Flotilla Sailing Vacations
Offshore Cruising Club® Adventures for Alumni
In 1973, Steve and Doris Colgate decided it was time to open new horizons for Offshore Sailing School alumni. The very first cruise they led was in August 1973 in the British Virgin Islands with 36 participants on a bvi flotilla of six identical boats from The Moorings. The next was in the Greek Islands, and then the Coast of Maine, Turkey, Tahiti, Tonga and the Pacific Northwest – with two or more flotilla sailing cruises in exotic cruising grounds each year. These special sailing vacations take you to places you would never go on your own, and provide lasting friendships.
Upcoming Flotilla Cruises for Offshore Sailing School Graduates
New England Adventure – July 31-August 7, 2015
Summertime in New England is a spectacular time to get out on the water. On this unique flotilla, graduates will sail in storied waters along the shores of quaint and trendy villages. This cruise is SOLD OUT.
British Virgin Islands Getaway − December 5-12, 2015
For each flotilla sailing cruise, Offshore Sailing School charters four to eight cruising boats and takes care of all the details. All you need do is sign on, pack your duffle with t-shirts, shorts, and swimwear, and meet at the cruise departure location for these sailing vacations. With three or four private cabins, spacious main salons, cockpits and decks these boats are ideal for socializing and enjoying the outdoors. You may purchase a single private cabin, or a cabin you share with another sailor you bring with you on a flotilla sailing adventure. We assign individuals and couples to each boat based on several factors including which course each person took. The most experienced aboard are designated “skipper” and “navigator”, tasked with taking charge in an emergency. They also are the “voice” of all aboard in communications with the Cruise Leader. You may ask to sail with someone you know who will be on the cruise, but this must be a mutual request.
Sharing and Sailing
Everyone shares in the fun and flotilla sailing at all our cruising club destinations, including the BVI flotilla. In the evenings, stories and laughter abound as you relax under a canopy of stars while dining al fresco in the cockpit. Each day your Cruise Leader makes the rounds to discuss the itinerary and navigation with each boat. In an Offshore Cruising Club flotilla, all the boats follow the same route and rendezvous in an anchorage or harbor designated by the Cruise Leader that day.
Offshore Cruising Club cruising adventures and sailing vacations are exclusive to Offshore Sailing School graduates, Colgate Offshore Sailing Club (COSC) and North Cove Sailing Club (NCSC) members. Anyone who participates should be an Offshore Sailing School graduate with minimum certification at the Learn to Sail level (or equivalent experience) and experience on boats of at least 26’ in length. You also must be in good health with strength and ability to move about a cruising boat easily underway; able to get into a dinghy from the cruising boat and back onto it without assistance other than someone lending a hand. As part of the group, you must be willing to participate with others aboard – trimming sails, steering, helping with anchoring, docking, picking up moorings, and sharing cooking and cleaning up.. Minimum age for participation is 18.
“The trip was fantastic. Whoever does the arranging of people did a great job, we had a great time on our boat.”
Terry and Michele Brown – Salt Lake City, UT