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2011 DATES
September 18, 19
October 22, 23

Rosslyn Metro Station, Arlington

7:30 am
12:30 pm

LivingSocial Adventure Page


- please print, sign and bring this waiver


- BoatWorks Sailing Primer
- Frequently Asked Questions


Weather courtesy of Weather Underground
Data provided by Weather Underground


  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Windbreaker
  • Fleece 
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Sneakers or boat shoes (white soles)

Bottled water will be available throughout the day. Please remember to stay hydrated.

GEL Sailing Team members are standing by to help you.


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LivingSocial BoatWorks Adventure 2011

livingsocialBeat back the winds of legislative impasse with this zesty zephyr of an Adventure: a three-hour yacht race and catered lunch in Annapolis with round-trip transportation.

Event Recap and Photos 

A total of 140 stalwart sailors joined us on September 17 and 18 and October 22 and 23. Based on the comments to the right ----> evaluation forms and the smiles in all the photos, we're happy to report a good time was had by all. Photos from all of the adventures are available via links on GEL's Facebook page. Additional photos from September 18th are available from Livingsocial photographer Michael Procknal's website.

If you attended the event and don't opt out when you get our Thank You email, you'll see another email when we've gotten the videos we shot up on youtube for your viewing pleasure.

What to Expect

Get ready for an exhilarating day at sea, but don't stress...absolutely NO SAILING EXPERIENCE is required. We will be learning together and then attacking a group challenge and racing with and against our adventure companions. Be prepared to be surprised by what we learn about ourselves and each other.

We'll be greeted by our hosts and expert sailing instructors from Group Experiential Learning, who will get us up to speed on sailing safety, nautical terminology, and boat-handling. Then, it's off to the race course on high performance yachts where the BoatWorks crew will hone our teamwork and get us ready to dominate the competition. In fact, we’ll be striving to beat records set by the high-profile employers, like the World Bank and Booz Allen Hamilton, who send executives, managers and teams sailing with GEL to develop leadership and communication skills.

After zipping around the Chesapeake Bay, we'll head back to dry land where we'll nosh on a delightful picnic spread on a gorgeous ocean-side property and celebrate our newly developed sailing skills together while enjoying one complimentary beverage (beer or wine.) You'll be taken away by the amber glow of the dusk-filled coastline, an image of ceaselessness you'll keep in your pocket the next time long delays cramp your DC lifestyle.

Morning Session


7:30-8:15 Adventure Bus Ride
8:15-8:30 Arrival
8:30-9:00 Sailing & Safety Orientation
9:00-10:00 Sailing Practice
10:00-11:15 BoatWorks Challenge Racing*
11:15-11:40 Fleet Racing*
11:40-12:00 Race Back to the Docks!
12:00-12:45 De-brief and Lunch
1:00PM Departure

*on the water schedule is approximate due to wind variability

Afternoon Session

12:30-1:15 Adventure Bus Ride
1:15-1:30 Arrival
1:30-2:00 Sailing & Safety Orientation
2:00-3:00 Sailing Practice
3:00-4:15 BoatWorks Challenge Racing*
4:15-4:40 Fleet Racing*
4:40-5:00 Race Back to the Docks!
5:00-6:00 De-brief & Drinks
6:00PM Departure

*on the water schedule is approximate due to wind variability

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.

The most valuable part of BoatWorks was...

"everyone getting to rotate through all the roles on the sailboat, and make decisions about what they do best"

"Our coach's personality and the first time we tacked without his having to tell us what to do!"

"Sailing was simultaneously all I expected and so much more!"

I wouldn't change a thing. BoatWorks was an amazing way to learn something new."

"Getting to experience all the teamwork aspects of sailing was amazing - I understand all the concepts so much better now. I had so much fun!"