Offshore Sailing School and Jeanneau America said they joined together to provide a premium learning experience for people who want to own or charter sailing yachts.
At the 2017 U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis in October, Offshore Sailing School will take delivery of the newest addition to its cruising course fleet — a four-cabin Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 479.
“This new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 479 is the start of a long relationship between our companies to provide premium cruising course experiences on brand new yachts each year,” Offshore Sailing School president and CEO Doris Colgate said in a statement.
The 479 has been leased through Florida Yacht Group.
During the Oct. 5-9 sailboat show the Sun Odyssey 479 will be one of four Jeanneaus in the Take the Wheel Interactive Workshop and boat demo program. An Offshore Sailing School skipper will be at the helm of the Sun Odyssey 479 during the show.
Afterward the boat will head south to its new home on Captiva Island, Fla., where the school will conduct weeklong cruising certification courses and other training programs.
“This impressive yacht is perfect for those who are thinking about owning a large cruising boat or planning to charter 48- to 54-footers, which have become so popular in the islands and abroad,” Colgate said.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to partner with Offshore Sailing School,” Jeanneau America sales director Catherine Guiader said. “One of our primary missions is to support the health and growth of sailing. By partnering with Offshore Sailing School we are now able to offer additional opportunities for students to learn from highly experienced and professional instructors on our boats. With a rich 60-year history of boatbuilding, Jeanneau is committed to being an integral part of educational programs that help individuals, couples and families get out on the water with confidence.”