Offshore Sailing School said it retained Nate and Heather Atwater to develop and lead an expanded roster of flotilla cruises.
Under the company’s new Colgate Offshore Sailing Adventures program, the Atwaters are charged with exploring and formulating new flotilla cruise options and personally guiding each flotilla adventure.
“With the Atwaters at the flotilla cruise helm we are excited to open participation in these cruises to all sailors, as well as Offshore Sailing School graduates,” Offshore Sailing School president and CEO Doris Colgate said in a statement. “Nate and Heather are the perfect couple to re-energize the flotilla cruise program Steve and I started for our graduates in 1972.”
The company said Nate worked for Offshore Sailing School as an instructor and manager in New York and Florida in the early 1990s. He met Heather when he took the school’s sails for repair at her father’s sail loft, Hild Sails, on City Island, N.Y.
The Atwaters own a 1980 Person 40 named Moonshine that they plan to move aboard sometime early next year.
The couple will lead the flotilla cruise in Abacos, Bahamas, in late November, and in 2017 St. Lucia in March and the Amalfi coast of Italy in September. They are working to add more 2017 summer flotilla cruises and a roster of flotilla cruises in 2018.
“The flotilla cruise development position at Offshore Sailing School begins to fulfill our sailing bucket list,” Nate said. “Our goal is to transition back into full-time sailing and see the world under sail, so this is a perfect fit for us.”