Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Melanin Lenses

Global Ocean Race on the World Yacht Racing Forum

by Global Ocean Race Media on 11 Dec 2009
Josh Hall Portimao Global Ocean Race http://www.portimaoglobaloceanrace.com
Following the inaugural World Yacht Racing Forum held in December last year, the event instantaneously became an embedded part of the industry’s calendar. Held, once again, in the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, on 9th-10th December, the event ran alongside the Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium: a combination that provided an exceptional variety of delegates.

Organised by a division of Informa Plc – owners of The Monaco Yacht Show; the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show; the Phuket International Boat Show and the Mediterranean and Caribbean Superyacht Cups – the WYRF carries immense gravitas and attracts all the key players in the yacht racing industry. The event has also proved to be a unique platform for sharing knowledge and skills covering every aspect of yacht racing. It is fair to comment that anyone involved in the yachting industry ignores this invaluable conference at their peril.

From the upbeat and frank, opening address by Richard Moore, CEO of Capitalize – a company that advises businesses on maximising sponsorship, PR and events – the quality and delivery of information was exceptional and totally absorbing with specialists in new media and branding and experts in methods of calculating return on investment in yachting events clearly illustrated how yacht racing can be improved for competitors and spectators.

Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, was one of the keynote speakers on the second day of the WYRF and supplied invaluable insight into the mechanics behind this highly successful event and shared the stage with Josh Hall, Race Director of the Global Ocean Race, in a debate on methods of cutting overall costs in yacht racing: a discussion that raised the tricky issue of capping salaries for competitors. While the Volvo Ocean Race and the Global Ocean Race are entirely different events and only share a few similarities, the exchange of views with a panel that included Denis Horeau, Race Director of the Barcelona World Race, was extremely revealing.

While the main media interest at the WYRF centred around the final debate on Friday with America’s Cup issues confronted by Russell Coutts from *BMW Oracle Racing* and Brad Butterworth of Alinghi sharing the stage for 45 minutes, the effects of the conference will undoubtedly become felt as techniques, ideas, encouragement and criticism provided by experts from outside and from within the sport of yacht racing are acted upon and activated.

The lasting impression from the WYRF is that – despite the current economic climate – yacht racing is healthy and flourishing, although the sport must rapidly evolve and grasp new techniques and technologies, while a shift in presentation and image must be quickly confronted.

http://portimaorace.com
Barz Optics - FloatersBakewell-White Yacht DesignNorth Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

America's Cup World Series - Ian Roman's images of Pompey
Ian Roman was in Portsmouth for the America's Cup World Series capturing the Royal visitors Top international photographer, Ian Roman was in Portsmouth for the America's Cup World Series and provided this second of two galleries of the racing across the three days of the regatta, taking in the Royal visitors.
Posted today at 1:36 pm
America’s Cup World Series – More final day images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from final day Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from final day
Posted on 25 Jul
America’s Cup World Series – Final race day images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from final day Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from final day
Posted on 25 Jul
LV America’s Cup World Series - Up and down for Groupama Team France
The new leader is none other than the local team lead by Sir Ben Ainslie, who was rallied along throughout the six races 2016 America’s Cup World Series - This weekend the overall ranking for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series has been turned on its head and with the Portsmouth act complete, the new leader is none other than the local team lead by Sir Ben Ainslie, who was rallied along throughout the six races by strong support from a home crowd.
Posted on 25 Jul
LV America's Cup World Series - Land Rover BAR take two from two
While Oracle Team USA did all but everything they could to take the win with a two, one, one scorecard today 2016 Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series - While Oracle Team USA did all but everything they could to take the win with a two, one, one scorecard today, it wasn't enough to topple the fast and furious tenacity of a Ben Ainslie led Land Rover BAR on the final day of racing at the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Portsmouth.
Posted on 25 Jul
2016 LV America’s Cup World Series - More images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from America’s Cup World Series - Race Day 2 and Prize-giving ceremony. 2016 America’s Cup World Series - Carlo Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from 2016 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series - Race Day 2 and Prize-giving ceremony.
Posted on 25 Jul
2016 LV America’s Cup World Series - Day 2 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from America’s Cup World Series - Race Day 2 and Prize-giving ceremony 2016 America’s Cup World Series - Carlo Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from 2016 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series - Race Day 2 and Prize-giving ceremony.
Posted on 25 Jul
America's Cup - Southern Spars to build AC50 for Emirates Team NZ
Southern Spars has been appointed to build Emirates Team New Zealand’s AC50 wingsailed foiling catamaran One of the world's leading composite engineering companies, Southern Spars has been appointed to build Emirates Team New Zealand’s AC50 wingsailed foiling catamaran for the 35th America’s Cup campaign. The move marks a shift away from Cookson Boats who have been Team New Zealand's boatbuilder since 2000. No reasons have been given for the decision to change the builder.
Posted on 24 Jul
America's Cup - Emirates Team New Zealand foiled in Portsmouth
Super Sunday saw more breeze in Portsmouth today, giving all the teams the opportunity for fast racing up on their foils Super Sunday saw more breeze in Portsmouth today, giving all the teams the opportunity for fast racing up on their foils. For Emirates Team New Zealand the regatta finished as realistically expected when lining up to race against an exceptionally strong fleet with with a almost entirely rejigged crew due to Blair Tuke and Peter Burling’s absence in their build up to the Rio Olympics in the 49e
Posted on 24 Jul
LV America’s Cup World Series – Big Ben takes a big win in Portsmouth
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on hand to present the awards and it was a fitting end to an amazing weekend. It really was Super Sunday for Ben Ainslie and Land Rover BAR whose second place in the last of Sunday’s three races gave them the overall regatta win at the Portsmouth event.
Posted on 24 Jul