Many of sailing’s decision makers and influencers will be in Monaco this week for the second World Yacht Racing Forum. The event is the only one of its kind, focusssing on the commercial aspects of the sport and allowing those in different sailing silos to peek over the fence and see what the others are doing.
The topics up for discussion are interesting, but the forum is just a conference, so it will be up to individual promoters to put into practise any outcomes. More often than not in recent times, promoters of the sport of sailing have acted in self interest rather than the good of the sport as a whole.
Like most conferences, the real business will be done in the lunch-breaks and cocktail parties. The real value of the event is a chance to network and do business without the distractions of any racing.
Yachtsponsorship will be there and if you can’t make it, then let us know your questions and we will ask them over the next few days. You can also follow along on Twitter at #WYRF