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Performance Race Week

North U and Offshore Sailing School – An Unbeatable Combo

Our 17th Annual Race Week — April 23-30, 2017
SOLD OUT!
Put Your Name on Waitlist — Cancellations Can Occur

Once again we are sold out before Christmas!  At this point we are taking waitlist names, and will call in the order you signed up if cancellations occur. Call 888-454-7015 today to hold your 2017 waitlist spot, or put your name on the list for 2018.

This week of superior on-water training, guarantees your performance racing skills improve exponentially. Combining North U’s renowned racing seminars, expert guest coaches, Offshore’s top-notch racing instructors, one-design class Colgate 26s and Florida’s outstanding spring sailing conditions, Performance Race Week is truly a winning experience.

“Performance Race Week was fantastic. What you learn in one week is more valuable than anything you’ll learn in years of sailing.”

Winter Hawley – Manitowoc, WI
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10 Boats On the Line, 40 Participants, 10 Superb Coaches, Fabulous Location

(45A)_6.22_Colgate26s_700x465Every year we hear “there’s just no more rewarding or meaningful learning vacation than this.”

  • Sailboat racing every day
  • Non-stop learning on award-winning Colgate 26 sport-boats
  • Coached by the best racing instructors in the United States
  • Laughs and camaraderie
  • A week of living, breathing, honing sailboat racing skills

“I’ve attended many courses in 37 years as a Navy pilot and airline pilot. The course and particularly the Offshore instructor were outstanding.”

Tom Corboy – Annapolis, MD
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  • Maximum time on the water
  • All-day schedule gets the most out of your sailing experience
  • The very best coaches, all sailboat racing experts with decades of teaching experience, winning results and great people skills
  • Coaches on board with you during all training sessions, not yelling directions from a chase boat
  • North U curriculum, renowned world-wide, accelerates your sailboat race training experience
  • Video reviews to see you and your teammates in action; we focus on your sailing
  • The Colgate 26, an ideal training platform – stable, responsive, purpose-designed; choice of the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Maine Maritime and others
  • South Seas Island Resort, an incomparable beach resort with terrific sailing conditions on Pine Island Sound and the Gulf of Mexico

No other program offers this winning combination. Bill Gladstone is the Director of Education for North U, and creator of the North U Tactics and Trim Seminars, books and CDs. He has been teaching sailing and racing since 1973 and raced on everything from dinghies to fifty footers, ponds to oceans, foredeck to helm. Graduates of Bill’s programs are winning sailboat races in fleets worldwide. Bill is with you throughout the week — running seminars each day, video-recaps each evening, tweaking your knowledge to match the skills you get on the race course from Offshore Sailing School’s expert racing faculty and guest coaches.

“Boot Camp” in Paradise

You came for racing, instruction, and fun – right? That’s what you get with no down time. This fast-paced program involves a lot of concentration and physical activity every day. You start Sunday evening with an orientation and welcome reception where you meet crew mates and coaches. Unless you book a crew of four, we have already assigned you to a crew based on a resume you filled out in advance. Monday through Friday you race and learn non-stop – two on-water sessions with your coach onboard each day, seminars during lunch each day, three pre-dinner video recaps during week. There’s a fun beach buffet or informal dinner Tuesday, and Saturday is the awards dinner with trophies for the top three winning crews awarded. Anyone traveling with you is invited to attend all three evening events (welcome reception, Beach BBQ and Awards Dinner).

“I loved Race Week. Our crew all felt as if we learned more than we ever dreamed we would. We(47)_1.13C_CeceFowler_andTeam_700x465 conquered fears, had questions answered and became more confident, tactically savvy sailors. Personally, the week surpassed my expectations; I’ll be recommending it to others regularly. Thanks especially to the Captiva team who worked selflessly and seamlessly to make sure we had everything we needed. And as for our coach – Linda, Susan, Lisa and I felt were the luckiest of all, but then in talking to others I think most everyone had similar experiences.”

