From Monday to Friday,
Caspar Sørensen, manager of Research Centre Copenhagen, helps to develop the
two-stroke engines of the future. But when the weekend reports good sailing
weather, he replaces engine power with wind power and goes to sea to pursue his
hobby: sail racing.
In the run-up to this
year‘s edition of Denmark’s demanding sail race, Sjælland Rundt, he put a note
on the bulletin board. Six colleagues jumped at the chance to sail with his
X-102 yacht. Together they set out on the 300 kilometer race, also called the
‚marathon of the sea‘.
Caspar considers sailing
as the perfect sport for team building. “With sailing, you have to work
together. It‘s not necessarily about raw strength. You need to use your head
and take the wind and water into consideration. Good planning and organization
is critical. ”
The main challenge of
this year’s race was the lack of wind. And after 40 hours at sea, the crew was
close to exhaustion, leading them to choose to leave the race out of safety
experience an unconditional success for the whole team.
„It was great to
experience the colleagues‘ commitment and interest - from those who cheered
from the shore too,“ says Caspar. „It shows that despite our busy schedules, we
can start initiatives that bring team spirit to the workplace.“
With sailing you have to drive something together. It‘s not necessarily about brute strength. You need your head and wind, water and power. Good planning and coordination is critical.
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