Sailing school offering leadership training


The Offshore Sailing School is partnering with the Center for Creative Leadership, a global provider of executive education, to offer a customized program designed to build leadership and teamwork skills among executives and managers.

The program “Leadership at the Helm,” features intense sailing instruction embedded in an assessment-rich and interactive experience. It combines a leadership learning environment with immediate applications in the workplace.

Formats are tailored to meet clients’ development needs and objectives for all levels, from new managers to senior executives. “CCL’s proven expertise in creating leadership development programs with relevance and impact, combined with Offshore Sailing School’s top-ranked sailing instruction and experience in the corporate training arena, takes customized leadership development to a new level,” said Offshore CEO Doris Colgate in a statement.

In a typical three-day program, teams of four spend an afternoon learning to sail with expert coaches on Colgate 26 sailboats, designed by the school’s founder, Steve Colgate, and used by the U.S. Naval and Coast Guard academies. The next afternoon the teams participate in a series of sailing races and leadership exercises. While teaching the basics of sailing, the experience features 360-degree and personality assessments, group discussions and peer feedback in private breakout sessions, all guided by CCL faculty.

Typical program outcomes include: Deeper self awareness of leadership strengths and weaknesses; greater understanding of how to lead in a challenging setting; increased effectiveness in working with a team; enhanced self-confidence through learning new skills; and creation of a specific plan to apply learning and continue development in the workplace. “This new partnership with Offshore Sailing School will drive home that learning in a fun, supportive and very challenging setting is extremely effective,” said CCL president John Ryan in a statement. 

Offshore Sailing School has eight locations: four in Florida; the British Virgin Islands; St. Michaels, Md.; and two in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area.

“Leadership at the Helm,” will initially be offered at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, Fla., and the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Myers, Fla., with other campus locations as options.


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