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Welcome to America’s #1 Sailing School

Welcome to Steve and Doris Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School. You are about to embark on an amazing voyage with the most respected leaders in sailing education. Our founder and Chairman, Steve Colgate, is one of an elite group of sailors inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame. An Olympian and America's Cup sailor, Steve’s imprint is on every sailing lesson and boating instruction we deliver. Doris Colgate, our President and CEO, founded the National Women’s Sailing Association and Women’s Sailing Foundation. Our instructors are US Sailing certified, Coast Guard licensed, and professional educators. Our resort and metro locations provide incredible sailing opportunities. Our state-of-the-art sailboats and powerboats are designed by Steve Colgate and marine architects for safe, exciting sailing. Our textbooks, written by the Colgates, are published by McGraw-Hill. Join our more than 130,000 graduates, who enthusiastically endorse Offshore Sailing School’s industry reputation as America’s #1 Sailing School®.

Fast Track to Cruising®

Fast Track to Cruising®

Our most popular learning adventure takes you from Couch to the Captain’s Chair in just eight days. In this course you earn US Sailing Bareboat Cruising Certification, starting with two days on a 26 footer, then six on a gorgeous big cruising monohull or catamaran. At course end you’re ready to pursue the cruising lifestyle with confidence and ease!

The exclusive Fast Track to Cruising course is now available in Florida and the British Virgin Islands - for women, taught by women. Learn more . . .
A new 2017 Flotilla Cruise with The Moorings out of St. Lucia in the Windward Islands, will get underway March 25, 2017. Find out more about these exciting sailing adventures for Offshore grads and friends. Learn more . . .
In September 2017, Offshore graduates and friends will cruise the Amalfi Coast of Italy on another Flotilla Cruise "first" for Offshore Sailing School. Learn more . . .
The August 2016 Charter Issue of Cruising World Magazine just arrived with a fabulous story about Offshore's Fast Track to Cruising Course in the British Virgin Islands, written by Lisa Gabrielson who wanted the "skills and self-assurance to set sail independently. Click Here . .

Learn Sailing at Offshore Sailing School

America’s #1 Sailing School®

Offshore Sailing School has received many recognitions and awards for creating the best sailing instruction programs and sailing classes. It is acknowledged in the sailing industry as “America’s #1 Sailing School” with US Sailing Courses. When you learn sailing, cruising or racing at Offshore Sailing School, you learn on sailboats carefully chosen and designed for teaching. Your instructors are caring sailors with extensive sailing and teaching experience who give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to thoroughly enjoy the sailing lifestyle – all under the guidance of our founder, Steve Colgate, who was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2015.

Why We Are #1

  • Our founder, Olympian and America’s Cup competitor Steve Colgate, inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2015 because of his pre-eminent position as a sailing educator and world-wide racing sailor
  • President and CEO, founder of the National Women’s Sailing Association, and passionate about providing sailing opportunities for all, Doris Colgate
  • Over 50 years of award-winning programs and sailing instruction with more than 130,000 graduates
  • Highly experienced and professional faculty who care about you, certified by US Sailing and licensed by U.S. Coast Guard
  • Greatest variety of sailing course offerings – from day sailing to cruising and racing, including learning online course
  • Most comprehensive curricula and textbooks for each sailing course, written by the Colgates and US Sailing National Faculty
  • Excellent teaching platforms – sailboats designed for safety and performance
  • Graduates, 83% of whom rated their latest experience with Offshore “very high” in a September 2015 study, attesting to our ability to give you more than you can imagine in the course you choose
  • US Sailing Courses and Certification at all levels recognized by charter companies throughout the world
  • Superior resort and metro locations that allow you to immerse yourself in the learning experience

“The biggest mistake of my sailing career was taking my Basic Keelboat Course in the New York City area with another school and not Offshore. We learned very little with the other school. Bottom line is that from my experience Offshore rocks and is the Harvard, Princeton, Yale of sailing schools.”

Keith Bloesch– Hoboken, NJ
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Our Guarantee

After you complete a course at the Colgate Offshore Sailing School, if the sailing instruction you received was not up to your expectations, let us know right away and we will arrange to give you the same course over again, tuition free.

Call 888-415-7015 or 239-454-1700, Email


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