NEWS FROM OFFSHORE SAILING SCHOOL
Gasparilla Island Magazine Features Offshore Sailing School and Sailing in SW Florida
We recently hosted a creative team from Gasparilla Island magazine at our location at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, Florida. The magazine’s publisher is an Offshore Sailing School grad and wanted to feature our company founders and owners Steve and Doris Colgate in a story for the magazine, to show why taking a sailing course is the perfect vacation activity. Read the article here . . .
The Colgates are Working on Their Memoir
Steve and Doris Colgate, forever owners of Offshore Sailing School whose souls are dedicated to getting more people into the sailing lifestyle, are working on a book scheduled to debut in April 2021. If you are looking at this page on a PC, the photo at the very top is the 81′ maxi yacht Nirvana at the start of the 1980 Sydney Hobart Race. Steve, Nirvana’s principal helmsman, is at the helm. Doris is on a spectator yacht taking the photo, before heading to Tasmania where the race ends. As the book progresses we’ll give you a few snippets, so stay tuned and sign up to receive our sailing news updates!
In the January/February 2020 issue of WindCheck magazine you’ll find a four-page feature on Colgate Sailing Adventures® (CSA) Flotilla Cruise in Croatia. Author, Heather Hild Atwater, and her husband Nate (pictured here) are the official cruise leaders for flotillas organized by Offshore Sailing School under it’s CSA division. “These adventures are a great way to see the world under sail,” says Heather who writes a blog for each cruise shortly after they return. To read this fun article about our Croatia sailing trip in WindCheck click here. The Atwaters are heading to the warm waters of St. Martin February 8, 2020 for another flotilla cruise with 30 sailors who love to have fun. Check out upcoming cruises here.
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Offshore Sailing School was a Supporting Sponsor of the Hobie 16 World Championships on Captiva Island, Florida
The Hobie 16 Worlds were held at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, Florida November 1-16, 2019. It was the first time in 35 years that the Hobie 16 Worlds had been held in the United States! Steve and Doris Colgate had the pleasure of watching the Masters class (skipper must be 45 years or over) compete on November 3, 2019 from the event’s committee boat – the Lady Jane, a gorgeous Fontaine Pajot Helia 44 catamaran from Tierre Verde, FL provided by owner and captain, Kevin Moore.
The crews changed boats three times, to avoid any “fast boat” advantages though all 60 Hobie 16s were brand new out of the container, rigged and set up on the beach just a few days before. Here’s a video that shows just a snippet of all the work that goes into a regatta like this.
What an event! The overall sponsor for the 22nd Hobie 16 Worlds were the Beaches of Ft. Myers and Sanibel, our Southwest Florida region’s very active and dedicated VCB (Visitor & Convention Bureau), with the big-time support of South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island. Offshore Sailing School’s role as a Supporting Sponsor was to find and secure all the support vessels, with big thanks to members of the St. Charles Yacht Club and its commodore Dave Galloway, Kevin Moore, Steve Colgate, and our own Chief Operations Manager Bryce Jackson who lent the Hobie officials Offshore’s 19’ Grady White chase boat and 19’ Zodiac RHIB, plus Offshore Sailing’s racing marks. Racing is a lot of fun! Join us for our annual Performance Race Week this coming April 2020!
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Steve Colgate Featured in Gary Jobson’s new Legends of American Sailing Book
An accomplished America’s Cup sailor, author and Emmy-award winning sailing commentator, Gary Jobson has distilled more than 550 interviews into essays which are moving, jaw-dropping, and occasionally suspenseful. Offshore Sailing School’s founder, America’s Cup and Olympic sailor, and inductee into the National Sailing Hall of Fame, Steve Colgate, is profiled on page 41. Author Gary Jobson has dedicated 100% of the proceeds of the book to supporting the mission and programming of the National Sailing Hall of Fame in its new home in Newport, R.I. Read more here.
Offshore Sailing School and our British Virgin Islands partners – Scrub Island Resort and The Moorings – share the stage in the Summer 2019 edition of Elite Traveler Magazine. They think we’re all special, and so do we! Offshore Sailing School has been headquartered at the Scrub island Resort, Spa & Marina Marriott Autograph property since winter 2013. We have partnered with The Moorings to teach cruising courses on their spectacular fleet of monohulls and catamarans for more than 30 years! This triple whammy win-win-win combo can’t be beat. Take a look at the article in Elite Traveler and give us a call to pick the best course for your sailing goals!
