The organisers of the Global MBA Trophy regatta which was due to take place in Piraeus, Greece at the end of April 2021 have announced that it will not be taking place.
They issued the following statement:
As we all probably expected, it’s become clear that we will not be able to run the Global MBA Trophy regatta in April. The Organisers, London Business School Alumni Sailing Club and the Yacht Club of Greece called off the regatta on 10th April.
There are a number of factors to the decision:
The ongoing lockdown, curfew etc.. in Athens and Attica, for which I do not believe there is a date for it to be lifted before May.The banning of all non- essential overseas flights from the UK until at least 17 May, meaning competitors resident in the UK will be unable to travel. There are similar travel bans in place in other countries.The fact that we have only got four boats registered and paid a deposit.
We would like to attempt to run the regatta again in September (23- 26) or October(21 – 24), but need to make sure that there is a free slot in the MBA sailing calendar at that time. If not, we will be back in April 2022
MBA sailing looks set to return in 2021, with the announcement of the Global MBA Trophy regatta in Piraeus, Greece on the 22nd- 25th April. This will be the 16th time that the regatta has taken place. It is returning to Greece after it’s 15th edition in the Solent, England, and after two attempts to stage the event in COVID- hit 2020.
There will be two racing divisions: One in Platu 25 sportsboats and one in Bavaria 46 cruisers. Division A (Platu 25) will compete for the Global MBA Trophy and will count towards the 2021 MBA sailing league. Practice and welcome ceremonies are planned for 22 April, with racing on 23 and 24 April. A COVID- compliant social programme is planned.
After scoring their third first place of the year at the Rolex MBA’s Conference and Regatta, INSEAD stamped their authority on the league, scoring half the points of their two nearest rivals. The full league table can be found here.
The team from MIP Politecnico di Milano almost had the perfect regatta, securing first place in the first five races, before dropping to third for the final competition. Ugo Alvazzi del Frate’s crew held off strong challenges from Skolkovo and Bocconi, who finished second and third respectively.
The regatta, the second of the Sunsail MBA Global Sailing League series, was held in the waters of the Faliron Bay, off Mikrolimano harbour in Pireaus, the port of Athens on the 28th and 29th April. racing was on Platu 25 sports boats, and was supervised by the Yacht Club of Greece, in whose amazing club house, the final prizegiving and dinner took place. Continue reading “Victory for MIP in Pireaus”
Spyros Papantoniou and his crew from INSEAD romped home to win the MBA winter at Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, winning all 5 races. The regatta was held over the 10th and 11th of March in the Canary Islands, and was hosted by Instituto de Empresa (IE).
Following their fourth place at the Rolex MBAs Cup regatta in Sta Margherita, LBS finish the year on 19 points, four ahead of Skolkovo who did not participate in Italy.
London Business School won the Cranfield regatta and came second in Athens, while coming in fifth at the ABC and missing the RSM regatta. Skolkovo won three out of the four regattas they participated in, coming second at Cranfield.
Skolkovo 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”
The fourth MBA Winter Regatta in Lanzarote, The 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.
The Crews will be lining up for the first race of the MBA racing season – the first race of the MBA Winter Regatta – on Friday morning off Puerto Calero in Lanzarote, The Canary Islands.
Last year’s MBAWR winners, LBS will be up against a very strong mixed crew from HEC/Insead/RSM: These two are expected to be fighting for the honours. Up against them are another crew from LBS, two from IE and one from RSM, all vying to cause an upset. The “A” division crews will be sailing 4-5 man J80 sportsboats.
For the first time the Winter Regatta also has a “B” division, sailing in 36- 40ft boats. IE has sent a massive three boat contingent to add to their A division crews. There’s also a crew from HEC to challenge for the Div B title.
The racing takes place on Friday and Saturday, and the crews can expect a warm welcome from the Canarian weather and the local hospitality at the events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
The weather forecast with 6 days to go is for strong Northerly winds on Friday, calming somewhat on Saturday.
Moscow’s Skolkovo School of Management, in only their second year participating in the Sunsail MBA Global Sailing League have emerged as champions.
Despite being unable to compete at the Rolex MBA’s Regatta in Santa Margharita Ligure, and so scoring a maximum 19 points for that regatta, their consistent first and second places in the other regattas of the season has meant that they out- score London Business School, whose joint seventh place in the Bocconi – organised regatta gives them 25 points to Skolkovo’s 24.
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