Change of venue for the World Yacht Racing Forum

Third gathering of the clans to take place in Portugal this December

Wednesday June 2nd 2010, Author: Bernard Schopfer, Location: Portugal

For the 3rd World Yacht Racing Forum, there is to be a change of venue. After the first two were held in Monaco, this year's event, will take place over 14-15 December at the Estoril Congress Centre at Estoril, on the outskirts of Lisbon.

The World Yacht Racing Forum this year will once again see leading figures from the world of sailing and yacht racing come together for a two day conference. This year will include many new features such as an interactive exhibition lounge, additional workshop sessions, and an online networking tool to connect delegates prior to the conference. Delegates will also be invited to participate in a special Golf Day hosted by the organisers on Thursday 16 December.

The event will once again be held with the continued association and support from the Yacht Club de Monaco under the High Patronage of its President, HSH Prince Albert II. As one of the world’s most prestigious and well known yacht clubs, the YCM was the official host of the first World Yacht Racing Forum in 2008 and is pleased to continue its support of the event in 2010.

The 500-seat main auditorium in the impressive Estoril Congress Centre will provide an ideal stage for the two days of lively discussions and panel debates at the Forum. A comprehensive speaker schedule is being put together with input from an advisory panel of some of sailing’s most respected industry leaders.

The 2010 advisory panel includes:
Richard Brisius CEO, Atlant Racing, SWE
Paul Cayard Professional Sailor, USA
Michel Desjoyeaux Professional Sailor, FRA
Knut Frostad CEO, Volvo Ocean Race, NOR
Peter Gilmour Event Promoter and Professional Sailor, AUS
Cam Lewis Professional Sailor, USA
Richard Moore CEO, Capitalize, UK
Vincenzo Onorato President, Mascalzone Latino, ITA
Jerome Pels Secretary General, ISAF, NED
Bernard Shopfer Maxcomm Communications, SUI
Richard Simmonds Managing Director, Sunset and Vine APP, UK
Mark Turner CEO, OC Group, UK
Ignacio Triay Circuit Director, Audi MedCup, ESP

Estoril is approximately 30 kilometres from Lisbon in a region that includes the municipalities of Cascais, Sintra, Oeiras, Mafra and Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Europe. Nearby Cascais is a well-known venue for major sailing events including the Portugal Match Cup, and Audi MedCup series in 2010 and played host to the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships.

“We are very proud and privileged to host the World Yacht Racing Forum, the Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium and the International Superyacht Coatings Conference in our region, the Estoril Coast”, said Duarte Nobre Guedes, President of Turismo Estoril. “The quality of the conferences, the themes of which are so important to our local tourism, show the great bond of Estoril and the bay of Cascais with the nautical environment, while contributing to the increase of our international reputation. We look forward to providing a warm welcome to all delegates in Estoril in December.

The Forum will once again be co-located with the second edition of the Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium and the International Superyacht Coatings Conference on the same dates. Over 400 delegates are expected to attend the three events.

Commenting on the change of venue and new dates, Event Director James Pleasance explained: “We moved the events a week later this year to avoid any date conflicts with other boat shows and yachting regattas in December. It is important for anyone involved in the business of yachting to attend the Forum as it is their opportunity to contribute to the future of their sport. Estoril is an ideal venue which is easily accessible and cost effective for participants at that time of year."

Founded in 2008, The World Yacht Racing Forum gives the sailing community the opportunity to debate the sports’ key issues and allows a very widespread community to gather and network. Over the last two years it has become the must-attend event for the whole of the yacht-racing industry.

This year’s conference will include eight sessions held over two days. The debates will provide more panel discussions and opportunity for the audience to interact and participate during the discussions. On the social side, there will be a welcome cocktail reception on Monday 13 December and an evening function on Tuesday 14 December during the conference. Delegates will also be invited to participate in a special Golf Day hosted by the organisers on Thursday 16 December.

Full details of the conference programme and speakers will be released shortly. Visit for more information.

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