The Good Life France Magazine

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Adventure Sailing in

Adventure Sailing in Brittany for Teens QBE adventure sailing holidays for teenagers along the Breton coast aren’t ordinary – they are life-changing experiences… Jessica Anderson and her husband are both healthcare professionals who live in Montana (USA), near Yellowstone National Park. Nichola Waygood is an artist in Edinburgh. And Francesco Stella is a successful businessman in Milan. Different countries, different vocations, different circumstances. But they all share one thing in common: in 2022 they all elected to send their teenage son or daughter sailing with Will Sutherland in Brittany, one of France’s premiere sailing areas and a world away from home. The Captain and his crew QBE director Will Sutherland is an experienced sailor and inspiring mentor who has taught outdoor and life skills his entire professional life. QBE, the company he founded more than 30 years ago, stands for “Qualified By Experience,” and that is the philosophy at the heart of his singular maritime expeditions. These are no ordinary holidays – they are extraordinary adventures on the waves, where friendships are formed and lives are changed as sailors are made, with or without any previous yachting experience. It’s an opportunity for teenagers to expand their horizons while interacting with a team of peers to undertake challenging tasks in a safe but unfamiliar environment. And it all takes place on two gaff-rig sailing vessels that are based in the historic port of Saint-Malo. Crews live aboard for two to three weeks and sail the boats for up to 1,000 nautical miles, visiting the Channel Islands and journeying around the Breton peninsula. Learning to sail is the main aim, but it’s much more than just a sailing course. All the teamwork skills learned by living and working together – leadership, decision-making, personal communication, confrontation management, planning and managing – are transferable ashore. “The transformations in self-confidence and self-knowledge are often remarkable. Quite often it can be a bit of a culture shock being in France, on a traditionally rigged boat and in charge of their own destinies,” says Will. “But at the same time, the kids are having a lot of fun on a memorable holiday. They make friends for life over a few weeks, and they go home knowing that they have achieved something to be proud of.” Sailing since he was six years old, British-born Will taught yachting in Antibes, spent seven years coaching a high school J24 racing team at Cowes Week and taught at the Royal Yachting Association Sea Schools in the UK. He was also a teacher and expeditions master at Aiglon College, in Switzerland, famous 76 | The Good Life France The Good Life France | 77