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. The race will take place between the 1st and 7th of April 2019. 

If you want to join us for a day, you can purchase a VIP-ticket for April 1st. You will also get the opportunity to have a look at the boats and meet the crews on April 1st during the Open Day. We hope to see you there!

On April 1st, we 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 Race Achievement Award and the Media Award. We will sail to several cities in the Netherlands and Belgium, where we will enjoy numerous parties. After that, we will cross the North Sea and race to England to win the title! Once we arrive in England, we will have a fancy gala with all the teams. On the 7th of April, we will enter the port of Amsterdam and enjoy the final party together with all teams to celebrate the end of the trip.

For more information about the ROTC,  like our Facebook page Race of the Classics team RSM, or send an email to rotc@rsmstar.nl.

Pictures will be posted on our facebook page throughout the week, so go over there to follow Team RSM during the race!

Applications are open at www.rsmstar.nl/shop!

Chairman: Carsten Burggraaf

Arghh! My name is Carsten and I’m the chairman of ROTC this year! ROTC is an amazing adventure where you really should participate in. But first: let me introduce myself a bit more. I’m 20 years old and I’m in my second year of BA. I’m really glad that I got the opportunity to organize an amazing event like the race of the classics. I’m really motivated to make it the best edition of ROTC and create an amazing trip for you (possible) participants. Probably hungover, we will race to England and capture the price! I have no sailing experience whatsoever, like the rest of the committee, so don’t be afraid that you can’t join because you can’t sail!

Marketing: Alieke Haanstra

Hi everyone! I’m Alieke Haanstra, a first year IBA student and this year I got the opportunity to be the marketeer of ROTC. This means I will be responsible for all recruiting and keeping you updated about everything regarding the Race, before and during the amazing week. It will be my first time setting foot on a sailboat, so I am really excited for this adventure, and obviously for all the amazing parties during the week. The committee certainly won’t be able to sail and party all by ourselves, so come and join us for the week of a lifetime. Hope to see you aboard!

Program: Alma van der Meulen

Hi! My name is Alma van der Meulen, I’m 19 years old and first year IBA student. More importantly, I’m the program coordinator of this year’s Race of the Classics! This means I’ll be responsible to ensure ‘de Rees’ will be filled with loads of fun activities, to turn it into an unforgettable experience. I’m excited to set sail with an awesome team, so see you on board!

Commercial: Koen Etman

Hi there! My name is Koen Etman and I am one of the commercials of this year’s Race of the Classics. In this glorious position I, together with my fellow commercials, am responsible for the acquisition of this year’s team. I am extremely excited for this amazing experience and immensely motivated to win this year’s Race. Are you just as excited as I am and ready for the most memorable trip of your life?! Come join me and my committee and conquer the north sea with us!

Commercial: Hidde de Heus

Hi Everyone, in April we again embark on the most amazing trip ever; the Race Of The Classics. I, Hidde de Heus, have the honour to operate as a commercial for team RSM together with my fellow committee members Floor and Koen. Together we are responsible for the acquisition, the higher the acquisition the more glitter magic the trip will become! Since this is my second ROTC I’m extra motivated because I already know what the reward will be when we eventually set sail; the most amazing trip ever.

Commercial: Floor Innemee

Hello! My name is Floor Innemee and I’m 19 years old. I’m one of the commercials for the race of the classics. With Koen and Hidde I’m responsible for raising the acquisition we need, to participate in the Race of the Classics. I’m looking forward to go on this amazing trip with you! There’s no problem if you can’t sail, I can’t either. Hope to see you in April on our beautiful ship.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the price of the trip?
The total cost of the trip is €525 euros (for STAR-members). This might sound like a lot, but let us break down everything you will get for this price:

– Sailing equipment, personalized for Team RSM
– Accomodation on the greatest boat of the fleet
– Food and drinks for the entire week
– Team parties with other teams from across the country before leaving
– A fancy gala once we reach the English shore
– Several parties during the week

Last but not least, we will provide you with an amazing adventure that you will remember for the rest of your life!

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 will 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 1st of April, we will leave the port of Rotterdam and on April 7th, we will be back in the Netherlands.

How do I sign up to join the ROTC?
Applications will be open soon, so keep an eye on the STAR website and our Facebook!

What will the week look like?
We will be leaving in the morning on April 1st. This is the VIP-day, which means that our sponsors and some of our team members’ relatives will join us. We will wave them goodbye in Vlaardingen, and set sail to our next destination. The exact schedule and destinations will be determined by meteorological conditions. But one thing is certain: it will be epic!


If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to message us on facebook or to send an email to marketing.rotc@rsmstar.nl, we are happy to help!


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