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FAST TRACK® TO PERFORMANCE RACING COURSE — OSS 102/109

BECOME A SAILBOAT RACE-READY SAILOR IN 8 ACTION-PACKED DAYS!

If you want to get into sailboat racing, have good sailing skills and experience skippering and crewing on keelboats of 22′ or more, but have little or no racing experience, this advanced sailing course is for you.

OUR 57TH YEAR OF PERFORMANCE RACE WEEK® AND FAST TRACK® RACING PROGRAMS!

Fast Track® Performance Racing is held annually in conjunction with our highly popular Performance Race Week®. In the first three days of this 8-day action-packed learning experience, you are immersed in a modified Performance Sailing Course (OSS 102), the next step up from Offshore Sailing School’s Learn to Sail Certification Courses (OSS 101). This version of Performance Sailing focuses solely on sailboat handling skills, how to get the most speed out of your boat, and learn to be a winning sailboat racing team.

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LEARN SAILBOAT SPEED TECHNIQUESperformance sailing

You learn sailboat racing tactics and techniques – trimming sails and rig for speed, placing you and your crew where weight does the most good. You learn the art of raising, flying and dousing a spinnaker. You learn how to trim your sails for speed, how to approach and leave marks on a race course. And ultimately, you gain the skills and knowledge to prepare you for entry into Offshore’s acclaimed Performance Race Week® program.

“Fast Track to Performance Race Week is a great experience that can accelerate the learning curve for those of us who want to learn to sail fast, but can’t get enough sailing time in during our normal lives to gain the experience to do so quickly. Bring your crew to sail the Colgate 26 and return home with a new set of racing skills and sailing friends from around the world.”

Jay Hermann – Denver, CO
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Required Race Week Resume

A SAILBOAT RACING COURSE UNLIKE NO OTHER!

 

This sailing competition course – Fast Track® to Performance Race Week® – takes place in 2023 at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, FL. It starts with the 3-day Performance Sailing Course on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (January 27-29, 2023) just prior the start of our annual Performance Race Week® (OSS 109).  Plan to arrive Thursday afternoon, January 26, ready to jump into the Performance Sailing Course Friday morning for three full-days of fast-sailing instruction aboard Colgate 26 sailboats, then join the Performance Race Week® group at the Sunday evening Meet and Greet Orientation Party.

SAILBOAT RACE INSTRUCTION ALL DAY EVERY DAY — WHAT A BLAST!

Performance Race Week® starts Sunday evening with an orientation party to meet crew mates and coaches who are there to teach you how to sail fast. Unless you book a crew of four, we assign you to a crew with others, based on submitted Sailing Resumes. Monday through Friday morning you race and learn non-stop – with your coach onboard, and attend shore-based seminars during lunch each day.  Don’t hesitate to bring family and friends to share this winter getaway. They are invited to join you at the Performance Race Week® Welcome Orientation Party on Sunday, the Beach BBQ on Tuesday, and the Awards Dinner on Friday for a $200 per person fee.  The resort has gorgeous beaches, pools, golf course, fishing pier, great nearby attractions and more, making their time just as rewarding as yours.

SPACE IS LIMITED – CALL TODAY!

Check out more details on the Performance Race Week® page, and call one of our friendly sales associates today for rates and accommodation choices. Everything listed on the Performance Race Week® page is included PLUS your 3-day Performance Sailing Course, textbook, the Performance Sailing Course diploma, logbook and sticker, Colgate Performance Sailing certification, and three more nights in the accommodations of your choice at South Seas Island Resort, including resort fees and taxes!  Wow!

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SAILING – Good for You. Good for the World!®

Depending on weather conditions and the learning pace of all those aboard, Performance Sailing for the Fast Track® to Performance Racing Course covers the following:

  • Sail trim on all points of sail
  • Crew placement for speed
  • Spinnaker set, jibe, douse and control
  • Sail shape and trim for light and heavy air
  • Backstay, Cunningham and other adjustments affecting sail shape and control
  • Approaching and rounding marks
  • Starting tactics and timing

During OSS 109 Performance Race Week

  • Starting tactics
  • Sail shape
  • Stalling and accelerating
  • Upwind and downwind tactics
  • Racing strategy
  • Covering and breaking cover
  • Racing rules
  • Proper sail trim on all points of sail
  • Boat speed and tuning
  • Spinnaker techniques
  • Finishing tactics
  • Weather and wind shifts
  • Rounding marks
  • Teamwork and crew preparation

Prerequisite: You must have US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification (OSS 101) or sailing skills and knowledge equivalent to the Offshore Sailing School Learn to Sail course to take this course

Certification: Performance Sailing

Package Rates

Please call 888-454-7015 or email Sail@OffshoreSailing.com to inquire about package rates for the 2023 event. There is a modest extra charge for non-racer guests sharing a room or unit with a racer, and guests attending the social events. The cost for guests attending the social events only is $290 per person. Not included are other meals, travel and miscellaneous expenses you may incur, nor Trip Insurance.

