New sailing programs offered for women

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Offshore Sailing School of Captiva Island, Fla., has added new programs and venues for its 15th year of its “You Can Sail Escapes for Women” course. Certified female instructors will coach an intense, fun-filled week with special seminars, happy hours and a gala graduation party.

Courses set for 2005 are:

• Florida Keys — Feb. 20 to 26 and Aug. 14 to 20

• British Virgin Islands — March 6 to 13

• Captiva Island, Fla. — May 1 to 7 and Nov. 11 to 13

All escapes include tuition, textbooks, accommodations, special workshops in the evenings, a graduation practice sail without the instructor aboard and US Sailing certification. www.offshore-sailing.com