sailing could quite possibly be the very best team building
activity on earth.
simulates our environment at work - constant changes and
'unknowns' are thrown at the group who must adapt to deal
and deal with the situation.
large of our Corporate Sailing Adventure involves executive
'team building', but also creates the opportunity for self
and group discovery.
to sail a boat well, around a course or in a fun competition
puts the crew on board in a unique situation. They must
learn new skills together as a group - solving problems
and working together in a fun and challenging environment.
Together on a boat - co-workers must abandon pre-existing
relationships and solve problems together - as a team.
topics of discussion both during and after the event are:
hidden barriers do we all acknowledge that inhibit us
working together better?
How do we maintain this level of cooperation back in the
Once we clearly understood our roles, and each other's
roles, everything was much smoother. Could this be why
we are having trouble with 'XYZ problem' at the office?
There are several ways to structure your corporate
sailing event, depending upon your desired outcomes:
Boats from 32 to 125 feet long
and support from 4 to 80 participants. Large yachts have
3 crew members and at least two facilitators on board
at all times to supervise and help with the individual
This helps participants experience the need to be, and
value of being, an effective 'cog' in a wheel. This expression
has a negative connotation. But in truth, no one wants
to do everything!
In addition, the metaphor for sailing a large ship is
extremely useful when discussing an organization. Most
of the principles are the same and can help stimulate
discussion in small breakout groups during the adventure.
Lastly, this is an extremely fun event that combines a
learning opportunity with a unique setting to create a
A mental workout to truly let a small group
of executives experience and witness behavior under stress
in a safe environment.
We collect everyone’s cell phones, PDA’s and
watches and put them into a dry bag. Participants are
taught basic sailing skills and conduct man overboard
drills. after everyone is starting to feel comfortable
we hold up the dry bag and toss it overboard. A REAL man
overboard drill. Have you ever seen how people react when
they lose their cell phone, Blackberry, Treo, etc? Now
we have the chance to see how people really react under
pressure and whether they were paying attention -- because
the instructor steps aside and will only help them in
Of course, when they get the 'Man Overboard' or dry bag
back in the boat, the discover the bag is simply a duplicate
and their belongings were safe and sound the entire time
This provides the basis for discussion of behavior under
stress and how it relates back to be helpful or hurtful
as an executive, boss
As we sail back to the harbor, we pull the dry bag back
out, show them a zip lock bag with all their stuff and
throw it over board again. This time, they KNOW it is
real and we get to see if there is any change in behavior
from the first time. What do you think they do?
When they get the dry bag back in the
boat, they discover the bag is filled with old cell
phones, watches, etc. Their stuff was safe and sound
below. This gives us the opportunity to set expectations
for change. How much change is possible and how much
change do we REALLY want?
Lastly, the group walks away understanding each other
better and feeling more closely connected.
- Team Sailing Challenge
A day-long event, we begin by teaching
basic sailing skills and drills, mixed with impromptu
discussions about how the boat relates to how the group
works together 'on-the-job'.
Mixed with some on-shore activities that help the group
communicate better, experience the need for leadership,
followership and the value of both.
At the end of the 'day' the participants discover that
the day was not simply about improving communication and
'team building'. They will be participating in an ACTUAL
The facilitator/instructor steps aside and is only an
observer during the race.
This creates a true mix of theoretical, practical and
actual team building within the group and leaves a great
sense of accomplishment that is missing from so many team
Day at The Races
taking your team away from the office for an exciting
day on the water conveys value and appreciation. Putting
them in a sailboat racing event bonds and develops communication
up on different yachts for your own corporate regatta
- race the home team against the visitors or one department
versus another. This is an amazingly good time and will
make an indelible memory of cooperation and competition
While some of the participants are out racing, the groups
onshore are involved in debriefing, short activities to
reinforce and practice what they learned while sailing
and finally, simply relaxing and enjoying the day.
This can be either a 4-hour or 8-hour event.
Your group begins the day without any idea how
to sail a boat together, and certainly not to race it.
And yet, by the end of the day, each team of 4 to 6 will
race their own boat against others who, if possible, race
Sailing small vessels creates an exciting atmosphere that
sharpens each participant's attention and compels each
self-managed team to fully integrate individual efforts.
Through this exhilarating experience, participants develop
leadership and communication skills, strengthen relationships,
share risk-taking, and improve trust. The debriefing session
back on shore examines communication patterns, leadership
styles, decision-making processes, and team effectiveness.
professional facilitators work with or are certified
sailing instructors to introduce your group to the sailboats
and teach the fundamental sailing skills. Amid the spray
of sea water, team members rotate through the different
roles of the sailing crew, which allows each person
to take the helm and handle the lines and sails. The
team must work in unison throughout the adventure, tacking
and jibing, sail-handling and steering, while our staff
members continuously monitor safety and focus the group's
attention on team discoveries.
After a team has learned and practiced the necessary
sailing and teamwork skills, it is ready for the regatta.
Each boat's crew uses its new skills to try to outmaneuver
the other boats to the finish line.
There are very few experiences like watching the sun rise
out to sea. This experience is completely unique and makes
the group adapt, learn and overcome
This is the ultimate 'team building'. challenge, designed
to bring all participants out of their comfort zone and
into an exciting adventure.
While the experience is actually extremely safe, with
Yacht master Instructors aboard and a fully capable deep
ocean yacht, the sheer power and expanse of the open sea
is supreme in enhancing interdependency and teamwork.
Your team(s) will sail from the port of your choice and
make offshore passages to demonstrate the bond, communication
and critical team dynamics essential to attaining the
individual and corporate goals.
Participants will experience different styles of leadership
that they can use, the impact of those styles and the
demands that a changing and challenging environment can
place on them as leaders. Our experienced instructors
will facilitate the experience by coaching the participants
in sailing the yacht, safety equipment, nautical instruments,
and navigation. If your corporate team needs bonding,
this is the most efficient way to find it, learn it well,
and bring it back to work.
By working through a discovery process with you, we tailor
the event using our wide array of land based and water based
modules to create an experience that will initiate a change
in behaviors that affect team performance and your company’s
However, we guarantee the participants will come away with
a better understanding not only how to interact better as
a cohesive group, but also how to translate that knowledge
back to work.
participant completes an action plan related to specific
goals they set for themselves. Based upon this, a daily
action plan is created with specific tasks that will create
certain benefits to the person and organization.
enjoyable, leisurely sail or an activity based team sailing
adventure awaits you.
This HIGHLY dependent upon your:
location - San Francisco or BVI, San Juan's or Chesapeake?
of participants and
Date of the event.
are simply too many variables to provide a cost sheet. Please
contact us, give us the details and we can give you an idea
of costs based upon your needs.
about Corporate Sailing
if it rains?
like the business environment, unexpected adversity
can be thrown our way. We will have a contingency plan
in place should the weather not cooperate. However,
we have found this to rarely happen
can we do this?
We can arrange our Corporate Sailing at almost any port
in the world.
you need to know how to sail before you go?
not. In fact, our biggest breakthroughs occur with those
who are new to sailing.
of our group may not know how to swim
problem, we all wear personal flotation devices.
am not sure which exercise is right for my particular
situation. Is there someone I can speak with?
Call and speak with any one of our facilitators at 800-513-8759 .