Courageous Sailing at UMass Boston

Courageous Sailing and UMass Boston are proud to be partnering to bring free sailing, sailing lessons, and kayaking to current UMass Boston students, and excited to offer sailing and kayaking rentals and membership plans to UMass faculty and the Dorchester public.

Hours of operation

June 14th through September 30th
11am to 7pm, Wednesday – Sunday

We are not open on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Additionally, Courageous @ UMass may suspend operations or close early due to weather. Please call ahead if you think the weather may affect our hours.

Unlimited student access

Free for UMass students

All kayaking, sailing, and sailing lessons are free to UMass Boston students with valid ID!

Sign our waiver and send a photo of your student ID to

Sign the Waiver


Already know how to sail? We have 4 Centerboard Cape Cod Mercurys. These are the same boats that are popular on the Charles River. They are perfect small sailboats for beginner sailors, and for daysails around the UMass Boston peninsula.


1 Bic solo kayak and 4 Perception tandem kayaks. These open top kayaks are a pleasure for exploring the coves of Dorchester bay and UMass Boston’s peninsula, and are a versatile boat for use by beginners and experienced kayakers.

Sailing Lessons

Learn to sail – no prior knowledge of boats required. Start off with just an hour or two of instruction and build your way toward taking sailboats out by yourself!

Call or stop by the boathouse for information on our Intro to Sailing Classes, and to schedule further classes. Check our calendar for the regular lesson schedule.

Open to the public

Public rates

Half-Season Discounted Membership!!
$120 from now until Sept. 30.
Free access to sailboats and kayaks

Sailing rentals*
$20 for the first hour
$10 for every additional hour

Kayak and rowboat rentals*
$15 per hour
$45 per day

Private sailing lessons or cruise:
$45 per hour

*Free for members

Please check out our FAQ or call, email or stop by for more information.


Dorchester Youth Program

Signup is full, and the program starts on Tuesday, August 15th
General Youth Program Information

Youth Program Director

Toni Sacco
(617) 242-3821

Youth Program Site Director

Emily Gaylord
(857) 262-7948
Call here for on-site or day-to-day questions.

Youth Program Drop Off/Pick Up

See e-mail sent to all parents.
Pick-up/Drop-off Location

Sailing address:

Fox Point Boat Dock,
Harbor Walk/University Drive,
South Dorchester, MA 02125

What to bring with you

  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Your positive attitude
  • Student ID
  • Closed-toed Shoes

Online Waiver

Sign the waiver ahead of your visit. Everyone must have a current waiver to go out on a boat at UMass Boston.

Sign the waiver