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Here’s what’s included in your 9-day Fast Track® to Performance Racing package:

  • Three-day Performance Sailing Course tuition – 18 hours on the water, 4.5 hours of classroom first three days
  • Six-day Performance Race Week tuition – 24 hours on the water, 6 seminars, 2 video review recaps
  • 9 nights accommodations at South Seas Island Resort including resort fees and taxes
  • Steve Colgate’s Performance Sailing and Racing, published by McGraw-Hill
  • Performance Sailing Certification
  • Logbook (or page for logbook if you are a returning Offshore Sailing School grad)
  • Diplomas for each course
  • Box lunches each day of Performance Race Week® (Monday through Friday)
  • Two après sail evening seminars with cash bar
  • Regatta on last day (Friday) with trophies awarded to top three boat crews
  • Commemorative Performance Race Week shirt, hat and water bottle
  • Meet and Greet party Sunday evening at start of Performance Race Week
  • Sunset Beach buffet dinner mid-week
  • Awards Dinner Friday night with prizes for top three crews

Discounts for Crews of Four! 

If you regularly sail and/or race with others, bring your own crew of four (you included of course) and enjoy a $300 per person discount on the full package cost.

About Rooms and Villas: If a non-sailor shares your room, we must collect a daily resort fee for the extra person. The Offshore Sailing School sales associate you book your course with will help you with any additional costs for a non-sailor requesting a private room. Please see the Performance Race Week® page for a description of accommodations, and more information to help you plan your trip.

Arrive Thursday
No instruction that day

Friday and Saturday – Days 1 and 2 Performance Sailing Course
9:00-10:00 – Classroom session ashore
10:00-1:00 – On-water instruction
1:00-2:00 – Lunch break ashore
2:00-5:00 – On-water instruction
Sunday – Day 3 Performance Sailing Course
9:00-10:00 – Classroom session ashore
10:00-1:00 – On-water instruction
1:00-2:00 – Lunch and certification test ashore
2:00-5:00 – Test sail without the instructor aboard
6:00-7:30 – Welcome reception and orientation for Performance Race Week

Monday – Friday

Please see the Performance Race Week® page for this information.

Offshore Sailing School knows we cannot thrive without great employees and products. All graduates are asked to fill out an evaluation at the end of the course. The following testimonials come from those evaluations and individual correspondence with recent graduates of the Fast Track to Performance Racing Course. Many are happy to correspond by email or phone with you. If you would like us to put you in touch with anyone below, please call 888-454-7015 or email Sail@OffshoreSailing.com.

Here’s what our Fast Track® to Performance Racing Course graduates have to say:

The printed curriculum looked great but it was even more power-packed than I expected. I have walked away with more knowledge and experience than I ever expected. This was a total success.

Diana Augsburger – Kenmore, NY

Fast Track Performance Race Week is a great experience that can accelerate the learning curve for those of us who want to learn to sail fast, but can’t get enough sailing time in during our normal lives to gain the experience to do so quickly. Bring your crew to sail the Colgate 26 and return home with a new set of racing skills and sailing friends from around the world.

Jay Hermann – Denver, CO

This has been a great learning experience and it delivers. With the same skipper (back home) we never finished better than 4th, yesterday we got a second and 2 firsts!

John Breyfogle – Countersville, AL

I’ve attended many courses in 37 years as a Navy pilot and airline pilot. The course and particularly the Offshore instructor were outstanding.

Tom Corboy – Annapolis, MD

If you love to go fast and strive to be better, you can’t beat the combination of owning your own Colgate 26 and taking the Performance and Racing classes. They are top notch instructors.

Phil Weintraub – Hopewell Junction, NY

Performance Race Week was fantastic. What you learn in one week is more valuable than anything you’ll learn in years of sailing.

Winter Hawley – Manitowoc, WI

A great customer service experience from registration to course completion. The quality and investment in training you provide all of your staff shows. Thank you for making my experience and the experience of my team mates so wonderful.

Noa Rea – Winnipeg, Canada

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