December - Monaco, the place to be

Details of the second World Yacht Racing Forum

Wednesday September 16th 2009, Author: Bernard Schopfer, Location: United Kingdom
Following the outstanding success of last year’s inaugural World Yacht Racing Forum which attracted over 300 delegates from 37 countries, the second edition of the Forum returns to Monaco this 9-10th December, 2009.

This year, a new event has also been added to the schedule - the Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium - which will run parallel to the Forum in an adjoining conference room.

The Symposium will include presentations and panel discussions from experts in the field of yacht racing design and technology including the latest developments in performance hull and composite design, hydrodynamics, coatings, rigging, sail making and much more. Owners of racing yachts from a select number of classes are being invited to the Symposium free of charge. A total of 14 panel sessions and presentations are scheduled across both conferences, plus two evening functions for all participants.

This year’s World Yacht Racing Forum promises an outstanding line up of sailing personalities and top speakers including Conference Chairman Peter Gilmour (AUS) and keynote addresses by Tom Whidden, CEO of North Sails, and two time Vendee Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux. Other confirmed and invited speakers include:

Mark Turner CEO, OC Group
Nick Fry Chief Executive, Brawn GP
Nathalie Quéré Head of Global Sponsorship, BT Global Services
Michael Rasmussen Chief Marketing Officer, VELUX
Daniel Miles Group Head Marketing, Puma AG
Jerome Pels Secretary General, ISAF (International Sailing Federation)
Vincenzo Onorato CEO, Mascalzoni Latino
Jamie Singer Partner, Onside Law
Bruno Troublé Founder, Louis Vuitton Cup
José Antonio Muñoz Manager, Deporte Andaluz
Knut Frostad CEO, Volvo Ocean Race
Scott Macleod Senior Vice President- New Business, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour
Ignacia Triay Director, Audi MedCup
Julien Benoist Head of Sponsorship, Foncia
Richard Moore CEO, Capitalise
Richard Brisius CEO, Atlant Racing
Maria Moynihan Lee Festival Director, City of Galway
Daniel Calero Manager, Puerto Calero – Canaries
Ulrich Lacher Managing Director, IFM Sports
Henrik Sund Managing Director, Grow AB
Stéphane Kandler CEO, K Challenge
Ian Taylor CEO, Virtual Eye
Richard Simmonds Managing Director, Sunset & Vine
Marijn Harinck Founder, United Games
Jean-Dominique Lauwerins CEO, Be Tomorrow
Michel Desjoyeaux Multi Vendee Globe Winner
Josh Hall CEO, Portimao Global Race
Dominique Wavre President, IMOCA
Riccardo Simoneschi CEO, B Plan Marketing
Paul Cayard Professional Sailor
Stephan Kandler CEO, K Challenge
Sotoris Buseas CEO, Greek Challenge

Conference topics will include:
- Yachting Sponsorship - can Sailing deliver real value for money?
- Leveraging a Sponsorship Deal - How do we maximise the investment?
- Can Yacht Racing deliver economic returns for host cities and ports?
- Tapping into new Media audiences - The Future of Sailing on the Web and Television
- How can event costs be trimmed for today’s economic climate?
- Governing the Sport - What Can Sailing Learn from other Sports?
- What space is there for Multihull Racing in the international calendar?
- America's Cup: How do the Challengers see the future of their event?

Both conferences will share an exclusive exhibition and networking lounge with over 30 stands allowing delegates to meet and network with new contacts and industry colleagues. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the exhibition area of the adjoining Motorsport Business Forum at the Grimaldi Forum on the same dates, plus an invitation to the exclusive ‘Track & Ocean’ cocktail reception jointly hosted on 9th December at the Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel.

Although only in its second year, the World Yacht Racing Forum has already found its place firmly on the yachting calendar as Event Director James Pleasance explains;
"What last year’s Forum proved is that the sailing industry absolutely needs an event like this. By industry professionals coming together and sharing strategies and best practices, it helps raise the quality and value of the sport globally, as well as addressing some of the sports key issues. It is also an excellent place to network and make new contacts. Monaco is very accessible in December, it really is a must-attend event for anyone in the business of sailing and yacht racing."

A full list of speakers and conference programs for both events are posted on the websites at and

Delegates can register online until 30 September for a 20% discount.

Purchase the full transcript of the 2008 World Yacht Racing Forum here

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