Operating out of the historic French port of Saint-Malo, we use beautiful hand-crafted traditional boats, constructed by old-school artisans in a heritage workshop, and fabulous adventure to help teach young men and women how to grow up.
What to Expect
During each 20-day expedition, everyone takes turns learning and practicing the team tasks that sailing requires. We provide numerous opportunities for each student to make decisions and take responsibility for the various activities on the boats—everything from setting the itinerary to steering, choosing and trimming the sails, setting the course, navigating obstructions, giving the team orders, housekeeping, and making the meals and hot drinks. In such close quarters, participants quickly learn the importance of tolerance, trust, collaboration, and patience, not to mention the advantages of physical and mental fitness. Remember, too, that there are boats and then there are boats. Traditionally rigged yachts have over a mile of rope that can be manipulated to achieve greater speed, unlike most modern sailboats. That means everybody has to pitch in to keep up with the "rival" boat. In fact, it's hard to think of a better way to teach teamwork than working together on a classic yacht.
On land, the group visits historic sites, attractions, and museums. Ports along the English Channel are rich in history and culture. And when weather allows, we take walking tours of islands and towns.
Most mornings, there's an hour or two set aside to discuss some of the classic texts on effective life management and leadership. There's also time for reflecting on how to apply acquired insights.
Of course, at the end of the day, leadership is ultimately about "becoming"—becoming self-confident enough to make calculated decisions and persuade others to follow. Developing a resourcefulness forged by challenges. And overcoming the paralysis caused by a fear of failure or lack of motivation.
That's why we do what we do the way we do it—the way we've done it for years. And why it's not uncommon for students, standing at the bow of a pilot cutter under full sail, to be struck by a rush of exhilaration and a sudden unexpected awareness of their amazing potential.