MBA students from the most important European and American business schools will soon compete in the MBA's Cup, the regatta organized by Yacht Club Italiano and SDA Bocconi Sailing Club in the waters facing Santa Margherita Ligure, a famed sea resort a few miles east of Genoa.
Nineteen business schools from all over the world have announced their crews and boats will participate. These are: Wharton Business School of Philadelphia, New York's Columbia Business School and NYU Stern School of Business, England's London Business School and Cranfield School of Business, Paris-based HEC and INSEAD, Kellogg School of Management of Chicago, Barcelona's IESE, Rotterdam School of Management, Warwick School of Business in Coventry, Chicago Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago, University of British Columbia Sauder at Vancouver, Rotman School of Management in Toronto, Universita Catolica Portuguesa in Lisbon, Alma Graduate Business School in Bologna, MIP, the school of management of Milan's Politecnico, NOVA, the Italian MBA association, and of course SDA Bocconi School of Management.
These global centers of business and executive education are located in eight countries: Great Britain, Spain, France, Holland, Canada, Portugal, Italy, and the US. And the crews get a lot more transnational than that. MBA students will compete on monotype boats, each carrying 8-people crews. Two regattas are scheduled: one on Friday, September 22, and the other on Saturday, September 23. Last year's race was won by Warwick School of Business. There will also be a non-competitive regatta featuring numerous boats sailed by former graduates, alumni, faculty, entrepreneurs, and managers involved in the lives of these business schools. All in all, the MBA's Cup will see at least 400 people participating.
Intellectual highlight of this academic sporting event will be an international management symposium titled "A wider, wilder world competing overseas", scheduled for Saturday at the nearby ancient Cervara abbey. The event is promoted and organized by SDA Bocconi Sailing Club and Yacht Club Italiano. SDA Bocconi School of Management was founded in 1971 and is now leader in business education in Europe, while Yacht Club Italiano is not only the Mediterranean's oldest yachting club, having being established in 1879, but is also behind Luna Rossa, the Italian sailing yacht that is among America's Cup main challengers. The MBA's Cup is supported by BMW, Morgan Stanley, Pirelli Re, Rolex, and SIAD.