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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Our guests say that the sailing regatta is still today an unforgettable memory and the best experience they've had over the past years.
Marco Pratolongo – Director of Sales
Starhotels

I confirm that the event was a great success... and the client expressed and reiterated that to us more than once. The team was well harmonized … and we were the first ones in this case who worked on team building... first-person testimonial speakers and actors.
Luca Tevarotto – Owner
Simmetria Immagine e Comunicazione

A specialized and careful team, always ready to study together with the client the best solution to reach the event goals. Planning capacity, precision and reliability are values that characterize this team.
Francesca Berna – Communication Manager
Acea Energia Spa

My personal experiences and those with my clients were very successful thanks to a winning team up with the times, who takes care of their clients' satisfaction, details not to be undervalued; you are a perfect partner.
Giuseppe Lepri - Managing Director
Newtours Venue Italia




Why rely on Sailing Challenge?+

Sailing Challenge is the only company in Italy MICE (congresses and incentives field) oriented and specialized in organizing corporate sailing events and regattas. It is operative from 2001 and is not a mere sailing charter company.
What we propose is a full package, supporting clients from the initial planning phase and highlighting every logistic side and suggesting the best solutions to reach each event's goals.
During the operating phase, we relieve our clients of every charge, taking upon ourselves all burdens and expenses for possible snags. We collaborate with all the best DMCs and local Convention Bureau to also support clients in the best way ashore and, if requested, with the most important Italian trainers.

How much does a regatta cost?+

It depends on the format, date, type of boats, destinations and number of participants. The starting price, however is from € 180,00 + VAT per person.

How long does it take for a regatta?+

A half day event is 4 hours. Standard events last one day or 2 days maximum, but we can also organize events for more than 2 days.

What's the best format?+

The most well-rounded format is a 2-day event which allows all participants to have more sailing training and regatta sessions.

What's the most requested format?+

A 1-day event with training and regatta in the morning followed by a relaxing cruise in the afternoon.

What's the least expensive format?+

2 consecutive half days (AM & PM) in a 1-day event for 2 different groups of guests, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Where can a regatta be organized? +

Anywhere, but Sailing Challenge operates mainly in Italy and on the Mediterranean Sea, where they know directly and in detail the marinas, regatta areas, hotels, locations and ashore and logistic services.

Who can attend a sailing regatta?+

Everyone can attend a regatta; people from every working field can participate with no age, gender, practice and training limits. All can be equally involved and will contribute to the team's success, while highlighting their qualities, abilities and overcoming limits. Our experience teaches us that no one is "not fit for" or "not equal to"; everyone can easily fill his role.

What if it rains?+

Events will be held regardless thus allowing guests even stronger emotions. The decision takes the regatta's length into consideration and provides suitable equipment.

In case of seasickness?+

In case of seasickness during the regatta, we can always embark guests on one of the assistance ribs and let them go ashore. In case of rough seas, in our experience, we can also decide with the client to reduce the time on the water. With challenging seas and weather conditions, adrenalin is often high enough to avoid seasickness, leaving an unforgettable memory of a much more exciting regatta.

Is the regatta suitable or too aggressive for our top clients accustomed to exclusive programs?+

The atmosphere will be calibrated according to the guests' target and the event's goals. If the guests are top clients, our staff and skipper will work to create a relaxed and undemanding atmosphere so as to not stress them. It is likely, as sometimes happens, that competitiveness will most certainly increase among participants.

How are teams formed?+

Generally speaking, teams are formed by the final client according to specific event goals, but we suggest always choosing a yachtsman if there is one among the guests in order to divide them into different teams and to form well-balanced groups.

How many people can get on each boat?+

Usually we suggest 7-8 people per boat with a maximum of 9, in order to not be tightly packed and to let people actively take part in the regatta and rotate between different roles. Some smaller boats, especially on lakes, can board 4-5 guests per boat.

How can you guarantee participants' safety?+

We have 3 levels of insurance coverage that protect us against the risks associated with our activity:

  • Third-party liability insurance for each boat that covers each risk to things and people while sailing
  • Insurance for each participant in case of death or permanent disability for € 100,000.00
  • Insurance that covers all risks and responsibilities arising from Sailing Challenge
Which boats are used?+

Boats used are:

  • always the latest models or models in otherwise excellent conditions
  • comfortable and fully equipped
  • perfectly cleaned, with all necessary safety equipment
  • rented from charter companies, with insurance coverage and all absolutely in order
What can participants learn from a regatta?span class="toggleOpenClose">+

Whether an event uses more or less formal training, participants, guided by our skippers, will learn to:

  • act as a team and work in sync
  • make the best choice with obstacles
  • respect roles and recognize leadership
  • adapt quickly to changing situations
  • manage the unforeseen
  • operate with limited resources
  • respect rules
  • strengthen relationships and improve communication.
Which type of client does Sailing Challenge turn to?+

To professional congress organizers, incentive houses and brokerage houses, and companies of every dimension and type (company meeting planners, human resources, communications, marketing and sales managers and managing directors) that organize: conferences, meetings, conventions, seminars, business meetings, incentives, outdoor training, product launches, special corporate events and business travels.

