Offshore Passage Making Courses
The Long Distance Sailing Experience
Many sailors dream of long distance sailing and going offshore on an ocean passage. Some just want to travel up and down the East Coast from New England to the Bahamas, or on the West Coast from San Diego to Seattle. Whatever your goal, Offshore Sailing School’s ocean sailing instruction provides ultimate offshore passage making skills to build long distance sailing confidence.
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“I can never get enough of sailing on open seas, and I always learn something new.”
Steve Colgate – Offshore Sailing School Founder
Fast Track to Coastal Passage Making
If you have US Sailing Bareboat Cruising Certification, the next step is the Coastal Passage Making Course, an exciting long distance sailing adventure that takes you to far away points. You stand watches, navigate non-stop, manage whatever Mother Nature conjures up, and learn what it’s like to be a long distance live aboard sailor, sailing night and day. To earn Coastal Passage Making Certification, you must also gain Coastal Navigation Certification, which Offshore Sailing School includes in the Fast Track to Coastal Passage Making Course.
“My wife and I enjoyed the entire experience. It was challenging and exciting to acquire new sailing skills through hands-on experience in the classroom and on the passage. We are looking forward to Celestial Navigation and Offshore Passage Making courses in the future. As an experienced sailor, watching my wife develop her sailing skill and confidence made for a great outcome. Thanks for helping us to sail as a couple.”
Thomas Flynn – Epworth, IA
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Choose Your Offshore Passage Making School Wisely
Steve is a veteran racing sailor and Olympian who has done nine TransAtlantic Races, 20 Newport-Bermuda Races, seven Fastnet Races, two America’s Cup trials and countless other competitions and long passages in his more than 70 years of sailing. If you are indeed moving towards a long passage over vast ocean stretches, your first passage making sailing school experience could make or break your desire to pursue that goal.
To get a feel for what it’s like to do a Passage Making Course, read Tyler Cowan’s story. Tyler won a contest with this story, judged by Cruising World magazine editors and its publisher.
Your Safety Comes First
Offshore Sailing School’s Passage Making Course curricula are carefully developed by Steve Colgate and the National Faculty of US Sailing – the governing body of sailing in the United States, appointed by Congress. Offshore Sailing School teaches no more than six students on each passage, with one instructor if four students in the course; two instructors if 5 or 6 students in the course. Don’t let anything stop you now. Go sail the seven seas, like one of our early Offshore Sailing School graduates Bill Pinkney – the first and only African-American to sail around all five capes, solo! And, yes, there are five capes.