RSM MBA Regatta sets sail in Portugal

Alumni and students from 10 top-ranked business schools joined the RSM MBA Regatta organised by the RSM Sailing Club at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University this summer. The regatta took place in Porto, Portugal from 31 August until 3 September 2017.

The 50 participants represented 10 MBA schools: RSM, INSEAD, London Business School, Cambridge Judge Business School, Politecnico Milano, Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, IE Business School, Warwick Business School, Kellogg-WHU, and The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Among them, there were eight RSM alumni.

The first day’s races were challenging as the wind reached 30 knots, and the afternoon races had to be cancelled because of these winds. Participants used this time to network by the hotel swimming pool. The Saturday races were milder, and it took until the last race to define the winner of the event. In total, seven races took place with Platu25 boats.


Business and sailing skills

The winner with nine points was Warwick Business School with skipper Chris Best. Skolkovo with skipper Marco Palminielo ended in second place with 18 points. In third place was Politecnico Milano with skipper Giulia Sacchettti, which had 25 points. RSM’s first boat, with skipper Ioannis Pagoulatos, ranked fifth.

The award ceremony took place at Porto Business School, hosted by its director for executive education, Paula Marques. She shared how the future competences needed in international business, associate well with the competences developed and needed in sailing."

The next year date is last weekend of August: 30th August with 2nd September. Thanks to the success at Porto, the chances are that we will return there next year.

Marco Signorelli, FT MBA 2015: As one of the organisers of the RSM MBA, it is my passion to organise and participate every year in order to help MBA’s from around the world come together and network. It is very motivating to see every year new people from such a diverse background contributing with their knowledge and personality to the event. Losing the 3rd place for 1 point was a big disappointment, however, the challenge and the experience is always overwhelming.

Jordania Valentim, EMBA 2014: I am member of the RSM Sailing Club and therefore I participated in order to represent my school in this MBA Sailing League Regatta. This is what the MBA Sailing League is about: having loads of fun, challenging yourself and overcoming obstacles, becoming one team with complimentary skills and making friends for life! I believe the highlight of the regatta was the sole female skipper of the event got the 3rd place in the event overcoming all the other male skippered crews. It is important to remind that sailing is the only international sport where women and men can compete in the same race without handicaps, exactly like in business.

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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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