A Taste of BoatWorks

A fun afternoon sailing experience for local Harvard Alumni.

GEL's founder and our host for the day, Jay Palace, HBS '94A, has been delivering sailing and other high impact leadership and team building programs since 2003 all across the US.

Jay's company is ramping up operations in Chicago via a partnership with the Chicago Match Racing Center, an internationally renowned facility where Olympians and America's Cup sailors regularly train and compete.

GEL has generously extended a complimentary opportunity to experience the thrill of sailing and the fun of team work to a select group from the Harvard Club of Chicago.

NO SAILING EXPERIENCE is required, and we'll be in the safe hands of the great coaches from the Chicago Match Racing Center. The focus of the day will be fun on the water and bonding with other club members.

The Harvard Club Sailing program is limited to 24 particpants, and is offered to club members.


12:00-1:00PM Lunch & Challenge Briefing (ashore)
1:15-4:15PM BoatWorks Training & Group Challenge (on the water)
4:15-5:00PM De-brief and Refreshments
5:00PM Departure

What to Expect

During an initial training session, we will learn to drive, trim sails and communicate in order to get their boat moving fast and in the right direction. We will rotate through the positions; cross training and determining the crew configuration most likely to result in high fleet performance during the challenge.

After this practice, it's game on! All six boats will collaborate to sail like the Blue Angels as fast as possible through the challenge course. We'll complete the day with a fun race back to the dock to see which 4 person crew has learned the most about team work and boat speed during the afternoon.

Photo Gallery

We will have a photographer shooting actionm shots during the program and taking team pictures at the end of the day. Be sure to visit and like GEL's Facebook page and you'll know as soon as the pics are posted.

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