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Race of the Classics

Ahoy pirates!

This year again, Team RSM is participating in the biggest student sailing competition in Europe: The Race of the Classics. On April 2nd, the Hendrika Bartelds will leave the port of Rotterdam for a sensational sailing race to England. 500 students will battle with their teams to win the Challenge Cup, the Golden Compass, the RAA and the Media Award. We will sail to several cities in the Netherlands and Belgium, where we enjoy numerous parties. After that, we will cross the North Sea and race to England to win the title! When we arrive in England, we will even have a fancy gala with all teams. On the 8th of April, we will enter the port of Amsterdam and enjoy the final PortSide party together with all teams to celebrate the end of the trip.

Last year, Team RSM won ‘De Rees’, and this year we are striving to continue this success. However, to realise that, we need you! The week will be filled with sailing, partying and meeting new people. There is absolutely no sailing experience required to participate. Until the 27th of November, you have the chance to sign up to come on board with Team RSM ROTC 2017. And if you do, you will be part of the most amazing team, have an awesome trip, get your own sailing gear, enjoy team dinners and activities and we will make sure it is a week you will never forget!

At last, please come to our recruitment drinks where we will be happy to meet you and tell you everything about the trip! The drinks will take place at Tuesday the 15th and Thursday the 24th of November at café ‘In the Smitse’, starting at 4 pm. If you would like to know more about the ROTC, visit the official website, like our Facebook page ‘Race of the Classics team RSM’ or send an email to

We hope to meet you soon and we will keep you updated!


2017’s Race of the Classics committee



Chairman: Anouk Aimée Hokke
Hello! My name is Anouk, I am 23 years old and this year’s chairman of the Race of the Classics committee. I am honoured to be a part of this committee and looking forward to an amazing year and, of course, a beautiful sailing trip in April! With me personally having little sailing experience I’m excited to see if we will make it to England. But whatever happens, it will be the trip of a lifetime! We cannot wait and I hope you cannot wait either. If you happen to have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me because I am more than willing to answer them!

Program: Britt Dielemans
Hi! My name is Britt Dielemans, I’m 20 years old and this year I will be the Program Manager of the Race of the Classics. I will be responsible for the complete program on and off board and together with Isabel I take lead in the recruitment of our participants. I am very honoured to be part of this unique event and I am very excited to jump on board with this great committee to make this adventure an unforgettable one!

Marketing: Isabel van Wijngaarden
Hi there! My name is Isabel and this year, I will be in charge of the marketing of the Race of the Classics. In the upcoming months, I will inform you about the trip, the parties and everything else you need to now about the most exciting STAR trip! I am really looking forward to this adventure and I will make sure it is one you will remember for the rest of your life, so come on board and have an amazing trip with us!

Commercial: Lars van Boom
Good day, I am Lars van Boom and one of this year’s commercials in the Race of the Classics committee. The maritime sector has always interested me and therefore, the Race of the Classics is in my opinion one of the most beautiful committees within STAR. The acquisition that is needed this year might be quite a challenge, but of course we will make it with this year’s Race of the Classics team. I am looking forward to see some cars drive on the left side of the road when we hit England during the race. It will be a great journey and you can join if you apply for it!

Commercial: Meike Conijn
Hello! My name is Meike, I’m 18 years old and together with Lars and Simon I will be responsible for raising the acquisition needed for participation in the Race of the Classics this year. I am really looking forward to the sailing trip in April and hope that we can maintain our title as defending champions… If you want to help in making this possible while having a lot of fun with the other students on board, do not hesitate to sign up!

Commercial: Simon van Heijst
Hey there! My name is Simon, 19 years old and together with Meike and Lars the commercials for this year. This means that we are responsible for the contact with companies and maintaining a relationship with them. I am very excited for this year, nevertheless I have already ordered some lifejackets, you never know…

What is the price of the trip and what is in it for you?
For STAR members, the total cost of the trip will be €525 euros and for non-STAR members €555. We know this sounds like a lot, but actually there is a lot included in this price! You will be provided with:
– Your own sailing gear, which you are allowed to keep after the trip
– Accommodation on the Hendrika Bartelds
– All the food and drinks during the trip
– Most likely all the alcoholic beverages during the trip, which will probably save you a lot of money!
– Several team parties across the entire country to get to know all the teams before leaving and a gala in England during the trip.

Last but not least, we will provide you with an amazing adventure that you will remember for the rest of your life! It is also possible to pay in two instalments, and you do not have to pay directly when you apply.

Do you need sailing experience to participate?
This question is asked a lot, but we can ensure you that sailing experience is absolutely not needed to sign up for the trip! During the race, the crew of the ship will be present and teach us everything we possibly need to know for sailing on a classical sailing ship. So have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Sign up now!

When will the trip take place?
On the 2nd of April, we will leave the port of Rotterdam and on April 8th, we will be back in the Netherlands for an amazing closing party in the port of Amsterdam.

What will the recruitment process look like?
From the 7th until the 27th of November, you will be able to sign up for the Race of the Classics Team RSM 2017 via an online application form. After this recruitment period, we will invite you for an additional interview. When the interviewed are finished, we will announce who are the lucky ones that got a spot in the team! The team will exist of 34 people, among which the awesome crew of the boat, the committee and two board members. Hence, 25 people will be recruited. For more information about the recruitment process, like our Facebook page ‘Race of the Classics Team RSM 2017’, where we will keep you updated!

Race of the Classics

Applications for ROTC

  • Application Race of the Classics 2017

    Thank you for applying for Team RSM for the Race of the Classics 2017!
    This biggest student sailing competition will take place from 2 - 8 April 2017.
    The price is €525,- for STAR members and €555,- for non-STAR members, this price includes participation in the main event, accommodation for the entire week, acces to all parties, food and drinks during the week and a set of sailing gear!

    We are looking forward to meeting you!

    The Race of the Classics Committee 2017,
    Anouk, Britt, Isabel, Simon, Meike & Lars.

    For any questions or inquiries, send an email to (Britt Dielemans)