This February we organized the first IE official regatta. Over 60 students and alumni from IE, LBS, INSEAD, RSM and HEC from all over the world gathered together on Lanzarote Island, Canaries to enjoy winter sailing. We’ve experienced both heavy weather, that put everyone’s skills to the test, and sunny but still windy days that allowed us to enjoy racing at a more relaxed pace.
There were two divisions. Division A sailed on more agile and competitive J/80 boats and consisted mostly of alumni. The 1st place was won by RSM team while IE got the 2nd and the 4th places in this race. The IE skippers, Santiago and Alberto, are experienced sailors who already participated in many regattas. Their crews consisted both of first-timers and alumni. Alejandro, a current student, participated in IE regatta for the first time, but he already feels at sea like at home. Thilo is another first-timer in IE regatta but he is definitely not a first-timer on a boat; he cannot get enough of sailing and impressed everyone with his genoa handling skills.
Division B used bigger and heavier sailing yachts (the ones you can actually live on) and had a mixed crew of experienced and first-time sailors. Doing it the real pirate way, with thrill of victory in the air, IE crews won not only the B division race but also proved that IE students surely know how to have a good time on the shore when the race is over.
The first place was won by the crew from IE IMBA January intake. They were sailing head to head with another boat – a mixed one, consisting of IE current students and alumni, with a skipper from INSEAD, but at the last moment took over and got the first place. The crew from MBD (Masters in Big Data) brought another trophy to IE. Even though the crew consisted mostly of beginners, they managed to overcome more experienced sailors from HEC and came the 3d.
Feeling missed out? Don’t worry; we organize different sailing events both for beginners and experienced sailors. Join sailing club on campus life and check out sailing cruises and regattas schedule https://www.facebook.com/groups/241523033361/ or contact anyone from the team. 
And remember: Always be yourself. Unless you can be a sailor. Then always be a sailor!
(It’s highly addictive, don’t say we didn’t warn you!)
Here you can see and download more amazing photos of the regatta in Lazarote https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9tjhZ4XbhjscGZfUDFCbWJuSFk/view?usp=sharing