Let's celebrate it! EDHEC Sailing Cup 50th anniversary

Spotlight on EDHEC Sailing Cup, Europe’s largest student sports event

Written on 20 April 2018.


Half a century after its foundation, the EDHEC Sailing Cup (Course Croisière EDHEC), Europe’s largest student sports event, is due to make a port of call in Brest, France. From 21 to 28 April, over 3,000 participants, 12,000 visitors and 23 nationalities are set to congregate in Brest’s emblematic Moulin Blanc port.

“We are really proud of the track record of this student association. The EDHEC Sailing Cup is an emblematic symbol of the strength of EDHEC association life”, explains Emmanuel Métais, Dean of EDHEC Business School. The EDHEC Sailing Cup is a human and professional adventure that illustrates the School’s values of engagement, innovation and impact.”


Every year, some 230 crews mixing high-level sports athletes, sailing buffs and students from all backgrounds, compete in the event’s historic trophy, the Trophée Mer, whether in One-design class or IRC boats. The EDHEC Sailing Cup attracts students from the world’s top institutions, as witnessed by the recent participations of crews from UCLA and Cambridge University.

This year’s historic 50th anniversary edition will see a 100% Course Croisière EDHEC crew, comprising Presidents of the 1st, 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th and 50th editions of the EDHEC Sailing Cuof the EDHEC Sailing Cup, all reunite for the first time. This crew will take part in the last leg of the race on Saturday 28 April. This boat is symbolic of the association’s rich history and the links forged between its various generations over the years.  


In addition to the sporting challenge, the EDHEC Sailing Cup follows an approach geared to reducing its environmental footprint, exerting a positive impact on the host city and raising participants’ awareness of the ecological cause. In the interest of sustainable development, the association has been developing the Green project over the last few years. The project involves the adoption of a carbon report and ecological charter for the event, along with attentive waste sorting and re-distribution of non-consumed food to social organisations, etc.


For the first time in its history, the EDHEC Sailing Cup is to feature a conference-debate. During the event, France former Environment Minister, Ségolène Royal, will be speaking about ecology, with a particular focus on “Ecology, Against Wind and Tide”. Organised in collaboration with L’Agora, EDHEC Business School’s student tribune, the conference provides a fine illustration of the time and effort invested by other EDHEC associations to ensure the EDHEC Sailing Cup’s success. Other contributing associations include the audio-visual association ETNA, the rugby sevens association ER7 (scrum competitions held in the event village), Ed'Express (hitchhiking race between Rennes and Brest), and Team Golf EDHEC (a precision-driving event).


Sensitive to the situation in the Crimea, the 50 student organisers are keen to form a joint Ukraine-Russia crew to take part in the regatta. Along with EDHEC’s Human’East association, they set up a crowdfunding platform in order to raise the funds needed to see the project through to fruition.  

Voted top student association in the latest annual ranking released by Aneo Consulting Firm, the EDHEC Sailing Cup is a human and professional adventure demanding discipline, perseverance and the ability to push oneself to the limits.


« The EDHEC Sailing Cup is a human and professional adventure that illustrates the School’s values of engagement, innovation and impact.”». Emmanuel Métais, Dean, EDHEC Business School


To know more aboure the EDHEC Sailing Cup, please visit their website here >>

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