Yacht Racing -
The Ultimate Team Building Experience
Extraordinary things happen when co-workers
come together in pursuit of maximum performance. Pinnacle’s
Corporate Yacht Racing program builds leadership, teamwork and communication
skills that translate directly into the workplace.
Aboard a fleet of magnificent, identical Jeanneau 37, 40 or 42 foot yachts, your Company's teams (up to five people per vessel) race along Chicago’s fabulous lakefront under the guidance of a licensed Captain.
As a team, the crew faces many challenges
related to race strategy and execution. Each team member rotates through
the crew positions of helmsman, mainsail trimmer, jib sail trimmers
and tactician. The competitive situation and interdependencies between
team members performing unfamiliar tasks quickly cause the personal
traits of each member to emerge. Team culture evolves and performance
improves as the crew learns to better communicate and coordinate efforts.
Crew members come to know much about themselves, and how their actions
(or inactions) affect others on the team. Regardless of outcome, everyone
has a great time.
No other team building venue offers
the sense of challenge and immediate awareness of cause and effect
like yacht racing. This wonderful high-impact event will be talked
about at your company for years to come.
Pre and post-race activities are conducted at the renowned
Chicago Yacht Club and Columbia Yacht Club, both located in Chicago’s
Monroe Harbor. Steeped in tradition with remarkable displays of nautical
trophy’s and artifacts, these facilities set the tenor for your
unique and memorable event.
The race course is established approximately
3-5 miles off-shore, east of Navy Pier and the Chicago Lighthouse.
Chicago’s skyline serves as a stunning backdrop for the race.
Fleet of Yachts
The Pinnacle Fleet shines as the newest and largest in the continental United States for use in programs of this kind. A selection from the fleet of twenty late-model 37 - 42 foot yachts - crafted by Jeanneau, the acclaimed international yacht builder - are used for the race program. Each yacht is equipped and finished to the highest standards, with sleek hulls and topsides, richly appointed teak interiors, and advanced rigging and instrumentation. All carry furling mainsails and jibs, full wind instrumentation, and safety gear that exceeds USCG requirements. They are performance-cruising yachts, sailing at about seven knots in a good breeze.
and Comprehensive Program
10:00 – 11:00 AM: Program Briefing and Brunch
The event begins with opening comments by the company’s Sponsor.
The Pinnacle Fleet Commander then provides an overview of the day’s
agenda and objectives. The race course is reviewed. Team assignments
are announced and the licensed USCG Captains (e.g., team Coaches)
for each yacht are introduced. Brunch is served concurrently (the
menu to be selected by the company).
1100 – 12:00 PM: Board Yachts
and In-Harbor Instruction
Teams take tenders to their yachts moored in Monroe Harbor. An overview
of yacht operation is provided by the Coach. Crew rotation is established.
Safety procedures are discussed. Group photos are taken of the crew
on their yacht.
12:00 – 1:15 PM: Instruction
and Practice Under Sail
Yachts depart Monroe Harbor. Hands-on instruction is provided by the
Coach for crew members at each position. Coordinated tacking is practiced.
Race course strategies are discussed. Yachts converge to the race
start area and jockey for best position at the gun.
1:15 – 2:30 PM: Race
Adrenaline fills the air as the race start is anticipated. The race
commences, and the yachts round marks on six reaching legs. Photos
are taken of the yachts and their crews as they race. The fleet returns
to Monroe Harbor and sailors take the tender back to the Yacht Club.
2:30 – 3:00 PM: Award Ceremony
The company Sponsor awards the winning crew with the coveted Pinnacle
Cup trophy that bears the companies name and race date. Photos are
taken. Departing comments are made and the event is adjourned.
Pricing for this event is $295 per person, plus tax. This
price includes use of new, well equipped Jeanneau yachts, instruction
services, insurance, licensed USCG Captain fees, materials, tender
passes, race committee boat and officials, photography and the trophy
cup. Brunch and room charges are in addition and depend on the size
of the group and the menu selected. The race program requires at least
three people per yacht, and not less than two yachts. Maximum race
capacity is six people per yacht (in addition to the Captain). Up
to fourteen yachts can be provided (more if needed). The race program
is offered only on weekdays only. Availability is very limited and
reservations are required well in advance.