The Skolkovo teams at the Global MBA Trophy in Piraeus, Greece brought home first and third place in an impressive show of strength in the Platu 25 class.
This was the first regatta in the Sunsail MBA Global Sailing League 2015.
Skolkovo 1 led from the start of the regatta and brought home a 1-1-(2)-1-1-2 to win the trophy with 6 points, comfortably ahead of second place LUM with 8.
LUM won the two races that Skolkovo 1 didn’t, came second in 3 others and discarded a DSQ.
Skolkovo 3 scored 14, coming 3rd in all but one races.
The regatta, in its 11th edition, took place on the waters of Faliron bay in Piraeus, with the on- shore activities centres on the harbour of Microlimano. The event was organised by London Business School, with the race committee and other support provided by the Yacht Club of Greece, the boats by the Greek Platu 25 owners association and logistics by Sail PROmotion.
The first day of sailing saw brilliant sunshine and clear blue skies, which conjured up an early sea breeze, so that the races could start on time at 12:00, and take place with steady southerly winds. Skolkovo 1 won the first two races of the day, and came second to LUM in the third.
The second day was not so lucky with the weather, it being overcast, and so the race committee had to contend with light and shifty conditions as the sea breeze battled against a northerly gradient wind at first. The first race was called off with one minute to go to the gun. The breeze did fill in and allowed the committee to get in all three races, which the Skolkovo 1 team again won the first two and LUM the third.
In the “B” division, five races were sailed, with LBS’s team coming in first in four of them, being pipped at the line for the other race by an IE crew that came second in the rest of the races.
Division A: Platu 25
Division B: Jeanneu Sun Odyssey 439