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Two-Day Racing Course for Competitive Sailors

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Race-Ready is a two-day racing course, taught on Offshore Sailing School’s fleet of Colgate 26 sailboats, in New York Harbor. This course is only for those who have US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification or can attest to their ability to handle a 26 sailboat on all points of sail. In other words, you need to know how sail, have strong basic skills and are ready to move into competitive sailing techniques. This exciting sailboat racing course is designed for sailors who are interested in competitive sailing and intend to participate in Colgate Offshore Sailing Club races in NY Harbor.

This course is taught in two days on a weekend. Please see the New York Harbor calendar for rates and schedules. All the areas covered in this course, and what’s included are in the tabs below.


North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place in Battery Park City, NYC 




Liberty Landing Marina in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ 


Want to Talk to a Sailing Advisor?

Call Meg Reilly, School and Corporate Development Manager
Or call 888-454-7015,


Depending on weather conditions and the learning pace of all those aboard, your course will cover the following:

  • The Performance Pyramid: planning, boat handling, boat speed, strategy/tactics
  • Advanced sail trim
  • Spinnaker set, jibe, douse and control
  • Jibe angles
  • Sail and mast shape and control
  • Reefing techniques and heavy weather management
  • Handling shroud, stay or mast loss
  • Velocity made good
  • Sailing in current, use of ranges
  • Basic racing rules

  • Collision avoidance
  • Taking bearings
  • Crew overboard drills
  • Introduction to racing
  • What a race course looks like
  • Function of race committee
  • Equipment used
  • Flags and other signals
  • Starting sequence
  • Starting tactics
  • Mark roundings

Prerequisite: Colgate Day Sailing Certification or US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification, or sailing skills and knowledge equivalent to the Offshore Sailing School Learn to Sail course

Certification: Colgate Performance Sailing, US Sailing certification not available


Tuition includes all items listed below. Not included are meals, travel and other expenses you may incur. Please see the New York Harbor calendar for rates, schedules and more details. Call 888-454-7015 or email to enroll.

  • 12 hours on-water training, 3 hours classroom instruction
  • Steve Colgate’s Performance Sailing and Racing textbook, published by McGraw-Hill, sent in advance to study if you sign up at least 10 days in advance of start date
  • Colgate Performance Sailing Certification and sticker when you pass the certification test
  • Logbook (or page for logbook if you are a returning Offshore Sailing School graduate)
  • Course diploma
  • Eligibility to join the Colgate Offshore Sailing Club and participate in club racing


Days 1 and 2
9:00-12:00 – On-water instruction
12:00-1:30 – Classroom instruction
1:30-2:30 – Lunch (and certification testing during lunch day 2)
2:30-5:30 – On-water instruction (written test continued end of day 2 if need more time)


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