Offshore Sailing School Reaches Out to Business Executives

Fort Myers, FL, June 22, 2008 --( America’s #1 Sailing School, founded by America’s Cup and Olympic sailor Steve Colgate, and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), a leading global provider of executive education, announced today the launch of Leadership at the Helm. This innovative, customized program builds the leadership and teamwork skills of executives and managers through intense sailing instruction embedded in an assessment-rich interactive experience.

Leadership at the Helm combines a powerful leadership learning environment with immediate applications in the workplace. Formats are tailored to meet clients’ development needs and objectives for all levels, from new managers to senior executives.

“CCL’s proven expertise in creating leadership development programs with relevance and impact, combined with Offshore Sailing School’s top-ranked sailing instruction and experience in the corporate training arena, takes customized leadership development to a new level,” said Offshore CEO Doris Colgate.

In a typical three-day program, teams of four spend a full afternoon learning to sail with expert coaches on award-winning Colgate 26 sailboats, designed by Steve Colgate and used by the U.S. Naval and Coast Guard Academies. The next afternoon the teams participate in a series of sailing races and leadership exercises. While teaching the basics of sailing, the experience features 360-degree and personality assessments, group discussions, and peer feedback in private break-out sessions, all guided by CCL faculty. Typical program outcomes include:

• Deeper self awareness of leadership strengths and weaknesses
• Greater understanding of how to lead in a challenging setting
• Increased effectiveness in working with a team
• Enhanced self-confidence through learning new skills
• Creation of a specific plan to apply learning and continue development in the workplace.

“At CCL, we are always looking for innovative ways to help our clients apply their new insights about leadership and themselves,” said CCL President John Ryan. “This new partnership with Offshore Sailing School will drive home that learning in a fun, supportive and very challenging setting is extremely effective.”

For information about Leadership at the Helm, call the Center for Creative Leadership at 336-545-2810 or Offshore Sailing School at 800-221-4326. Websites are and

Offshore Sailing School
Doris Colgate
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