In conjunction with LPWSA, Mardi Gras Race week is pleased to announce Doris Colgate a keynote speaker February 28. Colgate is president and CEO of Offshore Sailing School, authored sailing books, founded the National Women’s Sailing Association and much more, some of which is listed below. Bring your copy of Doris’s book SAILING: A Woman’s Guide.
In 1990, Doris founded the National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) to create more awareness of sailing among women and help women build confidence in their sailing skills. The same year she introduced “You Can Sail Escapes” to provide all-women training programs through Offshore Sailing School.
In 1991, Doris launched AdventureSail – a mentoring program for at-risk girls. In 1997, she established the Women’s Sailing Foundation (WSF), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of women and girls through education and access to the sport of sailing.
In 1994, she received the Betty Cook Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award from Boating Magazine and International Women in Boating for her work in the marine industry. In 1996, she and Steve were honored with the prestigious SAIL Magazine Industry Award for Leadership. In 2003, US SAILING, the national governing body of sailing in the United States, awarded the Colgates the Timothea Larr Trophy in recognition of their outstanding leadership and excellence in sailing education. A year later, Doris received the Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award sponsored by BOAT U.S. and NWSA.
A member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and former chairman of the Commercial Sailing School Committee for US SAILING, she has been on the BOAT U.S. National Advisory Council since 1997 and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Sail America, the sailing industry association, from 2000-2006. Currently, she serves on Sail America’s Marketing Committee.
Author of SAILING: A Woman’s Guide, published January 1999 by International Marine/McGraw Hill, Doris received the 2000 Southam Award in the book category for this informative how-to guide for women. With husband Steve, Doris also co-authored Fast Track to Cruising, published in 2005 by International Marine/McGraw; and Fast Track to Sailing, published in 2009 by International Marine/McGraw-Hill.