March 2, 2017 / Comments (0)


Experienced sailors are invited to join the fun during Colgate Offshore Sailing Adventures™ at exotic destinations around the world. No sailing experience? No problem! Offshore Sailing School offers beginner, intermediate and advanced courses at five resort-based locations in Florida and the British Virgin Islands, providing US Sailing certification in sailing, racing and bareboat charter courses.


As America’s #1 Sailing School® heads into its 53rd year of teaching sailing and organizing sailing adventures, with more than 140,000 graduates, it is expanding the number of adventures now available to experienced sailors. And Offshore Sailing School graduates may save up to $500 on these exciting, hosted sailing vacations!


In 2016, Offshore Sailing planned and hosted two flotilla sailing vacations in Croatia and the Abacos, Bahamas. In 2017, adventurous sailors will visit St. Lucia in the Spring, and the Amalfi coast of Italy in the Fall. Previous adventure sailing vacations have been in Tonga, Tahiti, Greece, Turkey, Belize, all over the Caribbean, New England, San Juan Islands, and the Apostle Islands, to name a few. Additional locations will be announced for 2017 and 2018 adventure vacations.


Based in Ft. Myers, Florida, Offshore Sailing School currently operates schools in Florida at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Ft. Myers Beach, and the downtown Hampton Inn & Suites St. Petersburg; and in the British Virgin Islands at The Moorings base and Mariner Inn on Wickham’s Cay in Tortola, and Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina on Scrub Island. In addition to sailing lessons and comprehensive sailing certification courses at Learn to Sail, Performance Sailing, Bareboat Charter Cruising, and Passage Making levels; the company runs Performance Race Weeks and sailboat racing clinics, women-only courses, family courses, corporate team building programs, group regattas, and flotilla cruises all over the world for graduates and friends. Powerboat cruising courses are also taught on The Moorings yachts in the British Virgin Islands.


Founded in 1974 by Steve Colgate, he designed the Colgate 26 keelboat as the company’s main training vessel. The company’s fleet now includes Colgate 26 sailboats, and 40’-54’ cruising yachts and catamarans. Steve went on to become an America’s Cup and Olympic sailor and was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2015. Steve and his wife Doris, the company’s president and CEO, started the flotilla cruise concept in the United States, personally put the programs together, and led more than 100 cruises for the school’s graduates all over the world. Assuming planning and adventure vacation hosting duties now are husband/wife team, Nate and Heather Atwater. Nate worked for Offshore Sailing School as an instructor and manager in New York and Florida in the early 90’s. He met Heather when he took the school’s sails for repair at her father’s sail loft, Hild Sails, on City Island, NY.


For more information on course schedules, locations, and other sailing programs, visit www.OffshoreSailing.com or call 888-385-6177.

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