MBA Regatta

One of Exeter's two MBA teams

Exeter MBAs score a great result at the annual Cranfield MBA Regatta

Two teams of current and former MBA students from the Business School came in the top few places at the recent Cranfield MBA Regatta held in the Solent. The Regatta, now in its 22nd year, is the oldest event of its kind in Europe, bringing together MBA students from across the world in one of the most eagerly anticipated, competitively charged sporting occasions in the business school calendar.

Competing in a matched fleet of identical 40’ racing yachts, the two Exeter crews were led by professional skippers and consisted largely of novices from as far afield as the USA, Colombia, India and Australia, as well as the UK. For most, this was their first experience of sailing, let alone inshore racing.

The Regatta itself consisted of five short races of approximately two hours each. Conditions were perfect for sunbathing, but made for challenging racing. Temperatures into the ‘30s were matched with very light winds, making it a real test of teamwork, discipline and constant communication to maximise the efficiency of the yachts.

Competing against much more experienced teams, both the Exeter yachts came in below midway in the rankings in the first race, but their competitive spirit pushed them both up the positions in the second and third race, finishing joint 8th and 10th by the end of day one as the most improved teams in the fleet.

Following an early breakfast, the fleet was out on the water on Sunday morning for the final two races to decide the leaderboard. Exeter put in a strong performance with the Alumnis coming 6th and the current MBAs finishing 8th. These were the highest placed novice crews in the Regatta.

Overall, a fantastic weekend was had by all and many of the crew left with the sailing bug.  Full time MBA student Alexia Massey said “A fantastic event! I feel very lucky to have been part of such a wonderful experience with great colleagues. I think we did the OPMBA proud both on the boats and on the dance floor!”

Executive MBA student Stefan Wathan said “A great weekend and fantastic efforts all round. We must rank amongst the most cheerful & hardworking teams at the Regatta! I'm still feeling a bit wobbly which could be sea-legs or disco-legs. Either way, it was worth it...

"Huge thanks must go to Professor Malcolm Kirkup, director of MBA programmes, for maintaining Exeter’s presence at the Regatta. It is another fantastic opportunity to promote Exeter’s MBA to an international audience of leading business schools."

Date: 16 July 2013

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