Please select your home edition
Edition
Festival of Sails 2020 GIF - LEADERBOARD

Portsmouth bids to host international racing conference: Yacht Racing Forum

by Susannah Hart 18 Nov 10:29 PST
Portsmouth Port aerial view © CJB Photography

Portsmouth Harbour Marine and Portsmouth City Council are in discussions with MaxComm Communication with the aim of hosting an international sailing and yacht racing conference in Portsmouth in November 2020.

The annual Yacht Racing Forum draws a rich pool of speakers from the marine community. Held over two days, it brings together pro-sailors, suppliers, yacht clubs, agents, boat builders, technology companies and many others to meet, network, discuss and debate the key issues in the yachting industry. If Portsmouth's bid is successful, it will host the 14th iteration of the conference.

"Portsmouth is the obvious choice for the conference's location in 2020," says Mark Bowden, chief executive, Portsmouth Harbour Marine. "This is such an exciting time for marine development. Portsmouth and Gosport have a wealth of high-tech marine businesses and supporting industries such as marinas and boatyards. Plus, racing teams such as Ben Ainslie and his Team INEOS and Alex Thomson Racing, who are both at the cutting edge of design and technology, are based here. We've got the facilities and expertise to host the conference - now we need to put the final few pieces in place to make it happen."

"Both Portsmouth and Gosport Councils are enthusiastic to support local marine businesses on the international stage," says David Williams, Chief Executive of Portsmouth City Council. "We have a cluster of world-class yachtsmen and women based around Portsmouth Harbour and many cutting-edge industries related to yachting and the wider marine sector.

"Hosting the International Yacht Racing Forum would provide the stage to showcase Portsmouth Harbour - the heart of the UK's maritime design, innovation, technology, and racing waters. If we're successful in bringing the conference to the city, it will be a great platform for our marine businesses and wider tourism."

Bernard Schopfer, CEO of Maxcomm says: "We are very excited to be talking to Portsmouth about bringing our annual conference to the city in 2020. We have not held the event in the UK before, and with so many exciting projects and innovations being developed around the south coast of the UK it seems a natural destination. Portsmouth Harbour also has so much maritime history, we are confident in attracting a truly international group of delegates and speakers."

The final decision about the location of the 2020 conference will be made in late November. In the meantime, anyone wishing to know more can contact .

Related Articles

The View From Bilbao
Yacht Racing Forum 2019 Having attended the annual gathering of the world yacht racing fraternity for the last five years, this year's Yacht Racing Forum event staged in Bilbao over two days has been widely reported as one of the 'best ever'. Posted on 28 Nov
Yacht Racing Forum 2019
Industry leaders gathered in Bilbao to discuss the future of the sport 365 delegates from all over the world joined the Yacht Racing Forum in Bilbao for two days of conferences, presentations, networking and business. Posted on 26 Nov
Yacht Racing Forum 2019 opens in Bilbao
Stan Honey gives the opening keynote speech The annual Yacht Racing Forum formally started this morning in Bilbao, with 365 attendees from all corners of the globe and significant support from the local Bizkaia Government in Northern Spain. Posted on 25 Nov
Yacht Racing Forum in Bilbao update
Innovation, new concepts, subjects and speakers The conference will bring together around 350 delegates, including the sports' main decision-makers from all over the world. The leading events, venues, brands and sponsors will be in Bilbao, Spain. Posted on 10 Sep
Fantastic speakers for next Yacht Racing Forum
Once again reassembling the sport's leading personalities in one place The next Yacht Racing Forum, in Bilbao, Spain (November 25-26) will once again reassemble the sport's leading personalities in one place during two days to network, debate the future of the sport and make business. Posted on 10 Jul
Five months to go to Yacht Racing Forum 2019
Featuring the sport's leading personalities and brands The leading annual conference for the business of sailing and yacht racing will take place on November 25-26 in Bilbao, Spain. Posted on 18 Jun
Yacht Racing Forum & The Ocean Race partnership
The event will attract some 300 delegates from all over the world The Yacht Racing Forum is delighted to announce an extension of its partnership with The Ocean Race for three more years. The leading annual conference for the business of sailing and yacht racing will next take place in Bilbao, Spain, on November 25-26. Posted on 6 Jun
Six months to go to Yacht Racing Forum 2019
It will bring together some of the most prominent players in the nautical world Members of the yacht racing community and sailing industry from all over the world will meet in six months' time in the town of Bilbao, in the Basque Country, for the 12th edition of the Yacht Racing Forum. Posted on 27 May
Yacht Racing Forum conference schedule
First speakers announced for the event in Bilbao, Spain The venue is beautiful and easy to reach thanks to its International Airport. It is located right next to our official hotel, the Melia, and two minutes away from the famous Guggenheim Museum. Posted on 14 May
Bidding to host Yacht Racing Forum 2020, 2021 open
Yacht Racing Forum is the annual B2B event for the business of sailing and yacht racing. The leading annual conference for the business of sailing and yacht racing invites interested parties to submit their applications in order to host the next editions of the annual conference. Posted on 13 Apr
Naiad 660x82px_RescueMarine Resources 2019 - FooterRS Sailing 2019 - Footer