Team building and sailing: a sea of opportunities

"Having a long-termstrategy is key to being competitive: even and especially if you haven't won today, you need to think now about actions that will set you up for success in the future, watch the moves of competitors, and don't be discouraged by difficulties: more challenges are already coming."

"You have to accept that the scenario in which you move is completely out of your control. You can't control trends and variables that are terribly bigger than you are, but you still have to consider them carefully: the teams that anticipate change best are the ones that turn out the strongest."

"Practicing together helps, as does communicating with a shared language. If everyone knows their job, it goes fast and smoothly. If people are confused about what to do, when to do it, steps happen at the wrong times and we lose momentum."

"Investing in better technologies can make the difference between success and disappointment, but a focused and compact team can beat less united and experienced competitors, even if they have more advanced tools."

"There are different types of teams and different types of competitions. Minute changes in the rules of competition can completely change the ratios of advantage. Certain external conditions favor certain characteristics of a group or hinder certain activities. However, to stay in the game, everyone must strive to excel in teamwork, tactics, and reading the context."


Whether sailing or business, these reflections arise from the direct experience of those measured by the unpredictability of wind and markets, tight spaces on board or within budget constraints, invisible and powerful currents under the hull or in business relationships.

Perspective designs and implements training experiences that invite participating teams to experience the sailing environment not only as a metaphor--ludic or sporting--of the organizational environment, but as a real experience of leading and developing a team, in a learning process that includes:

1. the construction of a collective vision, executive strategy, and tactics and techniques to achieve it

Testing initial expectations against the tangible consequences of each choice and maneuver on people's outcomes, emotions, and motivations 2.

3. experimenting with new group behaviors to improve habits and make the working style more solid and flexible, already within short duration activities.


These are the elements that make the sailing team building process unique:

The Drift: experienced skippers will help participants to act in a coordinated way so that the boat advances instead of "drifting" and going off course.

The Hull: the punctual design of the experience lends effectiveness and formative immediacy

The Rudder: trainers always on board help steer the training path toward the goal

The Sails: the participants, who together move the team by welcoming and transforming the energies of the environment

The Heights and The Tree: the motor, cognitive and team work activities that unite and regulate learning


The goal, then, is not only to learn how to steer the boat or to have fun in an activating and unusual way, but to work and grow as a team, integrating into a complex system such as the sea by allowing all the relational, communicative and procedural dynamics that support sailing to come to the fore.


There are three main areas of development within which each team can set specific goals for the nautical team building experience, diversified to fit the group's history and ambitions.

- Competitiveness and results: the team competes against itself, measuring its performance in terms of time and execution quality against explicit metrics that help improve performance systematically, even in a variable and difficult to interpret scenario.

- Collaboration and problem solving: the boat is transformed into a scientific laboratory from which participants contribute to a seabed study project. The ability to follow a method with tenacity and precision, analytical skills, and responsible data sharing are trained and debriefed.

- Vision and innovation: predicting, intercepting and recording dolphin movements for research purposes requires a rigorous approach to exploring the marine environment, combined with the creative and emotional sensitivity of a group of humans at play with-not against-animals of rare intelligence.


Characteristics of the route

The experience has a modular structure; it can be spread over 2, 3, or 4 days, depending on the team's training needs, within the framework of their organization.

The initial and concluding days have a defined organization, centered respectively on the fundamental elements of navigation and the translation of learning into effective and expendable organizational behaviors in daily work. The central days of the experience, on the other hand, focus on specific activities-competitive, pro-social, team work-agreed with the client in relation to the development prospects of the team involved.

The course can be not only an opportunity for team building, but also for team development and assessment of team resources and skills, with respect to growth processes already in place whose advancement is to be verified and promoted.


The Technical partnership between Perspective and offers:

- Main base at the Certosa in Venice

- Ability to depart from any port in Italy and rent as many boats as needed (price varies depending on port and rental costs)

- Integrated logistics management (hotels, travel, etc... )

- Activities for 8/10 participants (including 1trainer) per boat

- More boats connected in the fleet in case of larger groups  

- Branded individual equipment for participants to keep at the end of the experience

- Insurance management assistance


Output and benefits

- Full involvement: cognitive, emotional, physical.

- Energy in safety: the special nature of the environment and activities, carried out under the supervision of experienced sports training personnel, makes the participants' engagement intense, useful and memorable even through simple and safe group maneuvers.

- On boarding a project: you cannot board "halfway," you cannot join the team building journey ambiguously or passively. Choosing to come on board implies acceptance of the rules of onboarding. A challenge that may be unsuitable for teams in which obvious relational tensions or fragilities are observed, but which can often push individuals to overcome hesitations and resistances that block the team.

- Turnaround: "coming off the ground"-even for a few hours-is a symbolic action that can take on important significance in a team's history, clearly marking a "before" and an "after" in a process of integration, maturation, and team change.