Corporate Team Building on Sailboats, what does that mean?

 

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Team Building

On sailboats with no experience necessary, this venue has a lot to offer that is unique yet remains very effective in what it promises to deliver. It builds camaraderie, respect for each other while understanding the benefits of working as a team while learning to sail.

This may be one of the best 4-5 hour team building sessions around that companies can invest with effective Team Building Programs.

We have a special promotion going on now that starts at $150 per person (min. of 6 paricipants) and will sail from Toronto only.

For those companies that are sensitive to environmental concerns, this activity is greener than most and therefore also favorable to that aspect of today’s corporate culture and mission.

 

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Team Building with Sailboats by Gregory Marlo

When learning to sail one becomes distinctly aware very early in the game, that the coordination of steering and adjustment of the sails while harnessing the winds energy, is what makes it all happen.

Understanding the principles of sailing a boat is not difficult and can be fun to learn. Getting people with no experience to operate a boat in a fairly short amount of time is also possible.

Demonstrating and then handing over the boat operation can happen over a few hours. Using well equipped relatively new SailTime Hunter 36’ sailboats with a single mast and two sails and working with a group of up to 8 participants on a boat, the crew first explains the operation of setting sails and helming.

These sailboats are easy to sail with up to four operational positions including the helm, port and starboard jib winches along with the main sail. Each participant has the opportunity to try each position after a thorough explanation and demonstration from the crew.

When it comes to corporate team building, taking staff out of the office environment, and teaching them something new while having fun with their fellow workers that they may or may not have had a chance to work with, has a lot of advantages.

The reason sailing may be so effective if that it is exciting and in order for the sailboat to operate best, all positions need to work in coordination with each other. If the angle of the boat to the wind is not ideal with the position of the sails, the boats speed is not optimized. However when a sailboat under some wind has sails trimmed and is set on a course with good speed and the boat keeled, one can feel the power of the wind powering thousands of pounds of vessel at a good clip.

It is an exhilarating yet challenging experience for the group. The participants can witness their efforts coming together as they all work towards a common ideal. This is ideally how we want people to feel and behave in the corporate environment. The case and point with sailing, is that every position is critical to the success of team as an error at any one position could stall the boat. However this is usually without being able to recover easily and getting things under way again.

Normally we divide participants into teams of three to four. The first hour or so is spent demonstrating and talking about the boat operations. Putting up the sails, demonstrating some tacks and jives while covering all points of sail which is the relationship of the vessel to the wind and how the sails need to be adjusted to work effectively at every wind angle.

Modern sailboats can sail effectively in any relation to the wind except for being directly into the wind. After the initial hour, team members each get a chance to be at the helm and feel how the boat handles in various conditions. When the boat tacks and jives, the people operating the main and foresails pull in using the winches to crank the lines or let out and ease their lines.

After everyone has had an opportunity to practice all the positions we plan a lunch stop. Usually a nice sheltered anchoring spot where the opportunity for more questions, some relaxation while eating, taking in the scenery and enjoying the water all come together. This also ends up being an excellent time for the crew to review some boating terms with the team(s).

Once again the team all participates in recalling what terms like the boat’s bow, stern, galley, head, port, starboard, winch handle, jib, main sheet, lines, halyards and boom mean.

On the way back when using multiple boats, a regatta (sailboat race) allows the team to strategize how they will man the boat and their course to the finish with the best route and most speed.

The crew is typically not allowed to assist at the controls at this time (unless to avoid a dangerous situation) but rather coaches the team and makes recommendations. It is interesting to observe how quickly these newcomers to sailing offer each other assistance and listen attentively to the commands coming from the helm.

There is always an emphasis on safety, from the initial briefing to everyone wearing life jackets while keeping a close eye on weather conditions. Crewmembers are well experienced and keen to show others facts about the sailboat and how to sail. Their enthusiasm and affinity for sailing certainly shows through and is passed onto the participants.

I’m sure there are some that develop an interest to go on to get further training and their sailing certifications. The participants will usually talk about the experience for days and weeks.

We promote picture taking and many companies will have a designated photographer come along. Hopefully it does leave a great recollection with workmates, along with a sense of accomplishment and the competitive spirit of trying to win the regatta. All this while learning something new that is fun and rewarding.

For those that love the water, the setting is ideal and for our outings in Toronto, the skyline provides a view of the city that is breath‐taking all on its own.

The feedback from the participants and management afterwards is wonderful. With praises like “everyone had a ball!” or “the experience was exhilarating and as I was actually sailing a boat for the first time in my life! Wow!”

Compared to most team building events, this venue has a lot to offer that is unique yet remains very effective in what it promises to deliver. It builds camaraderie, respect for each other while understanding the benefits of working as a team.

This may be one of the best 4‐5 hour team building sessions around that companies can invest using companies like SailTime GTA that has effective Team Building Programs from $150 per person.

For those companies that are sensitive to environmental concerns, this activity is greener than most and therefore also favorable to that aspect of today’s corporate culture and mission.

Private Jet Service is available for Companies who need to fly to Toronto.

 

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