Cece Fowler – Houston, TX
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South Seas Island Resort is one of the most beautiful destinations in southwest Florida, surrounded by the Gulf and Pine Island Sound, with our race course just outside the well-protected yacht harbor. The resort offers a great variety of activities for the whole family, and sunsets beyond belief. Learn to Sail Certification Courses and Bareboat Charter Certification Courses are also available during your week, with half-day sailing sessions and time to play. Many types of accommodations are available including villas and homes. If your party prefers accommodations with two or more bedrooms, kitchens and living areas, we are happy to quote these. Captiva Island is serviced by Regional Southwest International Airport (RSW) in Ft. Myers, 1.5 hours by taxi or rental car.

A Note from Bill Gladstone

“Come sail with us in 2017, our 17th Year at the Offshore Sailing/North U Performance Race Week. Bill_Gladstone_2014_700x465I should tell you to come to improve your tactics, strategy, sail trim, spinnaker handling and helming. I could draw you in by detailing how much you’ll learn from our team of expert instructors. I might entice you with the combination of onboard coaching, on-the-water clinics, shoreside seminars and video review. But the closer is really the fun! Come to Captiva Island, Florida and enjoy an incredible week of sailing and racing. Have a great vacation, and as a bonus, go home a winning racer! Call Offshore now at 888-454-7015 to sign up. I’ll be there. How about you?”


Depending on weather conditions and the learning pace of all those aboard, Performance Race Week will cover the following:

  • Starting tactics
  • Sail shape
  • Stalling and accelerating
  • Upwind and downwind tactics
  • Racing strategy
  • Covering and breaking cover
  • Racing rules

  • Proper sail trim on all points of sail
  • Boat speed and tuning
  • Spinnaker techniques
  • Finishing tactics
  • Weather and wind shifts
  • Rounding marks
  • Teamwork and crew preparation

Prerequisite: Colgate Performance Sailing Certifications or sailing skills and knowledge equivalent to the Offshore Sailing School Performance Sailing Course

Certification: No certification

Package rates are outlined below. For racers everything listed below is included. Please call 888-454-7015 for the cost of guests accompanying you who aren’t participating in the racing action. There are three evening social events which guests may join: welcome party, mid-week beach buffet, and Awards dinner.

Here’s what’s included in your Performance Race Week package:

  • Offshore/North U Performance Racing tuition: 36 hours on the water, 7.5 hours of seminars, 6 hours of video review over 6 days
  • Your personal coach aboard your boat throughout the week of race training
  • 7 nights accommodations at South Seas Island Resort including sales tax
  • Daily per person resort fee and tax
  • Steve Colgate’s Performance Sailing and Racing, published by McGraw-Hill – sent in advance to study
  • Two acclaimed North U. textbooks – Racing Tactics and TRIM (or if you are a returning Race Week participant and already have the books, you may opt for Gladstone’s DVDs) – sent in advance to study
  • Colgate logbook
  • Course diploma
  • Regatta on Saturday with trophies awarded to top three boat crews
  • Commemorative Performance Race Week shirt
  • Welcome Meet and Greet Happy Hour party Sunday evening
  • Beach buffet dinner midweek
  • Gala prize presentation dinner Saturday night

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About Rooms and Villas: Offshore Sailing School’s fleet is located at the north end of the resort in the yacht harbor, surrounded by Harbourside Guest and Waterview rooms and Marina Villas. Harbourside rooms, with two queen beds and a refrigerator, are ideal for singles and couples. Marina Villas sleep up to six with two bedrooms, a full kitchen and living room with a sleep couch. Bayside Villas and Beach Villas are located at the south end of the resort where you check in, about 2 miles from the yacht harbor and our boats. Free trolley service, electric carts and bicycle rentals are available, or you rent a car at Southwest International Airport (RSW) if you fly. Villas usually have a king bed, two doubles and a sleep couch. Please, verify your total package and room configurations with your sailing advisor if you are coming with a family or larger group than four. Rates are subject to change.

