Offshore Sailing School Celebrates 49 Years with Sailing Getaway Contest

“How Sailing Impacts Lives” Contest is the Lead-Up to the School’s 50th Anniversary Parties and Events

As Offshore Sailing School develops its plans for the ultimate celebration in 2014, this year’s contest is already underway. The theme is “How your experience with Offshore Sailing School has impacted your life.” All stories submitted will be gathered in a book of memories for the big 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2014. The winner will get a six nights/seven days stay for two people in a one-bedroom beach front accommodation at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Ft. Myers Beach, Florida – with use of a Colgate 26 throughout their stay.

Anyone who has been touched by Offshore Sailing School is eligible to write a story about a course, lessons, cruise, corporate or university adventure or other program participated in at Offshore Sailing School. The story should be no more than 500 words and must be accompanied by at least one photo or video depicting that experience with Offshore Sailing School or their current sailing lifestyle.

Steve and Doris Colgate on working honeymoon in 1969

In 1964, Steve Colgate – an Olympian and America’s Cup Sailor – started Offshore Sailing School in New York City with one location, one employee and a partner who owned a cruising boat. In 1968 he met Doris Buchanan, one of his students who then worked for Yachting Magazine. Working closely together ever since, their entrepreneurial spirits have developed Offshore Sailing School into a thriving operation with eight locations, a dedicated training boat developed by Steve, a growing fleet of sailboats ranging from 26′ to 47′, 40 employees, and multiple partnerships with destination resorts and boat builders.

Pink Shell Beach Resort on Gulf of Mexico

The Prize: A Week-long Stay at the Pink Shell Beach Resort in Florida with use of a Colgate 26

“What a way to get away!” exclaims CEO and President, Doris Colgate. The winner of Offshore Sailing School’s 2013 contest will get a six nights/seven days stay for two people in a one-bedroom beach front accommodation at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Ft. Myers Beach, Florida — with use of a Colgate 26 throughout their stay. The prize can be redeemed through the week ending December 31, 2014 and is valued at up to $2500. The Pink Shell Beach Resort is located on the north end of Estero Island right on the Gulf of Mexico with broad sandy beaches and a new state-of-the-art marina, 30 minutes from International Southwest Airport.

Blue Water Sailing magazine to Judge Entries

Stories can be submitted up to September 15, 2013 and will be judged by the editors of Blue Water Sailing magazine. The winner will be announced on or before October 15, 2013.

“Imagine you and a friend or loved-one, sharing cocktails on a broad lanai overlooking miles of sandy beach and a spectacular sunset on your first night,” describes Colgate. “This getaway is all about the sunshine, sunsets and great sailing in the Gulf of Mexico. Colgate describes Ft. Myers Beach as a fun destination with beachy shopping, dining adventures ranging from open air bars with Jimmy Buffet sing-alikes to fine restaurants with magnificent views. “The winner will have use of a Coglate 26 every day during their stay.” says Colgate.

If Not Yet an Offshore Sailing School Graduate

Colgate says there is plenty of time to qualify. There are many options from two-hour lessons starting at $75/hour per person, to certification courses ranging from three-day to 10-day schedules, as well as corporate team building or university adventure programs. Course information is available at www.OffshoreSailing.com or Sail@OffshoreSailing.com or call 888-454-7015.

Official rules are posted here. More information on the contest and photography for media is available by contacting Doris Colgate at Doris@OffshoreSailing.com. Information on the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina is available atwww.pinkshell.com.

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