The inaugural World Yacht Racing Forum, held in December last year was, from our point of view, a great success. Getting the best and brightest together in one room to talk about the business of the sport of sailing was long overdue.
This year, the event chairman will be America’s Cup veteran and former World champion sailor Peter Gilmour. Gilmour assumes the role from Pat Lilley.
“I am very proud to have been asked as Chairman for the next World Yacht Racing Forum and it is a neat idea to rotate this role each year. The first Forum last year in Monaco was simply outstanding. We learnt so much from the presentations; especially the IP [intellectual property] that many shared has lifted our operational skills to a new level. We are flat out implementing a lot of the clever concepts and technology into our current projects. The World Yacht Racing Forum is the best platform to share and learn from the views of some of the leading players in the sailing industry. It is an event made by and for the professionals in the yacht racing industry.”
As 2009 Chairman, Gilmour will assist the organisers in helping to select topics and speakers for the Forum. As a successful professional sailor and event promoter, Gilmour has been involved in the business of yacht racing over the last 25 years and has seen the sport evolve both as a competitor, team manager and event organiser. A six time America’s Cup veteran and four time world match racing champion, he currently runs the Monsoon Cup event in Malaysia as well as competing on the World Match Racing Tour. Last year, he was also Bid Director for Perth’s successful bid to host the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.
Event Director James Pleasance said:
“I am delighted Peter has accepted to be Chairman of the Forum for 2009. He knows the business of yachting inside out and his input and advice will be invaluable in helping us build on the success of last year’s first event.”
The 2009 World Yacht Racing Forum will take place on December 9-10 in Monaco. The event will welcome new experts and personalities from the yacht racing scene and will introduce a number of new discussion topics to be announced shortly. The two-day Forum will co-locate once more with the Motorsport Business Forum at the Grimaldi Forum venue. Delegates will have access to the networking areas of both Forums including a jointly hosted reception on the 9th December.
For more information and to register, visit www.worldyachtracingforum.com