Four-Day Racing and Tuning Clinic in Sunny Florida


Because our original location for this event is now closed because of damage caused by Hurricane Irma, we have moved it to our Ft. Myers Beach based in the Gulf of Mexico, with great sailing in warm waters where dolphins and manatees play.

At Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Ft. Myers Beach

DECEMBER 3-7, 2017

This remarkable four-day sailboat racing course for sailors who want to win is hosted by America’s Cup and Olympic racer, Steve Colgate – inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in October 2015. This sail racing course is coached by four veteran Offshore Performance Race Week coaches, led by Mumm Worlds Champion, Bobby Brooks. In this Florida sailing clinic, you experience non-stop racing instruction aboard high performance Colgate 26 keelboats, mornings and afternoons, with shore seminars, parties, regattas and, yes, some time to relax and explore Southwest Florida’s many attractions.

The Win-Win Team

Steve-Colgate-BVI-Racing-Clinic-2016Steve Colgate is with you throughout the four-day sailboat racing course, assisting the coaching team and running the race committee boat. Doris Colgate is by his side, taking photographs of your sailboat races for you to have later on. All of the expert, and very personable coaches go beyond the call in working with every participant in this Florida sailing clinic. They are with you throughout the day, starting with morning seminars, at the docks, with you on the boats in morning sailing sessions, during lunch seminars, back on the water with you on the boats in afternoon sailing sessions, in recaps at the end of the day, and then evening events. The knowledge they provide and their dedication to your learning process are truly “priceless!”

Who Should Participate

This special week is for those who already race sailboats and want to get that winning advantage over the competition back home; and for knowledgeable, experienced sailors who want to get into racing. You should have competitive desires and be physically fit. The Colgate 26s are easy, fast, responsive and fun to sail – with lots of adjustments you can transfer to your boats back home. You are on the water morning and afternoon, with non-stop boat and sail handling drills, lots of practice starts and lots of short races plus a round-the-island race. To download the daily schedule please click here. Crews are put together based on resumes. Please be very frank about your experience and goals. Come prepared to learn and have a great time!

Here’s What Is Included in Your Four-Day Racing Clinic Package:

  • Five nights in a White Sands Villa including daily resort fee and taxes
  • 18 hours of coached racing instruction and practice races
  • Award-winning coach on each boat
  • Maximum four participants per boat
  • 10 hours of in-depth shore seminars
  • 6 hours of regatta racing for awards
  • Complimentary Meet and Greet Orientation Party with hors d’oeuvres and island punch
  • Complimentary continental breakfast every morning
  • Complimentary box lunches all four days
  • BBQ on beach Tuesday
  • Awards dinner Thursday
  • Commemorative UV protective long-sleeve shirt
  • Commemorative cap
  • Awards for first, second and third winning crews
  • Complimentary photos taken during the program
  • Colgate’s Performance Sailing and Racing book
  • Course certificate and Offshore Logbook

Package Rates Include Everything Above

All accommodations are in one bedroom and two bedroom villas in the White Sands building overlooking the resort’s exotic Octopool pool and miles of sandy beaches. One bedroom villas accommodate a maximum of four persons, with one king bed in the master bedroom and a double size sleeper sofa in the living area. Two-bedroom villas accommodate a maximum of 8 persons, with one king bed in the master bedroom, two double beds in the second bedroom and a double size sleeper sofa in the living area. All villas have a fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, spacious living and dining area, TV, DVD player, WiFi and screened and furnished private lanai. All the rates below are for the full race clinic sailing package.

  • One-bedroom villa for a single traveling alone – 4,880
  • Two people sharing a one-bedroom villa – $4175 per person
  • Two people sharing a two-bedroom villa – $4,540 per person
  • Three people sharing a one-bedroom villa – $3940 per person
  • Three people sharing a two-bedroom villa – $4,185 per person
  • Four people sharing a one bedroom villa – $3,820 per person
  • Four people sharing a two-bedroom villa – $4,005 per person

Bring a Loved One or Friend to Share the Fun

This is a wonderful place to kick back and relax, while enjoying Florida sunshine and warm weather!  Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina has a full service spa for ultimate relaxation, guests enjoy a free buffet breakfast each day. We encourage you to bring a loved one or friend to share your getaway, whether they want to sail or not. If you are bringing someone who is not in the program, please use the single rate for the one-bedroom villa and add $225 to your total package for the two dinners if they would like to join you at these fun events. If your party includes more than one non-sailor, please call 888-454-7015 for rates.

Sign up now.  This special sailboat racing clinic fills fast!
 888-454-7015 or email Sail@OffshoreSailing.com

The Coaching Team

The Go-For-The-Gold Racing Clinic team is dedicated to your success! They all come to this program with huge racing and coaching experience. Join us, absorb all this knowledge, and go home and WIN!

Robert-Brooks_292x400Bobby Brooks – Director of Operations for Offshore Sailing School, has over 32 years of professional sailing instruction and coaching experience. In the early 80’s he began offshore racing on various IOR boats with top finishes in the Newport to Ensenada Race (Presidents Cup winner), Transpac, Pac Cup, Coastal Cup, and San Diego to Puerto Vallarta regattas. Rob holds many racing honors including World Champion and National American Champion in the Mumm 30 class; National Champion in the Melges 25, Santana 20, Capri 30 and Holder 20 classes; and North American Champion in the Mumm 30, Melges 25, J24, J80 and J35 classes. He recently won the overall Mackinac Cup 2015.




Rod Favela – a multi-year coach in North U/Offshore Sailing School Performance Race Weeks covers the spectrum from racing Sunfish and dinghies to Vipers, J24s, Melges 32s and Farr 39s, on small lakes to open oceans as helmsman, tactician and trimmer. A boat speed specialist, Rod is an expert on performance rigging and layout. He most recently won regional championships in Sunfish and the Hobie 33 North American Championship. Rod’s latest adventure is joining the VX One Design distribution network, racing and promoting this 19′ rocket ship. Rod lives in Dallas, TX where he is active in local dinghy and PHRF fleets.


Tom-Babel_292x400Tom Babel – has over 40 years combined professional sailing, coaching and sail making experience. As a sought after technician and coach he has led numerous teams to top finishes in the Chicago-Mackinaw Race including 2016 1st place on a J111, Port Huron-Mac, Annapolis to Newport, and Miami to Jamaica races. His one design and round the buoy racing accomplishments are too long to list and include S2 7.9, runner up Melges 24 North Americans, 5th place World Champion in J24s, 1st in Key Race Week, and first 12 times in various NOOD events. Tom lives in Traverse City, MI with his wife and son.


Mark-Foster_292x400Mark Foster – an accomplished sailor with J24 and J22 World Championships, numerous North American Championships on Flying Dutchmans, J109s, quarter-tonners, holds US Sailing Mallory Cup and Champion of Champions titles. He was a member of the US Sailing Flying Dutchman Team 1976 to 1980. As a Principal Race Officer he was awarded the US Sailing St. Petersburg trophy for excellence in race management twice, and has run world championships for Kites, Lasers, J80 and Melges 24 classes. He is currently a US Sailing National Race Officer and ISAF International Race Officer. Mark resides with his wife in Corpus Christi, TX.


Brian-VanLeeuwen_292x400Brian Van Leeuwen – Offshore Sailing School’s Caribbean Manager or another Offshore senior instructor will assist the coaching team. Brian is a multi-time coach for North U/Offshore Sailing School Performance Race Weeks. He started racing dinghies at age 11, and teaches all level of instruction from Basic Keelboat to Performance Sailing and Racing, to Coastal Passage Making.

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888-454-7015 or email Sail@OffshoreSailing.com