Skip to main content

12-Meter Team Building

In sports, as in the workplace, success often depends on how a diverse group of people coalesce into a team. And there is nothing like sailing/racing with a group of colleagues aboard graceful 12 meters with historic pedigrees to get everyone pulling in the same direction. Competitive juices were flowing but the mood was friendly. The weather was gorgeous, and we smiled at the thought of a
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

In sports, as in the workplace, success often depends on how a diverse group of people coalesce into a team. And there is nothing like sailing/racing with a group of colleagues aboard graceful 12 meters with historic pedigrees to get everyone pulling in the same direction.

Competitive juices were flowing but the mood was friendly. The weather was gorgeous, and we smiled at the thought of a day on the water rather than being cooped up in the office. Half of us formed the crew aboard Columbia, the Olin Stephens-designed 12 that swept the first America’s Cup when the 12 meter class was introduced in 1958, the other half sailed aboard Heritage, the Charley Morgan-designed, varnished wood challenger from 1970.

The boats were manned with a professional captain and several deckhands to tell us what needed to be done, but it was up to us to do it. It took 6 to 8 of us pulling in unison to hoist the big main and jib. We put our backs into grinding winches, tending sheets, and making sure the running backstays were set. Positions were clearly defined and each crew member had to rely on their teammates. During the countdown to the start we dueled for position and each crew worked hard (but not too hard) to tease as much boat speed out of these classic boats as we could. After several races it was obvious that Columbia had the same speed edge over her competitors that she had in 1958, but who won really didn’t matter all that much.

During an extended break between races, we grabbed lunch on deck, connected with each other in an atmosphere of a fun day out (rather than only when deadlines loom), and the highlight for many was the chance we all got to take the helm. Classic 12’s are decidedly old-fashioned compared to modern America’s Cup class boats, but Columbia, represents the pinnacle of performance in 1958 and has her named etched on one of the most storied trophies in sports. In a way, sailing these boats creates a cool time warp that allows anybody (no sailing experience is required) and up close and personal view of history almost like being able to go back in time and pitch to Ted Williams, ride Secretariat, or try to defend Wilt Chamberlain. No matter what industry you’re in, sailing/racing/team building on a 12 meter is a perk that will pay dividends down the line.

For more information on 12 meter charters long on to:
www.12metercharters.com

Related

fa70b13c-8eec-4c35-b30f-f89e497b469a

Crowdsourcing Age-of-Sail Weather Data

Although big, multi-million-dollar projects like the Large Hadron Collider and the human genome project with their legions of PHD’s tend to grab headlines, there’s still a part of play for the “citizen scientists” of the world. Amateur birders have long contributed to an ...read more

01-LEAD-Ultime-race-Yvan-Zedda,-OC-Sport-Pen-Duick

Ultims to Race Solo Around the World

For years now, maxi-trimarans, both solo-sailed and fully crewed, have been racing the clock on their own around the world in an effort to set ever faster records for the world’s fastest circumnavigation under sail. Back in 2000-01 there was also a no-holds-barred ...read more

P1-01-LEAD-018_CARYNBDAVIS_AMISTAD

Juneteenth on the Water

Discovering Amistad and Mystic Seaport Museum have partnered to organize their third annual Juneteenth festival, featuring concerts, speakers and a reflection on the lasting legacy of racial injustice in America. Declared a National Holiday in 2021, Juneteenth celebrates the end ...read more

Lead-2021-01-17-vue-03-34-av-tb-01

New Multihulls for 2022

Lagoon 51 In keeping with many of the more recently launched models created by French multihull builder Lagoon, the Lagoon 51 is all about comfort, “en plein air,” in particular, as the French might say. Topside, a whopping 80 percent of the boat’s flybridge is given over to ...read more

bermuda

How to Spectate on the Newport Bermuda

The biannual Newport Bermuda Race starts on Friday with the first warning signal at 1 pm. Whether you’re tracking a loved one’s progress or just spectating an event that draws pros and weekend warriors alike, there are plenty of ways to stay up to watch. The starting line will ...read more

03-Hyeres-220429_SOF2022_SAILINGENERGY_1933_3184-copy

US Sailing Strikes Gold in Hyères

After being skunked or nearly skunked at multiple Olympiads, could the US Sailing Team (USST) now under the direction of Olympic veteran Paul Cayard, be finally turning it around? If its performance at the 53rd French Olympic Week regatta in Hyères, France, where the team posted ...read more

P1480042

New York City’s Newest Fleet

120 children enrolled in Brooklyn Boatworks’ STEM and life skills-focused program launched their hand-built optimist prams on June 14 from Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The launch is the culmination of years of student work, with boats in process before the pandemic caused the ...read more

AdobeStock_197518370

Charter: Off the Beaten Path

So, you like to charter in the Caribbean with its warm waters, swaying palm trees, steady trade winds and strong rum drinks. What’s not to love? It can be easy, though, to get stuck in a rut when chartering year after year in the same place. Sure, the British Virgin Islands are ...read more