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

Strong Line- Up for MBA Winter Regatta

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.

Skolkovo are the 2015 Sunsail MBA Global Sailing League Champions

skolkovo logoMoscow’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.

Skolkovo have taken the league by storm in 2015. where they were able to compete, they won in Athens, Le Havre and Medemblik, and were second to a local pro skipper in the Solent. Continue reading “Skolkovo are the 2015 Sunsail MBA Global Sailing League Champions”

Skolkovo Return to Winning Ways in Medemblik

11949693_10206455713044455_2088952474_nSkolkovo sent two teams to the RSM Regatta in Medemblik, The Netherlands, and came away with first and second places. Third place was taken by RSM’s Alumni B team.

The regatta was made up of 36 races, each pitting a different combination of six of the 9 teams against eachg other, while rotating the teams among the boats. Each team sailed 24 races across the two and a half days of the regatta.

The winning team, Skolkovo 1, won 16 of the races, coming second in 6 and 3rd in just 2, to post a total of 34. Their compatriots in team Skolkovo 2 won 11 of the remaining races, ending the regatta with 43 points. RSM’s Alumni B team won 4 races, with 60 points. The remaining three races were taken by LBS Blue, who came in 4th.

The regatta was sailed in the 2012 Olympic class of Elliott 6metres boats, with crews of 3 or 4.

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LBS wins first three places in Lanzarote

Club-Regattas-©JamesMitchell-160London Business School’s teams scored a 1-2-3 in very strong winds at the MBA Winter Regatta in Lanzarote last week. LBS’s three teams came first, second and third in the six boat regatta.

The crews enjoyed a taste of winter sun and warmth in the Canary Islands, although they faced wind gusts of up to 42 knots in conditions that meant that racing was white- sails only and which verged on survival conditions at times – especially during the return from the racing area on Saturday 21st, and the curtailed racing on the afternoon of Friday 20th. The weather was severe enough to snap the shrouds on the rigging of two boats – one on each day, although thankfully masts stayed upright, and no other damages were experienced. Continue reading “LBS wins first three places in Lanzarote”