Now in its 25th year, the Cranfield MBA Regatta 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. The Cranfield MBA Regatta is a series of sailing races held on the Solent off the South Coast of England over the weekend of July 8-10th . The regatta provides a great opportunity for students and alumni of the world’s top business schools to meet and compete in “Matched” F40 racing yachts and to indulge in some serious networking.

Dates: 8-10 July 2016

To apply and for further details of the racing rules and regulations, please refer to the Notice of Race documentation found on our website



Each boat is comprised of a crew of 8 including a qualified skipper (minimum RYA Day Skipper with 500nm race experience as skipper) and 1st mate (minimum RYA Competent Crew).

To compete in the races, at least 4 crew members must either hold, or be studying for, a Masters or higher-level qualification (eg. MBA, MSc, PhD) from a business school that holds AMBA, EQUIS or AACSB accreditation. Previous sailing experience is not required.


Subject to change and dependent upon weather conditions.

Friday 8 July 16

From 0830 Boats available for charter on a “self arranged self funded basis” for practice sailing.

1800hrs Allocation of Sunsail Skippers to their crews by public lottery

1900hrs Opening event, registration, yacht handover, dinner at

Portsmouth Yacht Club, disco and fancy dress.

2200 onwards Sleep on board yachts overnight.

Saturday 9 July 16

0800hrs Skippers’ and first mates’ briefing

0900hrs Practice

1100hrs Race 1 Start (approx. 10nms)

1400hrs Race 2 Start (approx. 10nms)

1600hrs Race 3 Start (approx. 10nms)

By 1830 Boats alongside Cowes Yacht Haven

1930hrs Gala dinner and networking event (location TBC).

Sleep on board yachts overnight

Sunday 10 July 15

0930hrs Skippers’ briefing

1030hrs Race 4 Start (approx. 15nms)

1330hrs Race 5 Start (approx. 10nms)

1530hrs Return to Port Solent, hand over yachts

1700hrs Closing event and prize giving at Port Solent


Friday Night social involves a Fancy Dress Barbeque in Port Solent, Portsmouth and Saturday

night will be a formal dinner at Cowes Yacht Haven, Isle of Wight.


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