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.

Great result in Cranfield MBA Regatta

The Henley team had a great result at the 2012 Cranfield MBA Regatta coming 8th out of 28 boats. This was an especially good performance as five of the top eight boats were run by professional skippers. Henley was one of the top three who had business school MBA skippers, along with LBS and Insead.

See below for the official results table. Click on the image to expand.


Second training day

A small but perfectly formed team of Tim, Paul, Alison and Michiel met in Swanick Marina for a day out on Sash. The weather was rough but we enjoyed our sail over to Cowes. Finding the marina’s all busy we cruised up the river to the Folly Inn for lunch.

An afternoon cruise back was very relaxing and the day finished with a drink in the bar at Swanick. Not the most arduous training day but good to be out on the water in Sash.

Successful first training day

Saturday 26th May was the first training day for the team in 2012. Paul Bennett and Richard Steele hosted the crew on board ‘Sash’. Fresh winds and a warm sunny day made for an excellent sailing session where we spent time in both the Solent and Southampton Water.

We had plenty of practice with all the main sail movements including spinnaker work. At the end of the day we sailed right past some massive cruise and container ships making Sash seem very small. Next training due on 23rd June.

MBA Sailing League dates confirmed for 2012

The 2012 MBA Sailing League Calendar is now confirmed as:

1. The Global MBA Trophy Regatta in Athens
27 – 29 April.

2. The Alumni Business Cup (ABC) Regatta in La Trinite Sur Mer, France
6 – 9 June.

3. The Cranfield Regatta in The Solent, England
6 – 8 July.

4. The RSM Regatta,in Lemmer, The Netherlands
24 – 26 August.

5. The Rolex MBAs Cup, in Santa Margharita Ligure, Italy
27 – 30 September.

The Henley team are looking at entering at least two regattas in the series this year. More news soon!

Recruitment for 2012 under way

We are looking to put together the crew to compete under the Henley Business School banner in the 2012 Cranfield MBA Regatta. This will be on the 6th to 8th July 2012 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 Sunsail’s fleet of Beneteau First 40 yachts.

The Henley team 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 wears the Henley colours mid-Atlantic

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.

2011 Cranfield Regatta results table

The Henley team had an excellent regatta coming in 8th place out of 36 boats, a significant improvement on last years 12th. A full write-up and photos is being prepared, in the meantime here is the full results table.

The racing results shown in the table below are calculated by totalling the placing achieved in each race with the lowest position being discarded. The discarded positions are shown in light blue.

position boat no team skipper race 1 race 2 race 3 race 4 race 5 total
1st 4040 INSEAD K Glover 2 4 2 1 3 8
2nd 4021 Cranfield 13 J Gair 6 2 3 4 1 10
3rd 4038 Bocconi Menza 33 1 12 2 6 21
4th 4036 LBS 1 K Rasmussen 3 11 1 6 15 21
5th 4022 Glasgow P Walters 16 3 7 3 11 24
6th 4006 Cranfield 2 P Methven 19 7 9 8 2 26
7th 4004 Manchester 1 R Drummond 12 5 10 7 9 31
8th 4009 Henley R Willets 5 10 8 9 12 32
9th 4020 Leeds K Rawson 18 8 6 13 8 35
10th 4002 Cranfield 1 A Wheal 4 15 13 15 5 37
11th 4028 Manchester 2 M Reid 15 17 5 14 7 41
12th 4037 MIP U Alvassi del Frate 26 6 18 5 14 43
13th 4031 Smurfit S Hayes 23 12 4 11 20 47
14th 4025 Exeter A Peters 13 9 17 10 22 49
15th 4039 RSM J Tinsobin 7 13 16 16 37 52
16th 4011 Cranfield 4 T Higham 1 21 30 22 16 60
17th 4010 Cranfield 16 E Ebney 8 16 19 21 17 60
18th 4016 Bath 1 S Horlock 9 30 15 12 24 60
19th 4032 Imperial 3 J Kemp 20 19 20 37 4 63
20th 4007 Cranfield 3 D Durston 11 26 24 24 10 69
21st 4012 Cranfield 10 R McQuillan 14 25 23 17 18 72
22nd 4033 Warwick C Best 17 14 34 19 29 79
23rd 4026 Cranfield 15 D Griffiths 10 20 29 28 37 87
24th 4035 Cranfield 12 P Lovejoy 24 23 25 20 37 92
25th 4013 Cranfield 8 J Friggins 21 27 27 18 27 93
26th 4034 LBS 2 B Grosman 31 29 14 37 23 97
27th 4008 Cranfield 7 D Price 25 18 28 27 37 98
28th 4018 Imperial 2 J Ingham 27 28 22 23 26 98
29th 4030 Imperial 1 P Mercer 32 36 33 26 13 104
30th 4019 Bath 2 R Knight 37 34 21 30 19 104
31st 4017 Cranfield 9 S Davies 34 24 11 37 37 106
32nd 4005 Cranfield 5 C Sharman 22 31 31 25 21 108
33rd 4014 Cranfield 14 H Edsell 28 22 26 37 37 113
34th 4015 Cranfield 6 J Porter 29 32 36 29 28 118
35th 4042 Cranfield 17 N Hoare 35 35 32 31 25 123
36th 4029 Cranfield 11 A Lane 30 33 35 32 37 130

Ready for the 2011 regatta

The Henley team is finalised and ready to race at the 2011 Cranfield MBA Regatta in three weeks time. We have only been able to get one crew together this year but the team are raring to go and looking forward to an excellent event.
This years team is:
  • Tim Lawson (ORGANISER)
  • Michiel Commandeur (FIRST MATE)
  • Qi Zhang
  • Alison Fellows
  • Tom Brack
  • Joanna Lloyd
  • Andrea Consonni
Lots of new faces this year so a great opportunity for fresh talent to make their mark on our performance. Photos of the event and an update will be posted here.

The sailing team of Henley Business School