RSM kick off the year with a win in Lanzarote

The fourth MBA Winter Regatta in Lanzarote, Club-Regattas-©JamesMitchell-94The Canary Islands, saw the RSM crew led by Yannis Pagoulatos take home the trophy.  The team won two races, and consistently came home in the top three to finish with 11 points.

IE team 1, led by Santiago Alvarez de Toledo were excluded from racing on day 1, with technical problems, but managed to score 4 1st places and a second on day 2, to finish in second place  with 13 points.

Third place was taken by the highly fancied INSEAD/HEC/RSM mixed team, while last year’s winners, LBS1 came in 5th.

The regatta had a new format this year, with an owners’ representative on board each boat to advise the team and provide safety back- up.

Race: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total:
RSM 2 1 (5) 1 2 2 3 11
IE 1 (7) 7 1 2 1 1 1 13
INSEAD 1 2 2 3 3 (4) 2 13
IE 2 3 3 3 (4) 4 3 4 20
LBS 1 4 4 (6) 5 5 6 6 30
LBS 2 5 5 4 (6) 6 5 5 30

Strong Line- Up for MBA Winter Regatta

The Crews will be lining up for the first race of the MBA racing season – the first race of the MBA Winter Regatta –  on Friday morning off Puerto Calero in Lanzarote, The Canary Islands.

Last year’s MBAWR winners, LBS will be up against a very strong mixed crew from HEC/Insead/RSM: These two are expected to be fighting for the honours.  Up against them are another crew from LBS, two from IE and one from RSM, all vying to cause an upset.  The “A” division crews will be sailing 4-5 man J80 sportsboats.

For the first time the Winter Regatta also has a “B” division, sailing in 36- 40ft boats. IE has sent a massive three boat contingent to add to their A division crews. There’s also a crew from HEC to challenge for the Div B title.

The racing takes place on Friday and Saturday, and the crews can expect a warm welcome from the Canarian weather and the local hospitality at the events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

The weather forecast with 6 days to go is for strong Northerly winds on Friday, calming somewhat on Saturday.

LBS wins first three places in Lanzarote

Club-Regattas-©JamesMitchell-160London Business School’s teams scored a 1-2-3 in very strong winds at the MBA Winter Regatta in Lanzarote last week. LBS’s three teams came first, second and third in the six boat regatta.

The crews enjoyed a taste of winter sun and warmth in the Canary Islands, although they faced wind gusts of up to 42 knots in conditions that meant that racing was white- sails only and which verged on survival conditions at times – especially during the return from the racing area on Saturday 21st, and the curtailed racing on the afternoon of Friday 20th. The weather was severe enough to snap the shrouds on the rigging of two boats – one on each day, although thankfully masts stayed upright, and no other damages were experienced. Continue reading “LBS wins first three places in Lanzarote”

The MBA Winter Regatta will be on 19- 22 February

The MBA Winter Regatta returns in Feb 2015, after a year off in 2014. 304741_457669867631742_558387040_n

Giving participants a taste of sunshine and warmth in the middle of the North European winter,  the regatta takes place in the Canary Island of Lanzarote. It promises exciting racing in J80 sportsboats, and great parties in picturesque Puerto Calero.

The Event website is: http://mbawinterregatta.wordpress.com/

Included in the €2,250 package price are: Boats from the 19th – 21st, Accomodation in apartments at the Marina for 3 nights, Breakfast & lunch on Friday & Sat. Drinks and dinner on Thu and Sat, Airport transfer on Sun.

The regatta does not form part of the Sunsail MBA Global Sailing League. It is organised by Instituto de Empresa (IE) Business School. Previous winners were LBS in 2013 and Manchester Business School in 2012.

The details are:

February 19th – February 22nd Puerto Calero, Lanzarote

Event Program:
February 19th Hotel Check-in; Welcome Drinks and Party
February 20th 1st day of Regatta (4-5 regattas)
February 21st 2nd day of Regatta, (4-5 regattas); Celebration drinks and party
February 22nd hotel check-out

Cost:
2250€/boat (5 people) including accommodation
Xmas special for who confirms the payment by December 25th 2150€/boat

For further details and for registration contact MBAWinterRegatta@gmail.com