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Offshore Sailing School “Summer Sailabration” Contest Announced 
Win a Free One-Week Charter with The Moorings from Tortola, BVI

Offshore Sailing School is celebrating summer and Independence Day with a bang! Just submit a 100-word essay, with one photo and caption the photo, to describe how sailing with your family has changed your life, and what sailing means to you. Entries will be accepted only on the Official Contest Entry Form with a signed Waiver. Contest is open to any Offshore Sailing School graduates or participants in an Offshore Sailing School sailing lesson, corporate team building program, flotilla sailing vacation, or special racing program. You must be 21 years of age and able to skipper a boat up to 50’. The prize is your choice of a one-week cruise on a monohull or catamaran from The Moorings base on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. See Official Rules here. Contest ends at midnight on August 31, 2018 and no late entries will be accepted. Happy Sailing!

Colgate Sailing Adventures Flotilla Participants Profiled in Canadian Yachting Magazine

Melanie and Allan Macdonald are Offshore Sailing School graduates of the Fast Track to Cruising Course in St. Petersburg, FL. Living in Calgary, Canada they were landlocked and decided to participate in the 2017 Gulf Islands Flotilla Cruise organized by Offshore Sailing School. This fun article is about their participation in that flotilla cruise and more sailing adventures they have embarked on. Flotilla cruises are great for making friends, they say. Click here to read the article in Canadian Yachting magazine.


Colgate Sailing Adventures Flotilla Cruise Leaders Profiled in WindCheck Magazine

Heather and Nate Atwater, who run Offshore Sailing School’s Colgate Sailing Adventures flotilla cruises, received well-deserved accolades in WindCheck’s On Watch section June 6, 2018. The Atwaters lead the Belize Flotilla cruise in May, and are currently in Greece leading that cruise too. Take a look at this nice article and then you’ll wonder why you haven’t yet signed up for one of these fantastic flotilla sailboat vacations.


New Summer Discounts Available on Popular Basic Sailing Courses and Hot to get bareboat charter certificationBareboat Charter Courses

For a limited time, you can learn to sail or get your bareboat charter certification on an Offshore Sailing School sailing school vacation that teaches you all you need to know to take the helm with confidence. Spend 5 glorious days staying at a beautiful resort and learn to sail in half-day sessions, then take advantage of all the other fun things to do on this special getaway. Or take a week off and get cruising certification for skippering yachts and catamarans up to 50′.  And do all this at up to 20% off your total package price. Don’t wait! Click here to learn more, and call 888-454-7015 today to truly enter the sailing lifestyle.

New Lease Management Opportunity with Offshore Sailing School

The new Jeanneau 479 in Offshore Sailing School’s lease management fleet has just been put on the market by its owner. Brand new in October 2017, continuously maintained and insured by Offshore Sailing School, this 4-cabin beauty in fantastic condition is available at very low price with an extended warranty from Jeanneau America. It’s a great deal if you want to own without the hassles of routine maintenance, docking fees, and insurance costs – because Offshore Sailing School takes care of all that and gives you a monthly lease return on your investment plus cruising time. For more information on this boat and other lease management opportunities, call Steve Colgate 239-985-7505 or click here for more details.

Offshore Sailing School Opens Its Fourth Southwest Florida Location for Learn to Sail and Catamaran Cruising Courses

Offshore Sailing School has expanded in Southwest Florida, with its newest location at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village, where Learn to Sail courses on Colgate 26s, cruising courses on a 48′ Leopard catamaran, and corporate events are available. Read the press release here . . .

Offshore Sailing School Announces New Training Affiliation with Freedom Boat Club

Offshore Sailing School President and CEO, Doris Colgate, announced that the company has formalized a relationship with Freedom Boat Club’s 17 SW Florida Corporate-Owned Clubs to offer members 40% savings on Offshore Sailing’s Learn to Sail certification course tuition. Read more …

Offshore Sailing School and Jeanneau America Announce a New Partnership

At the 2017 U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD, Offshore Sailing School took delivery of the newest addition to its cruising course fleet – a brand new four-cabin Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 479.  Make your plans for an exciting Live Aboard Cruising on this beautiful yacht starting November 4, 2017. Learn more here . . .

New Colgate Sailing Adventures Flotilla Cruises in 2018

Dates for three new Colgate Sailing Adventures Flotilla Cruises in Tahiti, Greece, and Belize are now set, with Greece already sold out! These adventures are for Offshore Sailing School graduates and other sailors with US Sailing or ASA Bareboat Charter certification. Guests are welcome on these inspiring, eye-opening cruises where you see the world under sail and pack and unpack only once. For more information, click here.

US News and World Report Travel Taps South Seas Island Resort as a Top Adventure Resort for Learning to Sail or Improving Sailing Skills

In the April 7, 2017 online travel.usnews.com release titled “America’s 6 Top Adventure Resorts, US News highlighted learning to sail with Offshore Sailing School! Here’s a copy of what they posted on line.

