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Sailing champ to help run Fort Myers company

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FORT MYERS — Offshore Sailing School named sailing champion Robert Brooks as its director of operations to oversee the company's seven locations.

“His background and successful career in sailing education and racing makes Rob the ideal leader in developing new programs, faculty, branch and resource management as we continue to grow our business,”
says Steve Colgate, chairman and founder of Offshore Sailing, in a statement.

Brooks will oversee all aspects of the company's systems and programs. The Fort Myers-based company has taught more than 130,000 people to sail since husband-and-wife team Steve and Doris Colgate founded the company in 1964. The company has seven locations in Florida, the British Virgin Islands, New Jersey and New York. You can read a recent profile of the company in the Business Observer by clicking here.

Brooks has more than 32 years of professional sailing instruction and coaching experience, and began sailing at Santa Barbara Yacht Club's Youth Program. In the early 1980s he raced and earned top finishes in the Newport to Ensenada Race (Presidents Cup winner), Transpac, Pac Cup, Coastal Cup and the San Diego to Puerto Vallarta regattas. Brooks was world champion in the Mumm30 class; national champion in the Melges24, Santana 20, Capri 30, and Holder 20 classes; and North American champion in the Mumm30, Melges24, J24, J80, and J35 classes. He recently won the overall Mackinac Cup 2015.


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