When you’re out there on the water with your team and the waves are rocking your boat and the wind is roaring, the only thing that will help you achieve your goals is teamwork. Sailing builds a team like no other activity because perfect coordination is required so the boat goes in the desired direction at the required speed. If team members do not communicate and take responsibility for their tasks, a boat will simply not reach the objective. Being a reliable team member on a sailboat sometimes requires leadership and sometimes requires following a skipper’s commands. Sailing also requires humility and hard work, although it may look to be very glamorous winning regattas takes a lot of effort and concentration. 

Due to these characteristics, sailing is an ideal activity for MBA students. By joining the club MBA’s will be challenged to test their teamwork and work ethic skills out on the water. Just like every case competition is different, every regatta has its particularities and problems that suddenly arise.

There is an old Spanish saying, “all the wind in the world is useless if you don’t know where you’re going”.    

The Sauder MBA Sailing Club was created in 2003 by avid sailors from the Sauder School of Business to share and foster a passion for sailing.

Mission Statement

  1. To apply teamwork capabilities of MBA students in both a mentally and physically competitive environment and to foster decision-making skills under high pressure.
  2. To share and transmit the passion for sailing among Sauder MBA students and alumni.
  3. To compete in world-renowned national and international regattas. To increase the brand awareness of the Sauder School of Business.

CYA Sailing Lessons

The sailing experience is one of the strong differentiators of the Sauder School of Business. To build a solid skill base, the MBA sailing club organizes sailing lessons for the MBA class. Each year, about 20% of the class participate at the lessons taught by certified CYA sailing instructors and complete their Pleasure Craft Operator Card and CYA basic cruising license.

Regattas in Vancouver

Vancouver is one of the best sailing spots of the world. Every week the club members enjoy sailing in English Bay and regularly participate in local regattas in Vancouver. The participation at theses regattas is an ideal opportunity to increase your sailing skills and build strong teams.

Rolex MBA Regatta & Conference in Italy

Every year the club puts together a team to go to Italy and attend the prestigious MBA Regatta organized by SDA Bocconi Business School. This event attracts business students from all over the world and presents a great opportunity to promote the Sauder School of Business internationally.  The Sauder team placed third in 2010 and 2009. 2011 was a huge year for the team winning the competition and bringing home the gold! Amazing!  

See The Rolex MBA's Conference and Regatta 2015 official youtube clip here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9Upq7xfm10).


Sailing Club President: Patricio Cumming Rivero

Patricio Cumming decided to run for Sailing Club President because sailing has been a very significant aspect of his life, helping him reach personal, professional and academic successes. Patricio is originally from Mexico but has been strongly influenced by living in Canada, the United States and Europe. He has always been very passionate about his country so decided to study law in Mexico where he has been practicing in both the public and private sectors for the last eight years. While working for the Mexican government Patricio was awarded a scholarship to study international law at Georgetown University and had the opportunity of serving as an advisor to the Mexican embassy in Washington DC. Convinced that social problems will be solved only through innovation and entrepreneurship, he decided to pursue an MBA at UBC hoping to learn from the amazing initiatives taking place in Canada.         


Contact Patricio at sailingclub@mbasociety.ca