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 140,000 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 Offshore Sailing School Sales Team just returned from a whirlwind familiarization trip of our two locations in the British Virgin Islands. Learn more . . .
Offshore Sailing has a new VP of Sales with more than 38 years of sailing experience and a passion for sharing sailing with others. Learn more . . .
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 . . .
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®

L48-video-imageLearning to sail, cruise or race at Offshore Sailing School comes with many rewards, not the least of which is a lifetime of cruising and boating adventures. Click on the photo to view a recent video with Steve and Doris Colgate, who 53 years later are still loving the sailing lifestyle! 

Call 888-415-8877 Today to Embark on Your Personal Boating Lifestyle!

Offshore Sailing School has received many recognitions and awards for creating the best sailing instruction, boating programs, sailing lessons and classes. Acknowledged in the sailing industry as “America’s #1 Sailing School,” Offshore Sailing School provides US Sailing Certification for its Sailing Courses and Powerboat Courses. When you learn to sail, cruise or race at Offshore Sailing School, you learn on boats carefully chosen and designed for teaching and your sailing comfort.

Learn to Sail from The Best Teachers in Boating Education

Offshore Sailing School instructors are caring sailors and mariners with extensive sailing and teaching experience. Their mission is to give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to thoroughly enjoy the sailing lifestyle – all under the guidance of our founder, Steve Colgate, a renowned sailor who was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2015.

Why We Are #1

  • Steve Colgate – our founder, Hall of Famer, Olympian and America’s Cup competitor – because of his pre-eminent position as a sailing educator, boat designer, and world-wide racing sailor
  • Doris Colgate – President and CEO, founder of the National Women’s Sailing Association, and passionate about providing sailing lessons and opportunities for all
  • Our Graduates – More than 140,000 who have learned to sail in over 52 years of our award-winning, sailing lessons and instruction programs – 83% 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
  • Our Faculty – Highly experienced and professional instructors and managers who care about you – certified by US Sailing and licensed by U.S. Coast Guard
  • Our Courses – The greatest variety and depth of hands-on sailing lessons available – from day sailing to cruising, racing and passage making – and a comprehensive online sailing course to get you started
  • Our Textbooks – Succinct and comprehensive, complementing our impressive learn to sail course curricula – written by the Colgates and US Sailing National Faculty
  • Our Sail and Power Fleet – Excellent teaching platforms designed for safety, comfort, and performance
  • Our Course Certifications – US Sailing Courses providing US Sailing Certification at all levels – US Sailing is the U.S. governing body of sailing, appointed by Congress, recognized by charter companies throughout the world
  • Our Locations – Superior resort-based adventure vacation locations that provide beautiful sailing and boating conditions, allowing 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 Colgate course offering at 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 888-454-7015 or 239-454-1700, Email Sail@OffshoreSailing.com