Butamax BoatWorks

Experiential Team Building Program - October 13th, 2010

What to Expect

BoatWorks is an experiential leadership development program which is offered by in Annapolis and in port cities throughout the US and in select international locations.

So get ready for an exhilarating day at sea, but don't stress...absolutely NO SAILING EXPERIENCE is required. And, you don't need to be an athlete. Sailing is known as a "lazy-person's sport." Parapelegics, amputees, deaf and even blind people sail with abandon and joy.

The program leverages a non-racing, multi-sailboat format to get teams gelling as they battle the wind, the currents, their collective anxieties and a special group challenge, all under the watchful eyes of a professional coaching staff. The BoatWorks challenge is similar to an obstacle course, but individual boats can’t go it alone. Success requires extensive collaboration between sub-teams via hand-held radios.

The BoatWorks Challenge shines a spotlight on our strengths and weaknesses in areas of group decision making, leadership styles and collaboration. Be prepared to be surprised by what we learn.

Boats and Facilities

You'll sail a J-80 racing yacht. This one-design sailboat is versatile and highly maneuverable, but like any sailboat, requires teamwork to make it go.


9:00-9:30AM Kick-off
9:30-10:00AM Sailing & Safety Orientation
10:00-12:00PM Sailing Practice
12:00-1:00PM Lunch & Challenge Briefing (ashore)
1:00-4:00PM BoatWorks Group Challenge
4:00-5:00PM De-brief and Refreshments
5:00 Departure


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