America’s #1 Sailing School and Powerboat Cruising School

Offshore Sailing School is the longest running and most respected sailing and boating education company in the United States. Founded in 1964 by Steve Colgate who met, married, and hired one of his students a few years later, the company thrives under the leadership of Steve and Doris Colgate.

Steve is an Olympian, America’s Cup competitor and 2015 National Sailing Hall of Fame inductee. Doris founded the National Women’s Sailing Association, is an avid racing and cruising sailor, and was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2022 for her dedication to enhancing the lives of women through sailing. More than 160,000 adults and their families have chosen Offshore Sailing School to learn to saillearn to cruise on big sailboats, learn to drive and manage big power yachts, and learn sailboat racing.

Become a Certified, Confident Sailor

Fast Track® Sail and Power Courses – an Offshore Sailing School exclusive – provide accelerated sailing lessons and powerboat education packages guaranteed to fast-track your sailing and boating skills on 26′ to 50′ sailboats, catamarans or monohull yachts. You can also tailor your sailing education with our Individual Sailing Courses shown below. Protect your investment with Travel Insurance. View coverage options here. Here are all the courses we currently offer, with corresponding certification levels.


Fast Track® Sail & Power Courses

Individual Sailing Course Options

Online Courses

Historical Snapshot of Offshore Sailing School and Its Founders

OFFSHORE High is a biography of Steve & Doris  Colgate, written by acclaimed author and former Executive Editor of Cruising World magazine, Herb McCormick. Published in October 2021 this 288 page book includes over 170 photos from decades of Grand Prix yacht racing, building Offshore Sailing School from scratch to become America’s #1 Sailing School®, and an epic love story. Order here.



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