When an avid sailor (Clarity) falls in love with a NON-sailor (Dustin) who she really wants to turn on to sailing, she contacted Doris Colgate. “Solution,” said Doris, “I think the Fast Track to Cruising course is what you need.” So Clarity pitched the idea to Dustin, he said “yes” and the result? Well, you can find out here . . .
Offshore Sailing School’s President & CEO, Doris Colgate, Honored as a 2019 Grande Dame
Pace Center for Girls in Lee County (Florida) honored Doris Colgate as one of the organization’s 2019 Grande Dames. Doris was recognized on March 26th, with two others, at the Grande Dames Tea in Ft. Myers, Florida for her role in business, community and philanthropy. Watch the celebration here.
Offshore Sailing School — America’s #1 Sailing School — is Celebrating 56 Years!
In November 1964, Steve Colgate formed a company he called Offshore Sailing School and began a legacy of providing the best and most expert sailing and boating instruction in the United States. At that time there were NO other sailing schools in the U.S. Since then the company has graduated more than 150,000 adults and their families in sail and power courses running the gamut from basic sailing to cruising, passage making and racing; has fulfilled a growing demand for special programs in leadership and team building for universities, corporations and private groups; and provided hundreds of flotilla cruising vacations all over the world for graduates and sailors who love to sail with five more scheduled for 2020. Steve and Doris Colgate remain dedicated owners and leaders – at the helm and in the office every day except when on vacation somewhere on the water. Fun events and specials are in the works as the Company prepares for the next 55 years.
2020 Colgate Sailing Adventures Flotilla Cruises
Our first flotilla sailing vacation in 2020 was completed in February in St. Martin and fun was had by all! Also in 2020, we’ll return to sail the Greek Islands! Learn more here. These adventure sailing holidays are for Offshore Sailing School graduates and other sailors with US Sailing or ASA Bareboat Charter certification. Guests who have some sailing experience are welcome on these inspiring, eye-opening cruises where you see the world under sail and unpack only once. For more information, click here.
Power Boating Course Now Available in Southwest Florida
Power boating enthusiasts can learn to handle a sleek power catamaran like a pro on Offshore Sailing School’s newest addition to its fleet in Southwest Florida. Check out this page and sign up today as space is very limited in this exclusive Fast Track to Power Cruising Course on a beautiful Fontaine Pajot MY37. Running short on time? Sign up for one of our Two Hour Sailing Courses and master the basics of sailing!
Coastal Living Magazine Names Offshore Sailing School’s Learn to Sail Course as One of 5 Incredible Getaways
In a recent issue of Coastal Living’s digital and print magazines, Offshore Sailing School is featured as one of “5 Incredible Getaways Where You Can Learn Something New.” Click here to see a copy of both editions.
US Sailing Announces New Campaign with Leukemia Cup Regattas
Since 2009, Offshore Sailing School has raised and donated cash and in-kind support totaling over $175,000 to help LLS find the cures for blood cancers! Offshore Sailing School hosted the annual Leukemia Cup Regatta Fantasy Sail Celebration Weekend in December 2019 at the beautiful Pink Shell Beach Resort on Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Offshore Sailing School’s Director of Marketing Beth Oliver recently discussed US Sailing’s new initiative with the organization’s Marketing Manager, Josh Toso, to assist Leukemia Cup Regatta teams raise more funds and help “put LLS out of business.”
Now We Know WHY Sailing Should Be Top of Your Wellness Program List
Offshore Sailing School is a longtime member of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) which promotes boating and sailing through its Discover Boating program. To better understand the impact boating has on minds and bodies, Discover Boating teamed up with one of the leading researchers on the health benefits of the water, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, marine biologist and author of Blue Mind, the bestselling book on the scientific connection between water and happiness. Offshore Sailing School has been preaching for years, that sailing reduces stress and gets you to relax. Now we know what we always believed, because “Boating triggers a restful state,” according to the Discover Boating collaboration with Dr. Nichols.
- Boating resets our brain
- Boating is meditate
- Boating is awe-inspiring
- Boating promotes play and induces creativity
- Boating appeals to our senses
“The effect of boating on our lives, and its fundamental connection to our planet’s waters, are well documented from an economic, ecological and educational perspective,” said Nichols. “But, the relationship of a boat to our health has been largely overlooked. We now know, thanks to science, that the mere sight and sound of water promotes wellness by lowering cortisol, increasing serotonin and inducing relaxation. It only makes sense that being on a boat is one of the best ways to access the wellness benefits of the water.” Amen! Sign up for a course with Offshore Sailing School and enjoy wellness adventures for life! Read more about why boating is so important here . . .
