11 schools entered the International Business Schools Sailing Regatta 2002 with 17 boats in all. The schools represented were: Bath and Trinity College, Bocchoni (Milan), Cranfield, Erasmus, Imperial, Jefferson Smurfit, Kingston, London Business School, Nyroder (Holland) and Warwick?s team, supported by Ford.
After the skippers briefing on the Saturday morning the flotilla headed out of Port Solent towards the Isle of Wight where the first race would commence. The Warwick boat was consistently 4th or 5th off the start line and in the top 6 by the windward mark. After this the Smurfit boat gradually eased into the distance, followed by Bocchoni. These 2 crews were outstanding and everybody trailed in their wake ? literally. Warwick finished 11th in the first race with two similar results in the proceeding races.
The two remaining races on the Sunday were almost formalities. Smurfit had won the regatta by Saturday evening with three clear wins. Warwick battled with some light winds to finish in the middle of the fleet. A good result.
Richard Thomas, WBS MBA student and skipper