23 boat crews from schools including Harvard, MIT, HEC, IESE and London Business School are competing in the event organized by SDA Bocconi with Yacht Club Italiano and Rolex, which takes place in Santa Margherita this weekend (September 27th-29th).
From 27 to 29 September MBA students from the world’s most important business schools will compete in the Rolex MBA’s Conference & Regatta 2013, event organized in Santa Margherita Ligure, on the Mediterranean coast in Italy, by the Sailing Club of SDA Bocconi School of Management and the Yacht Club Italiano in partnership with Rolex.
Around 350 MBA students from more than 70 different countries have come to the 2013 edition of the regatta (the 12th) for three days of sailing, networking, debate and social events. The students come from 23 of the best business schools in the world, many of which top the international rankings:
SDA Bocconi (Italy) - Chicago Booth (USA) – Columbia (USA) – Cranfield (UK) - Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland) - ESADE (Spain) - Goethe Business School (Germany) – Harvard (USA) – HEC (France) – HKUST (Hong Kong) – IE (Spain) – IESE (Spain) – INSEAD (France/Singapore) – Kellogg-WHU (USA/Germany) – London Business School (UK) - Manchester Business School (UK) – MIT (USA) - Rotterdam School of Management (Holland) – Sauder (Canada) - Singapore National University (Singapore) – Tuck (USA) – Warwick (UK) – Wharton (USA).
Students will have two days of racing in identical boats with their 8member crews on Friday and Saturday. The competition will conclude on Sunday with a Match Race (a format in which the boats compete head to head). Apart from the sailing, the event offers the students a great management and teamwork experience, while for the MBA students of the SDA Bocconi Sailing Club it is the result of 12 months of hard work organizing a major event – from involving sponsors to the logistics of hosting 350 MBA students in a small seaside town.
The Rolex MBA’s Conference & Regatta also represents an opportunity to create and exchange ideas in a multicultural environment between today’s leaders and future managers. On Saturday 28th the students will attend a conference titled “Communicating the Impossible: New Challenges Offered by the Global Crisis” with Lauralee Martin, CEO Americas at Jones Lang LaSalle, Sergio Bertolucci, Director of Research and Scientific Computing at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and Marshall L. Stocker, adventure capitalist. Read more