Eleven MBA Alumni from six different universities have joined forces to sail for water on the gruelling Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 in August. They aim to raise € 50.000 to provide for year round clean water supply in three villages (1,500 people) in North Cambodia.
Though ZOA closed down its programmes in Cambodia at the end of 2012, ZOA Business Ambassadors continue to support the local NGO CIDO in its development programmes. Berend Groeneveld, one of these Business Ambassadors, is a sailor as well and initiated this challenge. With a grin: “During the Red Khmer regime everybody connected with a university or even just wearing glasses, had to fear death. That we - as a bunch of spectacled alumni - support the people affected by this regime, sure is a kind of satisfactory.”
Although all MBA sailors have some experience sailing during regatta’s, the Fastnet Race is a whole different level. An extensive training schedule has started back in December 2012, under the reign of Roy Heiner, well known skipper and owner of the VO60 racer. This racer should be able to sail at a maximum speed of 35 knots.
Check their progress on: http://mbasailing.com/category/mba-fastnet-2013