A Premium Outdoor Adventure Course for High-School Students on Traditional Sailing Yachts
The QBE European Leadership School (ELS) is a non-profit sailing project, offering an outdoor adventure designed to help teens rise to life’s challenges and learn to find safe harbor. It’s remarkable what three weeks of traditional sailing and life skills mentoring can do, especially along the culturally rich, scenic coastlines of western France, the Channel Islands, and the south of England. ELS expeditions are inspirational experiences that expand personal horizons and add impressive texture to any high-school résumé. If you’re down for a singular European adventure, join us next summer for life lessons—and a whole lot of fun—on the open sea!
(No sailing experience necessary.)
Charting Exciting New Courses
The sea is an exceptional life-skills classroom. 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 pilot cutters. Not only are our connoisseurs' sailboats fun (and relatively easy) to sail, but they're the perfect size for teaching self mastery and life's important lessons.
New Life Skills and Confidence
As an ELS crew member you learn to sail, function as an effective leader, and work collaboratively as a member of a team. The many challenges of sailing also help you develop a tenacious problem-solving mentality while individualized mentoring aims to help you organize better towards a productive, fulfilling future. In addition, you'll gain important life insights and make friends from around the world. When all the components come together, it's a powerfully transformative experience, one that will probably change your life forever. You'll be amazed how much you discover about the world and yourself.
A Perfect European Setting
Nestled along the Brittany shoreline in western France, an area famous for its excellent sailing and abundant wildlife, the centuries-old walled city of Saint-Malo once sheltered corsairs and pirates. Today its beautiful harbor, picturesque ramparts, and vibrant cafés 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.