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Cranfield MBA Regatta 2013 results

Well, we had an excellent regatta with stunning weather all weekend. Hot and sunny every day, the only downside was the lack of wind! The Henley team did very well with an overall result of 11th place. However, the real result was that we were 5th in the MBA class behind LBS, Kellogg/WHU and two Cranfield boats. (The MBA class excludes the professional skippers)

The black dots on the results sheet indicate the professional skippers.

Teams prepare for the Cranfield MBA Regatta

All teams competing in the 2013 Cranfield MBA Regatta are in their final preparatory stages. There is a lot of information on the Cranfield Facebook page about the regatta and those who have competed in the past are featured prominently. This can be accessed here:

Cranfield Regatta on Facebook

The Henley team is looking forward to the event. We have not been together for nearly a year so it will be good to catching up properly. Henley is supplying a new set of branded shirts so we should all look smart this year in our matching team colours.



Race report

On the 7th & 8th July, Henley’s sailing team competed in the 2012 Cranfield MBA Regatta, a weekend of tough ocean yacht races against business schools from all over Europe. Our team scored a great result, coming 8th out of 28 boats.

Weather on the Saturday was appalling with wind gusting to 30mph and torrential rain for much of the day. The crew experienced very rough conditions but battled on to complete the races. Some boats retired due to crew members becoming seasick.

Stop over on Saturday night was at Cowes with all the teams moored in the town’s yacht haven. We proudly flew the Henley flag high up the mast and received many comments on our smart Henley branded shirts.

Sunday was a much better day with sunny, although windy conditions. The team performed well including an impressive sprint to the finish on the last race, overtaking four other boats due to a quick sail change as a storm hit.

Our team this year consisted of Steve Ellwood (skipper), Tim Lawson (team leader), Michiel Commandeur (first mate), Alison Fellows, Lynn Ellwood, Carl de Verteuil, Tom Brackenbury and Joanne Lloyd.  The crew are looking to take part in other regattas which are part of the MBA Sailing series in the future.

An excellent regatta for the Henley team

The Cranfield MBA Regatta 2010 took place at the weekend. The weather was glorious with hot sun and good winds resulting in near-perfect sailing conditions. The biggest ever entry included seventeen boats from Cranfield plus over ten other business schools.

The Henley crew finished 12th out of 37 boats, a massive improvement on last year and the result of training, good leadership and a lot of hard work by all the team. Well done everyone!

We will be posting some more thoughts on the weekend’s sailing and social activities together with photos and video clips shortly.

A tough race but good for team development

The Cranfield MBA Regatta 2009 turned out to be a very tough race with some excellent crews. The weather was varied throughout the weekend although Sunday provided some pretty high winds which made exciting racing.

The Henley team came in 16th out of 23 yachts, not helped by a very poor 4th race where our spinnaker went down into the sea and became waterlogged. After recovering from that we were 22nd and unable to make up any more places.

On a more positive note the race weekend helped the team develop in a big way. This was the first time the six members had sailed together so the crew settled into their roles on board and began to hone their skills. We are confident that with a bit more practice, next years regatta’s will prove to be a completely different story.

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.