Learn to Sail Viking Workshop

Whether you're a novice or expert sailor, there's always an opportunity to take on a new challenge! How about this one: Let Norsvald teach you how to sail a Viking ship! Participants will enjoy a unique learning experience aboard our authentic Viking ship POLARIS in the good hands of our experienced and knowledgable instructors. Most of the action will take place on the water, in Gloucester, or weather permitting, between Gloucester Harbor and Manchester Harbor a few miles up the coast. Everyone will get to try out the various different roles aboard ship. Topics covered: Viking boat design and construction. "Old Norse" ship terms and their meanings applied to POLARIS Getting the most out of the small square rigged ship (completely different from sailing on modern sailing boats) Viking Navigation techniques and tools of the trade. Rowing proficiency (for those occasions when there's not enough wind) Ensuring safety aboard* *comfortable life vests will be provided to all passengers and must be worn at the discretion of the Captain. Emergency life vests are also aboard. Reading materials, Snacks included.

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Trip Is Ideal For:

A fun event for a group of friends or enthusiasts. Dress up as a Viking and check out your style!

Dates

Arranged with client pending schedule.

Program/Itinerary

09:00 introductions and overview. Safety briefing. Understanding knots used aboard Polaris. Square sails. Weather and sea conditions, winds and tide. Get to know the boat parts/lines and spars. How to rig and control the sail. On the water Leaving the dock/mooring under oars, rowing to sailing area, hoisting sail. Hands-on exercises including oar handling and commands, sail handling, basic and advanced maneuvering (tacking a square sail can be exhilarating!), heaving-to, sailing off, sailing and rowing up to moorings. 12:00 Anchor for our midday stop for lunch and discussion. Learn about the different kinds of Viking boats and the sailors who sailed them. Afternoon Session: A lot more sailing and a chance to try out different positions on the boat! Rowing back to the dock/Mooring Back ashore for debriefing at 3.30PM Our workshops will only take place with a minimum of four participants. We plan to operate rain or shine however Norsvald reserves the right to cancel / reschedule in the event of dangerous weather or too few participants (see booking info for details about our cancellation policy)

Booking a trip

Contact us at info@norsvald.com to arrange your booking.

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Team Building at Sea

Provide your visiting clients a memorable experience! Explore Boston’s North Shore in a way like no other, or nurture effective interdependencies among a small group of your most important leaders in a special setting. Take to sea to help your organization adopt the frame of mind to meet its next business challenge. A fun way to to turn action into self-knowledge! Aboard, the emphasis is on developing cooperation and coordination with participants learning to sail and row a Viking ship. Norsvald challenges people to step up in their role and discover their individuality and their place within a team. We offer half, full and custom programs. A customized program over multiple days allows time to accomodate larger groups, intentional programming, business meetings etc. (arranged with third party). Discussion, feedback, personal reflection and goal planning included in addition to time afloat.

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Trip Is Ideal For:

Immersive experience offers real-world benefits that translate from the sea to the office. An unusual physical and social environment helps those seeking insights into their leadership effectiveness. We focus on how people communicate differently and develop skills to know each other better to be more effective.

Dates

Available for booking June 1st though October 15th

Program/Itinerary

We operate from Gloucester and Salem. Every experience is a little bit different, as it’s the people you share with that really make the most of time aboard, along with the weather and the sea conditions at the time. This is a fun and authentic alternative to contrived "Corporate Team Building" events and aboard Polaris we find the things that matter. There is no job done by an individual that can work without the team behind it so we structure the day to maximize opportunities to align the motives of individuals to achieve a common purpose! Inspired by history, sailing and rowing Polaris to achieve goals strengthens relationships and holds the team accountable for their work together.

Booking a trip

Contact us at info@norsvald.com to arrange your booking.