OFFSHORE SAILING SCHOOL NEWS AND SPECIAL DEALS

3 GREAT SAIL AWAY OFFERS. SAVINGS AS EASY AS 1-2-3!

1) BOOK AHEAD* and save 15%

  • 3+day sailing courses at all locations
  • Starting October 1, 2022, and ending by February 11, 2023

2) BOOK AHEAD* and save 10%

  • 3+day sailing  courses at all locations
  • Starting February 11, 2023, and ending by April 1, 2023

*Must include resort accommodation package with new course bookings at the locations listed below. Must complete new enrollment by June 25, 2022 to qualify for savings. Extra nights or upgraded rooms are at regular rates and not discounted. Excludes: Navigation and Passage Making, Refresher, Close Quarters, Power Catamaran courses, Colgate Sailing Adventures® Flotillas, and Racing Events. May not be combined with any other promotional offer nor discount:

3) Save $500 Per Person on Experiential Vacations NOW

Purchase a sailing course vacation and enjoy a lifetime of sailing and boating adventures.

Spring has sprung and we’re celebrating with $500 savings per person (maximum $1000 savings per booking) on our Fast Track® to Bareboat Cruising course or just the Bareboat Cruising course portion. For those with no or little sailing experience, our  7-day Fast Track® course combines seven resort nights with two days in our Learn to Sail course (Saturday and Sunday), followed by five days (Monday to Friday) learning aboard a 44′ monohull yacht at either Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Ft. Myers Beach or South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, Florida. If you already have US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification, you would arrive Sunday and take just the Cruising course portion from Monday to Friday.

To qualify for these savings:

  • Resort accommodations are included so you will return to the comfort of your air-conditioned, well-appointed room each night, with multiple dining options and beautiful sunsets viewed from the beach.
  • Enroll in a new Bareboat Cruising course by June 25, 2022, and complete your course by October 1, 2022. 
  • This promotion is only valid at the Fort Myers Beach or Captiva Island, Florida, locations.

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.

In general, our Learn to Sail course starts at just $1,845 per person. Want to join the cruising lifestyle? Combine three certifications in our week-long Fast Track® to Cruising course starting at $5,325 per person. Choose one of our delightful Florida locations, or the glorious British Virgin Islands, but act now! Sailing and boating is at an all-time high because on-water fun is what everyone wants to do. How about you?

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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GREAT OUTDOOR ADVENTURE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

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.

Learn More!

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


DOCKSIDE CHATS WITH STEVE & DORIS COLGATE

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  . . .

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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 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.

Book a Cruise!

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


OUR 59th YEAR STARTS IN NOVEMBER! 

Steve and Doris Colgate at the Annapolis Sailboat Show, Annapolis MD

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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