Three weeks left until the World Yacht Racing Forum

Sign up for the must-attend event for all yacht racing industry professionals

Tuesday November 17th 2009, Author: Bernard Schopfer, Location: United Kingdom
There are just three weeks left to go until the second World Yacht Racing Forum in Monaco over 9-10 December. The event schedule and list of speakers are now being finalised with over 250 delegates expected

The conference will start on 8 December with a welcome reception at the Yacht Club Monaco, the event’s host yacht club, where participants will have the opportunity to meet and network.

WYRF Chairman and World Champion Sailor Peter Gilmour will open the Forum on 9 December before the opening keynote address by Tom Whidden, President and CEO of North Sails on the state of the industry.

Other presentations will feature the commercial case for sailing sponsorship, the impact of yacht racing on host cities and ports, the measure and evaluation of sailing events’ commercial return, sailing sponsorship and new media.

The popular ‘Track & Ocean’ cocktail reception, jointly hosted with the Motor Sport Business Forum, will end Day 1 at the Monaco Meridien hotel, offering an opportunity for delegates from both conferences to meet and network with each other.

Thursday 10 December will begin with a keynote speech by double Vendée Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux. A discussion on sailing events cost reduction measures will follow including a presentation by Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad. Delegates will then have the opportunity to listen to what differentiates the sport of sailing from other sports disciplines such as Formula 1 or professional tennis in terms of marketing, organisation and communication.

The afternoon will lead with a session entitled “What is the future of multihull racing”. Amongst other topics, the absence of multihulls in the Olympics and their presence in the current America’s Cup will be discussed.

The 2009 edition of the World Yacht Racing Forum will also bring a new light on the current situation with the America’s Cup, with presentations to be made by BMW ORACLE Racing CEO Russell Coutts, and Team Alinghi’s Skipper and Vice President Brad Butterworth followed by a panel discussion involving most of the potential teams hoping to compete in the 34th America’s Cup.

Held in parallel to the Forum, the inaugural Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium will be the first ever opportunity for professionals involved in the design and technology of racing and performance yachts to meet and discuss current and future developments in Yacht Racing design and technology. Racing yacht owners and skippers have also been invited to attend the Symposium free of charge.

Franco-Argentinean yacht designer Juan Kouyoumdjian will be the Symposium Chairman with speakers including Eric Hall, Andy Claughton, Laurent Delage and David Le Pelly.

A core feature of the Symposium is the six design and technology focused panel debates/discussions featuring industry experts from various disciplines and interests. These highly interactive debates will provide an opportunity to shape the future of the industry, giving delegates a chance to ask the experts questions, and contribute their own point of view.

The World Yacht Racing Forum and Design & Technology Symposium will create the platform for delegates to debate the key issues that are critical to the future of yacht racing. The event will focus on the socio-economic aspects of the sport as well as developments in media coverage and the technical and commercial aspects of large-scale sailing events, especially in terms of their organisation and promotion. Subjects such as new media, cost-cutting measures, the America’s Cup, Race Management, Composite Technology and Event Management will be presented and debated by the yachting’s leading figures plus industry experts from other sports including Formula 1 motorsports.

For a full schedule and to register for the World Yacht Racing Forum, click here

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