Offshore Sailing School signs deal with Freedom Boat Club

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Freedom Boat Club members will receive a 40 percent savings on Offshore Sailing’s Learn to Sail certification course tuition.

Freedom Boat Club members will receive a 40 percent savings on Offshore Sailing’s Learn to Sail certification course tuition.

Offshore Sailing School said it is partnering with Freedom Boat Club’s 17 southwest Florida corporate-owned clubs to offer discounts on certification course tuition.

Members will receive a 40 percent savings on Offshore Sailing’s Learn to Sail certification course tuition. Although the club has a scattering of sailboats in its fleet, FBC members must have earned their own national sailing certification in order to reserve and use a sailboat.

“We expect our new two-day Learn to Sail course will attract Freedom Boat Club members who have an interest in sailing and access to the Freedom fleet,” Offshore Sailing School president and CEO Doris Colgate said in a statement.

“Further, Freedom Boat Club’s franchise network will also have the opportunity to learn about this program this fall during the company’s annual franchise conference and to add Colgate 26 sailboats, designed by Offshore Sailing School founder Steve Colgate, to their fleets.“

“We are pleased to launch this specialized sailing training collaboration with Offshore Sailing School, which is a recognized leader in the sailing and boating education industry,” Freedom Boat Club president and CEO John Giglio said. “We look forward to launching this in southwest Florida and believe our members will respond positively to this wonderful new opportunity.”

The two-day weekend Learn to Sail course tuition is discounted for Freedom Boat Club members and covers the basics of sailing on Colgate 26 keelboats.

Courses are available with advance reservations on a year-round basis at resort destinations on Captiva Island and Fort Myers Beach, and upon request in St. Petersburg.

“When I gave a talk to the boat club’s ‘Freedom Divas’ a few months ago, there was a lot of interest by their female members in learning to sail,” Colgate said. “We’re excited to partner with Freedom Boat Club in this joint initiative."

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