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"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

Kristen Berry

Coach and Program Facilitator

Kristen is a US Sailing certified instructor who comes from a family of teachers and coaches. Before becoming a sailing coach, he was a swimming and diving coach and a fly-fishing and rock-climbing instructor.

Kristen owns and operates Gale Force Sailing, providing racing instruction, instructional lectures, and private coaching for clubs, teams, and individuals.

Kristen wears multiple hats for GEL as well, alternating between coaching and facilitating client programs.  Here's a video interview with Kristen describing the role of a GEL coach during a BoatWorks program.