CORPORATE SAILING EVENTS
sailing activities for corporate groups is one of our strong points.
We know how to make sailing work for you, whether you want to just
have some interdepartmental fun, or do some team building.
None of your group needs
to have any prior experience . We provide the boats and
we provide good sailors as skippers who can very smoothly introduce
their new crew (you) to the basic sailing tasks, enough to enjoy
an afternoon of sailing or racing and to be fully involved, working
as a team and having plenty of hands on activity.
Companies who have used us over the past 12 years include:
Capital One, World Bank, Phillip Morris, Southern Health, Maguire
Woods, MPI, Haworth, TLC, GE Capital, Vollmer Group,
DuPont Chemical, Capital One Financial, Post Newsweek, Discovery
Group, Global One, Laureate Realty, ILC, Merck & Co., Destination
Alan, Omniplex,, Optical Society, Digitech,
Scott & Stringfellow and State Farm Insurance.
We split larger groups into different teams, not all of whom race
at the same time, thus easily accommodating groups as large as 50
using the fleet in one afternoon.
Three options available are as follows:-
1. Team building
through Sailboat racing.
Sailing, and in
particular racing, is a natural team building experience. Use racing
to build up your team’s confidence and help them to work together. No
previous sailing experience is necessary - Premier Sailing will
organize everything for you and put an experienced instructor on each
boat. Each boat (J24 or Cal 30) can accommodate four of your team
How it works....
This activity starts when you step on board your boat and meet
your instructor/facilitator. The instructor will introduce you to the
boat and to the basic skills you will need in order to sail the boat
as a team - this includes where each of you is placed on the boat,
what your individual job will be, how the race will work. One person
will steer, one will work the main sail, and two will work the jib
(front sail) - our instructor will guide everyone through their jobs
and keep you going in the right direction and take over any job if
necessary. Remember - no previous sailing experience is necessary.
We keep this simple enough for everyone to feel confident and included
and from experience we know that you will start asking more
penetrative questions as the day goes on and you get drawn into the
competitive nature of the racing tactics. We normally run at least
three or four races which gives everyone lots of new starts and a
chance to regroup. Some teams like to rotate jobs after each race ,
others get into a successful groove and want to change nothing!
All of this racing takes place in
Carter Creek right in
front of The Tides.
person plus $175 event organization fee.
2. Talk Sailing!
- A communication building program through sailing. A special
program developed to help your team build their communication
skills. This is all about talking to each other and successfully
communicating for optimum team results. Premier will put your teams
aboard boats with experienced facilitators. This program includes an
initial one hour session on shore and a thorough debriefing exercise
after sailing so groups need to allow a good three and a half or four
hours for this program.
How it works...
Before you arrive we ask you for some information about your group -
your jobs, your positions within the company, what you are
specifically trying to achieve for your group. We will ask you to
split your groups into teams of four - you will know which people you
want to put together and which people you will want to separate. When
you arrive our chief facilitator will explain to you all how Talk
Sailing works. Each team of four will then be separated and each
team member will be given a different sailing task to learn. He or
she will learn this in isolation from the rest of the team (normally
by reading an information sheet). After 20 minutes the information
sheets will be gathered up and each team will gather on their boat and
meet their facilitator. Now your team has to talk to each other and
communicate the pieces of information that they have learned - all
four information packs added together is the information you need to
be able to sail your boat around the course. Your facilitator will
not tell you what to do - he will encourage you to communicate with
each other. You are allowed to spend some “capital” and ask him/her
questions. In fact you will be asked to set a budget and decide in
advance how much capital (i.e. how many questions) you think you will
need to spend... The chief facilitator will move from boat to boat
throughout the sailing period to compare how each team is doing (you
will still have your own facilitator on each boat).
Price. $195 per
person plus $200 event organization fee.
The sailing part of
this event takes about two hours. When this is over you come ashore
the whole group will have a very thorough debriefing session led by
the chief facilitator and it is during this session that all the
lessons and revelations of the day will unfold and you will have a
real insight into your team and how it communicates - the strengths
and weaknesses of your communications will be clear and your will have
achieved your goal.
3. Leisure sailing
- Your group already works well as a team and now you are rewarding
their successes with a relaxing celebratory break. Premier will
organize a leisurely sail out on the
just sailing, or include lunch or sunset drinks and hors d’oeuvres -
whatever you wish!
Price. $125 per
person (excluding any food/drink)