As part of the sponsorship agreement, Sunsail will provide a weekend’s sailing or racing in the Solent off the South coast of England to the business school team that wins the 2015 league. This prize, is worth over €1,400.
The MBA Sailing league will become known as the Sunsail MBA Global Sailing League.
MBA Sailing league co-ordinator, Rob Cotterill, said: “Sunsail manage one of the biggest and most competitive regattas of the MBA sailing season, the Cranfield Regatta, so we welcome their decision to partner with the league and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.
The MBA Sailing League brings together five sailing regattas and the teams of MBA students and alumni who race in them, encouraging business school teams to compete throughout the season, and rewarding the most consistent and most successful. The regattas that make up the league are the Global MBA Trophy, held in Athens in April; The Alumni Business Cup, held in different locations Europe in May/June; The Cranfield Regatta held in the Solent on the South coast of England in July; The RSM Regatta, held in the Netherlands in August and the Rolex MBA’s Conference and Regatta held in Santa Margharita Ligure, on the Lugurian coast of Italy in September. Business Schools who have ranked highly in the league include London Business School, INSEAD, Kellogg, HEC, Bocconi and Cranfield.
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LBS didnt finish lower than 5th in any of this year’s five qualifying regattas, winning at the Cranfield regatta, coming second at the Global MBA trophy and third at the RSM regatta.
Full final rankings are available on MBAsailing.com
HEC made a strong showing in second place, despite missing the Global MBA trophy’s A division and the RSM regatta.
INSEAD, 2011 winners and runners- up in 2012 and 2013 could only manage 5th, after missing the Cranfield regatta and finishing 12th at the Rolex MBAs regatta.
Kelloggg/WHU were 3rd and Bocconi 4th.
The MBA Sailing league trophy will be presented to London Business School at the GLobal MBA Trophy regatta in Athens in April. More >
The team from MIT Sloan beat the Bocconi boat in the final of the match racing to take home the trophy at the Rolex MBAs Regatta.
The crews had battled light winds in the end- of season finale, off the Ligurian coast, based out of Santa Margharita Ligure.
The MIT crew had come first in the Beneteau 36.7 division on Friday and Saturday, with three firsts and a second place, and they carried that form through the match racing finals on the Sunday.
Second place Bocconi, meanwhile had been lying fourth in the 36.7 fleet, only just qualifying for the match racing, but managed to beat all except the team from Cambridge Massachusetts in the one- one – one format. More >
With LBS, Insead and Kellogg coming in 3rd and joint 4th at the RSM regatta, their spots at the top of the rankings are unchanged. As there were only 7 crews competing, Cranfield do not lose out heavily from missing the regatta, and stay third in the 2014 league. Meanwhile the top places taken by Skolkovo and LUM in Lelystad do not help much as both missed Cranfield and Bocconi last year. LUM do climb 5 places to 12=, and Skolkovo 2 places to 8=
LUM, a university from Bari, Italy, continued this year’s pattern of dominating a regatta, winning 8 out of 10 races on the Markermeer off Lelystad. This was the Italian busines school’s first entry in an MBA sailing league regatta.
The RSM regatta took place on 30- 31 August, with the “A” division competing in matched Maxfun 25 sportsboats.
Second place was claimed by Skolkovo, returning after their success at the Global MBA trophy in Athens, mopping up both the other first places and most of the second spots.
London Business School came in third, and last year’s champions, Insead/ Kellogg WHU were fourth, with a combined RSM and IE team fifth. Meanwhile sixth and seventh place were taken up by the RSM and Warwick crews who unfortunately damaged their boats on the first day and the prctice days respectively. More >
London Business School’s first place at the Cranfield regatta helps them climb one place to the top of the 2014 MBA sailing league. Insead, who were top after their victory at the ABC regatta and their third place in Athens drop seven places to 8th, because they did not participate in England.
Skolkovo, who kicked the 2014 season off in first place are now down to 10th.
Kellogg/WHU’s third place at Cranfield along with their placings at the ABC and the GMT mean that they take second place in the league. Cranfield’s second place in the Solent means that they are propelled to third overall.
The top 5 is made up by HEC and Henley, both of whom have competed in two regattas this year.
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HEC, participating at the Cranfield regatta for the first time in many years, shot up the rankings from 19th to 4th, with a creditable 7th place. HEC have now sailed at 3 of the 5 regattas in the last 12 months.
The rankings take all the results in league regattas in the last 12 months into account.
London Business School’s first place at the Cranfield Regatta sees them stay top of the rankings, where they’ve been since the RSM regatta in 2012.
INSEAD, by not competing at Cranfield for the second year running, racked up a massive 20 points, and stay second in the rankings despite having won both the RSM regatta and the ABC in the last 12 months.
Kellogg/WHU remain third, with their fine third place at Cranfield.
Other climbers in the rankings include BAth, up 7 places to 8= after coming 4th at Cranfield, MIP up 10 places to 12th, having missed Cranfield in 2013 and Aston in the table for the first time at 17=.
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|Bocconi||7||4||3||7||20||41||2||5||-1 More >|
London Business School retained the Cranfield Regatta trophy in fine style, winning all five races to score a perfect four points (including discard). The rankings leaders brought their A team and their A game to the regatta, following their disappointing performance at the ABC in France.
Home team Cranfield 3 came second with three second places in the last three races, while third- in- the-rankings Kellogg/WHU brought home third, coming second in the first two races.
Bath and Cranfield 1 filled out the top five.
The Cranfield Regatta, now in its 23rd year, is the longest – running of the MBA regattas, and one of the best attended: 19 boats competed for the trophy this year (albeit with 8 from the home school, and one representing State Street Corp.)
the racing took place on the Solent, the stretch of water between the South coast of England and the Isle of Wight. Day one started with winds at 20 knots gusting into the high 20s, leading to poling out of the Genoa on the downwinds. Spinnakers came out by the end of the day, and Sunday was perfect Spinnaker- flying weather. More >
The trophy returned to the island of Les Embiez, near Toulon, France.
INSEAD scored an impressive 7 wins out of 10, and take home the ABC trophy and also the Stelton Sailing trophy for best performance on the water.
Second place went to Philippe Lerique’s HEC team, with the podium made up by Marc LeBorgne’s INSEAD team.
Last year’s winners, LBS, could only manage 5th and 6th places.
The team from Moscow’s Skolkovo School of Management scored a near perfect 6 points from 5 races to announce their presence on the MBA sailing circuit, leaving the rest of the pack trailing in their wake. The Global MBA Trophy regatta, in Piraeus, Greece, saw 8 teams competing in Platu 25 Sportsboats in Division A and 3 teams compete in Bavaria 42s in Division B.
Skolkovo came first in the last four races, having come second in the first race of the regatta. Nearest challengers LBS scored three times as many points with 18, while the third place of the podium was taken up by the INSEAD/MIP/Bocconi mixed crew with 20 points. More >