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Written on April 12, 2016 by Campus Life in Sports

This February we organized the first IE official regatta. Over 60 students and alumni from IE, LBS, INSEAD, RSM and HEC from all over the world gathered together on Lanzarote Island, Canaries to enjoy winter sailing. We’ve experienced both heavy weather, that put everyone’s skills to the test, and sunny but still windy days that allowed us to enjoy racing at a more relaxed pace.




There were two divisions. Division A sailed on more agile and competitive J/80 boats and consisted mostly of alumni. The 1st place was won by RSM team while IE got the 2nd and the 4th places in this race. The IE skippers, Santiago and Alberto, are experienced sailors who already participated in many regattas. Their crews consisted both of first-timers and alumni. Alejandro, a current student, participated in IE regatta for the first time, but he already feels at sea like at home. Thilo is another first-timer in IE regatta but he is definitely not a first-timer on a boat; he cannot get enough of sailing and impressed everyone with his genoa handling skills. sailing2



Division B used bigger and heavier sailing yachts (the ones you can actually live on) and had a mixed crew of experienced and first-time sailors. Doing it the real pirate way, with thrill of victory in the air, IE crews won not only the B division race but also proved that IE students surely know how to have a good time on the shore when the race is over.


The first place was won by the crew from IE IMBA January intake. They were sailing head to head with another boat – a mixed one, consisting of IE current students and alumni, with a skipper from INSEAD, but at the last moment took over and got the first place. The crew from MBD (Masters in Big Data) brought another trophy to IE. Even though the crew consisted mostly of beginners, they managed to overcome more experienced sailors from HEC and came the 3d.


Feeling missed out? Don’t worry; we organize different sailing events both for beginners and experienced sailors. Join sailing club on campus life  and check out sailing cruises and regattas schedule or contact anyone from the team.

And remember: Always be yourself. Unless you can be a sailor. Then always be a sailor!

(It’s highly addictive, don’t say we didn’t warn you!)

Here you can see and download more amazing photos of the regatta in Lazarote



Sailing is magic – Global MBA Trophy

Written on April 23, 2015 by Campus Life in Social, Sports

Global MBA Trophy 2015I am still in the process of getting back to reality. Watching all the photos that were taken last weekend made me relive it all over again. There are three words that have been playing through my head the past days: ‘sailing is magic’. The sea, the waves, the wind, the feeling of flying over the water, but most of all, the people you spend time with. I have been sailing with IE for a year now, and I have seen a lot of our members growing from beginners to experienced sailors. And on top of that, no matter if we win or lose the competition, IE people bring happiness and energy to each event. No regatta passes by without IE leaving its mark on it.

In Athens it was inevitable to leave our mark, as we were a crew of no less than 20 people, compared to most other schools who were only 6. Even though we had two members from Bocconi, one from INSEAD, and one from LBS, everyone integrated into oIMG_5220ur big and happy family. Me as a coordinator, I couldn’t be more proud of the people we bring with us, and as a captain, I couldn’t be more proud of the effort and energy my crew has put into the sailing and after-sailing events.

As it was my first time as a skipper, I would really like to make some honorable mentions to my crew. To start with, Alfredo, our captain banana and most qualified helmsman. He was caught on tape while eating a banana, as we were heading towards the finish line, with the LBS boat behind us. Secondly, Elina, who I last time mentioned as our most amazing dancer. Although we did had another moment of ‘Bailando’, this weekend she turned into our headsail girl from the first day on. By the end of the weekend, she was our pro on port. Our starboard headsail girl, Gabriela, who always is the model of the boat, really showed that she’s not just super pretty, IMG_0558but also a real sailor. Together they did an amazing job, and we were always faster than anyone else. Our mainsheet trimmer was Pier, the strongest of course, because the mainsheet can be a heavy burden. But nothing was too big for Pier, and in our winning race, he was hanging on the sheet until we passed the finishing line.

We also had on board two new members. First Camille, who might appear girly, but proved herself a real marine, as she was jumping on the boat for the first time before I could even turn around to give her a hand. She was always on track to tell us our time to the start and bearing for the next buoy. Our second new member was Logan, who was trimming the mainsail, a very complicated job, and it showed very soon that Logan is a natural. We also had on board a guest of honor, Alessandra, who normally sails with Bocconi, but she celebrated as one of us when we won the 4th race. Without this crew, we would never have been as fast as we were in Athens. Sailing is magic, but sailing with an IE crew is like heaven on earth.

I want to thank everyone who came out and especially my dear friend Daniela for helping me organize!

