OFFSHORE SAILING SCHOOL NEWS AND SPECIAL DEALS
With all of our sailing school locations closed down through April, Steve and Doris Colgate thought sailors and would-be sailors might want a little home-made entertainment. So, they have been busy putting together a series of short video vignettes with Steve talking about his fascinating sailing career.
These #DocksideChatswithSteve are posted Monday, Wednesday and Friday on the Offshore Sailing School Facebook channel. “Perhaps these short episodes about my sailing adventures will bring back memories of your own,” says Steve, “Doris and I look forward to welcoming you to the joys of sailing and boating when the time is right.” You can also tune into the Offshore Sailing School YouTube Channel to view sailing tips and reviews of special events.
KidsSail™ COMES TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
We hoped to be able to take the burden off families with kids home from school, this summer, but Florida’s governor has called for everyone to stay home. So the launch of our special private sailing instruction program for kids 7-17 is delayed for now. For more information you can download this KidsSail Fact Sheet and how to enroll youth in a three-hour or longer program if COVID-19 is under control later this summer, on this KidsSail Application.
LATE SUMMER DISCOUNTS FOR FLORIDA FANS AND RESIDENTS
Save on an Experiential Staycation Surrounded by Nature
Save 20% on a Sailing Course Package . . .
Southwest Florida is home to fantastic Offshore Sailing School locations, easily reached by car in a day or less from major cities along 1-75 and 1-95. For a limited time, we are offering our summer Florida programs at a nice discount. When travel restrictions ease, consider a learning getaway where shore birds, dolphins and manatees are an everyday attraction; and your time is spent absorbing a new skill.
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
Sign Up for One of These Course Packages at 20% Off . . .
Choose a start date any time in 2020 starting July 2020 and enjoy an incredibly rewarding experiential vacation on sparkling waters in warm sunshine. Learn with your friends, your family, or come on your own and meet other students aboard.
- 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
The package you purchase must include the applicable resort stay. Discount cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions or discounts (including military and graduate), and may not be used on Teens & ‘Tweens Sail Free packages or other courses not listed above. If you can’t make up your mind by April 17, click here for another option that allows you to save big with purchase of a credit certificate.
- This discount is only available on NEW course bookings made between March 5 and April 17, 2020 for valid courses in 2020 described above
- Discount available only on course packages taught in Florida on Colgate 26 and 43′ cruising monohulls and 40′ catamaran
- Discount based on availability and applies to any available start date in 2020 starting July 4
- You must book by 5 p.m. on April 17 to save 20% on your total package cost
- If requesting a private couples or family buy-the-boat package, the maximum discount allowed is 10% on your total package
- Discount will be applied to your total package in standard resort accommodations, if all in your party are taking the same course on the same start date; room upgrades may be available, at additional non-discounted cost
- Singles traveling alone will be placed in a boat where there are others already signed up
- For new reservations starting March 5, 2020, standard $200 per person transfer fee will be waived through June 2020 if you need to change your date one time; date change must be to another 2020 date
- No other discounts or offers may be combined with this Florida Fans and Residents Special
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A BRAND NEW COURSE — FAST TRACK™ TO SAILING — DEBUTS AT SOUTH SEAS ISLAND RESORT ON CAPTIVA ISLAND, FLORIDA
Offshore Sailing School has done it again. We listened to our graduates, and we deliver! This brand new 6-day course provides total immersion in learning the nuances of sailing and navigation. Offered November 1-7, 2020, with just 16 spots available, this very special program is sure to be a 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 complete program is offered only in its entirety.
- Basic Keelboat Certification – OSS 101 Learn to Sail Course
- Small Sailboat Cruising – OSS 101 pro
- Coastal Navigation Certification – OSS 105 Coastal Navigation Course
One of our most important special activities is our ‘Tweens and Teens Learn Free program where up to three 7-17 year old kids learn to sail with two adults for free. That’s a savings of nearly 60% when three kids learn for free. This is an absolutely amazing experience, one that many parents say is the best way for the family to bond. 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. Both of these young-people-friendly resorts of tons to do when you are not out on the water. All we need is two adult tuitions, and you can bring up to three 7-17 year olds FREE to learn with you!
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Offshore Sailing School continues to host an annual group from Suffolk University’s Executive MBA program at Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Ft. Myers Beach in Florida each December. With temperatures in the 70’s, participants, their course leader and professors, who would normally be shoveling snow that time of year, love the sunny weather, beach BBQs, and sailing in the Gulf of Mexico during their week of team building and leadership training.
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 50 easily. 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 you can make your team the best ever: 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 St. Martins flotilla cruise that started February 9, 2020. 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. Here’s what’s coming up in 2020. The 2021 schedule is in the works now. Check out this video from our 2019 Colgate Sailing Adventures flotilla sailing vacation aboard 6 Moorings cruising yachts in the British Virgin Islands.
- The Greek Islands – June 13-20, 2020
- Apostle Islands of Lake Superior – July 11-17, 2020
- Tahiti – September 5-15, 2020
- Exuma Bahamas – November 8-15, 2020
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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. 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®.”
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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 here.
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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.