An International who’s who of the world of yacht racing to gather in Estoril, Portugal tomorrow for the 3rd World Yacht Racing Forum. The long awaited World Yacht Racing Forum, co-located with the Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium and the International Superyacht Coatings Conference will begin tomorrow morning in Estoril, Portugal.
Some of the international yacht racing industry’s key issues will be debated over the next two days and the expectations are rising amongst the numerous delegates. This year’s hot issues include the future of international yacht racing from a commercial perspective. How can sailing compete for sponsorship against mainstream sports? What is the future for sailing’s premier events? How can sailing events create brand partnerships? Those are some of the many questions that will be debated by the panel of experts over the next two days.
The speakers include well known names such as James Spithill, Loïck Peyron, Knut Frostad, Mark Turner, as well as speakers and panellists from outside of the sport who will share their views on ways in which sailing and yacht racing can learn from other major global disciplines.
The future of some of the sport’s iconic events will also be debated with a session focusing on the next Olympic Games and our sport’s sustainability as an Olympic discipline, followed by a debate on the new America’s Cup format and the repercussions it will have on international yacht racing.
Besides the official sessions, the World Yacht Racing Forum will once again offer unparalleled networking opportunities and a unique possibility to meet representatives from other disciplines in an informal way, to discuss, debate and sometimes even negotiate the sport’s future.
Details of the conference programme and speakers are available on the event’s website: www.worldyachtracingforum.com
Bernard Schopfer, MaxComm Communication
WYRF 2010: The third edition of the World Yacht Racing Forum will take place in Estoril, Portugal, on December 14-15, 2010. The event will be co-located with the Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium on the same dates. The purpose of the Forum is to create a global platform for sailing events, racing teams, builders, designers, suppliers, sponsors, pro sailors, race managers and sailing venues – the whole industry from all over the world. It allows delegates to debate the latest issues critical to the future of yacht racing.
About Informa Yacht Group
The Informa Yacht Group: Global Leaders in Yachting Events
The Informa Yacht Group (IYG) is part of Informa Plc, and encompasses all of the events owned by the company in the marine leisure sector. Informa is one of the world’s leading providers of information and knowledge via a wide range of media, and is also the largest publicly-owned organiser of exhibitions and conferences, with some 10,000 events held annually in 46 countries world-wide.
IYG is the world’s leading organiser of Business-to-Business yachting events and offers a unique marketing platform, through a global portfolio of exhibitions, conferences, regattas and other properties, to clients interested in reaching the luxury yachting and lifestyle sectors.
IYG portfolio of events:
• The World Yacht Racing Forum
• The Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium
• International Superyacht Coatings Conference
• Phuket International Boat Show
• Middle East Superyacht Conference
• The Abu Dhabi Yacht Show
• The Singapore Yacht Show
• Asia Superyacht Conference
• ICOMIA World Marinas Conference
• The Superyacht Cup Palma & Antigua
• The Monaco Yacht Show
• The Superyacht Cup Special Edition, Cowes 2012