On December 7, 2013 Offshore Sailing School founder and owners Steve and Doris Colgate, were presented with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s National Chairman’s Citation at the annual Fantasy Sail Celebration held at South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island, Florida.
Speaking about the honor, Marty Siederer, Sr. Director of LLS Campaign Development, said, “The National Chairman’s Citation is presented with deepest appreciation for the Colgate’s support of the Leukemia Cup Regatta fundraising events through the years, which includes over $100,000 in donations generated from a portion of paid sailing course tuitions from the Colgate’s Offshore Sailing Schools in Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and the British Virgin Islands.”
Leukemia Cup Regatta participants from around North America who raised $10,000 or more at an event in 2013 came together for Fantasy Sail weekend with Gary Jobson, a Leukemia survivor, world-class sailor, television commentator, author, and Chairman of the Leukemia Cup Regatta.
Offshore Sailing School donated the use of their fleet of Colgate 26 sailboats from its schools located at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Fort Myers Beach, and South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, for use in the Leukemia Fantasy Sail Regatta held off the Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel on December 7.
Headquartered in Fort Myers, Florida with eight sailing vacation and commuter locations – the company has taught more than 130,000 adults and their families to sail or sail better since Olympian and America’s Cup sailor, Steve Colgate, founded it in 1964.
Offshore President and CEO Doris Colgate announced that, “Offshore Sailing School is pleased to continue its commitment to support the important efforts of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Leukemia Cup Regatta Series in 2014, with even more special events planned as Offshore Sailing School will celebrate its 50th Anniversary next year.
Offshore Sailing School packages its courses with accommodations at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Ft. Myers Beach, the Hampton Inn and Suites in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida and The Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Maryland. Offshore has been teaching cruising courses in the British Virgin Islands, partnering with The Moorings, one of the world’s largest sail and power charter companies. Commuter courses and a sailing club are also available at Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City, NJ, as well as Chelsea Piers at 23rd Street and Pier 25 in Tribeca in New York City.
“We are blessed with fantastic locations and the greatest sales and teaching staff in the world,” exclaims Doris Colgate. “Without our partners and especially our team who leave a lasting impression on Offshore clients, there would be no Offshore,” says Colgate.