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Sternies Take on the Italian Riviera, Sailing in Fourth to Beat Wharton

On a late September afternoon, along the turquoise Italian Riviera, the Stern Sailing team raced to a 4th place victory in the SDA Bocconi MBA’s Conference and Regatta, held between September 27-30.

26 teams from the world’s top business schools competed in the three-day race held in Santa Margherita Ligure. It was the 15th annual regatta organized by the SDA Bocconi School of Management and Yacht Club Italiano.

This year, the regatta was focused on sustainable marine economy, in partnership with One Ocean Foundation. In addition to the sailing competition, the conference held on September 29 promoted “The Role of the new Leaders for the Blue Economy: Saving the Ocean for a Smart and Sustainable Growth.”

The regatta provided Stern’s sailing team the opportunity to cultivate personal and professional relationships and gain new perspectives during the three days spent alongside fellow sailors from prestigious international schools like Harvard, INSEAD, London Business School, Wharton, MIT and Dartmouth.

How it all broke down: 52 crews from 26 schools participated in the regatta, totaling over 450 MBA students from around the globe. The race was divided into three unique categories: cruising, offshore and open. First place winners in the three categories were MIT, London Business School and INSEAD.

Sailing a J80 competitive class boat, Stern came in 4th place overall in a photo finish victory over Wharton.

Since its recent inception, the Stern Sailing group has faced many challenges, from the wide ranging level of sailing experience of its members to its limited budget and difficulty in organizing team practice. But the team’s strong leadership and unified team dynamic have helped overcome these challenges to successfully compete on foreign waters.

Back on terra firma (for now), Stern’s sailors continue to create an open environment for people of different skill levels who are interested in building a network on waters. 

Photo credit: Ivanka Misilo, Martina Orsini

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