The who’s who of yacht racing and sailing in deal-making mode.
The 2010 World Yacht Racing Forum is only days away from opening to delegates from the industry in Estoril, Portugal. The event will in parallel with the Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium and second International Superyacht Coatings Conference.
After 2 years of successful conferences in Monaco, the 201o WYRF will host over 300 delegates and 50 speakers. The only real-world gathering of the Yacht Racing industry will attract yacht racing media, Ocean race athletes, America’s Cup deal-makers, regatta and event organisers, venues and sponsors.
Loïck Peyron will present the keynote speech on day two of the 2010 event. He says:
“The sport of sailing is very broad; the World Yacht Racing Forum has become the place where all the different sides of it are represented and debated.”
Many of the best ideas for the future of the sport will come from looking at best practise from other industries and markets. Popular sessions from the 2009 event included commentary and insight from sports marketing leaders like F1’s Nick Fry. This year’s event will also cover topics such as sustainability and environmental impact factors. Brand management and sailing’s future in the Olympic Games will also be discussed. Topics that have been chosen by the World Yacht Racing Forum advisory board and delegates from the previous edition of the Forum.
While some might be tempted to stay at home and read about it, like many real-world conferences, the World Yacht Racing Forum gives people in the business of yacht racing a chance to network out of the sessions at opportunities like lunch offered on Tuesday by Multi One Design.
Yachtsponsorship will cover the event on multiple platforms including our dedicated World Yacht Racing Forum web-page. Those interested in following via Twitter should look for #WYRF and follow @yachtbusiness or @dmfreedom for ‘live’ updates. We will also be recording interviews with key people and posting video on our YouTube page.