Tucker Thompson, Richard Moore, Tom Touber, Cameron Appleton are some of renowned speakers to be present at Forum
America’s Cup commentator Tucker Thompson, Alter CEO Richard Moore, outgoing Volvo Ocean Racing COO Tom Touber, World Champion Cameron Appleton are just a few of the renowned speakers who have confirmed their participation at the 2016 Yacht Racing Forum which will take place at the Grand Hotel Excelsior, Valletta between the 28th and 29th November.
Co-hosted by Yachting Malta, and held for the ninth consecutive time, the Yacht Racing Forum will take place immediately after the RC44 Valletta Cup and will see many of the industry’s most involved stakeholders and brands here in Malta. Their participation promises to deliver a fruitful Forum which will be split into four modules:
• Chaired by America’s Cup commentator Tucker Thompson (USA), the opening conference will focus on marketing and media, and spark debates and presentations on social media, television and sponsorship.
• The second module, on Monday afternoon, will be chaired by Alter CEO Richard Moore (UK) and discuss Event and Race Management. A specific focus will be put on sustainability issues, as well as challenges and opportunities in events management.
• The entire morning of day two will be dedicated to Risk Management and Safety. The sport of sailing has changed dramatically over the last five years, with faster and foiling boats and a trend to generate closer action. Chaired by the Volvo Ocean Race outgoing COO Tom Touber (NED), this conference will question the sport and its participants’ awareness of those changes.
• Chaired by Seahorse magazine chief editor Andrew Hurst (UK), the last module, on Tuesday afternoon, will focus on the « top of the sport » and the future of yacht racing. The conference will (amongst others) discuss the future of match racing, the Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup.
The Design & technology Symposium will take place alongside the Yacht Racing Forum on Monday November 28; it will once again be hosted by Seahorse journalist Dobbs Davis(USA).
Keynote presentations will be made by Formula One designer and engineer Mike Gascoyne, the new World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt. The Yacht Racing Forum and the sports’ governing body have just announced a long term partnership which further reiterates the importance of this Forum.
Other confirmed speakers so far include Melissa Payne, Jean-Baptiste Durier, Cameron Appleton, Jordi Arbusa, Sam Usher, Jean-Baptiste Epron, Simeon Tienpoint, Andrew Pindar, Wouter Verbraak, Sander van der Borch and Juan Kouyoumdjian.
The Forum has also secured the support of a number of partners and exhibitors which include the Volvo Ocean Race, Marine Camera Solutions, Gurit, GeoRacing, Mirabaud and Virtual Regatta, alongside no less than fourteen media partners.
“The Yacht Racing Forum is the only business to business conference the brings together over 200 industry movers and shakers and provides them with the opportunity to discuss issues facing the sport, share experiences and best practices” commented Niki Travers Tauss, Director, Yachting Events. “The Forum also facilitates business development through providing quality networking opportunities with decision makers from all areas within the industry and we hope that local organisations will consider partnering with us”.
Sailing is one of the fastest media for sponsorship. It offers the possibility to open new business opportunities as well as further strengthening existing ones to a global audience. The Yacht Racing Forum is one of these excellent media, and local organisations are strongly urged to look at the opportunities this Forum will present to them.