team collaborate to build a cardboard racing boat flat out afloat team building challenge

Rabobank focus on communication

Published on Jul 4, 2018

A showcase for Hong Kong with Team Building Asia’s first ever cardboard boat regatta for Rabobank. The brief sounded crazy – using the plans provided teams were to mark, label and cut a series of cardboard parts, which assemble to make a two-person boat – that would float and hold during a race!

Ultimate teamwork was required to divide up the roles and delegate responsibility. Construction of the boat involved creating the bow, hull and stern. These were joined together with various cardboard inserts and two triangular stringers were created to give strength and support.

Once the boat had been constructed the entire team had to cover it in plastic tarpaulin to make it waterproof. Particular attention had to be given at the hull brace for the bow and stern to make sure the plastic was tight enough to avoid any drag in the water.

The boat was then decorated with Rabobank logos, slogans and any other team inspirations and creativity. Following a team debrief focusing on communication, motivation and innovation, it was down to the beach for the races!

A series of heat races were staged to ensure all teams got the chance to race at least twice. A great sense of team spirit and camaraderie was felt by all and provided a truly rewarding experience. Prizes were awarded for “Winning Team” and “Best Decorated Boat”.

“Flat Out Afloat is truly an enjoyable team event and demonstrates that with real teamwork, the almost impossible is made possible, even if it is making a cardboard boat float!”
Aldo Klardie, Chief Operating Officer - Global Financial Markets - Asia Pacific, Rabobank International Hong Kong Branch

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