One of Henley Sailing Group’s members, Mark Henry, recently sailed the Atlantic in the 2011ARC on a 49’Jeanneau Kotari. Mark had quite an adventure with engine and gear failures throughout meaning they were one of the few boats to have sailed the full distance. It took them just under 20 days and they experienced various conditions from F8 to F0!
Mark proudly wore his Henley cap all the way across the Atlantic demonstrated by this photo at the half way point, with over 1000 miles to the nearest land in Venezuala.
We are looking to put together two crews to compete under the Henley Business School banner in the 2011 Cranfield Regatta. This will be on the 22nd to 24th July 2011 and will depart from Sunsail in Port Solent, Portsmouth. There will be a stop over in Cowes on the Saturday night. The boats used will be a fleet of brand new Beneteau First 40 yachts.
The Henley teams will usually have at least one practice weekend ahead of the regatta – details to be advised later. If you are interested in taking part, please reply to the author.
Mark Henry, one of our team members, is a budding poet in his spare time. Here is Mark’s tale of the regatta weekend:
Twas our weekend for racing as the HBS Crew; all of us keen to see how well we’d do
Our skipper said the start line will be over there, so I settled my nerves with a pre contest beer
The pit crew warmed up by drinking their tea; then eating a croissant & a doughnut (or three)
Ready for action for the start line we made; the race officer said ‘the first race course is laid’
The skipper said “Right guys now this is my call” & we all gathered around to listen to Paul
“We’ll put the sun in our faces and close haul on port tack”…………………..
So we broad reached to starboard with the sun at our backs
“Not quite the game plan” said the skip, with a sigh; “We’ll do better yet” yelled the crew in reply
Charging the line on the course we had charted;…..we promptly charged back cos race 2 hadn’t started
“We can only improve from the position we’re in,” said Richard and Carl with stout hearts & a grin
“Well” replied Matt, “we have got sod all to lose; from here at the back we’ll cover all the fleet’s moves”
We made up 12 places in the course of that race so we managed to wipe some of the egg from our face
Later; Matt in his shorts and me in my cap were prepping the foredeck for the next racing lap
When from aft of the mast there arose such a clatter that we leapt from our chores to see what was the matter
Down to the cockpit we raced in a flash expecting any second to hear a loud splash
But running toward us with boat hook held ready; came flying our Dutchman yelling “boys hold me steady!”
He tried in vain effort bags of crisps to impale; like a harpoonin’ Ahab in pursuit of his whale
Though just like the story they evaded his stab and were caught at the stern by Kim with a grab
With much slicker sailing we were 10th in race 3; out thinking the fleet with a run to the lee
Pulling on halyards, with all of our might we were fast with both launching and retrieving our kite
Fine tuning the sheet and haul in on the guy, ease off the Cunningham then downwind we’d fly
Gybed round the mark, ported 62 then close hauled the last beat like a clipper we flew
This last of the day was our best race by far and pleased with our progress we set course for the bar
We figured we should motor to Cowes for the dinner; all of us wiser;…. at least one of us thinner
Then “ Bugger! Oh sod it! The props going round but we’re not moving forward or covering ground;
We’ll just have to sail in like they did in old days”; so we tacked up Medina to many’s curious gaze
We made it in time to inhale lots more beer…; well that’s what I did – “stops dehydration my dear”
And finished the night swiftly swopping our boat ; so ending day 2 of our weekend afloat
Sunday began with Tim’s “morning to all”; Richard’s dawn tea’s maid; and red eyes for Paul
We breakfasted quick and were out to the start; ready for action “to win; not take part!”
We headed inshore to seek a tide eddy; the main fleet did battle against 4 knots steady
Downwind of the mark amidst panics and broaches our training proved the value in what Paul had coached us
We moved up 8 places with our spinnaker tricks and finished race 4 in an excellent 6th
Then to our last race though we didn’t know then; that the wind & the tide would sort boys from the men
Like a true racing team Paul’s crew downwind came; and he cajoled and he guided and called them by name
“Grind Richard, Ease Michael, ease the mainsheet too Tim
Release Matt, Sheet in Carl; halyard to Mark could you Kim?”
Avoiding the carnage all around we sailed on; And finished in tenth having had to go long
Finishing 12th overall was a pretty good feat; but my favourite moment’s looking back at the fleet
Beam reaching towards us with spinnakers up; as I drained my post race 4 tea from my cup
I know that I speak both for Kim & for me that we’ve had a great time with you all out at sea
We’d be thrilled to go sailing with all or a few & maybe invite others to come join this great crew
To my crewmates I have these few words now to write ….
Happy sailing to all and to you all a good night.
Mark Henry, July 2010
We are looking for new team members to join our 2010 sailing programme. If you have experience of yacht racing and either have an MBA (or equivalent) or are currently studying for an MBA, please make contact now.
Our training weekends for this season are: 17th/18th April; 15th/16th May. The regatta runs on the 10th/11th July. There is a cost involved of around £320. All sailing takes place in the Solent leaving from Portsmouth (Port Solent) or the Hamble.
The team organiser, Tim Lawson, can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
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!