Organisers of leading yacht racing business conference announce the 2010 edition of the event to take place in Estoril, Portugal from 14-15 December.
Monaco is a strange town. It seems to suit the world of F1, but most of the yachts that adorn have masts only to carry radio signals, not sails. For all the glamour that is regularly associated with sailing, most professional yacht racing people are more at home in places like Perth or Les Sables-d’Olonne than Monaco. Which is perhaps one of the reasons that the 3rd World Yacht Racing Forum will be held in Estoril, Portugal.
There will still be a connection with Monaco though through 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.
Although the change of venue will mean that the forum will no longer be twinned with the Motorsport Forum, the sailing event has grown to a point over the last 2 years where it can stand alone. The two-day conference will include many new features this year such as a new 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.
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. Cascais itself is a well-known venue for major sailing events including the Portugal Match Cup, and Audi MedCup series in 2010. Estoril also played host to the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships.
Duarte Nobre Guedes, President of Turismo Estoril said:
“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. 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.
Finding a gap in the calendar that is suitable for all sailing disciplines is difficult. The event has in the past coincided with the Paris Boat Show and run hot on the heels of the Monsoon Cup, the finale of the World Match Racing Tour. Commenting on the change of venue and new dates, Event Director James Pleasance explains:
“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.”
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.
Topics to be covered will include:
- Seeking Sponsorship?
- Creating & Marketing Sports Personalities
- Connecting Sailing Events to Cities
- Yacht Club Management
- Americas Cup One Year On
- London Olympics 2012
- Sailing and Sustainable Development?
- Women in the Sport of Sailing
While the topics are diverse, the 2010 Board of advisors is 100% male and is made up of representatives from Europe, USA and Australia only.
Full details of the conference programme and speakers will be released shortly at www.worldyachtracingforum.com