OFFSHORE SAILING SCHOOL NEWS AND SPECIAL DEALS
SAVE $500 PER PERSON WHEN YOU ENROLL NOW FOR 2023 PERFORMANCE RACE WEEK®
Save $500 when you enroll yourself or your crew of four before August 13, 2022, in our 2023 Performance Race Week® event with UK Sailmakers expert coaches aboard our fleet of Colgate 26.
This exhilarating event runs from Sunday, January 29 to February 4, 2023. You will practice many starts and hone your skills while sailing every day Monday to Friday, in preparation for the big regatta on Friday afternoon. Enjoy a Welcome Reception, shore-based seminars with boxed lunches, video recaps, a Sunset Beach Luau, and Regatta Awards dinner, all included in the event price. Guests are invited to attend the evening social events too. Performance Race Week® is for experienced sailors with a minimum of US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification. All participants must complete and submit a Sailing Resume to be confirmed in the program. This event always sells out so we’re offering $500 savings if you enroll before August 13, 2022. View event details. Savings are also valid with Fast Track® to Performance Race Week combining our 3-day Performance Sailing Course with Performance Race Week. You must take the resort accommodation package to receive these savings. This flash-sale discount may not be combined with any other offer, coupon, nor the Offshore Sailing School Grad discount. Join us at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, Florida, this winter!
OFFSHORE SAILING SCHOOL GRADUATES SAVE $300 ON FUTURE COURSES AND COLGATE SAILING ADVENTURES® FLOTILLAS
Save $300 per person when you enroll in another course or join one of our hosted sailing vacation trips*
Purchase a sailing course vacation and enjoy a lifetime of sailing and boating adventures.
* To receive Colgate Sailing Adventures® flotilla savings, you must be an Offshore Sailing School graduate with US Sailing Bareboat Certification.
Once you earn your Bareboat Cruising certification in this course, you may apply for the International Proficiency Certificate which is required to charter a yacht in certain Mediterranean countries. Learn more.
Read This Acclaimed Love Story
There’s a whole lot of history, intrigue, and excitement in the 58 years Offshore Sailing School has been in existence. When Steve Colgate started writing his “vignettes,” Doris said, “We need to get these in a book!” And so they did, along with an amazing tale of how they built Offshore Sailing School into an iconic brand, and turned their lives into a tale of one adventure after another. Renowned author, Herb McCormick, captured the Colgate story in this intriguing biography that so may have said they couldn’t put down. Purchase OFFSHORE High on Amazon.com, in bookstores (list price $39.95), or order a special autographed copy here.
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One of our most special activities is our ‘Tweens and Teens Learn Free family vacation program, where up to two kids, ages 7-17, learn to sail with two adults for free. That’s a savings of nearly 60%! This is an absolutely amazing experience, one that many parents say is the best way for the family to bond and stay connected. To take advantage of this very special offer, pick a date when your kids are out of school and sign up for a 3-day/5-night Learn to Sail vacation at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island or Pink Shell Beach Resort on Ft. Myers Beach, Florida, where you will enjoy two-bedroom resort accommodations. You arrive on Sunday and sail full-days Monday through Wednesday, and have two extra days to enjoy resort amenities and the surrounding area. You check out Friday unless you book extra nights. Both of these family-friendly resorts offer lots of things to do when you are not out on the water.
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When all of our sailing school locations closed down between April and May, 2021, due to the pandemic, Steve and Doris Colgate thought sailors and would-be sailors might want a little home-made entertainment. So, they put together a series of short, inspirational video vignettes with Steve talking about his fascinating sailing career. Doris shares some stories too!
70 #DocksideChatswithSteve have been produced and posted on Offshore Sailing School’s Facebook page. You will also find these stories on the Offshore Sailing School YouTube Channel . Our channel features these Chats, plus sailing tips, tours of our resort locations, recaps of our flotilla vacations and other special events. These stories are featured in OFFSHORE High, the new biography published in Fall 2021 about Steve and Doris, and Offshore Sailing School.
OUR GRADS SAY THE GREATEST THINGS…
My experience with Offshore Sailing School was life changing. I enrolled in the Fast Track to Cruising® course with my husband Matt to see if live aboard sailing and bareboat chartering was for me. I graduated with a lifetime certification not only with sailing knowledge but with a new love for learning. The course surpassed all my expectations and my husband and I now have a new hobby to share!
Ellen Orenstein – Atlanta, GA
Fast Track to Cruising – Captiva Island, FL June 2019
FLORIDA LOCATIONS WHERE YOU CAN LEARN . . .
- Downtown Hampton Inn & Suites, St. Petersburg
- South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island
- Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, Ft. Myers Beach
- Westin Cape Coral at Marina Village, Cape Coral
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GIVE YOUR TEAM THE CORPORATE ADVANTAGE WITH A SAIL-RACE CHALLENGE®
Sailing is the by far the best way to bring teams together and develop leaders who will deftly guide those teams. Offshore Sailing School can accommodate teams of 8 and up aboard two Colgate 26 sailboats or more in our unique Corporate Sail-Race Challenge® sailing lessons. In addition to the Pink Shell Beach Resort on Ft. Myers Beach, Offshore Sailing School hosts team building and group sailing excursions at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, and The Westin Cape Coral Resort in Cape Coral, Florida. Groups of up to 10 may also be accommodated at Scrub Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands. Contact Beth Oliver today to learn how your team can perform at the highest level: BOliver@OffshoreSailing.com, 239-985-7516.
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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. The group in this photo are at the Meet and Greet dinner for the last Tahiti flotilla cruise. These sailing vacations are the most delightful way to explore the world under sail. We charter the yachts, research and provide the itinerary, put the crews together based on friendships and sailing experience, and best of all – we provide expert trip leaders who love to sail and want you to have the time of your life! View our next amazing destinations here. Check out this video from our 2019 Colgate Sailing Adventures® flotilla sailing vacation aboard six Moorings cruising yachts in the British Virgin Islands.
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OUR 59th YEAR STARTS IN NOVEMBER!
Not too many companies surpass 50 years with their original leaders still at the helm. Living in southwest Florida, those leaders have become somewhat of a legend. And now a Biography will debut at the October 2021 boat show in Annapolis, the second weekend in October. If you can’t wait, you can pre-order on our Book Store page, at Amazon.com or your local bookstore now. This revealing biography is an in-depth compendium about the Colgates’ lives, their love of sailing and each other, and the building of America’s #1 Sailing School®.
They’re still leading the way today. Case in point: Doris was featured in the October 2019 Gulfshore Life Magazine as one of five impressive “Game Changers” in Southwest Florida.
And every day the Colgates wake up with a smile, do their morning walk, then head to the office to work closely with a dedicated team that works tirelessly to introduce more people to the sailing lifestyle. And at the end of very busy days, the Colgates often say, “Where did the years go?”
Steve Colgate started Offshore Sailing School on the back of a cocktail napkin in November 1964. Doris met Steve in January 1968 when she took a racing course he ran in the Bahamas. Read more about the evolution of Offshore Sailing School in our About Us section on this website: Steve’s bio here and Doris’ bio here.
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