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World Yacht Racing Forum and Design and Technology Symposium next week

by James Gradwell on 5 Dec 2012
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The fifth annual conference for the yacht racing industry to close the sailing season is set to take place in Gothenburg, Sweden from 11-12 December 2012.

Over 200 delegates and more than 50 speakers are preparing to head to Gothenburg next week for the fifth edition of the annual World Yacht Racing Forum, co-located with the Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium. The two conferences have again attracted leading figures, experts and sailing personalities to join the discussions and debates over the two day View Download Conference Flyer

With such a great programme of topics and speakers many of you have already confirmed your participation to attend this year's event in Sweden. For those of you who haven't, it is not too late to book your delegate pass and join the debate. Register Today for a Conference Delegate Pass at only 250 Euros + VAT

The event will start on Tuesday 11th December with presentations and sessions focusing on yacht racing sponsorship – brand activation, promotion of the sport, pitch, revenue streams and View full WYRF Conference View full YRDTS Conference Agenda

Running parallel to the Forum, the Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium will focus on the new VOR one-design, the potential applications from the aeronautics industry and high performance yacht racing. Day two will see presentations about the new AC72’s, and will re-visit the reliability vs. risk management debate.

Wednesday’s Forum sessions will focus – amongst others – on Olympic sailing. The day will start with a keynote speech by four times Olympic Gold winner Ben Ainslie. Other topics will include the role of Yacht Clubs and cities in events organisation, and the best use of social media. A general discussion with delegates from both the Forum and the Symposium will conclude the day, based on tomorrow’s World – The future of Yacht Racing – and animated by key personalities from the America’s Cup, Vendée Globe, Volvo Ocean Race and other View Speakers List

The 2012 Yacht Racing Image of the Year, presented by financial group Mirabaud, will be announced during the Forum. The delegates from the Forum and the Symposium will be asked to vote on day one, and to pre-select the best five photographs out of the 24 already selected by the public. An international and independent Jury comprising Christian Février, yacht racing photographer, Shirley Robertson, double Olympic Gold Medallist and TV Presenter, Ben Ainslie, quadruple gold and silver Olympic medallist, Antonio Palma, partner and CEO, Mirabaud and Will Morris, CEO, Informa will then select the Yacht Racing Image of the Year 2012 amongst the top five photographs selected by the delegates of the World Yacht Racing Forum.

Full details of the Forum and Symposium conference programmes and speakers are available on the event website.

For more details about the different opportunities that are available, please contact James Gradwell on +44 (0) 207 017 5118 or at james.gradwell@informayachtgroup.com

For delegate enquiries please contact our Delegate Sales Manager, Bede Townsend on + 44 1983 248663 bede@informasportsgroup.com

Please note the residential package has now sold out. Rooms are still available at the Clarion Post Hotel however - please book quickly! Contact hospitality@informa.com if you would like to reserve your room.
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