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The 14th Annual Offshore/North U Performance Race Week

Just over a month ago, 44 sailors and 11 coaches gathered for a crash course in racing during the 14th annual Offshore/North U Performance Race Week at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, Florida

Just over a month ago, 44 sailors and 11 coaches gathered for a crash course in racing during the 14th annual Offshore/North U Performance Race Week at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, Florida.

The “boot camp” featured daily racing seminars and on-water training aboard Colgate 26 sailboats with instructors from Offshore Sailing and North U, the education division of North Sails based in Madison, Connecticut.

“No other program offers so much racing with coaches having decades of teaching experience on each boat. We review instructional video shot during the day as an integral part of the Offshore Sailing/North U curriculum, and Florida’s Gulf Coast is a wonderful learning and sailing destination,” said Offshore Sailing School’s Chairman Steve Colgate, who hosted the event along with North U Director Bill Gladstone, “We had a great week.”

“Performance Race Week was fantastic,” said Winter Hawley of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. “What you learn in one week is more valuable than anything you’ll learn in years of sailing.”

Offshore Sailing School has taught more than 130,000 adults and families to sail or sail better at its locations in Florida, New York, New Jersey, and the British Virgin Islands. The school provides all levels of Colgate Sailing and US Sailing certification from Basic Keelboat through Offshore Passage.

For additional information on Offshore Sailing School and the 15th annual Performance Race week visit www.offshoresailing.com.

Photo Credit: Offshore Sailing School

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