So I finally got back out on the sailboat.
Last weekend, I flew to Athens for the LBS Global MBA Trophy at Mikrolimano, Piraeus. There were two INSEAD student teams in the B Division. Barely any of us had sailed with each other before, and some others had never even sailed before. But … my crew won!
I can’t pinpoint exactly how we did so well, but I reckon it was a mixture of good teamwork and remembering to empty the water tanks before the race started. 😉
We raced (and slept) in 49 feet Jeanneau boats, which are more leisure boats than racing boats, but it was nice to take it easy tacking across the bay. To top it all off, there were stunning views of the Acropolis in the background.
The weather was warm, with wind picking up every day just as the race started. It was a much needed sea change from studying in cold and rainy France!
Mikrolimano is a picturesque and lively harbour in Piraeus, along the seaside outside of Athens. We were lucky to have a full programme of events organised for us as part of the regatta, including:
- cocktails and a gala dinner at the Yacht Club of Greece (with its beautiful panorama of the harbour)
- a Michelin Star dinner at Varoulko, and
- daily buffet breakfasts with the best freddo cappuccinos at Istioploikos.
And on Friday night, we danced away our worries of imminent exams at Omikron2 in the Gazi neighbourhood of Athens.