MBA Fastnet Team passes ISAF Offshore Survival Exams!

After a long and eventful weekend the MBA Fastnet Team 2013 has taken one of the first hurdles to meet the crew qualification requirements for the Rolex Fastnet Race by successfully completing sea survival training. The practical elements of the course were obviously the most exciting part of the training.

In the Saturday session we first had a chance to let off different flares by the beach side, learning best techniques for handling and using flares in the event of an emergency. Then we moved on to training in and on the water. With temperatures around zero we were luckily able to fulfill this part in the Falck Nutec indoor pool, rather than in the open sea!

Christian Hausmann (LBS) training rescue techniques
Christian Hausmann (LBS) training rescue techniques

We went through numerous different scenarios during the pool training, such as escaping from a submerged and rolled over helicopter, or being hoisted by a helicopter rescue sling. To make the training more authentic pitch black conditions were created with lighting available only from strobe lights used to simulate lightning, while at the same time the wave, rain and wind machines were switched on, producing winds up to 8 Beaufort (34 – 40 knots). It is quite an impressive experience to try to turn a life raft and get into it with all the forces of nature fighting against you.

On the theoretical side we learned about many different kinds of safety equipment, especially life jackets and life rafts, and fire fighting techniques and equipment.

The Sunday session continued with handling of heavy weather, MOB (Man Overboard) manoeuvres, distress signalling and SAR (Search and Rescue) operations. This session was followed by an one hour exam, which all of the 9 participating crew members passed alongside Roy Heiner.

Helicopter Escape Drills
Helicopter Escape Drills

 

 

This was another great weekend for the MBA Fastnet Team 2013, bonding with amazing experiences and very valuable take aways – not just the ISAF certificate.

Now after 3 weekends of training in the cold Netherlands we are ready for the sun and very much looking forward to our first training on the Volvo 60 in Portugal!

 

 

 

Members of MBA Fastnet Team 2013 - ready to go!
Members of MBA Fastnet Team 2013 – ready to go!

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!

 

 

 

Dates Confirmed for Global MBA Trophy and Cranfield 2013

Bocconi sneak ahead of MIP
Bocconi sneak ahead of MIP

The dates of the 2013 Global MBA Trophy in Athens, Greece are confirmed as the weekend of 26th – 28th April.

The dates of the 2013 Cranfield Regatta in the Solent, England, are confirmed as the weeknd of 5th-7th July.

More details of both events, as well as the full MBA Sailing 2013 calendar will be announced soon!