Bidding to host Yacht Racing Forum 2020 and 2021 is open
Friday, April 12, 2019 10:04 AM
The Yacht Racing Forum is the annual B2B event for the business of sailing and yacht racing. Now in its twelfth edition, the Forum brings together the sports’ key decision makers, professional sailors, event organisers, host cities, sponsors, designers and manufacturers from all over the world to discuss the future of the sport, showcase the latest technologies and innovations, share best practice and generate new ideas and concepts.
Held every year over a two days period at the end of November, the Forum is made up of conferences and debates, as well as networking opportunities in the exhibition area. The event generates significant local spend including approximately 800 hotel nights, local transport use, spend at restaurants and tourist activities.
The Yacht Racing Forum offers host cities the opportunity to showcase their infrastructure, their sailing industry or their potential to host regattas, teams and sailing events. It is a unique opportunity to welcome the sports’ elite from all over the world in a cost-effective way.
« We are developing this event with a long term vision, in order to provide a better return to our partners and host cities », says Bernard Schopfer, the organiser of the Yacht Racing Forum. « In three years, the number of delegates and partners attending the Forum has doubled and it has become a must-attend event for anyone involved in the yacht racing industry. »
Yacht Racing and business media from all over the world also attend the Forum, including representatives from the Forum's 18 media partners. The world’s best sailing photographers and sailing filmmakers are also celebrated during the Forum, receiving the prestigious Mirabaud Sailing Video and Yacht Racing Image awards .
Last year in Lorient, no less than 400 delegates spanning 26 countries attended the Forum. There were 19 exhibitors and 85 speakers. 95% of the participants said they enjoyed the event whilst 83% consider it a « good or excellent » business platform.