Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina Offers Three-, Five- and Seven-Day Sailing Packages in Partnership with Colgate Offshore Sailing School

Posted by Scrub Island, October 2014

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – Beginning April 1, Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina – the British Virgin Islands’ newest luxury private-island resort – will be offering three-, five- and seven-day Sailing Packages, giving guests an adventurous new experiential element for their ultimate British Virgin Islands getaway. The packages are made possible through a partnership with Fort Myers, Fla. -based Colgate Offshore Sailing School, a globally-recognized leader in comprehensive sailing instruction. To celebrate Colgate’s 50th anniversary, Scrub Island Resort will also offer a $50 resort credit to be used for any of the restaurant outlets or spa services with each sailing package booked.

“Having taught more than 130,000 people to sail over their 50-year history, Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School is the perfect partner to introduce this exciting experience to our guests here in one of the world’s most fantastic sailing destinations,” stated Anura Dewapura, Scrub Island Resort managing director. “We’re thrilled to be working with the Colgates and their Offshore Sailing School team to add this remarkable sailing experience to our growing list of island amenities.”

First-time sailors or guests wanting to sharpen their sailing skills have several learning vacation options at Scrub Island Resort, including Learn to Sail, Performance Sailing, Fast Track to Cruising and Bareboat Cruising courses. All rates quoted are per person, double occupancy.

The five-day Learn to Sail course taught in half-day sessions starts at $2,525* including six nights’ accommodations, taxes and resort fee per person. Participants arrive Sunday and depart the following Saturday. Morning and afternoon on-water classes alternate throughout the week, which allows guests to fully enjoy other amenities at the private island resort, including the award-winning Ixora Spa, renowned restaurants and bars, and unlimited use of sea kayaks and stand up paddleboards.

With a more fast-paced curriculum, the three-day Learn to Sail course starts at $2,115* including four nights’ accommodations, taxes and resort fee per person. Participants arrive Friday and depart Monday.

Designed for guests who are proficient at sailing and interested in racing daysailers, the Performance Sailing course over five half-days starts at $2,525* including six nights’ accommodations, taxes and resort fee per person. The Performance Sailing and Learn to Sail courses operate on the same schedules, providing an opportunity for couples and family members of different skill levels to enjoy this learning vacation together. Whether taking the Learn to Sail or Performance Sailing course, free time can be spent together lounging by the resort’s four-tiered infinity pool with a Caribbean cocktail from the swim-up bar, or strolling on one of the island’s three pristine beaches.

Guests can also earn their bareboat cruising certification during their stay at Scrub Island Resort with Offshore Sailing School’s exclusive Fast Track to Cruising™ course over seven days. Guests arrive on Friday and begin with two days of the Learn to Sail course on Saturday and Sunday, after which they begin the five-day Bareboat Cruising course Monday morning. This package starts at $5,135* including eight nights’ accommodations, taxes and resort fee per person. Upon successful course completion participants will be certified to charter a sailboat up to 50’ in familiar cruising grounds.

Sailors who already have basic sailing knowledge may take the Bareboat Cruising Preparation course on the same schedule as the five-day Learn to Sail and Performance Sailing courses, starting at $3630 including six nights’ accommodations, taxes and resort fee per person.

For and of the sailing courses, guests can add room nights before or after their sailing experience to further enjoy the BVI.

All Learn to Sail, Performance Sailing and Cruising packages include:

  • Accommodations in one of Scrub Island Resort’s ocean view guest rooms overlooking the marina for four, six or eight nights depending on course
  • Comprehensive textbook for the respective course
  • Unlimited launch service to and from Scrub Island Resort, and taxi from airport
  • Taxi to Moorings base (if taking cruising course)
  • BVI occupancy tax and Scrub Island resort fee (currently 17%)
  • Commemorative 50th Anniversary Offshore Sailing School cap
  • Diploma and logbook
  • Graduation celebration (complimentary champagne or non-alcoholic drink toast) Offshore Sailing School also offers a unique team building and leadership development program – the Corporate Sail-Race Challenge®. Customized packages starting at $299 per person for a half-day sailing and racing experience are available upon request.

For more information on Offshore Sailing School at Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina call toll free U.S. 800-221-4326 or visit

* All packages are based on double occupancy. Rates are per person and based on availability. Single and family rates are available upon request. Sailing course packages must be booked in advanced. Reservations will be confirmed once Offshore Sailing Terms & Conditions are signed and returned with a deposit. Sailing packages cannot be combined with any other Scrub Island package or promotion.

About Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, BVI

Opened in July 2010, Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina is named after its location, a serene 230-acre private-island haven situated at the east end of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. The first luxury resort development in the destination in more than 15 years and first member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection in the Caribbean, the resort is tucked into a rugged cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and neighboring uninhabited islands. It features 52 guest accommodations as well as a collection of two-, three- and four-bedroom villas, the intimate Ixora Spa, world-class restaurants including the popular Caravela, three private beaches and a 55-slip marina. For more information, call toll free U.S. 813-849-4153 or visit

About Colgate Offshore Sailing School

Offshore Sailing School is America’s #1 Sailing School®. For over 50 years, Offshore Sailing School has taught more than 130,000 adults and families to sail or sail better, providing all levels of Colgate Sailing and US Sailing certification from Basic Keelboat through Offshore Passage Making at eight locations in Florida, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and the British Virgin Islands.

About Mainsail Lodging and Development Group

Mainsail Lodging and Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern US and the Caribbean. Their properties include Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (, a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands and member of Autograph Collection® of Marriott International; Mainsail Beach Inn (, a boutique beachfront hotel and marina on Anna Maria Island, Florida; Mainsail Suites Hotel and Conference Center ( in Tampa, Florida; Mainsail South, a 328-unit apartment and corporate housing complex in South Tampa; and Mainsail Apartment Homes, a 360-unit apartment community in Tampa’s Westshore district. The company also operates corporate housing throughout the Southeast, exclusively managing the Florida market for Oakwood Worldwide® under both its ExecuStay® ( and Oakwood® ( brands, while also operating ExecuStay ( in Georgia, portions of Alabama, and The Carolinas. Opened in December 2013 in Tampa, Florida, the boutique food-focused Epicurean Hotel ( was created in collaboration with the legendary Bern’s Steak House and is the first newly constructed property in the United States to join the Autograph Collection®.

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