Small Crew Sailing


Small Crew Sailing

This venture provides participants with a unique opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills while learning how to sail, navigate and race 44-ft. modern sailboats.

Participants will be split into crews of five aboard four boats and will live and work together (with expert guidance from the top instructors of Project U.S.E.) to chart a course and set sail around Grenada.  Throughout the venture participants will be placed in intense situations and learn to thrive in small, highly fluid and dynamic environments.


Activities and Risks

Throughout the venture, we will be sailing for approximately 8 hrs a day and while the physical challenges associated with this venture are low-moderate, participants will be placed in intense situations and will be tested repeatedly as they seek to develop as people and as leaders.  Risks include prolonged sun exposure, sea sickness, deep water, multi-day exposure, and lightning.


There is no previous sailing experience required for this trip.  It is recommended that participants attend at least one leadership venture physical training session a week to get in shape and bond with other venture participants on their own and other ventures.

Costs, Equipment, and Lodging

The land cost of the venture will be $3,950, which includes accommodation and meals during the voyage.  Participants are responsible for paying for and arranging their flights to Grenada.  No special sailing equipment or gear is required and all personal clothing and gear must be brought in soft-sided duffle. A full packing list will be provided to participants.

The program begins at 11:00am on Sunday, March 6, 2016 and ends on Friday, May 11th. Students may sleep on board the boats the evening of Saturday, March 5th and after the ventures ends on Friday, March 11th, but must depart the boats by 11:00am on Saturday, March 12th.


  • Participant fee:  $3,650 (land cost)
  • Number of seats per venture: 20
  • Dates: March 2 – 9, 2019 (Spring Break)
  • Location: Grenada
  • Venture Fellows: Alex Daniels, Stephanie Camstra, Raul Martinez and Nancy Wang

Small Crew Sailing
Students describe what they learned as part of the Small Crew Sailing trip to Grenada – one of Wharton’s Leadership Ventures.