Countdown to World Yacht Racing Forum in Monaco.

There’s one week to go to the World Yacht Racing Forum and Pilote Media will be there. We’ll be ‘tweeting’ key messages using the hashtag #WYRF and also tracking down some of the Yacht Racing world’s Who’s Who for video interviews.

Organisers expect over 400 delegates for the second World Yacht Racing Forum in Monaco. This year, as well as running alongside the well established Motorsport Forum there will also be a Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium and the 1st International Superyacht Coatings Conference.

WYRF Chairman and World Champion Sailor Peter Gilmour will then officially open the Forum on Wednesday 9 December and the “voice of sailing”, New Zealander Peter Montgomery, will once again be the Forum’s principal moderator alongside TV presenter Richard Simmonds. The Forum has also invited panellists from outside the sport such as CEO of Championship Forumula 1 team Brawn GP, Nick Fry, to join a panel discussion on what the sport of sailing can learn from other sports.

Thursday 10 December will begin with a keynote speech by double Vendée Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux. Discussions on cost reduction measures, what sailing can learn from other sports and the place of multihull in the international sailing calendar will follow, whilst the exclusive America’s Cup presentations by Russell Coutts and Brad Butterworth and the subsequent panel discussion with most of the America’s Cup potential Challengers will close the day and the event.

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.

As well as frequent updates on, the DARK BLUE BOOK will be running a promotion during the forum. More information about that tomorrow!