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The 21st Cranfield MBA Regatta

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The Bath MBA Sailing team

The University of Bath School of Management entered two crews of students and alumni from the Bath MBA to compete in the 21st Cranfield MBA Regatta, which took place over the weekend of 6-8th July on the Solent. The Cranfield Regatta is the oldest event of its kind in Europe and is one of the most eagerly anticipated, competitively charged sporting occasions in the business school calendar.

The annual regatta, which is open to MBA students and alumni from all over Europe, is organised by MBA students from Cranfield School of Management.  The regatta is a two-day sailing festival of Sunsail F40 yachts competing in fixed points' races with hospitality and entertainment over the course of the weekend; it provides an excellent networking opportunity, allowing MBA students to meet their peers from other leading business schools and to put into practice the leadership and organisational skills they have developed.  For sponsors, alumni and potential recruiters there is the opportunity to meet some of the most dynamic management students from across the globe.
The appalling weather on Friday and Saturday, which led to one race being cancelled due to poor conditions, did not dampen the enthusiasm of our Bath MBA students and alumni who produced a very respectable result: of the 28 yachts, the first Bath boat finished 7th and the second boat finished  11th.

Bath’s Second Yacht Skipper, Stuart Horlock, MBA Alumnus and seasoned sailor commented:

 “The Bath MBA students, as always, were enthusiastic and learnt very quickly. Conditions on the first day were less than ideal, torrential rain most of the day and a strong breeze to contend with! We performed better on the first day (I like more wind) and that is a testament to the speed with which the novices picked everything up! On the second day conditions were ideal - it is harder to excel when the conditions are so benign and we therefore slipped back into the pack a little... but the sun shone and we all had some close racing and the novices were able to get to grips with what, and how, most things worked on the boat - it was refreshing to work with such an enthusiastic group and ultimately team!

Bath MBA student and co-ordinator of the Bath team’s entry to the regatta, Deepika Gupta, commented:

“Participating in the Cranfield Regatta was an amazing experience. It was a great and exciting weekend and an opportunity to try something that I would not have done otherwise under the experienced stewardship of our alumni. All of us on both the Bath teams had a wonderful time.  It was tough, but nevertheless a chance for us to show some good teamwork as well as engage in some healthy competition, connect with MBA graduates from other schools and network with them.

A big thanks to the School of Management for having made this possible as well as their support throughout. I eagerly look forward to being able to participate in the Cranfield Regatta in the years ahead as an alumna as well as trying my hand at gaining some more sailing experience.”

The Bath crews were:

First Yacht
1 Pip Hare Sunsail Skipper
2 Karthik Ramachandran Full-Time MBA
3 Deepika Gupta Full-Time MBA
4 Yeonwoo Kim Full-Time MBA
5 Maggi Lin Full-Time MBA
6 May Kui Full-Time MBA
7 Lilly Barrera Duque Full-Time MBA
8 Iain Nettleton Executive MBA
Second Yacht
1 Stuart Horlock Bath MBA Alumnus
2 John Francis Bath MBA Alumnus
3 Angelica Acosta Garcia Full-Time MBA
4 Diego Jezler Executive MBA
5 Marcus Crabbe Executive MBA
6 Kanae Sano Full-Time MBA
7 Rie Watanabe Full-Time MBA
8 Iain Milne Bath MBA Alumnus

Notes to Editors

The Bath MBA is a post-experience degree designed for people with a minimum of three years’ relevant management work experience. It looks beyond business processes and techniques to emphasise self-awareness, intuition, cross-cultural sensitivity and entrepreneurship skills, as well as a socially responsible and ethical approach to business and management.

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General Notes For Editors:

The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business schools. Currently ranked 1st for Student Experience (Times Higher Education 2015) and 1st for Business Studies (The Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2016), we are a leading centre for management research - placed 8th in the UK in the latest REF2014.

We are one of a select number of international business schools accredited by EQUIS, the European Foundation for Management Development's quality inspectorate and the Bath MBA has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 1976.

The centrality of research to teaching is an essential feature of all our programmes. The School offers a full range of programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate up to PhD level and post-experience programmes including the world-ranked Bath MBA. The School also provides tailored executive development programmes for middle and senior management.

The School of Management has a faculty of over 100 teaching and research staff, including visiting academics, with a professional support team of around 90 managerial and administrative staff. Research income averages £2 million per annum. There are approximately 2,400 students in total comprising some 150 MBA students, over 500 Master’s students, 250 full- and part-time research students, and over 1500 undergraduates following BSc degrees.