The mission of Community Boating, Inc. is to enable “Sailing for All”. We offer sailing and other water sports to people of all ages, abilities, and means in the greater Boston area. We promote an accessible and welcoming environment that encourages learning, volunteerism, and community spirit. The Junior Program is one component of our charitable mission, providing approximately $200,000 worth of reduced fees to youth sailors every year.
Joseph Lee Jr., a member of the Boston School Committee, started a small public sailing program to keep the local West End children off the city streets in the summer. The children and Suffolk College students built plywood boats and sailed from a pier on the Charles River Esplanade near Massachusetts General Hospital. The program soon moved to a boathouse built with money donated to the Commonwealth by Mrs. James Jackson Storrow. In 1942, adults were permitted to join as “cooperative” members if they performed 50 hours or more of volunteer service at CBI. In 1946, Community Boating, Inc. was incorporated as a 501(c)3 educational non-profit organization.
Who We Serve
Community Boating serves the metropolitan Boston community by enhancing the overall quality of city life. In a typical season we serve 3,500 Adult Members, 1,000 Junior Members, plus thousands of guests from over 30 towns and communities in the Greater Boston area. Our members come from diverse economic, regional and ethnic backgrounds. We work to remove barriers to participation including environmental, perceived, physical, and economic obstacles.