Business Schools regatta 2008

Racing took place in the stretch of water between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight

Exeter MBAs in Top 6 finish in the sailing league tables

‘MBA Sailing Regatta - Captain’s Log’

On the weekend of the  25rd and 27th of July the University of Exeter’s School of Business and Economics again entered a 37ft yacht into the 17th International Business Schools regatta held on the Solent, the stretch of water between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. 

The crew was made up of 5 current Master of Business Administration students: Nadia Nikolova, Nagyb Shah, Simon Baird, Stuart Harris and Richard Dawson, and 3 Alumni: Wade Tipton 06/07, Mark Roberts 02/05  and Jonny Malcolm 02/03.

Having met at Port Solent on the Friday evening the fleet moved to Gunwharf Quays under the Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth, where a reception was held aboard Britain’s first iron-hulled, armoured battleship, HMS Warrior. With the reception sponsored by the Cobra Foundation the beer flowed freely, which certainly encouraged the banter between the crews before the start of the racing on Saturday.

Due to low winds over the weekend there were 3 races held over the two days.  The racing though was still highly competitive with Exeter storming through the field on the first race on Saturday to take a credible 6th, after trailing the pack in 12th place after an infringement from a Cranfield yacht at the first mark. 

After a superb start by the Exeter crew on the Sunday the second race went right to the line, with up to 5 boats vying for 2rd position. Exeter managed to nudge over the line in 4th spot after excellent tactical decisions by both Jonny and Mark to keep it together at the last.

In the third and final race the Exeter crew was fired up and raring to go as we all knew that we were on for a high placing if we could again improve on our previous position. Having been shunted from the back at the second mark the crew held their nerve and finally crossed the line in 5th place. This was enough on average to give them a position of 5th place overall in the regatta, which was a fantastic achievement as only 50% of the crew had sailed before the training weekend two weeks previously.

As in previous years the Exeter MBA crew are extremely grateful to all of our sponsors for their contribution toward covering the cost of the event. This year Vospers Motor House Ltd, Jam Creative, House of Marbles and The Assay Office all kindly donated to assist with the cost of the crew clothing, training weekend and other essentials. Without this support many would not be able to attend and would therefore miss out on a great team building exercise where ones leadership skills are truly put to the test!

Richard Dawson
Full-time MBA

Date: 30 July 2008

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