Seeing the first boats on the water is one of our favorite parts of every spring, but never more so than this year, when the temporary closure of Pier 4 has made the ramp-up to Opening Day more challenging than usual. We're excited to say that we are up and running, and Courageous sailors of all ages are thrilled to be out on the harbor! Read on for the lowdown on what's been happening around Courageous and an update on our relocation plans.
Crane Day...with a barge!

Crane Day featured two special guests this year: Jonathan and Edna. Because we weren't able to put a crane on Pier 4 to launch the cruising boats stored there, our boats were launched by a crane aboard a barge named Jonathan. Jonathan, along with Edna the tender, belongs to Coastal Marine Construction LLC, the company that will be repairing the Pier. We're so grateful to Coastal Marine for offering to help with Crane Day as well, and for getting our cruising boats in the water !
Pier 4 Update: same floating dock, new gangway access

While we are still planning to move some of our operations to Pier 3 in time for the start of our Summer Youth Program, the City has posponed the move of our floating dock by about six weeks. For now, the floating dock is in the same place it's always been, but with a brand new gangway, installed in a flash by Coastal Marine and accessed directly from the Harborwalk. We're welcoming our sailors from a trailer (thank you to DC Beane!) and small tent on the Harborwalk next to the base of Pier 4 – come by and visit! We are expecting summer programming to be based on Pier 3, but regardless of when this shift happens, our youth programs will be running on schedule.
To the Sea!
No matter where we're setting sail from, what's important is that hundreds of people are getting out to adventure on Boston Harbor! The Boston Latin School / Boston Public Schools sailors (right) have been sailing and racing since early April. Approximately 600(!) people enjoyed our Open House weekend, graciously hosted for us by Charlestown Marina and Pier 6. Landlubbers, veteran sailors, kids of all ages, and more than a few dogs joined Courageous staff and volunteers for free sails (photo at the top), Open House discounts, and model boat making (right). And our school-day STEM students will be coming for long-awaited field trips soon.

Last but definitely not least, we opened to members and students last week! After an extremely windy opening weekend, we're looking forward to getting the community out sailing. Come join us!