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In 2009, a small team decided to take part in the world’s toughest endurance contest, The Volvo Ocean Race. A 20,000 mile circumnavigation of the globe.


In 2015, on their third attempt, they WON.

Their winning campaign produced not only the trophy, but a unique study into the workings of a high performance team, carried out in real-time by a top business school. The study goes beyond the well-established link between elite sport and the corporate world and covers a 22-month long campaign, from team set up through to victory.

The World Ocean Race Corporate Challenge brings these two seminal achievements together in a leadership and high performing team activator.

Uncover the reality of winning teams, with the very people who went to the ends of the earth, and returned victorious.

The Programme

Co-hosted by Jamie Boag, Team Director of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, the programme is inspired by real life challenges the team faced during their winning campaign of the Volvo Ocean Race, and the learnings derived from their two prior attempts.


The programme runs as a full-day or half day experience. Comprising of a series of interactive modules, participants will experience a simulation of managing a racing team, learning how to:

  • Assemble a winning team

  • Sustain a winning team

  • Operate successfully within a winning team

  • Lead in an ever-changing environment

Significantly, participants will gain an understanding of the success secrets of high performing teams based on real life learnings and how to apply them to business situations.

The Programme
Our Crew

Our Crew

Jamie Boag
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
Team Director

Jamie Boag was the Team Director of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing for three Volvo Ocean Race campaigns, winning the entire race in 2014-2015, and was also the CEO for the Galway Volvo Ocean Race stopover in 2008-2009.


He is a racing sailor of international repute competing in the major regattas around the world.

Jamie has 25 years’ commercial experience gained through running the family aviation business and working in finance, and has successfully worked on sourcing and  

negotiating sponsorship and government contracts worth over US$100m.

Nicholas Atkinson

Nicholas Atkinson is the founder and lead facilitator at Punch Presentations.


He gained a bachelors’ degree in English and Drama from Brunel University in London before training as an actor at the prestigious Bristol OldVicTheatre School.

Nicholas moved to Hong Kong in 2010 to work for Faust International where he became the Creative Director. After four years with Faust Nicholas set up Punch Presentations Ltd after being invited to work with a number of Barristers on their performance and communication skills.

Nicholas was recently awarded the Distinct Actor Award at the 8th Hong Kong Theatre Libre Awards 2016.



For more information about the experience,

please contact us on:

World Ocean Race Corporate Challenge Ltd.

3/F Winning House

26 Hollywood Road



Hong Kong, SAR

Tel +852 9137 9705

Photo Credits Ian Roman & Matt Knighton
© 2017 World Ocean Race Corpoate Challenge
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