Sophie A.M. van Goethem


Rolex MBA Conference and Regatta

Written on October 6, 2014 by Campus Life in Other Activities, Social

2014-09-26 19.22.51Competition and collaboration: I think these words come pretty close to describing the Rolex MBA Conference and Regatta organized by Bocconi. Every year students and alumni from the most prestigious business schools come together in the picturesque Santa Margherita de Ligure. There we competing in two different divisions. The A division is mostly filled with current students and is sailed with more competitive yachts, the Beneteau First 36.7 and Jeanneau Sunfast 37. The B division boats vary from Bavaria to Benetau and are a bit bigger. However space will always be scarce on a boat. And that’s one of the things that make the Regatta so different than any other sports competition. Sailing on a boat requires teamwork, very clear communication, and very neat planning, competencies that in business are very well needed too. Secondly sleeping on a boat requires some flexibility, we like to call it camping 2.0 and you get to know things about your crew you’d otherwise never find out. Every crew has its peculiarities, and this years’ B division crew was one of kind.

Our captain called One-leg Santi is alumni who graduated in 2010 and now lives in London, has really taken good care of us. He is an amazing charmer, and has leaded our team to the 9th position in the B league out of more than 20 boats.

The next man on the boat, Nazza abs-cruncher Ciccarello, graduated in 2008 and now lives in Italy. As a former professional diver he knows how to look good in shorts, but just as well in the evening he dresses amazingly well. I think it works, because he is the best networker I have met until now at IE. He is now an entrepreneur and is spreading revolutionizing the world of caffeine with his Driving Gum (hyperlinkà

Paloma the Dove graduated in 2012, and lives in Madrid. Paloma knows very well to sail and therefore has contributed a great deal to our results. At night she turns into a beautiful dove, no matter how hard that is on a boat, she looks like a lady.

Estibaliz the Pink Boucanier is from Mexico, but is also a bit Spanish and she graduated in 2012 as well, so was already befriended with Paloma. Estibaliz is always in for a joke and has a big smile making sure that the mood in the boat was always a positive one.

Another alumni who is a repeated participant of the regatta is One-eye Alessandra. She graduated in 2010 from the Master in Management after which she2014-09-27 18.24.48 entered the Burger King graduate program and today she is about to receive yet another promotion. She also plays football and you can tell that she knows what team sport is.

Like Alessandra Christian el Melenas is a MIM student, but he has only just started. As he just moved from Ecuador to Madrid, he’s freshman in IE, but like a fish in the sea with our team. He adapted so fast, that you wouldn’t even tell he never sailed before. He surely knows how to have a good time and was always the latest to arrive to the boat.

The man of the music was our DJ Luiggi Barbarossa. Luis is a current student from the April 2014 intake from Mexico. Every day he provided us with the right beats to make us go extra fast. But as if that wasn’t enough he also contributed his attention to the sails, especially dedicating himself to the mainsail. Although he only started sailing this summer, he learned rapidly and by Sunday was one of our best sailors.

Our figurehead of the boat was Elina the Parrot Charmer. This Ukrainian blond beauty graduated in 2010 and now lives and works in Gent. She actually has her office in a boat, so she’s completely comfortable on the water and has showed that by dancing smoothly on deck with the songs of Enrique Iglesias. With her stunning looks in bikini she’d distract all the boys from the other boats.

Agnes the Carioca sambamoves is a real pirate. She cannot get enough of the sailing. She was there last year, and also has spent the summer sailing in Greece. Our experience there together made us a very well-tuned duo, handling the genoa. She graduated last year November 2013 and now is back in Brazil, but that didn’t prevent her to come to Europe and join us once more.

So far the B boat, the IE A division ended up on the 8th position and although it’s a different experience if you’re not on the same boat, I cannot neglect to mention this incredible crew as well. Skipper Ana is alumni from 2006 and a real regatta pro. From the MIM there is Angelyn, who just like Christian only started classes just a week before. The rest of the A crew are current IMBA students. Daniela, one of the coordinators of the IE sailing club and Alfredo, also called the el Panameño, are two very experienced sailors. Gabriela and Pier had already gained some sailing experienced this summer, but now participated on their first regatta. Alfredo normally sails with a Patin Catalan, which looks a bit like a hobbie cat, but this time has chosen the bigger sails. A special mention for Carlos, who although had never sailed before, had educated himself before coming to Italy.

2014-09-25 19.57.09The Rolex MBA Conference and Regatta is a friendly competitive event. Sailors are a certain type of people, just as Business School students are a certain type of students, not comparable in any way with from example Law School. So this combination of MBA students and alumni, who go sailing, creates a very special group of people. From Thursday evening until Sunday the Bocconi organization provides us with several evening programs where meeting new people is facilitated in the best way possible. And this weekend again, just like last year, I have met with incredibly amazing people. Not only the strong bond we build between our crew from IE, where alumni meet current students, but also the friendships made with other Business Schools are priceless. I want to thank Rolex for the huge sponsoring they make, the Bocconi sailing club for the enormous effort and all the students who came out from each and every corner of the world.

Feeling sorry you missed out? Don’t worry; we sail a lot more often. Join the IE sailing club for the next sailing events, or become a coordinator yourself for the next regatta! or contact

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