image of Olympian Graham Biehl during GEL/USSTAG Regatta

I'm very proud to join the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics in announcing that we've renewed our partnership to help American sailors bring home medals in the 2012 Olympic Games. 

Here's the text of the official release, which also highlights our upcoming events in Boston on May 26th and Annapolis on June 29th.

From: Dana Paxton
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2011 1:54 PM
To: Katie Smith
Subject: USSTAG news: Group Experiential Learning Renews Partnership



Group Experiential Learning Renews Bronze-Level Partnership

Contacts: Dana Paxton, US SAILING, 401-683-0800 x615,

Jay Palace, Group Experiential Learning, 888-435-8326 x23

Group Experiential Learning Renews Partnership as Official Supplier of Team-Building and Leadership Development

Portsmouth, R.I. (April 25, 2011) – Group Experiential Learning (GEL) has renewed its bronze level partnership with the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG), US SAILING announced today. Initiated in 2009, the relationship marked the first official team-building partnership for USSTAG, and since that time GEL has delivered high-impact team building and leadership training experiences for USSTAG sponsors.

The US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics is made up of the country’s top athletes in each of the 10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes who train together with the common goals of winning medals at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Weymouth, England.

As part of the partnership in 2011, GEL will introduce some of USSTAG’s non-endemic sponsors to the sport of sailing, while offering sailing veterans the opportunity to sharpen their skills and enhance their teamwork on the water. Many GEL events will feature participation by USSTAG’s Olympians and Olympic hopefuls.

"We take great pride in helping USSTAG with sailing programs which support team members’ Olympic and Paralympic dreams and the business objectives of USSTAG’s other sponsors. The relationship also provides special opportunities for our own clients to sail with and simultaneously support the athletes,” said Jay Palace (San Francisco, Calif.), President of GEL. 

GEL will host two introductions to their signature program “BoatWorks” in a one-day complimentary experiential sailing program for leaders and HR professionals. The first “Taste of BoatWorks” will be held on May 26 in partnership with Courageous Sailing Center, in Boston, Mass. On June 29, the second “Taste of BoatWorks” will be held in partnership with J World Annapolis, in Annapolis, Md. At both locations, participants will be introduced to GEL’s facilitated leadership development program offered across the country at various US SAILING-accredited Keelboat Sailing Schools.

Later this summer, GEL will team up with the Courageous Sailing Center to organize a special introduction to sailing and racing for USSTAG’s title sponsor AlphaGraphics. Franchise owners from the New England area will sail side-by-side with USSTAG members on the Charles River. The afternoon of racing will strengthen relationships and give participants a unique glimpse into the training, preparation and focus required to win medals at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“We are excited to continue and enhance our relationship with GEL,” said Katie Smith (Newport, R.I.), USSTAG’s Commercial Manager.  “We had a very successful event in Naples, Fla. last year where AlphaGraphics executives and franchisees got the opportunity to race with Olympian Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.) and gain insight to the teamwork and challenges involved with racing.  GEL did a phenomenal job translating the passion for sailing into easily accomplished onboard activities. It was a very positive experience for everyone involved.”

For more information about the Boston or Annapolis “Taste of BoatWorks”:

May 26 - Boston Taste of BoatWorks Program

June 29 - Annapolis Taste of BoatWorks Program

About Group Experiential Learning

Group Experiential Learning (GEL) helps organizations forge high performance teams, develop leaders and enhance relationships with key clients through active, outdoor experiential programs. GEL is based in San Francisco, California, and delivers its services across the U.S. and in select international locations.

About the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics
The US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US SAILING), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class are selected annually to be members of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. US SAILING supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is AlphaGraphics; other sponsors include Rolex Watch USA, Atlantis WeatherGear, Sperry Top-Sider, LaserPerformance, Harken Team McLube, Trinity Yachts, New England Ropes, Group Experiential Learning and Bow Down Training.


Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US SAILING is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. US SAILING offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country. For more information about US SAILING, please visit: For more information about the US Olympic Sailing Program and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, please visit:


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