LBS return to the top of the rankings

LBS-Sailing-LogoLondon Business School’s second place in the Global MBA Trophy in Athens, along with their 7th place at the Rolex regatta in 2015 means that they climb above Skolkovo in the Sunsail MBA Global Sailing rankings, after the ABC regatta in June.

The rankings take into account the previous 12 months’ results in league events.

Bocconi are the other big movers, with their 5th place in Athens this year, compared to not participating in 2015. HEC, meanwhile drop back, achieving only a 7th place in the ABC, compared to 3rd last year. Continue reading “LBS return to the top of the rankings”

Skolkovo take an early lead in the 2016 league

skolkovo logoSkolkovo’s success at the Global MBA Trophy and the Alumni Business Cup gives them a strong lead in the 2016 Sunsail MBA Global Sailing League. Their two victories give them 2 points, while nearest rivals INSEAD have 5, with a second place in St Petersburg and 3rd in Athens.  LBS finish off the podium with 7 points (5th in the ABC and 2nd in the GMT). Continue reading “Skolkovo take an early lead in the 2016 league”

Home team wins in Russia

Skolkovo welcomed the ABC regatta to St 2016-06-10-180Petersburg, and proceeded to win a very windy regatta, truncated to just the one day’s sailing.

The Russian team, led by Maxim Merzlikin, won two of the five races that day, came second in two more and the onshore games, and discarded a fifth place to win the event with 8 points and the sailing element with 6 points.

Three INSEAD teams won the legs that Skolkovo didn’t, with Spyros Papantoniou’s crew taking two firsts, Marc LeBorgne’s taking one and Maarten deVries’s taking the shore games victory. The three INSEAD teams were level on 13 points, with Spyros coming second with more 1st places, and Marc coming third. Continue reading “Home team wins in Russia”

Skolkovo win their third Global MBA Trophy

IMG_8123 - resizedSkolkovo Moscow School of Management came away from the 12th Global MBA Trophy in Mikrolimano, Pireaus, Greece with their third victory in three attempts. Their number 1 team put on a flawless display on day 1 of the regatta, finishing with three first places, and they rounded off day two with three seconds. This was 2016’s first regatta in the Sunsail MBA Global Sailing League.

London Business School won second place, by winning the last race, and coming home second in the first two. INSEAD were third, while Skolkovo’s second team were punished for inconsistency, finishing fourth despite winning two races.

114 sailors arrived in Mikrolimano to sail on the 11 Platu 25s that made up the “A division, and the 7 Beneteau 49s in the “B” division. The regatta began with unseasonably strong winds on Thursday 21st April, which meant that crews were prevented from practicing by a “Lima” flag on the Yacht Club flagpole. Forced to enjoy the warm sunny weather, the sailors registered for the event, attended the briefing and then gathered at the Yacht Club of Greece’s magnificent clubhouse overlooking Pireaus and Faliron bay. Continue reading “Skolkovo win their third Global MBA Trophy”

Alumni Business Cup will be on 9- 11 June in St Petersburg

St Pete sailingThe 2016 Alumni Business Cup regatta will take place at St Petersburg, Russia on the Gulf of Finland on the 9th- 11th June

This is the second event of the 2016 Sunsail MBA Global Sailing League

Find out more on the Regatta page here and soon on the regatta website here:
– One Design 25ft Platu 25 boats
– Really good MBA competition: Take on last year’s winners, Skolkovo in home waters
– 3 days of racing

– cocktails and dinner parties in the evenings
– Hotel accommodation and meals included
– The infamous “Onshore games”

Costs: – the participation fee for a 5-person crew team is: 2,200 euro (i.e. €440 per person). The fee per
additional crew member or accompanying partner will be €200/person (bringing the cost down to c.€400
per person for a team of 6).

Accomodation is an additional €180/ person for Wed – Sunday, or teams can book their own accomodation

Booking: The fleet is composed of 9 boats and they will be allocated on a first paid first served basis. We
expect that the fleet will be fully booked by the end of April.
The booking process is as follows.
o Transfer the € 1,000 (one thousand euros) initial deposit to the ABCA account
o Confirm your booking by registering on the website (

RSM kick off the year with a win in Lanzarote

The fourth MBA Winter Regatta in Lanzarote, Club-Regattas-©JamesMitchell-94The Canary Islands, saw the RSM crew led by Yannis Pagoulatos take home the trophy.  The team won two races, and consistently came home in the top three to finish with 11 points.

IE team 1, led by Santiago Alvarez de Toledo were excluded from racing on day 1, with technical problems, but managed to score 4 1st places and a second on day 2, to finish in second place  with 13 points.

Third place was taken by the highly fancied INSEAD/HEC/RSM mixed team, while last year’s winners, LBS1 came in 5th.

The regatta had a new format this year, with an owners’ representative on board each boat to advise the team and provide safety back- up.

Race: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total:
RSM 2 1 (5) 1 2 2 3 11
IE 1 (7) 7 1 2 1 1 1 13
INSEAD 1 2 2 3 3 (4) 2 13
IE 2 3 3 3 (4) 4 3 4 20
LBS 1 4 4 (6) 5 5 6 6 30
LBS 2 5 5 4 (6) 6 5 5 30

Rolex Regatta and Conference Dates announced

mbas regatta 2011The 2016 Rolex Regatta and Conference will be on the weekend of September 29- October 2. The event is organiused by SDA Bocconi business school, and Yacht Club Italiano, and takes place in the super- picturesque Ligurian coast of Italy at Santa Margherita di Ligure.

This is the annual climax to the Sunsail MBA Global Sailing League. The number of participants means that a school needs to do well here to compete in the league.

Participation is by invitation only.

The A Division is split between Beneteau 36.7 and Jeanneau Sunfast 37 yachts, who race on Friday and Saturday before the top boats face off in sports boats in a match racing finale.   The B division is made up of a mixture of boats who sail without spinnakers under a handicap system.

The onshore events are lavish, with welcome drinks on the Thursday, dinner and party on Friday and the legendary gala dinner on Saturday night.