Go-For-The-Gold Racing Clinic Changed to Florida Location

The new 2016 racing clinic in the British Virgin Islands garnered a lot of attention from BVI locals, who enjoyed watching close racing as the four-day program progressed. But because of Hurricane Irma, this popular program will now be held out of the Pink Shell Beach Resort on Ft. Myers Beach, Florida. To learn more about the inaugural event and how much you will learn, read an article BVI Beacon reporter, Ken Silva, wrote for the BVI Beacon, January 12, 2016. Click here to read it online! Or download the article here. 2017 dates for this high-energy learning experience are December 3-7 with just 10 spots left. Learn more about our Florida sailboat racing course today!

Colgates Announce Changes in Locations and Expanded Adventure Vacation Options

With the launch of Colgate Offshore Sailing Adventures™ this year, Offshore Sailing School is doubling its focus on special sailing events at its key resort operations and broadening the scope of its cruising program for graduates and sailing enthusiasts. Click on this press release to learn more!

Offshore Sailing School Hires Flotilla Cruise Developers and Leaders for New Cruising Adventure Program

To expand the flotilla cruise program of Colgate Offshore Sailing Adventures, Nate and Heather Atwater have joined Offshore Sailing School to create and lead exciting new sailing adventures for Offshore Sailing School graduates and the sailing public. Learn more about the Atwaters here . . .

Cruising World Magazine Features Offshore Sailing School’s Fast Track to Cruising Course in August 2016 Issue

The 2016 Charter Issue published by Cruising World Magazine just arrived in our mailbox, with a fabulous story by Lisa Gabrielson called “Time to Grow Up.” It’s all about her experience in the Colgate Offshore Sailing School Fast Track to Cruising Course in the British Virgin Islands.  You can read it here!

Offshore Sailing School Wins 2016 Luxury Travel Guide Global Award2016_global_awards_winner_logo

We won!!! Over the last year, the Luxury Travel Guide contacted more than two million subscribers to invite them to vote for the best experiences they have had. Offshore Sailing School won the Sailing Company of the Year for United States of America, of in the Luxury Travel Guide Holiday & Tour Specialist awards. This was based on achievements and strengths in the travel industry.


Steve and Doris Colgate Featured in BoatU.S. Magazine’s Leaders and Legends

BoatU.S. kicked off its 50th anniversary this year, highlighting events, products and people that made a mark in the past 50 years. Steve and Doris Colgate lead the Leaders and Legends feature with “Teaching the Joys of Sailing” in the April-May 2016 issue of BoatU.S. Magazine.

Employment Opportunities Available at Offshore Sailing School

America’s #1 Sailing School® is expanding, with positions open on the Company’s management, faculty and sales teams. Headquarters are in sunny Ft. Myers, Florida with branch locations in five resort areas, New York and New Jersey. Read more . . .

Doris Colgate Sailing Clinic & Cup at Edison Sailing Center, November 2016

Dates are now set for the second annual Doris Colgate Jr. Women’s Clinic & Cup hosted by Edison Sailing Center in Ft. Myers, FLa. Coached by Olympic sailing star Paige Railey will be held November 19 and 20, 2016. Doris Colgate is President & CEO of Offshore Sailing School based in Fort Myers and is a leader in the sailing industry. The purpose of this annual event is to “train, empower and encourage girls and women to take the helm, and become comfortable competitors in the sailing world.” Read about last year’s event here . . .

Steve Colgate Inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame

On October 4, 2015 at the Bay Head Yacht Club in Bay Head, NJ, Offshore Sailing School’s founder and chairman was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame. He shared this honor with just five other members of sailing’s significant contributors, including two Olympic medalists. The primary mission of the National Sailing Hall of Fame is to preserve and share the legacy of passionate contributors to the sport.
Read more . . .

Cruising World Magazine Profiles Steve and Doris Colgate

“A Legacy of Learning” is the title of a four-page feature published in the October 2015 issue of Cruising World magazine, a long-time favorite of sailors worldwide. Writer Elaine Lembo, describes the Colgates as “a dynamic, youthful duo whose game-changing accomplishments, unique personal bests and diverse generosity would put them at the top of the Fortune 500 of Sailing, if such a list existed.”
Click here for the full story.

Offshore Sailing School, Steve and Doris Colgate Featured in Avenue Magazine

Steve and Doris Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School is featured in the February issue of Avenue Magazine. Learn more about their worldwide sailing adventures and why they enjoy still being at the helm of America’s #1 Sailing School®!

Doris Colgate Recommends a Tempting Sailing Book as a Great Gift

Convergence: A Voyage through French Polynesia, by Sally-Christine Rodgers is a beautifully illustrated travel narrative about a family’s journey to and around the South Seas. “This is a book that transports you to another world, one that you won’t be able to put down,” says Colgate.

Offshore Sailing School 50th Anniversary Contest Winners Announced

During 2014, Offshore Sailing School ran a contest for anyone who had taken a course or sailing lesson, participated on a flotilla cruise, sailed in a corporate or group adventure, or any other program provided by Offshore Sailing School. Entries were judged by the editors of Cruising World magazine. To view full details click here

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Founded by Olympian and America’s Cup sailor, Steve Colgate, in 1964, Offshore Sailing School provides sailing instruction at all levels from Learn to Sail to Offshore Passage Making, and leadership and team building programs for university groups, corporations. The company has seven locations in Florida, the British Virgin Islands, New Jersey and New York. For more information contact Beth Oliver, Director of Marketing at Boliver@OffshoreSailing.com or 239-985-7516.