Family Needs More “Zing” In Their Lives
Offshore Sailing School
by Beth Oliver
4d ago
As we continue to celebrate our 60th Anniversary in 2024, we’re remembering and sharing the winning entry from Offshore Sailing School’s 50th Anniversary Contest, 10 years ago in 2014. The Steven Gray family from England won our contest then with this powerpoint submission: REV Offshore Sailing S Gray Steven Gray Family Wins Bareboat Cruising Course in 2014 The family called their sailing contest entry, “Finding your family ‘mojo’ and putting the zing back… “So, we wondered…how can we put some ‘zing’ back into our lives…We gave it some thought…why not try sailing…So we called Offshore Sailin ..read more
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How to avoid collisions while sailing – 2.0
Offshore Sailing School
by Beth Oliver
1w ago
Sailing Rules of the Road When Sailboat Meets Sailboat Updated July 9, 2024 Keys to Windward and Leeward: A Windward vessel refers to a vessel that is upwind of another vessel. A Leeward vessel is downwind. Everyone wants to avoid collisions while sailing. There are three basic boating rules-of-the-road to follow when your sailboat approaches another sailboat. And remember, a sailboat using its engine is considered a powerboat. Sailboats under sail generally have right-of-way over most recreational powerboats, because sailboats are assumed to have more restricted maneuverability than powerboat ..read more
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Offshore Sailing School Celebrates International Day For Women in Maritime
Offshore Sailing School
by Beth Oliver
2M ago
On May 18, and every day, Offshore Sailing School salutes women in maritime and women in leadership positions. On this International Day for Women in Maritime, we’re highlighting our two current female instructors based in the British Virgin Islands. Since we have four instructors based in the BVI, we’re delighted to have gender equality in our instructor ranks there, with a similar goal at our Florida locations. Instructor Elin sailing a Colgate 26 in the BVI Instructor Elin Sandberg took up sailing within the past 10 years, starting in the UK and Ireland. She was the lone woman in every sa ..read more
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Beautiful Belize – Another Colgate Sailing Adventures Flotilla
Offshore Sailing School
by Beth Oliver
2M ago
Another exciting and relaxing (yes, it’s possible to have both) sailing vacation with adventurous, fun-loving sailors – blog written by Offshore Sailing School graduate and flotilla participant, Bill Epstein. Along with my favorite pictures, here’s slightly trimmed down excerpt from my log of our trip… Fri., Feb 1, 2024 The Belize City airport is pretty small, and it took only a few minutes for us to get through customs. Our Maya Air flight from Belize City had about a dozen people on it, and our 25 min. trip to Placencia included a very short stop in Dangriga for two people to get off. The tw ..read more
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An Offshore Sailing School Story
Offshore Sailing School
by Beth Oliver
2M ago
Offshore Sailing School graduate Thomas Rankin has transformed from a novice sailor to an expert navigator by completing every single Offshore Sailing School course for US Sailing certifications. Thomas has gone on to charter with our partners, The Moorings, multiple times and isn’t slowing down his sailing adventures any time soon. Read more about this remarkable tale, excerpted from The Moorings Blog. We say it all the time: “learning to sail opens up a world of possibilities”. The confidence you gain, the places you can visit, and the people you meet all make learning to sail a worthwhile ..read more
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National Learn to Sail Month – Aboard the Leopard 45 with Offshore Sailing School
Offshore Sailing School
by Beth Oliver
2M ago
Leopard Catamaran Marketing Coordinator, Zoe Bell, recently completed Offshore Sailing School’s Fast Track to Live Aboard Cruising course in St. Petersburg. She had an amazing time and now feels so confident and competent to skipper a Leopard 45 catamaran. We love teaching sailing and receiving such wonderful feedback. Read Zoe’s Blog Post here. For more information on our courses, click here, and to view current specials, click here. Once you obtain your US Sailing Bareboat Cruising certification, you can apply for your International Proficiency Certificate which is required to charter in Med ..read more
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Offshore Sailing School Controller Dana Matthews Promoted to EVP, Chief Financial Officer at Company
Offshore Sailing School
by Beth Oliver
2M ago
On July 17, 2023, Offshore Sailing School’s current Controller, Dana Matthews, assumed the role and responsibilities of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “We are pleased to announce this executive move as part of our on-going development of new leadership roles as we head into Offshore Sailing School’s 60th year,” announced Offshore Sailing’s President and CEO, Doris Colgate. “With 30 years of experience in financial management, business leadership, and corporate strategy and growth, Dana has already made a lasting impact in helping us develop our team for substantial grow ..read more
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To Thailand…and Back – What An Adventure!
Offshore Sailing School
by Beth Oliver
2M ago
By Heather Hild Atwater This was a BIG deal! Travel around the other side of the Earth to Thailand to see Phuket, experience the culture, and sail around the islands off East Phuket for ten days. Whoa, Nate and I were very excited to do this. Thailand and Phuket in particular, where this flotilla takes place, are both interesting and a little scary because it is so different from the United States in so many ways. On the surface, they drive on the other side of the road, they have not only a different language but an entirely different alphabet, they praise different Gods, their places of wors ..read more
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Catamaran vs Monohull – What Are The Advantages?
Offshore Sailing School
by Beth Oliver
2M ago
Offshore Sailing School is the Official Sailing School of The Moorings and as such, our graduates receive an exclusive savings of up to 15% on their first charter with The Moorings. We have recently taken delivery of a new Lagoon 40 catamaran which will be based at our newest resort location, ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa on Captiva Island, Florida. Update: In January 2024, the Lagoon 40 will move to her new location at Stock Island Yacht Club & Marina in Key West, Florida. Lagoon 40 cabin The Lagoon, aptly named Hydro Therapy, joins our fleet with two Leopard 40 and 45s in St. P ..read more
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Steve and Doris Talk with the Yale University Class of 1957
Offshore Sailing School
by Beth Oliver
2M ago
In March 2023, Steve and Doris Colgate were invited to speak with members of the Yale University Class of 1957 in a virtual gathering. Get a cocktail or glass of wine, sit back and relax, and listen to what Steve and Doris shared. Order and read Steve and Doris’ biography book, OFFSHORE High, written by Herb McCormick in October 2021. The book includes nearly 200 photos from their decades of sailing, leading Colgate Sailing Adventures® flotilla vacations, conducting racing programs, including Performance Race Week®, and campaigned their own yacht, Sleuth, all over the world. Read their biograp ..read more
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