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Get off the Loop and onto Lake Michigan, one of the United States’ largest lakes. Chicago’s fresh water and dramatic skyline make it an amazing place to bond with your team or clients.

Our primary partner for events in Chicago is the Chicago Match Race Center, a sailing center based out of Belmont Harbor. The CMRC hosts high-level regattas that attract hundreds of internationally ranked sailors from dozens of countries.

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When not hosting these top-level sailing regattas, CMRC partners with GEL to create high impact BoatWorks, RaceWorks and custom executive development programs. The center can regularly support groups ranging in size from 6 to 40, and larger teams can be accomodated with advance planning.

The primary yachts used for BoatWorks and RaceWorks programs are the CMRC's Tom 28's. Each sailboat accomodates up to 5 crewmembers (normally 4 participants and a GEL coach). The boats are considered the sports car of sailboats; as they are fast and highly maneuverable.

For cruising, bonding and other custom programs, a variety of other boats are available in Chicago. 

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Boats Available

  • Tom 28
  • Various Keel Boats


6 - 40


"I didn't realize how challenging, inspiring and just plain fun our time on the water would be. This ranks as the best leadership training exercise we've done by far."


"The parallels between what goes on on land — i.e., our working environment — and what went on on the water were uncanny."

Ernst & Young

"Merging two large, geographically dispersed organizations offered some unique challenges. Jay and GEL were tremendous."

Partner, Booz Allen Hamilton

"Jay and his team put together one of the most effective and enjoyable days of team-building activity that it has ever been my pleasure to participate in (and I've been in far too many)."

IFC/World Bank

"Most of our leadership program participants have never sailed before. Trepidation? Sometimes. Positive feedback? Always."

The Symphony Group