Home Team win the Cranfield Regatta

2 (271)Cranfield Business School won the 2015 edition of the Cranfield Regatta, winning three races out of the five. This season’s leading team, Skolkovo could only manage second place, winning the two other races. INSEAD came in third, while 2014 winners, LBS came in 4th.

The Cranfield team was led by a professional skipper and first mate, provided by the charter company.

The Cranfield regatta marks the mid point of the Sunsail MBA Global Sailing League, and is sailed on the waters of the Solent, between the Isle of Wight and the Mainland on the South Coast of England. The waters are famous for their tricky tidal currents, and frequent traffic – whether it be other racing yachts or massive cargo ships.

The Sunsail MBA Global Sailing League’s sponsor, Sunsail, provided the boats, the race committee and a lot of the organisation. The boats are Sunsail’s matched fleet of Beneteau F40s, which provide a different challenge to the smaller boats seen in most of the series’s regattas: Crews of 8, 42 ft boats and large symetrical spinnakers with dip-pole gybing. Continue reading “Home Team win the Cranfield Regatta”

Focus switches to France for the ABC

10338291_10202398420418004_4338455905974301325_nThe Sunsail MBA Global Sailing League action moves to Le Havre in Normandy, Northern France for the Alumni Business Cup regatta, which starts on Thursday 28th May.

Eleven teams, each sailing 24ft J80 keelboats will take to the water on that Thursday.  Racing continues for three days on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

INSEAD have made this regatta their own since 2013, winning the last two events.  Will the reigning champions, led by Maarten De Vries be a match for the 2015 on- form team – Skolkovo – who come fresh from winning the Global MBA Trophy?  INSEAD are fielding three teams, the second of which is led by Marc Le Borgne who sails J80s regularly and knows the local waters, and so should do well. 2014’s second place team, HEC is fielding three teams, while current MBA league champions, LBS are fielding two and a joint team with Manchester Business School. Rotterdam School of Management will also hope to be in the mix.

The full list of participating teams is:

A Division:

  • LBS Blue
  • LBS Red
  • MBS/LBS joint
  • HEC 1
  • HEC 2
  • HEC 3
  • INSEAD 1
  • INSEAD 2
  • INSEAD 3
  • RSM
  • Skolkovo

Cranfield 2015 dates announced: 10-12 July

The 2015 Cranfield Regatta will take place in the Solent, between the South coast of England and the Isle of Wight on 10 – 12th July 2015.

This is a vital regatta in the Sunsail MBA Global Sailing League season because of the large number of participating boats – 19 boats in 2014, and up to 36 boats in the past. If a school misses out on theregatta, they are scores one point more than the number of boats involved, which can be very hard to overcome.

The boats are the largest in the league: 42 ft Beneteau F40s, with modifications made for Sunsail, sponsors of the league, and providers of the boats and regatta organisation.  Crews are 8 – strong.

The regatta hosts two parties: one on Friday night to welcome the crews to the venue and a gala night on the Saturday.  Details of how to sign up will be posted here once they are announced.

The regatta is hosted by Cranfield School of Management’s current MBA class.

The MBA Sailing League Welcomes Sunsail as Title Sponsor

SS eventsThe MBA Sailing League is excited and proud to announce that Sunsail, the world’s largest sailing holiday company, has agreed to sponsor the league for the 2015 season.

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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Sunsail offers a wide choice of sailing holidays with over 800 yachts in 30 locations worldwide. Alongside Yacht Charter and Flotilla Sailing holidays, Sunsail also offer Sailing Schools, Team Building and Events, Racing and Yacht Ownership.