Cranfield MBA Regatta 2018

The team enjoyed a smaller, but very competitive Cranfield Regatta in July 2018. Our squad this year consisted of:

  • Robert Buckley (skipper)
  • Tim Lawson (first mate)
  • Robert Schroeder
  • Pete Muggleton
  • Richard Leech
  • Marina Allinson
Drinks at RORC in Cowes

We came 5th out of 8 boats out on the water and were awarded the ‘Spirit of the Regatta’ award for our enthusiasm and determination to have a fun weekend!

Cranfield Regatta 2017

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…

  • Anthony Parker
  • Rachelle Gaskell
  • Richard Leech
  • Michiel Commandeur
  • Vanita Chavda
  • Marcin Korobczak
  • Eva Soto-Perez
  • Robert Buckley

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:
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More photos of our team on the water and the event follow.

2016 Cranfield Regatta race report

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.

Looking forward to the 2015 season

We’re ready for another season of challenging regattas. Henley’s sailing team is a regular participant in the MBA Sailing League and in 2014, finished 7th out of 27 business schools. Our aim is to do even better this year!

We’re kicking off the 2015 season with two events and are appealing to all Henley sailors with some experience and lots of enthusiasm to make yourselves known.

The first event is the Global MBA trophy which takes place in Piraeus, Athens (April 16th to 19th) with two days of races in two separate categories. You can find full details of the event at the following link: If you are interested in joining us at this event, please contact Carl de Verteuil at

The second event is the Cranfield MBA Regatta which takes place on the Solent, UK (July 10th to 12th). We plan to enter an 8 person crew, sailing on Sunfast F40 boats. This is usually the biggest event of the MBA Sailing series with up to 30 boats from business schools worldwide entering. If you are interested in this event, please contact Tim Lawson at

Both events are an excellent opportunity for networking, for enjoying some challenging competition against some of the world’s top business schools and of course, for a bit of partying!

For more information about the Henley Sailing Team and how to join our events, please get in touch. Note that our events are only open to those who have completed or are currently studying an MBA at Henley Business School.

Skippers report from the Global MBA Trophy regatta in Athens


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.

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Henley members join Clipper Race

Two Henley Sailing crew members, Tim Lawson and Lynn Ellwood, are joining the next Clipper Round The World race in 2015/16.



The race is considered the longest in sailing, covering over 40,000 miles and taking over 10 months for the full circumnavigation. More news soon as the training begins!



Clipper was started by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston who was the first person to sail single handed around the globe without stopping.