Mark Twain once famously remarked that "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

If you're going to "throw away the bowlines," why not make it a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventure? Experience the exhilaration of open-sea yachting, the rich cultural traditions of Europe, and the challenges of a top-notch life-skills course at the Qualified By Experience™ European Leadership School in Saint-Malo, on the French Coast.

Directed by one of Europe's most experienced sailing and life-skills coaches, we use beautifully restored traditional sailboats to take you and your crewmates from France to the Channel Islands and then along the southern coast of England—a voyage of surprising personal growth and unforgettable cultural discovery. 

Charting Exciting New Courses

The sea is an exceptional life-skills classroom. It changes lives, one swell at a time! Sailing teaches you how to contend with forces you can't control and compels you to rely on crewmates for help. It requires you constantly to adapt to changing weather, winds, and tides to achieve objectives. But it's also tremendously rewarding—there's the thrill of the wind in your hair as you cut through the water and, in our case, the satisfaction of sailing into port on beautiful traditional boats. Not only are our sailboats fun (and relatively easy) to sail, but they're the perfect size for teaching life's important lessons.

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New Life Skills & Confidence  

"There is more in you than you think." So observed the great Anglo-German educator Kurt Hahn. He was convinced that the self-confidence and grit needed to make our dreams a reality come from repeatedly pushing our limits—physically, intellectually, and emotionally. QBE's European Leadership School shares his ageless philosophy. It combines a challenging expedition with ample time for reflection and discussion to help participants understand that our futures are "not in our stars, but in ourselves."

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The Perfect European Setting

Nestled along the Brittany shoreline in western France, the centuries-old walled city of Saint-Malo once sheltered corsairs and pirates. Today its beautiful harbor, picturesque ramparts, and vibrant cafes and shops attract visitors from around the world. Because of its excellent facilities and proximity to such destinations as Mont-Saint-Michel, the Channel Islands, and ports along the southern coast of England, it's the ideal location for a program that encompasses both yachting and cultural exploration.

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Free transportation to and from Paris airports | No sailing experience necessary | All instructors licensed by the Royal Yachting Association