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RSM celebrates fifth edition of RSM Regatta

Teams from 10 business schools across the world participated in the RSM Regatta 2014, organised by the RSM Sailing Club at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). The annual event took place in Lelystad, the Netherlands from 29 until 31 August 2014.



The fifth edition of the annual RSM MBA Regatta was organised by RSM, the MBA Sailing League and the RSM Sailing Club. The races were designed both for experienced sailors, who competed in the A-division with the Maxfun 25 racing yacht, and corporate partners and alumni, who competed in the B-division with the Bavaria 34 luxury yacht.

Sailing teams represented students and alumni from Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, London Business School, INSEAD, Kellogg School of Management, RSM, Warwick Business School, Bocconi School of Management, , and IE Business School. In the MaxFun devision, aimed at experiences sailors, the winning team was Libera Università Mediterranea from Italy. The RSM MBA team consisted of Yannis Pagoulatos (skipper), Valentin Kopytin (main sail), Samrin Kibria (bow), Amrit Patil (trim), and Alex Pistulli (trim).

Sailing teams were made of students and alumni from RSM, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, London Business School, INSEAD, Kellogg School of Management, Warwick Business School, Bocconi School of Management, Politecnico di Milano, Libera Università Mediterranea, and IE Business School. The RSM MBA team consisted of Yannis Pagoulatos (skipper), Valentin Kopytin (main sail), Samrin Kibria (bow), Amrit Patil (trim), and Alex Pistulli (trim). Libera Università Mediterranea from Italy won the A-division. The B-division was won by a mixed crew from Warwick Business School, RSM and INSEAD on the boat Suerte.

Sailing and networking

RSM is one of the founding members of the MBA Sailing League and the RSM Sailing Club. In addition to organising the RSM MBA Regatta, RSM participates in other business schools’ regattas. “These events are not just about sports, but also about networking,” says Marco Signorelli, president of the RSM Sailing Club and full-time MBA student at RSM. “They’re important occasions for the MBA students and alumni to meet and get to know each other.”

This year’s three-day sailing event was attended by MBA students, top executives and alumni from the RSM community. It included the regatta races, networking opportunities, dinners and concluded with a prize ceremony and live music.

“The RSM MBA Regatta is a tradition developing into a cornerstone of the MBA sailing community,” says Erwin van Helden, RSM alumnus and former president of the RSM Sailing Club. “Sailing and networking are guaranteed in the best circumstances: with important guests such as RSM’s Dean Steef van de Velde, the CEO of the TCX Fund and the Russian minister’s assistant. It’s the flagship activity of the RSM MBA environment and of the RSM Sailing Club: these are moments of pride, while going for glory, friendship and fun.”

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is ranked among Europe’s top 10 business schools for education and among the top three for research. 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 carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. RSM also has offices in the Amsterdam Zuidas business district and in Taipei, Taiwan. www.rsm.nl

For more information on RSM or on this release, please contact Marianne Schouten, Media & Public Relations Manager for RSM, on +31 10 408 2877 or by email at mschouten@rsm.nl.

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