YMI and Vetus Sponsors IVA Driebergen Students’ Race of the Classics


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The Race of the Classics is a unique, annual student sailing event from The Netherlands to Great Britain and back. This year’s Race was the 30th edition and took place from 2-8 April. IVA Business School in Driebergen participated for the 7th time with a team consisting of first-year to third-year students of both Nautical and Automotive Business Management.

Meet students

YANMAR Marine and YANMAR Group company Vetus entered into a sponsorship of the IVA Driebergen Team. The Race of the Classics is an excellent opportunity to reach out to students in the marine business, nurture their sailing ambitions and spark their interest in YANMAR and Vetus as inspiring and potential employers. Among other things, the sponsoring package included logos and mentions on social media and printed matter related to the Race, flags in all departure and arrival ports and an invitation to the networking event and the VIP Sailing Day.

3-mast topsail schooner

Team IVA Driebergen team embarked on the majestic 3-mast topsail schooner, the ‘Swaensborgh’. Measuring 47 metres and with a 535-m2 sail area, it is still as impressive and elegant as it was back in 1907, when it was launched in the German port of Moorrege, close to Hamburg.

The Race of the Classics

…every year about 500 students from all over The Netherlands sail to Great Britain and back in the first week of April

The Race of the Classics was first organised in 1989 and has grown into the largest sailing event for students on classic ships. Since then, every year about 500 students from all over The Netherlands sail to Great Britain and back in the first week of April. All teams sail on a selection of classic ships. This aspect, combined with the required teamwork and the feeling of freedom aboard, make the Race a unique and inspiring returning event.

Some facts and figures about the 2018 Race:

23 teams on classic sailing ships
30th edition
Challenge between universities and colleges
7-day sailing event
High name awareness and broad media attention
Vast social network between students, sailing enthusiasts and industry/business representatives
Key concepts: teambuilding / team performance / endurance / unique experience