About “Sharing: Package rates are based on everyone taking the course and sharing a room or villa, except for a non-racer accompanying a racing participant. Please call 888-454-7015 for the cost for a non-racing participant to accompany you, as it depends on whether they’re sharing your room or not and if they’re joining you for the three evening social events.


Sunday – Arrival day
Welcome reception and orientation at 6 pm

Monday – Day 1
8:00-11:00 – Sailing/racing instruction with coaches aboard
11:30-1:00 – Seminar ashore
1:30-4:30 – Sailing/racing instruction with coaches aboard
4:30-5:30 – Spinnaker demo at dock

Tuesday – Day 2
8:00-11:00 – Sailing/racing instruction with coaches aboard
11:30-1:00 – Seminar ashore
1:30-4:30 – Sailing/racing instruction and practice with coaches aboard
6:00 – Beach buffet

Wednesday-Friday – Days 3-5
8:00-11:00 – Sailing/racing instruction and practice with coaches aboard
11:30-1:00 – Seminar ashore
1:30-4:30 – Sailing/racing instruction and practice with coaches aboard
5:00-6:00 – Video review

Saturday – Day 6
8:00-11:30 – Championship Regatta
11:30-1:00 – Lunch break
1:00-4:30 – Championship Regatta
6:00 – Cocktails and Awards Dinner


Offshore Sailing School knows we cannot thrive without great employees and products. All graduates are asked to fill out an evaluation at the end of the course. The following testimonials come from those evaluations and individual correspondence with recent participants in the Offshore/North U Performance Race Week programs. Many are happy to correspond by email or phone with you. If you would like us to put you in touch with anyone below, please call 888-454-7015 or email Sail@OffshoreSailing.com.

Here’s what our Performance Race Week participants have to say:

This has been a great learning experience and it delivers. With the same skipper (back home) we never finished better than 4th. Yesterday we got a second and 2 firsts!

John Breyfogle – Countersville, AL

I’ve attended many courses in 37 years as a Navy pilot and airline pilot. This course and particularly the Offshore instructor were outstanding.

Tom Corboy – Annapolis, MD

If you love to go fast and strive to be better, you can’t bet the combination of owning your own Colgate 26 and taking the Performance and Racing classes. They are top notch instructors.

Phil Weintraub – Hopewell Junction, NY

I attended Performance Race Week with Bill Gladstone. I was not comfortable taking the helm during a race until I attended this camp. I have since become quite confident in my driving skills and feel very competitive with the rest of the fleet – hence 3rd place finish in the Marblehead NOODS!

Shawna Gauthier – Marblehead, MA

The printed curriculum looked great but it was even more power-packed than I expected. I have waked away with more knowledge and experience than I ever expected. This was a total success.

Diana Augsburger – Kenmore, NY

Race Week was absolutely the BEST!!! Many thanks for a wonderful and really educational week. I can’t believe how much I learned, and I loved meeting all the other participants and, of course, our coach.

Kim Frisbie – Ft. Washington, PA

I loved Race Week. Our crew all felt as if we learned more than we ever dreamed we would. We conquered fears, had questions answered and became more confident, tactically savvy sailors. Personally, the week so far surpassed my expectations; I’ll be recommending it to others regularly. Thanks especially to the Captiva team who worked selflessly and seamlessly to make sure we had everything we needed. And as for our coach – Linda, Susan, Lisa and I felt were the luckiest of all, but then in talking to others I think most everyone had similar experiences.

Cece Fowler – Houston, TX

I couldn’t possibly convey how much fun I had this week. Bill Gladstone is simply one of the most personable yet commanding teachers I could imagine. Our team’s learning curve was substantial, yet we managed to win one of the practice races prior to the regatta and we got several fifth place finishes and a third. The entire week has to be one of the most memorable in my life.

Tim Cordle – Winter Park, FL

Learn to Win!

Call 888-454-7015 or 239-454-1700
Email Sail@OffshoreSailing.com

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