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Team Building In San Diego on the Famous & Authentic America’s Cup Racing Yacht is a “Must-Do”

The fun of competition, riding an antique racing yacht, and the natural waters of San Diego are enough to inspire any group. Read on to learn more about team building in San Diego!

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea-whether it is to sail or to watch-we are going back from whence we came.” 

John F. Kennedy spoke these words as part of a speech he gave in 1962 at a dinner in honor of The America’s Cup yacht crews.

Many of us are never given the opportunity to return to sea by sail, something that is an exhilarating and age-old tradition. There is a lot of history in the story of yacht racing, its evolution, and how people practice it today.

Is it possible to experience the excitement of sailing a yacht, even if you’ve never tried it before?

The answer to that question is yes.

In fact, Team Building in San Diego gives you and your friends, colleagues, and other associates the opportunity to take the helm of a historic yacht. You have the chance to actually race a vessel that once competed in America’s Cup.

Keep reading to hear about how you can shake things up at your next private party or corporate event by taking to the high seas.

Commandeer a Historic and Award-Winning Yacht

The IL Moro ITA-16 and the Stars & Stripes USA-11 are the two yachts that you and your crew will have the opportunity to sail if you decide to raise the stakes for your next team building activity.

The Stars & Stripes USA-11 is one of several yachts once operated by Team Dennis Conner and used to compete in a number of different America’s Cups. The Stars & Stripes US-55 was a 12-meter ship that helped Dennis Conner win back the cup in 1987.

The Stars & Stripes USA-11 is a much bigger yacht, measuring 78 feet in length, and having a mast that’s 115 feet tall. She’s a powerful vessel, with a 40,000-pound keel, and carbon fiber sails that keep her running smoothly.

Experienced sailors will train and supervise six members of your team who will act as the crew for each yacht. Everyone will have a chance to be at the helm of the ship, as well to try out all the other positions.

Your team will have the opportunity to practice timed trial runs, and then compete in three races against each other. There’s nothing like some friendly competition at sea to get people excited to collaborate!

Having the chance to make tactical decisions together as a team while on the open sea is an excellent way to build trust and better communication.

A professional photographer will capture the whole adventure. Your team will love getting to relax, watch the videos, and see the photos after a hard day of sailing. All the photos and videos will be available in Google albums so they are easy to share with family and friends after the voyage. Soft drinks and water are also provided.

The History of America’s Cup

For those that aren’t familiar with the history of competitive sailing, we should give you a little background to understand why these historic vessels are so special.

The title that people vie for in America’s Cup is the oldest international trophy still awarded today. 

The Royal Yacht Squadron started the race in 1851, and it took place in the United Kingdom. The first ever winner was The America, a schooner that completed the race around the Isle of Wight in only 18 minutes.

After the race, the yacht’s owner donated The America to the New York Yacht Club, which is how America’s Cup got its name. The New York Yacht Club currently holds the title for the most America’s Cup wins, though the most recent winner was the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

The next America’s Cup will take place in 2021, where New Zealand, the defenders, will fight to hold onto their trophy. The race always consists of the defenders going against the challenger, a team from another yacht club that has worked their way to the top. 

We won’t know the challenger for the next America’s Cup until early 2021. In January and February, yacht clubs will compete in a series of qualifying regattas to see who the fastest team is.   

Competing for the Auld Mug

Nicknamed the “Auld Mug,” the America’s Cup trophy stands three and a half feet tall and weighs over 30 pounds.

Believe it or not, the prized silver trophy always travels first class with two security guards protecting it at all times. Anyone who touches it must wear white gloves because bare hands can’t touch the silver. The trophy travels in its own specially made Louis Vuitton trunk.

There is a lot at stake for these races, not only in the physical trophy itself but in what it represents. People spend years training in hopes of being able to take part in this historic competition.

There are sailors and yacht enthusiasts who have dedicated their entire lives to fighting for the opportunity to prove their seaworthy worthiness and have the chance to display the Auld Mug with pride. 

So being able to actually sail a ship that has competed in the cup is a pretty unique experience.

Why is Team Building Important?

You hear a lot about team building these days in corporate America, but what is the story behind it? Is it only an excuse to have fun?

In some ways, yes-but it also goes a lot deeper than that.

To work as an effective and efficient team, people need to trust each other. They need to feel comfortable around one another. They need to be able to communicate effectively. These are skills that take time to develop. You can’t will them into being.

Team building exercises give people the opportunity to get to know one another better. You can establish a rapport outside of the office that will follow you back into your day to day work. 

In an effort to save money, a lot of companies choose to do in-house team building training. Collaborative activities, games, trust falls, and all manner of other DIY experiences are implemented in hopes of fostering better trust and communication.

Those that have participated in these activities often find them unhelpful and awkward. They can actually have the opposite effect that management wants them to. 

How to Do Team Building the Right Way

To create team building experiences that achieve what you want them to, your employees should actually be having fun.

They need to step outside of their everyday lives, maybe even outside of their comfort zone. They need the opportunity to work together in a way that changes people’s perception of one another.

Collaborating in this way encourages creative thinking and can lead to more innovative work.

Effective communication takes practice. Experts recommend providing employees with problem-solving opportunities. They need exposure to situations where they need to work together to come up with a solution. 

It’s important to provide your team with activities that they want to participate in and are exciting to be a part of. Who wouldn’t want the opportunity to sail a historic yacht off the beautiful shores of San Diego?

San Diego is a sailor’s paradise. The winds create the perfect, breezy conditions, and all the inlets up and down the coast provide nooks and crannies to explore. You might even have the opportunity to check out some sea life between races. 

Team Building in San Diego-Do Something Distinctive

Our crew of expert sailors are waiting to meet you and your employees, friends, or family. 

Our team consists of a diverse group of experienced professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds. With one co-owner who’s a former Marine Corps officer and another who’s a retired anesthesiologist, we have a wide range of skills to draw from.

Our crew will be there to assist you every step of the way, to help your team be the best that they can be.

Earlier in his 1962 speech, John F. Kennedy said “It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears.” 

There’s no better way to appreciate what it means to put your blood, sweat, and tears into your work than by sailing in a historic sailing vessel. 

If you’re ready to get your team grinding some winches to help raise and lower the sails, contact us today to learn about our rates and availability for Team Building in San Diego. 

We look forward to hearing from you! 

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