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Offshore Sailing School Launches New Friends and Family Learning Vacations at Up to 60% Off

2011 sailing programs for families and friends include expanded learning opportunities and new sailing adventures to encourage team development and develop skills for lifelong sailing adventures.

Fort Myers, FL, March 03, 2011 --( More than 70 families with kids and teens ages 7-17 participated in Learn to Sail Kids and Teens Learn to Sail Free vacations over the past 18 months at Offshore Sailing School’s Florida and British Virgin Island campuses. In addition to these popular Learn to Sail programs, new cruising course options designed to introduce families to the joys of bareboat chartering together are now available at most Offshore Sailing School locations.

If new to sailing, the five-day Learn to Sail vacation provides confidence and skills to sail together on sailboats up to 30’ in all conditions. If everyone in the family knows the basics or are graduates of the Offshore Sailing School Learn to Sail course, the next step is a shore-based or Live-Aboard cruising course taught on 43’ to 50’ cruising yachts. Single parents are also encouraged to participate, as long as the oldest teen is at least 17 years of age.

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Flotilla Learn and Cruise Weeks in the British Virgin Islands
Two special weeks – June 13 and July 11 – are designated as Family Cruise and Learn Flotilla Weeks in the British Virgin Islands. These two weeks are for those who want to jump right into big boat sailing and share the fun with families with similar goals. Anyone can participate, whether new to sailing or moving up to big boat instruction.

Each boat in the flotilla will have an expert Offshore Sailing School cruising instructor aboard throughout the week, teaching the whole family how to handle a Moorings 43’ monohull or catamaran while sailing in the company of other families in the flotilla fleet. The package for a family of six on a monohull is $8,520 ($1420 per person) and includes a full week of instruction, accommodations in three cabins aboard the boat, all meals during the cruise (breakfasts, lunches, snacks, three dinners ashore and three aboard), flotilla parties, graduation diploma and certification options. The catamaran package is $10,665 ($1778 per person).
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Team Learn and Sail Bonanza for Friends
The school is providing, for a limited time, the opportunity for friends to learn together at two-for-one tuition pricing. Geared towards couples and singles who sign up together and fill a boat, opportunities include the five-day Learn to Sail course and seven-day Fast Track to Cruising course in the British Virgin Islands and Florida; shore-based five-day Bareboat Cruising Preparation course at the school’s Captiva Island, Florida campus; and the six-day Live Aboard Cruising course with The Moorings in the British Virgin islands.

The Two for One discount is based on filling the boat with four to six participants, buying the full package (including accommodations) with the discount on the tuition portion of the package for the course chosen. According to Colgate, this results in savings up to $1235 per person, “more than enough to cover airfares and then some.” Individual tuition normally range from $1295 to $2690, accommodations and travel are extra.

The Two for One Friends Bonanza booking window begins February 25, 2011 and ends April 15, 2011. Course dates must start prior to October 31, 2011.

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Offshore Sailing School
Doris Colgate
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