Marine News from the Great Lakes

What’s Next in Sailing and in Life?

Published: Sunday, September 13, 2020
By: Beth Oliver

Through 56 years of teaching sailing and powerboating, we’ve managed to stay afloat, weathering hurricanes that affected all of our bases (Irma in 2017), a few recessions, and now a global pandemic. This, too, shall pass.

As Coronavirus swept the nation, everyone went online to learn and stay connected, and sailors and boaters went on the water wherever possible. We’re delighted that hundreds of people took advantage of our free Online Learn to Sail Course, produced in collaboration with the BoatUS Foundation, while thousands of our Facebook and social media fans applauded and appreciated our new #DocksideChatswithSteve series. These chats are shot by Steve and Doris Colgate on their iPhone on their home dock, and you can view all the video stories—over 50—at The stories they share are interesting and inspirational and will be featured in memoirs they are working on for publication in 2021.

Like many other businesses, we had to reschedule several sold-out events. Our 20th Annual Performance Race Week with North U., scheduled for April 2020, was moved to 2021 as did two Colgate Sailing Adventures® hosted flotilla sailing vacations. We wish we could fast-forward six months, put 2020 in the rearview, and hop on board in Belize, the Greek Islands, The Seychelles, Tahiti, and the British Virgin Islands.

We’re delighted to now safely greet students for their sailing and powerboating courses in Florida. We’ve missed helping students realize their goals of learning to sail and bareboat charter in the British Virgin Islands. We long to feel the tradewinds, sip Pain Killers on JVD, linger over a lobster dinner at Leverick Bay, and snorkel at The Baths on Virgin Gorda!

In the meantime, we’ll conduct our first-ever Fast Track® to Sailing Course, combining learning to sail with small boat handling and navigation, this November on Captiva Island, Florida, and head to Exuma, Bahamas, for another Colgate Sailing Adventures® vacation. Contact us at 800-221-4326 to check availability. Our new normal will be our old normal, albeit with heightened awareness of our health and those around us, and we’ll continue helping students realize their dreams on the water. We hope to see you on the water soon!

This article first appeared in the Fall Issue (Sep/Oct) 2020 of
Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.

tags: COVID-19, Education, Sailing, South Coast

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