Meet the MBA Fastnet 2013 Team!

The crew of the MBA Fastnet 2013 team have been busy preparing already for their Fastnet campaign with two successful training weekends at Team Heiner HQ in Lelystad, The Netherlands under the guidance of Roy Heiner and team.

The Team on the First Weekend

The team, in no particular order:

  • Moritz Vielhauer (Columbia)
  • Herman de Knop (Columbia)
  • Ina Spiess (WHU / Kellogg)
  • Grania Holzwarth (WHU / Kellogg)
  • Sascha Hocherl (WHU / Kellogg)
  • Benjamin Grosman (LBS)
  • Christian Hausmann (LBS)
  • Iris Co (Schulich / RSM)
  • Berend Groeneveld (RSM)
  • Erwin van Helden (RSM)
  • Andrei Grigorian (RSM)


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Our first training weekend saw the team in Maxfun 35’s and J109’s training in some “fresh” conditions, as well as going through some onshore theory.

The second weekend was on a Maxfun 35 in January 2013, with “fresher” (i.e. colder) conditions providing opportunities for more training.

More details on the crew as well as past and future training to follow soon!




MBA Fastnet 2013 team established

Fastnet Rock

For 2013 a diverse group of members of the MBA Sailing League have embarked on a new challenge – to compete together as a team in one of the toughest yacht races in the world – the 2013 Fastnet campaign.


The 608 nautical mile Fastnet race has been since its founding in 1925 a true test of the marks of a sportsperson – skill, courage, and endurance. Held in August every two years, the race starts from The Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes. Yachts then race to the Fastnet Rock, and then to the finish line at the western end of the breakwater in Plymouth Harbour.

Team Heiner Volvo 60

The Fastnet race is a difficult test of both inshore and offshore skills, boats, and teams, with stringent preparation, training, and safety requirements to match. To this end, the crew have joined forces with Roy Heiner and his company Team Heiner to prepare, train, and race in the Fastnet on a Volvo 60 racing yacht.

Here on this page you’ll be able to find out about the progress of the team on our Fastnet journey.