The Rolex MBA’s Conference & Regatta concluded on October 2 in Santa Margherita Ligure. It was a challenge for all the most prestigious business schools of the world organized by the Italian Yacht Club and the SDA Bocconi Sailing Club, in partnership with Rolex.
On the day of the final, the famous sailors who had come to Santa Margherita to counsel the eight finalists drew lots to be assigned to each team: Vittorio Bissaro went to the crew of the MIT Sloan School of Management, Silvia Sicouri to the Harvard Business School, Giorgio Poggi to the INSEAD crew, Francesco Marrai to the SDA Bocconi School of Management team, Giulia Conti to the HEC Paris, Mauro Pelaschier to the Columbia Business School crew, Francesca Clapcich to the London Business School and Flavia Tartaglini to the crew of the Sauder School of Business.
The final—which took place on J80 boats—saw the unfolding of four regattas with light and irregular winds of between 4 and 8 knots.
The MIT Sloan School of Management crew conquered the top of the podium, accompanied by their coach Vittorio Bissaro (fifth in the Nacra 17 class, alongside Silvia Sicouri, at the Rio 2016 Olympics).
In second place was the Columbia Business School team (with their coach Mauro Pelaschier, Azzurra’s helmsman in the 1983 America’s Cup), and in third place were the INSEAD students (with their coach Giorgio Poggi, eighteenth in the Finn Class at the Rio 2016 Olympics).
This was the final ranking:
1. MIT Sloan School of Management (USA)
2. Columbia Business School (USA)
3. INSEAD (France and Singapore)
4. London Business School (Great Britain)
5. HEC Paris (France)
6. SDA Bocconi School of Management (Italy)
7. Sauder School of Business (Canada)
8. Harvard Business School (USA)
In Division B, a regatta for boats that can also include MBA alumni, the winner was Namastè, sailed by a crew of alumni from different universities; in second place was Zahir with a crew from the Wharton University of Pennsylvania (USA), and third was Pepita with a team from Iese (Spain).
The event took place with support from The Boston Consulting Group and Aperol, and with a collaboration in kind from Cantine Ferrari, S. Pellegrino and Carlsberg. SDA Bocconi School of Management was the Partner School. The city of Santa Margherita Ligure offered its sponsorship and supported the initiative by handling the local logistics.