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Preparing for the 2009 regatta

The team are now preparing for the 2009 BSAR regatta. We have a couple of crew vacancies so would like to hear from anyone who is interested in joining the team. Ideally you will be an experienced sailor who has taken part in regatta’s previously.

The team plan to have a training weekend in the summer with the full crew in order to practice key manoeuvres and ensure that each person knows their role on board well.

We are looking for sponsorship again as there are some items of equipment required this year. We would like to purchase a handheld GPS and a Henley branded spinnaker.

If you are able to help either as a potential crew member or would be willing to sponsor us, please make contact now – see below for email addresses.

Thinking ahead to BSAR 2009

The dates of the next Business Schools Alumni Regatta have been announced as 5th and 6th September, the same weekend as last year. Henley are very keen to retain their title and we are now thinking about getting the team together and preparing for the challenge.

This year LBS will be wanting to win the title back so it is safe to assume that the level of competition will be even more intense than in 2008. We hope to hold more practice sessions this year and focus the team on our weaker areas.

If you are part of the Henley alumni and would like to get involved with the team please contact either:

  • Tim Lawson (tim@lawsonconsulting.co.uk)
  • Amanda Proddow (amanda.proddow@henley.com).

Video of BSAR 2008

The organisers of BSAR have released a video of the 2008 event. It is a training style production with hints and tips by Sam Connelly, the resident BSAR coach. Look out for the Henley boat!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BFRatuhrOg&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&feature=player_embedded&fs=1]

We won at the first attempt!!


Great news… the Henley team won the BSAR 2008 regatta at the first attempt! Against stiff competition from other business school teams, the Henley crew took the top slot winning three out of the five races. See below for the full results table.

The weather during the regatta weekend was against us with the team having to contend with force 8 gales during much of the time on the water. Click the video link below to experience being on board with the crew. Check out the horizon at the top of the screen to see the angle the boat was at most of the time!

During the latter stages of the regatta the wind settled down a bit and the crew had time to relax between tacks.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybsNJyZpN94&hl=en&fs=1]

Final Team Confirmed

The Henley team is now complete. Our members are:

  • Mel Petrie (skipper)
  • Tim Lawson (team organiser)
  • Carl de Verteuil
  • Bill Fawkner-Corbett
  • Richard Wilkins
  • Laurence Huxham
  • Richard Steele
  • Rick Hanslip

The team will be training in the Solent on Friday 5th September, ahead of the racing on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th. More news soon!

Help us fund the bid

In order to compete successfully in the BSAR, the Henley team need to organise coaching and training, funded by sponsorship. Ocean yacht racing is a complex and challenging activity with intense levels of competition. For this reason the team need to prepare well in order to have a realistic chance of bringing the trophy home to Henley.

We urgently need to raise money via donations or sponsorship to fund our preparation. The yacht can be branded with our sponsors logo and there are great opportunities for PR around the event in September.
Additionally, companies who have an interest in Henley may wish to make a small donation to the team. Please contact us if you are able to help in any way.

The team are all experienced in yachting and boating in general. We will be adopting various roles on board during the regatta weekend, each playing to our strengths. Teamwork is key to success in yacht racing. Great communication and supporting each other will help us deliver a race winning performance, whatever the weather may throw at us!

The Henley team is:

  • Mel Petrie
  • Tim Lawson
  • Carl de Verteuil
  • Richard Wilkins
  • Bill Fawkner-Corbett
  • Rick Hanslip

To find out more information about the team or to provide sponsorship / donations, please contact one of the following:

Amanda Proddow amanda.proddow@henleymc.ac.uk
Tim Lawson tim@lawsonconsulting.co.uk
Mel Petrie melville.petrie@ukasia.org.uk

or call Amanda at Henley on +44 (0)1491 414524

Henley bids for yachting success


For the first time this year, Henley will be entering the Business Schools Alumni Regatta (BSAR). This event pitches teams of keen MBA graduate sailors against each other in two days of ultra competitive yacht racing in the Solent.

The Henley team needs your help! The basic cost of the boat will be paid for by the crew but we urgently need to fund the training and coaching. If there are Alumni members (or their companies) who are willing to help us achieve success by making a donation or sponsoring some of the training then please get in touch.

Those who are willing to contribute, please contact Amanda Proddow at Alumni Services, HMC on amanda.proddow@henleymc.ac.uk.