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Offshore Sailing School launches new experiential program for beginning sailors

by Beth Oliver 29 Jan 2020 00:38 PST
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With more and more adventurers seeking programs that totally immerse them in learning a new skill, Offshore Sailing School is launching a new six-day/7-night experiential course called Fast Track to Sailing™ that provides a Bachelor of Sailing Certificate for new and returning sailors.

"This industry-first Fast Track to Sailing Course is a result of comments we have received from our Learn to Sail course graduates over the past year, asking for a more intense course over more days that takes them through the advanced sailing level. This new course would also be an excellent refresher for anyone who learned how to sail but hasn't been able to enjoy the sport in a while," states Doris Colgate, President of Offshore Sailing School.

Taught on the school's signature, award-winning Colgate 26 sailboats, this comprehensive course covers basic sailing, coastal navigation and advanced daysailing/cruising skills in 44 hours over six days.

Except for 1-1/2 days of in-depth classroom navigation education involving using charts and electronic equipment, participants in this immersive program are in on-water training sessions all other days - starting with a classroom lecture each morning and six hours of hands-on instruction, with a lunch seminar ashore.

Designed by Offshore Sailing School founder, Steve Colgate, for training new sailors and those who want to get into sailboat racing, the Colgate 26 is a highly responsive keelboat with substantial safety features and adjustments normally found on larger cruising boats. "This makes moving on to live-aboard cruising courses easy and fun," states Colgate because, "in addition to learning how to sail really well, Part III of our Fast Track to Sailing Course prepares students to skillfully handle weather and other issues that can occur with little warning."

The inaugural start date for Fast Track to Sailing is June 7, 2020 at Offshore Sailing School's Captiva Island, Florida location. Students will stay ashore each night at South Seas Island Resort, set on 360 eco-acres surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound where dolphins, manatees and shore birds make their home. For more details on this course and the US Sailing certifications that students will earn, please see

Offshore Sailing School was founded in 1964 by Olympian, America's Cup Sailor and National Sailing Hall of Fame Inductee, Steve Colgate. The school provides a full range of sailing and boating instruction with US Sailing & Powerboat certification - from beginning sailing to racing, advanced cruising, and passage making - at six locations in Florida and the British Virgin Islands. Offshore Sailing School continues its decades-long commitment to the national Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by supporting 24 Leukemia Cup Regattas across the country and LLS Fantasy Sail weekends. In the past ten years, Offshore Sailing School has generated over $175,000 to help LLS find the cures for blood cancers. The company also supports several other philanthropic causes and organizations located in the areas where its employees live, work and play.

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