00 Sailing

3:00-3:30 Derigging

3:30 Dismissal

Course Information

Dates Duration Tuition
July 1 – July 19 (no program July 4) 3 weeks See Fees Page
July 23 – Aug 9 (no program July 22) 3 weeks
Daily schedule:
8:45am – 3:30pm
Extended day:
8am – 5pm (*Requires additional $100 tuition)
How fees are set
What to bring each day
Swim test requirement


Courageous Sailing YP Team
Admin Staff