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  • Happy crew on land, happy crew on board

    17/04/2014 | Lanzarote

    In this 'Schouten Blog' Anje-Marijcke van Boxtel (director coaching Schouten Global and coach of Team Brunel) writes, among other things, about her experiences in the talent-selection process, the training sessions on Lanzarote, her presence in the ports of the stop-overs of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015.

    The cap has been corked!
    The ship has sailed its first trip, and it went well! Exciting to sail with the new crew and to feel what the ship and its squad can do. After the final selection was made, it was important to get to know each other en route to Southampton and to see along with the sailors exactly how they reacted to each other and the vessel. We are making the first steps in team-building: we have to create a solid team of the nine individuals on board. A team which is utterly solid, as the Volvo Ocean Race is fundamentally all about team work, perhaps the ultimate team sport!

    Intense beginning
    It took 8 days to cross the distance between Southampton to Lanzarote. Heavy days in which much happened. The first 48 hours were extremely windy, fanning to gale force at times; in the same system a large freighter vessel lost 500 containers. However, it is such an opportunity to to be able to immediately see how the team gears up and performs under such severe cirmcumstances.

    Bouwe: “At the arrival in Lanzarote, Anje-Marijcke is there. Great to see that she is immediately part of the team again. Also great to be able to look back with her and evaluate how each member has already been changed”.

    Learning to Focus
    “As skipper I have had deep conversations with Anja-Marijcke, and have explained to her the way in which I approach team building. I believe in each individual’s freedom to give and to carry out their own tasks, and to intervene only when something goes awry. In our sport, mistakes lead to damage, and that costs not only money but also much training time, the latter actually being worse. Even professionals often do things without thinking them through and trying to go too quickly. Therefore, I lay great emphasis on learning to focus.

    Happy Crew on land is a happy crew on board!
    “Anje-Marijcke also emphasizes learning to focus in the individual conversations that she has with the crew. She sharply sees not only the strengths but also the weaknesses of everyone. Even mine, yes. She gives us useful feedback, which helps us. Upon her advice, we have made a few drastic changes, for example the living space and meal times. At first glance, perhaps unimportant? Not at all; they are crucial details to the team in order to function properly over the long term. A happy crew on land is a happy crew on board!”

    We are building a winning team
    “On the last day we evaluated all details of the race and the team until this point, and discussed which other aspects are essential to building a winning team. That is what we are going to continue working on the next time that Anje-Marijcke is here.”

    Nothing from this blog may be reproduced without written permission from Anje-Marijcke van Boxtel of Schouten Global.

    Update Team Brunel, April 17, 2014 
    by Anje-Marijcke van Boxtel, Director Coaching - Schouten Global
    Coach - Team Brunel in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15


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