Melanie and Allan Macdonald are Offshore Sailing School graduates of the Fast Track to Cruising Course in St. Petersburg, FL. Living in Calgary, Canada they were landlocked and decided to participate in the 2017 Gulf Islands Flotilla Cruise organized by Offshore Sailing School. This fun article is about their participation in that flotilla cruise and more sailing adventures they have embarked on. Flotilla cruises are great for making friends, they say. Click here to read the article in Canadian Yachting magazine.
Heather and Nate Atwater, who run Offshore Sailing School’s Colgate Sailing Adventures flotilla cruises, received well-deserved accolades in WindCheck’s On Watch section in June 2018. Take a look at this nice article and then you’ll wonder why you haven’t yet signed up for one of these fantastic flotilla sailboat vacations.
Offshore Sailing School Opens Its Fourth Southwest Florida Location for Learn to Sail and Catamaran Cruising Courses
Offshore Sailing School has expanded in Southwest Florida, with its newest location at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village, where Learn to Sail courses on Colgate 26s, cruising sailing courses on a Leopard 40 catamaran, and Power Catamaran courses on a Fountaine Pajot 37 MY. Corporate team building events are available. Read the press release here . . .
Offshore Sailing School Announces New Training Affiliation with Freedom Boat Club
Offshore Sailing School President and CEO, Doris Colgate, announced that the company has formalized a relationship with Freedom Boat Club’s 17 SW Florida Corporate-Owned Clubs to offer members 40% savings on Offshore Sailing’s Learn to Sail certification course tuition. Read more …
We won!!! Over the last year, the Luxury Travel Guide contacted more than two million subscribers to invite them to vote for the best experiences they have had. Offshore Sailing School won the Sailing Company of the Year for United States of America, of in the Luxury Travel Guide Holiday & Tour Specialist awards. This was based on achievements and strengths in the travel industry.
Employment Opportunities Available at Offshore Sailing School
America’s #1 Sailing School® is expanding, with positions open on the Company’s management, faculty and sales teams. Headquarters are in sunny Ft. Myers, Florida with branch locations in six resort areas in Florida and the British Virgin Islands. Read more . . .
Doris Colgate Sailing Clinic & Cup at Edison Sailing Center, November 2016
Dates are now set for the second annual Doris Colgate Jr. Women’s Clinic & Cup hosted by Edison Sailing Center in Ft. Myers, FLa. Coached by Olympic sailing star Paige Railey will be held November 19 and 20, 2016. Doris Colgate is President & CEO of Offshore Sailing School based in Fort Myers and is a leader in the sailing industry. The purpose of this annual event is to “train, empower and encourage girls and women to take the helm, and become comfortable competitors in the sailing world.” Read about last year’s event here . . .
Steve Colgate Inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame
On October 4, 2015 at the Bay Head Yacht Club in Bay Head, NJ, Offshore Sailing School’s founder and chairman was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame. He shared this honor with just five other members of sailing’s significant contributors, including two Olympic medalists. The primary mission of the National Sailing Hall of Fame is to preserve and share the legacy of passionate contributors to the sport.
Read more . . .
Cruising World Magazine Profiles Steve and Doris Colgate
“A Legacy of Learning” is the title of a four-page feature published in the October 2015 issue of Cruising World magazine, a long-time favorite of sailors worldwide. Writer Elaine Lembo, describes the Colgates as “a dynamic, youthful duo whose game-changing accomplishments, unique personal bests and diverse generosity would put them at the top of the Fortune 500 of Sailing, if such a list existed.”
Click here for the full story.
Offshore Sailing School, Steve and Doris Colgate Featured in Avenue Magazine
Steve and Doris Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School is featured in the February issue of Avenue Magazine. Learn more about their worldwide sailing adventures and why they enjoy still being at the helm of America’s #1 Sailing School®!
Doris Colgate Recommends a Tempting Sailing Book as a Great Gift
Convergence: A Voyage through French Polynesia, by Sally-Christine Rodgers is a beautifully illustrated travel narrative about a family’s journey to and around the South Seas. “This is a book that transports you to another world, one that you won’t be able to put down,” says Colgate.
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Founded by Olympian and America’s Cup sailor, Steve Colgate, in 1964, Offshore Sailing School provides sailing instruction at all levels from Learn to Sail to Offshore Passage Making, and leadership and team building programs for university groups, corporations. The company has six locations in Florida and the British Virgin Islands. For more information contact Beth Oliver, Director of Marketing at Boliver@OffshoreSailing.com or 239-985-7516.