FORT MYERS — Offshore Sailing School, which operates four sailing training schools in the region and two more in the British Virgin Islands, has contracted with a new builder for its flagship Colgate 26 sailboats.
The company is Waterline Systems, according to a statement. “We are delighted to work with Randy Borges’ Waterline Systems of North Kingstown, R.I, and Hubert, N.C, to manufacture Colgate 26 sailboats,” says Offshore Sailing School founder and Colgate 26 sailboat concept designer Steve Colgate in the statement. “Waterline Systems is the perfect builder for Colgate 26s as they currently build the Alerion yacht line, and will provide that same high quality in producing the Colgate 26, known as The Boat For All Reasons because it is so versatile and safe in all wind and sea conditions.”
The Colgate 26 replaced Solings in Offshore Sailing School’s fleet in 1997, when it was named Cruising World magazine’s Boat of the Year. The Colgate 26 was originally manufactured by Precision BoatWorks in Palmetto, the release states, and Waterline Systems will now service Colgate 26 sailboats at either of its facilities.
Today, there are close to 400 Colgate 26 boats sailing and racing throughout the United States and in sailing areas including Qatar, through a combination of private owners, other sailing schools, yacht club fleets, the U.S. Naval Academy, and several other service institutions. Offshore Sailing School currently owns 17 Colgate 26 sailboats, used for sailing lessons, basic Learn to Sail certification courses, intermediate Performance Sailing courses and racing events, team building and leadership development sailing programs.
Offshore Sailing School was founded in 1964 by Colgate, an Olympic and America’s Cup Sailor and National Sailing Hall of Fame Inductee.