OFFSHORE SAILING SCHOOL NEWS AND SPECIAL DEALS

SAVE UP TO 15% ON SELECT SAILING COURSES AS WE SAY “BYE-BYE” TO 2020!

Let’s exit this tumultuous year on a happy note. Enroll in a new US Sailing certification course by December 31, 2020, and take your course in Florida anytime starting January 2 and ending by February 28, or starting May 1 and ending by August 29, 2021, to save up to 15%, with or without resort accommodations. This Year-End Savings promotion is valid for the specific courses listed below, at our Fort Myers Beach, Captiva Island, or St. Petersburg in Florida:

Must book new course reservation, with or without resort accommodations, before December 31, 2020. These Year-End Savings may not be combined with any other promotional discount nor loyalty program.

BOOK A PRIVATE COURSE EXPERIENCE AND SAVE UP TO 10%Couple sailing

At America’s #1 Sailing School®, we offer private sailing and power cruise courses. What does that mean? Couples enrolling in a private course option, or families purchasing a Buy-the-Boat package for any course listed in Year-End Savings promotion above within the timeframe stated above will save up to 10% on their package with resort accommodations. Buy-the-Boat packages for a family or group of up to five are available with two-bedroom resort accommodations. Children minimum age 7 are welcome to participate in the course with adults.  Please see this page for details. 

GREAT OUTDOOR GETAWAY FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

One of our most special activities is our ‘Tweens and Teens Learn Free family vacation program, where up to three 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 5-day Learn to Sail Course at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island or Pink Shell Beach Resort on Ft. Myers Beach, Florida. Both of these family-friendly resorts offer lots of things to do when you are not out on the water.

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Call 888-454-7015 or 239-454-1700
Sail@OffshoreSailing.com

 


DOCKSIDE CHATS WITH STEVE COLGATE

When all of our sailing school locations closed down between April and May, 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 will be featured in memoirs that Steve and Doris are working on to be published in 2021, so you are getting a sneak peek.


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  . . .

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888-454-7015 or 239-454-1700
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A BRAND NEW COURSE — FAST TRACK® TO SAILING COURSE DEBUTS ON CAPTIVA ISLAND, FLORIDA

This brand new 6-day course at South Seas Island Resort provides total immersion in learning the nuances of sailing along with small boat handling and navigation. Offered November 7-13, 2021, with just 16 spots available, this very special program is sure to sell-out.

Earn Two Certifications and a Small Boat Cruising Certificate

The links below take you to the courses that are combined to bring you the Fast Track® to Sailing program. Whether you are just getting into sailing or returning to refresh your skills, this experiential sailing program is offered only in its entirety.

Learn more here . . .


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

Suffolk University MBA Candidates

 

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.

Start Learning Now!

888-454-7015 or 239-454-1700
Sail@OffshoreSailing.com


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. The group in this photo are at the Meet and Greet dinner for the St. Martins flotilla cruise in February 2020 (prior to social distancing guidelines). These sailing vacations are the most delightful way to explore the world under sail. We charter the sailboats, 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! View our six amazing destinations in 2021 here. Check out this video from our 2019 Colgate Sailing Adventures flotilla sailing vacation aboard six Moorings cruising yachts in the British Virgin Islands.

 

Book a Cruise!

888-454-7015 or 239-454-1700
Sail@OffshoreSailing.com


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

Offshore Sailing School is in great company! The Summer 2019 issue of Elite Traveler Magazine included a super spread about the gorgeous British Virgin Islands and our two BVI partners. Take a look and come on down to paradise where summer is always in season. Did you know that Scrub Island Resort is Offshore Sailing School’s Caribbean cruising sailboat school Caribbean base? It’s an incredible Marriott Autograph Collection 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.

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888-454-7015 or 239-454-1700

Sail@OffshoreSailing.com


OUR 56TH YEAR AND STILL CELEBRATING!

Not too many companies surpass 55 years with their original leaders still at the helm. Living in southwest Florida, those leaders have become somewhat of a legend. 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 hereThe Colgates are working on their memoirs with author Herb McCormick for publication in 2021.


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