New Racing Clinic in the British Virgin Islands

In the Glorious British Virgin Islands

At Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina in the British Virgin Islands

DECEMBER 3-7, 2017BVI-Racing-Clinic-2016-16_700x465

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-BVI-Racing-Clinic-2016Steve 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 Bpicturesque 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 techniquesBVI-Racing-Clinic-2016-28_700x465
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

Tuesday – December 5
9-noon on-water race training, multiple startsBVI-Racing-Clinic-2016-14_700x465
12:15-1:15 pm tactics seminar, box lunch
1:30-4:30 pm practice races
6 pm BBQ on the beach at One-Shoe Bar

Wednesday – December 6
9 am-noon BVI Gold Regatta; Race 1 is the “Around the Island Race”BVI-Racing-Clinic-2016-1_700x465
Afternoon off to relax and explore

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 marinaBVI-Racing-Clinic-2016-6_700x465
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 BVI-Racing-Clinic-2016-group-shot_700x465sailors 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.

Here’s What Is Included in Your Four-Day Racing Clinic PackageBVI-Racing-Clinic2016-10_700x465

  • 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

Packages with Everything Above IncludedBVI-Racing-Clinic-2016-24_700x465

Ocean View Guest Room 

  • $4555 double occupancy per person
  • $5610 single occupancy

Ocean View One Bedroom Suite

  • $5240 double occupancy per person
  • $6975 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!

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-2_292x400Rod 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. Brian lives in Tortola, BVI and manages the Scrub Island and Tortola branches.

Sign Up Today
888-454-7015 or email Sail@OffshoreSailing.com