Team Building Programs

Corporate Sail-Race Challenges®

Olympian, America’s Cup sailor and our company founder, Steve Colgate, knows why winning teams work so well together. He and his team of expert coaches have combined their knowledge and experience to develop highly successful team building programs based on sailing. On a sailboat, very different personalities learn how to work together to accomplish a common goal. Good leadership skills are developed, trust and respect are fostered.

“In our industry, we need people who are bright and talented, with the ability to work well as a team. Your program helps us identify those who exhibit hard work and leadership qualities. We will definitely return next year.”

Liz Naylor – UBS Investment Bank

New York, NY

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Other programs test survival skills, and segregate participants by detecting weaknesses and inabilities. Not so of sailing. Anyone, of any age, any size and strength can participate in a Corporate Sail-Race Challenge because sailing is forgiving. Everyone aboard learns to work together, take and give commands, share the goal of maximizing the sailboat’s potential. Offshore Sailing School coaches and facilitators specialize in teaching people how to sail successfully. Whether your group includes people who are avid sailors or boating novices, young or old, fit or not so fit, they are encouraged to participate and learn equally. After just a few hours everyone gains comfort and confidence aboard, discovering how to work as a team, as skipper and crew – to capably reach the finish line.
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Program Benefits

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  • Sailing requires successful interaction between skipper and crew
  • Sailing facilitates strategic planning and enhances problem solving skills
  • Wind shifts on the water are like changes in the workplace, requiring smart, timely reactions

Each boat is assigned a team of four or five participants with an expert Offshore Sailing School coach. Each team member rotates as captain and crew. Company executives remark over and over how amazing it is to experience taking orders from an employee when they are tasked with crewing instead of leading. Employees discover how challenging it is to be in the driver’s seat. This all results in renewed respect for one another.

A perfect example of how team members on a sailboat motivate each other occurred in a half-day program with Interstate, a resort management company. On one of the boats, a team member was reluctant to take the helm at her appointed time. Her co-workers encouraged her to move from “no” to “sure” and that boat won the race! This is what team building is all about – encouraging and trusting one another to successfully produce results.

Our team building courses can be a half day, full day or multiple days. No matter the length, the same goal of creating a group mindset can be achieved. Our instructors are schooled in facilitating on-water issues and relating those back to pre-stated goals in debriefs after sailing.

Typical Half-Day Schedule (9:00-1:00 or 1:00-5:00) – $299 per person

  • Short welcome meeting ashore with program overview and team building concepts related to  sailing
  • Classroom session on sailing basics and the language of sailing (20 minutes)
  • Dockside session to acquaint teams with boats, basic sailing maneuvers, sail handling (20 minutes)
  • Hands-on sailing instruction, with strategic and tactical planning aboard (1-1/2 hours)
  • Races and exercises test team interaction as sailing continues (1-1/2 hours)
  • Debrief ashore after all boats return to dock (20 minutes)
  • Awards presentation (if pre-arranged) – a festive ending for productive results at work

 

Typical Full-Day Schedule (9:00-5:00 with break for lunch) – $399 per person

  • Short welcome orientation, program overview and team building concepts related to sailing
  • Classroom session on sailing basics (20 minutes)
  • Dockside session to acquaint teams with boats, basic sailing maneuvers, sail handling (20 minutes)
  • On-water hands-on instruction (2 hours)
  • Lunch break ashore (1 hour)
  • Sailing continues with exercises focusing on strategic and tactical planning (1 hour)
  • Multiple races in fun atmosphere challenge and test team interaction (2-1/2 hours)
  • Debrief ashore after all boats return to dock (30 minutes)
  • Awards presentation (if pre-arranged) – a festive ending for productive results at work

 

Additional Services quoted on request if program booked at least two months in advance

  • Hats, team t-shirts or polo shirts
  • Sailing gloves
  • Trophies or awards
  • Corporate or group banners to display on each boat
  • Photographer, videographer
  • Accommodations ashore
  • Meals and/or snacks
  • Independent facilitators
  • Tents and other services

Corporate Sail-Race Challenges® are held aboard fleets of Colgate 26 sailboats, designed by Steve Colgate and renowned naval architect Jim Taylor. The award-winning Colgate 26 features comfort, safety, performance and ease of handling, which highlight its designation as Cruising World Boat of the Year in the “Pocket Cruiser Division” the year it debuted. The U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Maine Maritime Academy and other institutions all maintain Colgate 26 fleets for training first year students, cadets and plebes. Features of these fast, fun sailboat include a huge cockpit that can accommodate five adult participants, a separate station for the coach within easy reach of all controls, unsinkable flotation, fixed rails to lean against when the boat heels, and sophistication that makes moving up to larger boats easy. Colgate 26 fleets are available at these Offshore Sailing School locations for team building programs:

“I heard nothing but rave reviews about it. The execs had such a wonderful time. Thank you so much for everything you did to make this an unforgettable event for the group.”

Lauren Suppa – Executive Sales Assistant
Luxottica
New York, NY

“We all had a GREAT time. The instructors were patient, in some cases “very” patient and very informative. The boats were great, top notch equipment. It’s obvious to us all why you’re the #1 sailing school. It was an experience we will all be talking about for years to come. Thank you for a perfect afternoon. The sailing was good for us all.”

Ellis Etter – Director of Sales and Marketing
Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina
Ft. Myers Beach, FL

“In our industry, we need people who are bright and talented, with the ability to work well as a team. Your program helps us identify those who exhibit hard work and leadership qualities. We will definitely return next year.”

Liz Naylor – Campus Recruiter
UBS Investment Bank
New York, NY

“Everyone from H.I.G. Capital extends many thanks for making our summer outing not one to be forgotten! We all had a great time and learned so much from our wonderful boat instructors. The regatta was really a lot of fun! Those who missed the event were really bummed out. Thank you again for making this a great corporate adventure for all of us!”

Teresa Delacruz
H.I.G. Capital
New York, NY

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Call 888-454-7015 or 239-454-1700
Email Sail@OffshoreSailing.com

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