On Sunday, Feb. 24, Steve and Doris Colgate's Offshore Sailing School invites sailors and would-be sailors to go sailing and learn about a new sailing club on Fort Myers Beach.
In return, for rides and lessons with Offshore Sailing School instructors, participants are asked to contribute $20 per person to the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida Capital Campaign.
Introductory 1 1/2-hour sailing sessions are scheduled for 9-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30-3 p.m., and 3:30-5 p.m. on the 24th. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 239-454-1700.
The "Pledge to Sail" donation can be by check (collected on site before sailing) or online at co.clickandpledge.com/advanced/default.aspx?wid.
Based at the Pink Shell Beach Resort Marina on Fort Myers Beach, the new Offshore Sailing Club is designed for school graduates and sailing enthusiasts who don't own a sailboat or have access to sailing, and for those who want to start sailing but don't yet have the skills. A variety of instructional options and test sails for those who are not yet graduates of the school can be purchased along with Club memberships.
The club provides sailing for club members seven days a week on Colgate 26 sailboats owned by the school. In addition to day sailing opportunities, casual races and other events are conducted for members by Offshore staff.
"This is a no-hassle way to get out on the water and share the joy of sailing with other like-minded community members," said Doris Colgate, CEO and president of Offshore Sailing School. "Members just sign up for a half or full day of sailing in advance and go sailing without the financial and upkeep responsibilities of sailboat ownership."
Now in its 49th year, Offshore Sailing School has eight locations in Florida, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and the British Virgin Islands. The school offers sailing lessons for novices, intermediate and advanced cruising and racing instruction, flotilla cruise vacations all over the world.
Founded by Olympian and America's Cup sailor Steve Colgate, Offshore started its first SW Florida branch at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island in 1975, and opened at the Pink Shell Beach Resort in 2004. The company moved its headquarters from New York City to Fort Myers in 25 years ago.
For more information call 800-221-4326 or 239-454-1700.