FORT MYERS Forty-four sailors and 11 coaches recently gathered at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva for the sold-out 14th annual Offshore/North U Performance Race Week.
The week featured racing seminars and on-water training with Offshore Sailing and North U's expert racing instructors, aboard Colgate 26 sailboats in Southwest Florida's optimum sailing conditions.
Hosted by Offshore Sailing School's Chairman Steve Colgate and North U Director Bill Gladstone, the week-long event attracted crews of four learning and racing all day with professional sailing coaches on each of the school's Colgate 26 sailboats. North U is the education division of North Sails.
"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 Colgate. "We had a great week."
"Performance Race Week was fantastic," said Winter Hawley of Manitowoc, Wis. "What you learn in one week is more valuable than anything you'll learn in years of sailing."
In partnership with The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, the Colgate 26 boats flew special co-branded mainsails to commemorate Offshore Sailing School's 50th anniversary this year. The 15th annual Performance Race Week will be held again on Captiva Island April 19-25, 2015. Race Week information is available at www.OffshoreSailing.com.
For additional information on Offshore Sailing School, call 888-454-7015 or visit www.offshoresailing.com.