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Sailing school finds new ways to connect with community

Offshore Sailing School has taught more than 150,000 adults and families how to sail and powerboat.


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File. Steve and Doris Colgate have operated Offshore Sailing School in Fort Myers for decades.
File. Steve and Doris Colgate have operated Offshore Sailing School in Fort Myers for decades.
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FORT MYERS — With no customers during the coronavirus pandemic, Offshore Sailing School, which operates four sailing training schools in the region and two more in the British Virgin Islands, has turned to a new resource: videos.

The school’s founders, Steve and Doris Colgate, are producing self-made videos from their home on the Caloosahatchee River in Southwest Florida, according to a press release. Under the banner #DocksideChatswithSteve, the videos, according to a statement, offer “a little sailing-oriented entertainment to those who may also be homebound during the COVID-19 crisis.”

The series began March 30 and new episodes will premiere every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on the company’s Facebook page for the next several weeks. These stories will also be shared on Offshore Sailing School’s Instagram, twitter and YouTube Channel.

Based in Fort Myers, the company has taught more than 150,000 adults and families how to sail and powerboat safely and confidently. The stories the Colgates are sharing will be featured in their memoirs, to be published in 2021.

“We’ve sailed and raced boats, and hosted more than 100 sailing vacations for our graduates, all over the world,” company Chairman Steve  Colgate says in the statement. “The sailing lifestyle continues to bring us so much joy. And I’m so hopeful that those who watch the series will be inspired to get out on the water as soon as possible when current tensions ease.”

Offshore Sailing School offers every level of US Sailing and US Powerboating certification.

 

 

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