Who are the Sailing Challenge staff and skipper?+

All the staff is highly qualified and selected, trained and professional, able to manage people who have never been on board or who did not choose in first person to participate in a sailing event. The skipper and staff have attended at least one NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and therefore have all technical bases to communicate with all levels, as well as long-standing experience gained during Sailing Challenge events organized from 2001.
Skippers, employed with contracts and insured at each event, are prepared to create the right atmosphere and feeling, to have fun (always!) and to support trainers in reaching the event goals.
Sailing Challenge can provide Italian skippers who speak the following foreign languages: English, French, Spanish and German. Some skippers and staff have various licenses like high-level rescuer, 2nd-level rescuer, rescue coach license (by Italian Rescue Society), first aid license, scuba diver license, basic and advanced fire prevention course, first aid on board of merchant ships course and lifeguard license.

Who pays for damages to boats?+

Damages risk is totally charged to Sailing Challenge.

What happens in case of an accident?+

In case of accidents which pose a risk to the whole event, we will give clients all back-up solutions at no extra cost. Sailing Challenge guarantees boats/ribs and skippers replacement in case of breakdown or accident.

What's the difference between a leisure and an official regatta?+

Official format is like an Italian Sailing Federation regatta because there is a committee boat with a qualified umpire on board and a Maritime Authority authorization with a reserved regatta area where to put official regatta buoys.
In leisure format, we provide smaller training buoys and no regatta area is reserved. Leisure regatta format is, in essence, the same as the official one, only the formality changes.

Do you always use similar boats?+

Not always; it depends on the location and on the total number of boats. If we have similar boats, it's possible to race on a real-time basis and keep a finish line rank; if boats are different, teams will race on a counterbalanced time using a software that considers the features of each boat, balances the differences between them and makes it possible to draw up a realistic rank, as in Italian Sailing Federation regattas.

Which organizing aspects does Sailing Challenge look after?+
  • Event project and planning, including brainstorming with clients
  • Event program
  • Company's metaphor choice
  • Communication plan for participants (event launch, sailing instructions, clothing advice and forecast)
  • Suggestion for type of boats
  • Regatta rules
  • Indoor briefing with audio-visual support and Power Point presentation
  • Committee boat and umpire
  • Ribs for assistance and also for guests' partners
  • Regatta equipment (buoys, trumpet, flags, etc.)
  • Boat customization
  • Clothing
  • Medals & trophy
  • Prizes
  • Creation of unconventional sailing events
  • Programs in support of regattas like Cooking Cup, sailing treasure hunt, sailing simulator
  • Format definition and debriefing subjects


… in short, everything regarding the on water event.

What is Sailing Challenge's format?+

The format is planned and designed together with the client and is always respected guaranteeing high quality standard for the boats and ribs and also for the staff and skipper.
We guarantee maximum flexibility and no extra cost incurred in case of timing changes during the work day, depending on possible flight timetables.
During the operating phase, we guarantee availability in case of an emergency at any hour. The staff and skipper are available the evening before the event to have a briefing and eventually to have dinner with guests, depending on the event logistics.
The flag and other customized items, installation and dismantling on the boats are included in the event's total price.

What does the briefing and debriefing consist of?+

Briefing is a 30-minute introduction to the event and sailing lesson (it's better to have it inside a meeting hall to use the Power Point presentation with CD and audio-visual support, but we can also organize it on board the boats, inside the marina or inside a bar or restaurant hall, as already requested without problem) with 2-3 staff members guaranteed and, if possible, also with all skippers. Availability and eventual extra cost to have all skippers present depend on destination, boats transfer and sea-weather conditions.
During the approximately 30-minute debriefing, we have the regatta prize ceremony and feedback on each regatta moment (metaphor, critical moments, particular experiences, etc…).

What is the back-up location?+

In case of unfavorable weather conditions, Sailing Challenge, in agreement with the client, carries out a back-up plan in destinations where the regatta is possible; that is, changing the regatta departure harbor at no extra cost to the client (excluding cost for guests' bus transfer from the hotel to the new harbor).

What is the standard back-up?+

In case of very dangerous weather conditions and Maritime Authority sailing prohibition, Sailing Challenge suggests that clients carry out the standard back-up program inside the boat's cockpit or indoors; it's a much better structured sailing lesson with quiz and games. This program is at no extra cost to the client.
In addition to the back-up program, it is possible to organize particular "sailing games" such as Sailing Quiz with an electronic vote, small sailing boats (able to be transported on land) indoor and sailing simulator. These services must be quoted upon request.

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Our guests say that the sailing regatta is still today an unforgettable memory and the best experience they've had over the past years.
Marco Pratolongo – Director of Sales
Starhotels

I confirm that the event was a great success... and the client expressed and reiterated that to us more than once. The team was well harmonized … and we were the first ones in this case who worked on team building... first-person testimonial speakers and actors.
Luca Tevarotto – Owner
Simmetria Immagine e Comunicazione

A specialized and careful team, always ready to study together with the client the best solution to reach the event goals. Planning capacity, precision and reliability are values that characterize this team.
Francesca Berna – Communication Manager
Acea Energia Spa

My personal experiences and those with my clients were very successful thanks to a winning team up with the times, who takes care of their clients' satisfaction, details not to be undervalued; you are a perfect partner.
Giuseppe Lepri - Managing Director
Newtours Venue Italia




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