The World Yacht Racing Forum, the only event for professionals in the sport of sailing will take place in Estoril in December. The 3rd edition of the event comes at a time when the industry is starting to take itself a bit more seriously, with global rights holders and event organisers competing for limited sponsorship dollars, but also a limited and ageing competitor base.
All professional sailing events are trying to position themselves as the premier competition. None of the ‘Grand Prix’ circuits can survive with 4-6 entries – the business model doesn’t add up. So the World Yacht Racing Forum is as much a promotional event as it is a discussion platform about the sport as a whole. In 2008, OC Events parked an Extreme 40 outside the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco and in 2009, the World Match Racing Tour treated delegates to lunch.
The Volvo Ocean Race has always supported the event and in 2010, that sponsorship will continue. Informa Yacht Group have announced the Volvo Ocean Race as Platinum Partner of the even in Portugal. Members of the Volvo Ocean Race management and operations team will attend the Forum including CEO Knut Frostad, and Director of Television Adam Binns, both of whom will be participating in panel sessions during the conference.
Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad firmly believes the sport needs a platform such as the Forum to grow the value and appeal of the sport globally;
“The yachting industry needs more platforms to promote and share the growing sailing initiatives around the world. It is also important for us all to learn from each other and from other sports so we can increase the interest in sailing in general. This forum helps this process immensely and is a fantastic place to network.”
Event Director, James Pleasance said:
“The commercial world of yacht racing has developed significantly over the last few years. Today’s new media and television technology has also helped the sport find new audiences and that has brought with it new international sponsors and venues to the sport. The Forum is an ideal opportunity for these sponsors and venues to learn more about the benefits of investing in the sport. The Volvo Ocean Race is the best known global ocean race and we are delighted to have their support at the World Yacht Racing Forum and to share many of their own initiatives in growing the sport.”
MIRABAUD Sponsor World Yacht Racing Forum Photo Exhibition.
Financial services group MIRABAUD will once again sponsor the Yacht Racing Images Exhibition, launched at last year’s Forum in Monaco. MIRABAUD are also a Gold Partner of this year’s World Yacht Racing Forum.
The Exhibition will feature a selection of the very best yacht racing images taken throughout 2010 by an invited list of professional marine photographers including professional photographers Carlo Borlegnhi, Thierry Martinez, Daniel Forster, Rick Tomlinson, Kurt Arrigo, Onne van der Wal, Nico Martinez, Ian Roman, Franck Socha, Oskar Kihlborg, Gilles Martin-Raget , Loris Von Siebenthal, Juerg Kaufmann , Richard Page, Yvan Zedda, Guillaume Plisson , Benoit Stichelbaut, Kos Evans, Richard Walch, Franck Socha and Franco Pace. The images will be printed and framed by co-sponsor Canon, and displayed in the networking lounge area for the duration of the Forum.
MIRABAUD has been involved in international yacht racing for many years, notably through its sponsorship of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, Thomas Jundt’s hydrofoil prototype, the Mirabaud LX, and the UK women’s Olympic sailing team, the «Yngling Girls », gold medal winners at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games! MIRABAUD is also Dominique Wavre’s main partner for the Barcelona World Race, the Transat Jacques Vabre 2011 and the Vendée Globe 2012-13.
Antonio Palma, Partner and CEO of Mirabaud said:
“Through these challenges and talented persons, we have shared our passion for human relations, technology and high performance, three themes that are particularly dear to us in the world of banking and finance. The Yacht Racing Images Exhibition 2010 is the visual expression of our passion. We look forward to seeing this exhibition and to be once again part of the World Yacht Racing Forum.”