Please select your home edition
Maritimo 2023 S-Series LEADERBOARD

Offshore Sailing School kicks off 60th anniversary year with new location, new courses

by Offshore Sailing School 10 Oct 2023 08:44 PDT
Offshore Sailing School - Fast Track to Sailing © Beth Oliver

Offshore Sailing School President and CEO, Doris Colgate, announced several major initiatives to kick off a year-long celebration of the company's 60th Anniversary. "We're hosting a media reception on the first night of the 2023 U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD, on October 12, and this is the perfect opportunity to share our many exciting plans for the coming year," said Doris Colgate.

Colgate continued, "We are thrilled to announce that we are opening a new location in Key West, Florida! Starting January 2024, we'll have Colgate 26s and a new 40' catamaran available for US Sailing certification courses from Stock Island Yacht Club & Marina."

In addition to the new location in Key West, the company has added a new Boat Handling & Docking course, offering Offshore Sailing School graduates and experienced sailors the opportunity to increase their skills and confidence with big boat maneuvering and docking aboard 40'-50' catamaran and monohull yachts. This course will also satisfy clients' desire to obtain US Sailing Catamaran Endorsement, if they originally learned to bareboat charter aboard a monohull.

The company will host four new Colgate Sailing Adventures® flotilla vacations for its graduates and other experienced sailors in 2024 and already has three more new destinations set up for 2025. Colgate Sailing Adventures® Flotilla Cruise locations in 2024-2025 include Belize, the Greek Islands, Sicily, Italy, Croatia, St. Martin and St. Lucia.

Winners of Offshore Sailing School's 60th Anniversary Contest were selected by three esteemed judges. Herb McCormick, award-winning journalist and author of OFFSHORE High, the biography about Steve and Doris Colgate and Offshore Sailing School; Theresa Nicholson, Sr. Editor of Cruising World magazine; and Norwood Smith, Vice President, Director of Sales & Marketing for Mainsail Development (a resort developer, owner, and management company with hotels such as, Scrub Island Resort, The Luminary Hotel & Co., and Epicurean Hotels) unanimously chose Michelle Little's submission, "Still Looking On," as the Grand Prize winner of The Moorings charter vacation and Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, BVI, gift certificate. Over twenty photographs and essays were submitted by Offshore Sailing School graduates and participants of Colgate Sailing Adventures® flotilla vacations, outlining how learning to sail with Offshore Sailing School changed and impacted their lives.

Offshore Sailing School is located at 6338 Presidential Ct., Ste. 201, Fort Myers, Florida, 33919. The school offers every level of US Sailing and Powerboating* certification courses on Captiva Island, St. Petersburg, and Key West in

Florida, on Scrub Island and Tortola* in the British Virgin Islands. To support Offshore Sailing School's continued growth, the company has hired new instructors, a new maintenance manager, more sales associates, added an Operations Coordinator, and promoted several internal directors. The school has graduated more than 160,000 adults and families through its sailing, racing, bareboat cruising, navigation, and passage making courses.

For more information visit

Related Articles

Colgate 26 sailboats announce new builder
Offshore Sailing School forges agreement with Tartan Yachts Steve Colgate, founder and Chairman of Offshore Sailing School, is pleased to announce that, after a long search for a new builder for the popular Colgate 26 keelboat, Tartan Yachts of Painesville, Ohio has been selected. Posted on 18 Jun
Discover sailing on the Summer Sailstice
$25 per person sailing lessons on June 22 June 22, 2024, brings the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. This is when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt toward the sun. Posted on 22 May
Offshore Sailing School set for Fort Myers Beach
Pleased to announce sailing lessons and courses will resume, starting May 2, 2024 Offshore Sailing School President and CEO, Doris Colgate, is pleased to announce sailing lessons and courses will resume at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Fort Myers Beach, Fla. Posted on 8 Apr
Offshore Sailing School announces promotion
Key financial expert moves to executive leadership position Offshore Sailing School's current Controller, Dana Matthews, assumed the role and responsibilities of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Posted on 21 Jul 2023
Offshore Sailing School returns to Captiva Island
The company's popular resort-based sailing courses will start March 1 Offshore Sailing School President and CEO, Doris Colgate, announced today that the company's popular resort-based sailing courses will start March 1, 2023, at Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa on Captiva Island, Florida. Posted on 31 Jan 2023
Offshore Sailing School relocates headquarters
The company's head office in South Fort Myers was destroyed during Hurricane Ian Offshore Sailing School President and CEO, Doris Colgate, reported that the company's head office in South Fort Myers, Fla, for the past 35 years was destroyed during Hurricane Ian, receiving 6' of storm surge on September 28-29, 2022. Posted on 3 Nov 2022
'Big Fat Greek Adventure' was spectacular
Report from a flotilla vacation that made lifetime memories I had the amazing opportunity to join the Colgate Sailing Adventures® flotilla vacation in the Greek Islands in June 2021. An unexpected, last-minute cancellation on this sold-out trip brought about my good fortune. Posted on 14 Aug 2021
Offshore Sailing School poised for growth
With management promotions and staff additions Offshore Sailing School President and CEO Doris Colgate announced the promotions of Director of Marketing Beth Oliver to Vice President, Director of Sales & Marketing, and Chief Operations Manager Bryce Jackson to Vice President, Director of Operations. Posted on 10 Jul 2021
Sailors delight in visiting the BVIs again
Ferry transportation resumes for Road Town Jetty on Tortola Sailors delight in the gracious hospitality of the people of the Caribbean Islands, and are loving the uncrowded, approved mooring fields and anchorages. Posted on 17 Apr 2021
Colgate Sailing Adventures Flotilla in Belize
Sailing away from the pandemic in Central America Here we are, February 6, 2021 in Belize, starting off another Colgate Sailing Adventures® Flotilla. Belize is a small country in Central America where our cruising grounds were some of the 400+ Islands and Cayes that make up Belize. Posted on 17 Mar 2021
J Composites J/45Allen Dynamic 40 FooterRS Sailing 2021 - FOOTER