Henley Business School participated in the 2016 Cranfield business schools regatta, an annual event that takes place on the Solent where some of the major UK and international business schools compete against each other in matched Beneteau First 40 yachts in what is some very tough and competitive racing.
Our team was comprised of our skipper, Richard Hanslip, first mate and organizer Carl de Verteuil, Tom Brackenbury, Michiel Commandeur, Tom Lethaby, Robert Schroeder, Qi Zhang and Lai Keer.
Thanks to a great team effort and some fine skippering by Richard we finished third overall with two wins, two third places and two fifth places. We could have finished second or even first had our first win not been disqualified as a result of a protest by the overall winners of the event – London Business School – with respect to a very obscure rule we had apparently breached but which would have had absolutely no influence over the final result of that particular race.
Winds were fairly stiff, 18 knots gusting to 25 knots. Our use of the spinnaker was limited but when we are allowed to use it, we were brilliant at hoisting and gybing thanks largely to some great mentoring from our skipper.
We had a great weekend with plenty of hard racing, some fine evening games interspersed with a few sea shanties and mingling with the various alumni from the participating business schools.