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“The plans of sailors are written in the sand at low tide..”

October 30, 2015

As someone who has been on the water all my life and frequently leans on lessons learnt at sea, it’s no surprise to me that sailing is used so much in corporate team building. I'd like to introduce you to Valtech Sailing Club...

Sailing and sailors are full of sayings, received wisdoms and anecdotes. My personal sailing motto is “adapt and overcome”, as when you’re out on the water you have to be independent, resourceful and prepared to do whatever is required to get you, your boat and your crew safely back to land whether it be patching up a sail with gaffer-tape or repairing an engine during a storm using a screw from a saucepan lid (true story!).

Sailing can push and develop you as an individual as well as a team member. So, it was with some enthusiasm that I got involved in the inaugural Valtech sailing weekend back in May of this year and with some delight, but not too much surprise, I discovered there were plenty of others with a dose of salt in their veins hidden amongst the company ranks.

Since then, the Valtech Sailing Club has taken shape with sailing weekends already held in the Solent and a taking place in Palma de Mallorca, once again joining forces with PA Consulting for a regatta weekend. We now have a deal in place with Universal Yachting for discounted charters in the Solent, as well as being able to run discounted RYA Competent Crew and Day-Skipper practical courses and Navigation and Seamanship theory courses using online provider NavAtHome.com.

Coming soon will be a sailing weekend from Gibraltar to Morocco, a cross-channel weekend and oyster hunt to St Vaast in France and a Day-Skipper practical course for those looking to captain their own yacht, done over 2 weekends.

I’ll leave you with one more piece of sailing wisdom that I feel is rather appropriate to the world we work in. When it gets tough remember “Smooth seas made no skilled sailors” and in the words of H. Melville from Moby Dick

“Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I findmyself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off - then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.”

At Valtech, we actively encourage and massively value out-of-work activities, such as those the Sailing club provide. If you like the sound of this, head over to our opportunities page and have a look where you would fit in Valtech.