Exeter Business School won the highly desirable new Cranfield Regatta trophy with a very impressive performance, winning three races out of the five
sailed, and discarding a third place.
This was the 19th annual Cranfield regatta, held on the Solent in Sunsail’s fleet of identical Jeanneau Sunfast 37s.
Business Schools from all over the UK took part, along with teams from Rotterdam School of Management, and Smurfitt, Dublin. In all, there were a record 36 boats participating, 17 from Cranfield and 19 from other schools.
It was a much more competitive event than for the last couple of years, with strong crews from London Business School, Manchester and Smurfitt battling it out for second place, and Rotterdam, Warwick, Henly,
Portsmouth and a couple of Cranfield boats being there or thereabouts.
Day 1 saw Exeter well ahead of the fleet, winning two and coming third in the other race. Smurfitt were looking
the best of the rest with a second and a first place, but their score was marred by a 9th in th third race.
Manchester and Cranfield 2 took the other two 2nd places on offer, but also lacked consistency, so LBS with a 3-4-3 were lying second overnight.
The first race of day 2 sealed the regatta for Exeter. Another bullet meant they were uncatchable at the top of
the table, and could safely discard the final race – which they promptly did. The battle was on, however, for second place, as Smurfitt and Manchester had a chance of discarding their poor results. In the 4th race, London Business School, with just another 4th place beat them both in the first race. Manchester were 5th,
while Smurfitt had a nightmare, and came in in 19th. For the final race, London Business School finally found the form that had won them the trophy in 2009, and brought home a first place, allowing them to discard one of their two fourths. Smurfitt came in second, but had to carry their 9th from race 3, along with two 2s and a 1, to finish 3rd overall, and Manchester has another disappointing race, bringing home a 5th to finish in 4th place.
|Cranfield Regatta 2010|
|Position||Boat No||Team||Skipper||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Race 5||Total|
|5th||26||Cranfield 16||D Peerless||6||6||5||2||9||19|
|6th||19||Cranfield 5||J Tinsobin||8||14||7||3||7||25|
|9th||12||Cranfield 3||R Smith||11||10||4||7||14||32|
|10th||51||Cranfield 2||J Renwick||10||11||2||13||21||36|
|11th||4||Alumni 2009||S Rooke||9||5||24||10||12||36|
|13th||28||Bath 1||S Horlock||15||8||15||11||11||45|
|15th||1||Cranfield 11||M Surridge||1||17||17||22||16||51|
|16th||27||Cranfield 9||D Jones||22||15||20||14||13||62|
|17th||34||LBS 1||H Fairbrother||23||13||27||12||17||65|
|18th||2||Imperial 1||T Stuart||14||9||19||24||24||66|
|19th||29||Bath 2||L MacDonald||21||19||18||19||15||71|
|20th||3||Cranfield 8||M Stead||16||29||16||21||19||72|
|21st||32||Cranfield 12||R Harris||20||25||22||15||22||79|
|22nd||11||Cranfield 15||T Brown||37||12||8||23||37||80|
|23rd||21||Cranfield 6||I Van Wees||17||20||23||25||23||83|
|24th||43||Imperial 2||A Lane||24||24||26||16||20||84|
|25th||30||Cranfield 10||P Mercer||19||23||29||27||18||87|
|26th||38||LBS 2||M Beetz||25||25||31||20||25||95|
|27th||41||Cranfield 14||A Peters||37||27||11||26||32||96|
|30th||17||Cranfield 4||M Hodge||37||31||28||31||26||116|
|31st||42||Cranfield 1||T Ouvry||37||26||25||34||33||118|
|33rd||47||Cranfield 7||B Dormer||37||30||32||35||28||125|
|34th||14||Cranfield 13||T Balchile||37||33||37||32||29||131|
|35th||48||Bath 3||F van Niekerk||37||34||37||30||37||138|