A keen and well dressed team represented Henley Business School at the 2017 Cranfield MBA Regatta in July. While our result was not the best we more than made up for it with our enthusiasm out on the water!
The members who took part (left to right in photo) were…
Also representing Henley on other boats and not in the photo were Rupa Ditta and Clare Lyons-Collins. Adam Stone joined us for the training sail on the Friday.
For those interested, the flags we are holding spell out the Henley name:
More photos of our team on the water and the event follow.
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.
Our team had a great time at the regatta coming in a respectable 8th out of 19 boats. A frustrating last race where our spinnaker became trapped under the yacht meant that the chance to push ourselves up the leaderboard disappeared. Hats off to the LBS crew who came first in every race with a great demonstration of how it should be done.
After a successful regatta in Athens the Henley team are looking forward to the Cranfield MBA Regatta. We are planning to train on Friday 4th July and join the other crews that evening for a BBQ ahead of racing on the Saturday and Sunday.
Our confirmed crew is:
Steve Ellwood (skipper)
We are looking for enthusiastic crew members for next years regattas so if you are either a Henley alumni or current MBA student then please get in touch.
Crew: Steve Ellwood (Skipper), Lynn Ellwood (First Mate), Robert Schroeder, Tom Brackenbury, Carl de Verteuil (Team Organizer) and special guest Joost Kamermans, Rotterdam MBA.
The boat: Beneteau Platus 25
The venue: The Yacht Club of Greece
Situated on the Piraeus coast of the Saronic Gulf, on the hill of Koumoundouros Microlimano, an ancestral heritage site, built on the foundations of the ancient temple of Artemis, as well as parts of Kononeion walls. Yacht Club of Greece was established since 1933.
Henley Sailing team are looking forward to the Global MBA Trophy to be held in Athens from April 24 to 26. The Henley crew for this event include Carl de Verteuil, Steve Ellwood, Lynn Ellwood, Tom Brackenbury and Robert Schroeder who are all Henley MBA alumni.
Full details of the event can be found at www.globalmbatrophy.com. Henley is participating in the Division A Platu 25 event. This is a high profile regatta with participating schools that have included Wharton, Insead, Kellogg and Stern in the past. This year the event is organized by London Business School.