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Extreme Team Building: Surviving an Ocean Crossing

Teamwork is easy to dismiss as a groan-worthy buzzword, but when you’re racing across the brutal North Pacific, thousands of miles from land, teamwork is all you’ve got. Dysfunctional team dynamics will strangle communication, putting your goals and your team in jeopardy. In this session, you’ll discover the most important lessons learned on a punishing, 6000-mile race across the ocean: how to put the team before the individual, how to trust and be trusted by your teammates, and how maneuvering through a 100mph squall is a lot like maneuvering through a project meeting.

Stephanie Evans

Stephanie Evans (@HMSEvans)

Stephanie Evans is Content Manager of Web Development at and the Commodore of Cal Sailing Club in Berkeley, CA. In 2014, she completed her first non-stop ocean crossing from China to San Francisco in the Clipper Round the World Race, with her team setting a new Pacific crossing record for the race. She is passionate about sailing, education, and figuring out how to make things work better (and sail faster).