Team Building Sailboat Races
Race your teams from five beautiful Southern California locations; Marina del Rey, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Dana Point or San Diego.
Races for all sizes of teams—from ten to seventy-five mates.
Set sail on the most fun and exciting teambuilding competition in Southern California. Your teams will sail on luxury cruising sailboats on the sparkling blue Pacific Ocean. Departing from your choice of five marinas, our races are close by and within easy reach. No sailing experience is needed. Each boat has a Coast Guard licensed skipper to train and coach your team before and during your race.
Your crew will have hands-on experience to raise the sails, tack and jibe the boat in different directions, grind the winches, and trim the sails for maximum speed. And the most fun of all—each person will take turns to steer the boat. Your mates will rotate positions on the boat every half hour. Teams are amazed at how fast they learn to sail. The first 45 minutes of the sail is on-the-water training on sailing the boat. Your boats will then cross the starting line at sea for the most fun race they have ever had! On two boats or fifteen boats, each crew will strategize their own fastest course to the finish line. Dolphins and whales are sometimes spotted while at sea. A leisurely sail back to the marina ends the race with a deeper camaraderie and teamwork for all.
A trophy awards ceremony ends the sail over happy hour or dinner back at the marina. Each crewmember of the winning boat receives a first place trophy for their victory. An optional debriefing over lessons learned at sea is also provided during happy hour. Lessons about staying on course, teamwork, communication, strategy and adapting to changing winds and sea are all applicable to success in the workplace. Sailboat racing teamwork teaches meaningful business lessons as well as personal life lessons for all.
“Race Day Overview”
Sample schedule of an afternoon race. (races can be customized for your schedule, but afternoons are recommended for best winds)
12:00 PM Lunch is recommended at marina restaurant or yacht club. Box lunches can also be served on boats.
1:00 PM Arrival at the Marina docks and boats.
Welcome by WayPoint Sailing, Race Chairman and Skippers. Teams receive pre-race briefing, safety rules, and instructions about the race before boarding their boats.
1:15 PM Depart from docks.
Each boat carries a maximum crew of six (plus skipper makes seven). Your crews are instructed in all positions on their boats while sailing out to the ocean race course. Positions include steering as helmsman, mainsail and genoa trimmers, bowman and navigator. Your Coast Guard licensed skipper is aboard each boat for training and supervision, but your crews will actually be sailing your own boats.
2:00 PM Sailboat race start time. Race begins at course start line with boat horn blast. A typical race course is six miles long around race markers or buoys, one to two miles offshore (San Diego and Newport Beach may also sail within the harbor).
4:00 PM Finish line at committee boat or last mark, boats return to marina and docks.
Post-race debriefing about the race focuses on lessons learned at sea and their application to your teams in the workplace.
Award Ceremony on dock or at post-race happy hour or dinner. Trophies are awarded to all crew members of first place boat.