For the second year running, current students and alumni took part in one of the highlights of the MBA sailing scene. The atmosphere and events were met with great enthusiasm by IE’s eight-member crew.
The MBA’s Cup Regatta, organized by SDA Bocconi, was hosted once again by the prestigious Yacht Club Italiano in the lovely waters of the Genoese coast off Santa Margherita Ligure. What started six years ago as a rather informal regatta for Bocconi alumni has become one of the largest international MBA sports events, with some 400 students from top European and US Business Schools taking part. The competition was as tough as ever, with some very experienced crews on state of the art yachts.
Insituto de Empresa’s eight member crew hailed together from six different countries and was comprised of Johannes Tinsobin IMBA05 (Austria), Carlos Vázquez IMBA05, Pablo Divasson IMBA05 (both from Spain), Marcos Ferrer IMBA06 (Argentina), Wim Zwaenepoel IMBA06 (Belgium), Karim Kreaa IMBA06 (Spain), Alexander Corrie IMBA06 (UK) and Alberto Ordiales IMBA06 (Mexico). They were sailing for the first time together and soon became effective at their tasks. The aptly-called IE boat “Escondida II” was initially hard to find upon our late night arrival, but proved to be a real character and a firm old friend during the races.
IE’s crew was easily the best looking. A uniform of white polos and white caps with the blue IE logo was chosen, because in Italy you always go in style. These good looks attracted the attention of Glamour Magazine, The Sailing Channel and the local crowds.
The 4 day event also featured social events and a conference entitled “A wider, wilder world: competing overseas” with the key note speaker Alfonso Iozzo, CEO of the Italian bank Sao Paolo, giving interesting insights into the European banking industry.
The MBA’s Cup Regatta provides a good opportunity to put into practice essential management skills learned during an MBA (such as planning, forming a strategy, working as a team, making the most of available technologies and tools and competing abroad). The setting was healthy and competitive, and there was the chance to meet present and future managers from top-tier MBA schools, such as Wharton, NYU Stern, Kellogg, Bocconi, INSEAD, IESE and LBS.
The team thoroughly enjoyed the regatta and looks forward to bringing home a trophy next year (after taking “Escondida II” to the America’s Cup in Valencia).