Marine News from the Great Lakes

Offshore Sailing School Updates Website, Adds Special Events, New Courses in 2021

Published: Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The company recently completed a refresh of its website at! Improvements include navigation on mobile devices, adding an electronic brochure for download, and adding an online pricing page for specific courses. 

New course dates have also been announced for popular Women’s Fast Track® to Cruising Courses, where up to four women learn to sail and handle a large cruising boat together from a Saturday to Saturday, earning three US Sailing certifications to skipper boats up to 50’. 

  • January 9, 2021 on Fort Myers Beach, FL
  • February 6, 2021 on Captiva Island, FL
  • April 24, 2021 on Captiva Island, FL
  • May 1, 2021 on Scrub Island, British Virgin Islands
  • October 30, 2021 on Captiva Island, FLz

More Exciting Updates

Six Colgate Sailing Adventures® hosted flotilla sailing vacations will take place in Belize, Exumas in the Bahamas, the Greek Islands, The Seychelles, Tahiti, and the British Virgin Islands.

Coastal Navigation and Passage Making Courses will occur in January, March, May, October, and November 2021 on Fort Myers Beach, FL. Celestial Navigation and Offshore Passage Making Courses are planned starting March 3, 2021, on Captiva Island, FL. 

A new Fast Track® to Sailing Course, which combines learning to sail with small boat handling and navigation, takes place November 7-13, 2021 on Captiva Island, FL.

Offshore Sailing School’s US Sailing-certified instructors follow all CDC guidelines, and its classrooms and fleet of boats will continue to be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before each use. Make sure to reserve your spot in a class today!


This article first appeared in the Winter Issue (Jan/Feb) 2021 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.

About Offshore Sailing School

Steve Colgate founded Offshore Sailing School on City Island, New York, in 1964. Steve and Doris Colgate relocated their company’s headquarters to South Fort Myers, Florida, in 1988 and now operate four sailing school locations on Florida’s Gulf Coast and two more in the British Virgin Islands. Offshore Sailing School has taught more than 150,000 adults and families how to sail and powerboat safely and competently over the past 56 years. Steve was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2015. Doris Colgate founded the National Women’s Sailing Association and the Women’s Sailing Foundation. Together, the Colgates have written many books on sailing, racing, and bareboat cruising, and are considered the preeminent authorities for sailing education. For more information, visit or call 800-221-4326.

tags: Boating 101, Education


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