Team of Rutgers Executive MBA students and alumni win MBA Sailing Cup in Singapore

SINGAPORE – A team of Rutgers International Executive MBA students and alumni won the inaugural MBA Sailing Cup in Asia outracing seven other business school teams in an April 13-14 weekend race in Singapore’s Marina Bay.

Sailing amidst Singapore’s towering skyscrapers, Rutgers Business School Asia Pacific’s banner passed the finish line first in four out of the ten races to win the championship.

“The wind was very light and strategy played an important role,” said Rutgers team leader Stephane Oziol, who graduated from Rutgers EMBA in Singapore in 2009. “We targeted the best possible start to keep the lead during each race, which proved to be the most critical moment of each race.”

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Stephane Oziol, EMBA '09, leads rutgers to victory in MBA Sailing Cup in Singapore.

Following Rutgers were 2nd place University of Hong Kong (HKU), 3rd place Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, INSEAD (France), IMD Business School (Switzerland), London School of Business & Finance and a mixed school team. [See results.]

“The other schools were well-prepared,” said Anthony Lee, alum of Rutgers International EMBA program in Shanghai. “Two teams flew in from Hong Kong just for the race.” Lee said that teamwork and patience from the more experienced sailors like Oziol and team co-captain Andrew Norman helped lead to the great result.

That sentiment was echoed by other participants including Yogesh Sood, who will be graduating from Rutgers EMBA program in Singapore in May. “The remarkable journey we embarked on with Rutgers University's EMBA program has provided us the platform not only to enrich our minds,” he said. “But an invaluable learning experience as represented in the recent MBA sailing race where teamwork and friendship blossomed to bring us to the finish line triumphantly."

The MBA Sailing Cup serves as a networking platform between business schools, students, alumni and the business community across Asia and Singapore.

Rutgers Business School Asia Pacific used the sailing event to bring Rutgers alumni across Asia to Singapore to connect together and with current students. “Some of us were meeting for the first time,” said Rahul Kaul, Rutgers EMBA in Singapore who will be collecting his diploma in New Jersey at commencement. “This was a wonderful way to end the EMBA program and foster in new friends through the alumni network as well as with participants from other schools,” said Kaul.

Rutgers provides a 14 ½ month Executive MBA (EMBA) program in Singapore mirroring the globally ranked EMBA program taught at Rutgers Business School in New Jersey. Rutgers EMBA was recently ranked #31 in the world by Poets & Quants, and has been consistently ranked in the top 25 in the United States by The Financial Times and Wall Street Journal.

The sailing competition was organized in conjunction with the Extreme Sailing Series which has been holding sailing competitions around the world since 2007. The next MBA Sailing Cup is being planned for Hong Kong.

See photo album.

Team Rutgers in Singapore

Left to right: Alan Foo EMBA Singapore 2009, Andrew Norman, Stéphane Oziol EMBA Singapore 2009, Anthony Lee EMBA Shanghai 2011, Yogesh Sood EMBA Singapore 2013, Agata Szyler-Seidl EMBA Shanghai 2010, Rahul Kaul EMBA Singapore 2013 and Gururaj Upadhye EMBA Singapore 2013.

The MBA Sailing Cup brought Rutgers alumni from all over asia to Singapore to connect including Agata Szyler-seidl (left), EMBA Shanghai with Oziol.

- Daniel J. Stoll