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SAILING CHALLENGE REGATTA TOLD BY A GUEST!

Sailing Challenge

The ABB event organized by Sailing Challenge was a successful experience! Passion, energy, perfection in organizing the event in all its smallest aspects were at the foundation of this sailing regatta.
Nadia Tansini – Communication Manager
ABB SpA Italy

Thank you for your competence and collaboration! All was handled in its smallest aspects and managed with the highest precision. Small details make a difference.
Stefania Maggi – Corporate Communication Manager
TIMAC ITALIA Spa

The event was a success!! I'm very pleased to confirm that all participants were enthusiastic and that your staff was really appreciated.
Livia Tagliento
Pro-Meet

I had the opportunity to use Sailing Challenge service last summer to promote a suntan cream production line for which I'm responsible. The experience was surely positive, consumers said it was a very original one!
Luca Maria Pellegrini - Associate Director Mature & Diversified Brands
MSD Italia Srl




A sailing regatta is a complex activity that deeply involves people.
It creates expectations, forces people to know each other during training, stimulates them to learn new things, offers everyone an important role, asks for a sense of responsibility, keeps everyone busy and under pressure and produces tangible, measurable and comparable results.


First phase
All participants received 4 information documents, in stages, with the regatta program, dress code, weather forecasts and trip details. This created a very captivating crescendo of expectations.
We also received a short booklet called "Sailing in 3 pages", a summary of the most important sailing terms and elements, which helped us approach the world of sailing and tone down any anxiety. Concepts were repeated several times and also explained during the indoor sailing briefing. Thanks to these steps, we were familiar with the concepts and terms when we got on board… Everyone, even an absolute beginner, can really take part in the regatta.


My crew
The evening before the regatta, before dinner, there was a sailing briefing. At the end, the organization announced the program, presented the skippers and teams were created. Then there was dinner with the skipper, each one with his team; it was a very pleasant moment to get to know each other and tone down any doubts and fears!
The crews were decided by our company and on each boat there was a sales rep with 7 clients. Each team chose its name, mine was Luna Rossa, and received different color T-shirts for the regatta; ours was blue!


Feelings, emotions and experiences
In the morning, once we arrived in the port, we saw the boats; there was a bit of confusion, excitement and fear. We put our stuff on deck, then we sat in the cockpit and paid attention to the instructions given by the skipper, our leader.
We began to see things more clearly; winch was not just a name or a picture, I could hit and run it. I could see the boom, I could handle the sheet. After a 20-minute explanation, it was time to sail and the skipper gave us 3 of us some tasks: to ease forward and abaft. Free! The ashore staff put the sheets in order. We started sailing!
We left the port by engine, but once in the blue water it was time to hoist the sails. Then, a short operations and roles recap. Everything is clear? Okay, come on! To hoist the mainsail, we needed at least 3 people and if we did not coordinate ourselves, we would get exhausted and the sail wouldn't go up. We started to understand… Even who claimed to be a real wimp, did his job and was successful.
We unrolled the jib and turned off the engine. What silence, only rustling water! And … a miracle! The boat moved and it went right where we wanted!! We learned how to tack; we tried several times and found it quite easy. If you made a mistake, nothing serious would happen, but if you got it right, the boat went faster.
Then we started to jibe, that is, tacking with the wind at your back. That was more difficult and if something is wrong (not me or you, but anyone), it's a mess. "Be careful, guys, everyone one stay focused. We are going to jibe!" said our skipper.
We alternated roles, with everyone testing each of them and then we decided who will do what during the regatta. No one had a set role; the skipper decided on our ability in order to obtain the best result. There was enough work for all.
We continued our training and improved after each tack and jibe. We felt like old sea wolves!


Adrenalin rises
Meanwhile, Sailing Challenge arranged the race course and the buoys were set. The skipper explained to us why they are in those positions, showed us the imaginary starting line, forced us to use our imagination to decide our maneuvers and to anticipate those of our adversaries.
"Do not mess around during the regatta," said skipper, "Everyone stay focused on his role, no jokes, no bickering. If someone makes a mistake, help him out. No personal initiatives. That is the only way we're going to win and it may not be enough; if our challengers are better, they will win. Do your best!"
The 10-minute countdown started; okay, guys, take out your claws.
The boats got closer, they crossed and grazed each other, the skippers shouted "water" to ask for right of way. We were doing well but another boat was approaching from abaft and we were overlapped. We had the right of way, but if it got any closer, they would shout "water" and we would have to give it to them. These are the rules. The helmsman wanted to be faster … haul mainsail, haul jib; the boat leaned slightly more and went faster. What a perception of power! The helmsman luffed… never give up, never give up … we all thought together. We got to like it and cheered ourselves on.
"5 seconds, guys, pay attention … 3, 2, 1 go!" Our bow was perfectly on the line. We were racing.


Sense of responsibility
I looked at my winch: I was responsible for it, it did not run by itself. I (and no one else) had to turn it. I decided the right moment when to ease sheet while tacking, and if we were leeward, when to haul. I had to do everything very quickly and pay attention that sheet did not jam, or we would be in trouble. Other crew members trusted me and expected me to do everything perfectly, not almost perfect, perfect. Because they had to do next maneuvers. They looked at me.
"Ready to tack", shouted the helmsman (we had to talk loud and clear). "Ready! Ready! Ready!" everyone answered.
"I'm tacking!" (announcement made loud and clear). Everyone knew what to do. Depending on the wind, I eased my sheet just a little before or after, to help the tacking maneuver, but without overdoing it so as not to be too leeward. I had to evaluate, plan, decide and execute within a few seconds. It was nice. My mouth was dry.


To feel like champions
The regatta continued and ended intensely. Our stress slacked off. If we won, it would be because we were the best and we earned all congratulations. If we did not win, we would have to understand why and what we should do, learning from our mistakes. Next time, we would not be fooled again. We trained to learn.
No one was a loser. Only those who quit are losers because they did not hold on and acknowledge mistakes. It is the same in real life. We came back to the marina "tired but happy", in slight pain, maybe just a bit bruised. That is how you feel when you fight with your heart, but no one pays attention to that. The best thing after is how you see your colleagues. They seem to be different. You got on board with almost strangers (and some enemies) and then got off with friends.
We understand we are a great group, a brute force! If we want and we work hard, we can conquer the world. For tonight, a pizza will be okay. Racing made us hungry!

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The ABB event organized by Sailing Challenge was a successful experience! Passion, energy, perfection in organizing the event in all its smallest aspects were at the foundation of this sailing regatta.
Nadia Tansini – Communication Manager
ABB SpA Italy

Thank you for your competence and collaboration! All was handled in its smallest aspects and managed with the highest precision. Small details make a difference.
Stefania Maggi – Corporate Communication Manager
TIMAC ITALIA Spa

The event was a success!! I'm very pleased to confirm that all participants were enthusiastic and that your staff was really appreciated.
Livia Tagliento
Pro-Meet

I had the opportunity to use Sailing Challenge service last summer to promote a suntan cream production line for which I'm responsible. The experience was surely positive, consumers said it was a very original one!
Luca Maria Pellegrini - Associate Director Mature & Diversified Brands
MSD Italia Srl




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