New Racing Clinic in the British Virgin Islands
LEARN TO RACE OR RACE BETTER AND GO-FOR-THE-GOLD!
In the Glorious British Virgin Islands
At Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina in the British Virgin Islands
This remarkable four-day racing program for sailors who want to win – in the picture-perfect British Virgin Islands is hosted by America’s Cup and Olympic racer, Steve Colgate – inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in October 2015. Coached by four veteran Offshore Performance Race Week coaches, led by Mumm Worlds Champion, Bobby Brooks. 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 this sailors’ paradise.
The Win-Win Team
Steve Colgate is with you throughout the four-day program, assisting the coaching team and running the race committee boat. Doris Colgate is by his side, taking photographs for you have later on. All four coaches go beyond the call in working with every participant in this program. 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!”To learn more about the coaching team, please scroll down to the bottom of this web page. To read an article published in the BVI Beacon about the 2016 Go-For-the-Gold Racing Clinic, click here!
Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina
Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, BVI is located on a private island in the most picturesque part of the British Virgin Islands, just one mile off the coast of Tortola. After opening in 2010, this boutique luxury resort became the first Autograph Collection® hotel in the Caribbean and Marriott International’s first property in the British Virgin Islands. Scrub Island Resort offers 52 guest rooms and suites, 9 hillside villas, gorgeous tiered pools with waterfalls, three beaches, an award-winning spa, 24-hour fitness center, casual and fine dining, scuba diving and snorkeling, a variety of watersports, fishing charters, island hopping excursions, fun shopping and Offshore Sailing School’s newest racing program!
Go-for-the-Gold Clinic Schedule
Sunday – December 3
Arrive and check in by late afternoon
6:30 pm meet and greet party, island punch and heavy hors d’oeuvres
Monday – December 4
9 am to noon on-water sail trim techniques
12:15-1:15 pm rig tune seminar ashore, box lunches
1:30-4:30 pm dockside tuning and on-water tuning, 2 boat tuning
5:30-6:30 pm rules overview ashore
Thursday – December 7
9 am -1 pm and 2-5 pm Regatta, as many races as possible
1-2 pm race recap ashore, box lunch
6:30 pm cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on deck overlooking the marina
7:30 pm gala awards dinner
Friday – December 8
Depart for home or stay and play another day (request extra charge for additional days). Last year half of the group did stay an extra day to thoroughly enjoy the resort and the surrounding islands.
Who Should Participate
This program is for racing skippers and crew seeking to build confidence and skills, and sailors with strong basic sailing skills who are ready to get into racing. Pre-requisites include US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification or equivalent sailing skills on boats at least 20′ in length. capable of steering and crewing. Maximum 16 participants in this program, minimum age 16 but must sail with adult family member. We encourage you to bring your own crew of four; otherwise crews will be assigned to as closely match experience levels as possible. Training by our expert coaches is customized to your racing level.
- Fifteen hours of on-water instruction with expert coaches
- Two half-day regattas with prizes
- Three one-hour seminars
- Five nights’ accommodations at Scrub Island Resort, tax and resort fee included
- First night party with hors d’oeuvres and complimentary island punch
- Three box lunches
- BBQ on beach midweek
- Awards dinner with trophies for all
- Colgate’s Performance Sailing and Racing book
- Course certificate and Offshore Logbook
- Event T-shirt and cap
- Photographs of the event
Ocean View Guest Room
- $4530 double occupancy per person
- $5560 single occupancy
Ocean View One Bedroom Suite
- $5195 double occupancy per person
- $6895 single occupancy
Two Ocean View bedroom suites; and two, three and four bedroom villas with private pools are also available, call for package rates.
Bring a Loved One or Friend to Share the Fun
This resort is gorgeous! We encourage you to bring a loved one or friend to share your getaway, whether they want to sail or not. Non-sailor packages which include evening parties and meals are available. We also recommend extending your stay a few days after the racing ends. Call and we will work with you on the best accommodations for you and your party.
Just 16 Spots Available and They Go Fast!
Sign Up Today
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!
Bobby 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 – 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 – 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 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. Brian lives in Tortola, BVI and manages the Scrub Island and Tortola branches.