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Offshore Sailing School News, Specials and Events

IT’S OUR 55TH YEAR AND WE ARE CELEBRATING!

Where do the years go? Steve Colgate started Offshore Sailing School on the back of a cocktail napkin in November 1964. He taught classroom sessions in an office on 40th Street in Manhattan, and on-the water sessions on City Island, NY, a tiny maritime island (at the time) in the Bronx. He had no idea then it would become the largest independent sailing school in the United States, with the broadest range of hands-on courses at multiple locations.

Doris met Steve in January 1968 when she took a racing course he ran in the Bahamas. A year later they were married and have been joined at the hip ever since – running Offshore Sailing School and loving “almost” every moment. Over the years they opened, tested, and moved on from many locations, nearly 40 in all, and have settled on six gorgeous destination resorts in Florida and the British Virgin Islands. You can read more about the evolution of Offshore Sailing School in our About Us section on this website.

Offshore Sailing School will be at the Progressive Boat, RV & Sail Show in Chicago at McCormick Place-South, January 9-13, 2019. Our Director of Marketing, Beth Oliver, has teamed up with The Beaches of Ft. Myers-Sanibel in booth A402 near the Sail Pavilion. If you plan to attend that fun show, be sure to stop by. And, of course, we’ll be back at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD next October.

THE GREATEST CLASSROOM IN THE WORLD® IS IN THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS


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With winter storms making their way across the States (and we haven’t yet hit the official winter solstice) we bet you’re thinking of heading south to an island retreat where all you need to wear is a swim suit and flip flops. Did you know that Scrub Island Resort is Offshore Sailing School’s newest base for Caribbean programs? It’s an incredible Marriott Autograph Resort with gorgeous accommodations looking out to the most beautiful sailing grounds you’ll ever find. Courses here fill up fast, especially Fast Track to Cruising Courses on monohulls and catamarans. Don’t wait, call today to book your experiential island getaway and find out why Offshore Sailing School is indeed “The Greatest Classroom in the World®.”

OUR 19TH PERFORMANCE RACE WEEK IS FILLING FAST

This very popular program is the best learning program you’ll find for competitive sailors. We run this week in partnership with North U – whose popular director, Bill Gladstone, leads a team of coaches on the water, in seminars, and evening recaps. Performance Race Week is intense and exciting, challenging you to become a winning sailor. Ten boats on the line, a group of coaches that work with you non-stop, social events, and a whole lot more await you: Ten boats on the line, go-fast drills, practice starts, and real racing on 10 Colgate 26s, with just four crew per boat. The course starts April 28 and ends May 4, just in time to join your buddies back home as sailing and yacht clubs start to open for spring racing. If you are feeling rusty or haven’t raced much, we highly recommend you sign up for the Fast Track to Sailboat Racing Course. Add three days to trip, learn all the go-fast techniques before the rest of the group arrives, and head to the winners circle on Regatta Day!

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GIVE YOUR TEAM THE CORPORATE ADVANTAGE WITH A SAIL-RACE CHALLENGE®

Offshore Sailing School once again hosted a group from Suffolk University’s MBA program, this time at Pink Shell Beach Resort on Ft. Myers Beach in Florida. Early December weather was brisk, in the high 60’s and mid-70’s, and loved by the 14 participants, their course leader and professors, who were shoveling snow before they left to head for a week of team building and leadership training in sunny Florida.

This action-packed program filled the group’s waking hours with half-day sailing challenges and leadership classroom sessions. It was non-stop, starting with breakfast and ending at sunset with more program studies and dinner. The two photos here are of two of the four crews, each assigned to an expert Offshore Sailing School instructor/coach, well-versed in Sail-Race Challenge drills. They were enervated, enthusiastic, tanned and tired by the end of the week, sharing sailing stories, reveling in wins, overcoming losses on the race course.

Sailing is the by far the best way to bring teams together and develop leaders who will deftly guide those teams. Mistakes on the race course are turned into project sessions. Wins are examined to provide a basis for achieving goals. Offshore Sailing School can accommodate teams of 8 to 40 easily. Contact Beth Oliver today to learn how you can make your team the best ever: BOliver@OffshoreSailing.com, 239-985-7516.

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EXCLUSIVE CRUISING VACATIONS FOR SAILORS WHO LOVE TO SAIL

We have a full spectrum of sailing vacations available through our Colgate Sailing Adventures Flotilla Cruises – for Offshore Sailing School grads and sailors who love to sail. Take a look at the group n this photo. They just finished the cruise of a lifetime in the gorgeous turquoise waters of Tahiti. These fabulous adventures  take you all over the world. They are the most delightful, hassle free sailing vacations you’ll find. We book the boats, research and provide the itinerary, put the crews together based on friendships and sailing experience, and best of all – we provide expert tour leaders who love to sail and want you to have the time of your life! If the trip you desire is sold out, request a spot on the wait list. Openings do occur. Here’s what’s coming up in 2019.

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IT’S NOT TOO EARLY TO PLAN YOUR SUMMER FAMILY VACATION

One of our most important special activities is our Tweens and Teens Learn Free program where 7-17 year old kids learn to sail with their parents. This is an absolutely amazing experience, one that many parents say is the best way for the family to bond.

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Our bi-monthly newsletter is full of interesting stories, creative specials, sailing deals, upcoming flotilla cruises, contests, and other opportunities to keep you sailing and boating. If you haven’t already, visit our Sailing Newsletter Sign-Up page. Beth Oliver, Offshore Sailing School Director of Marketing, gathers information to keep you informed, shares sailing news, develops contests, and posts photographs and experiences that come from you. Got an idea? Send it to Beth at Boliver@OffshoreSailing.com.