CONFERENCE PROGRAMĀ 2019

Sunday, November 24, 5:00 PM

Informal welcome drink (possibly presented by our future happy drinks partner šŸ™‚ )

DAY 1 - Monday, November 25

  • 8:30 Registration
  • 9:00 Plenary session. Opening Remarks

    By Bernard Schopfer, Yacht Racing Forum organiser

  • 09:05 Welcome message

    By the Municipality of Bilbao

  • 09:25 Opening keynote presentation
  • Module 1 - EVENTS, RACES AND TEAMS MANAGEMENT

    Chairman: Andy Rice

  • 09:55 New models for sailing sponsorship

    Being a sailor isnā€™t enough anymore. Nowadays sailors need to film and edit their story, they need to blog and try to be funny.

    Have story-telling and hospitality taken over results and performance?

    With:

    Stewart Hosford, Hugo Boss Sailing

    Dee Caffari

    StƩphanie Nadin

  • 10:40 How can events, and new markets benefit from the sport of sailing to develop their infrastructure and generate commercial opportunities ?

    How to use and maximise public space (and funding) through the sport of sailing.

    Opportunities and concrete examples

    With:

    Lili, SailGP, China

    Bilbao, Spain

    Finn Lick, Aarhus, Denmark

  • 11:25 Coffee break
  • 11:55 Golden Globe Race assessment

    With:

    Don Mc Intyre

  • 12:10 Youth sailing: can we win back the Ā«lost generationĀ» (18-35), reverse the decline in participation and bring new sailors including youngsters and women into the sport?

    How do we grow the sport in a declining market?Ā What factors do we feel are the cause of this and how might we try to reverse the trend?Ā Is virtual sailing a satisfying alternative ?Ā What classes are best adapted to young sailors?Ā What professional opportunities does the sport offer to youngsters willing to work in the sailing industry?

    With:

    Scott Over, Commercial Director, World Sailing

    Ian Walker,Ā Director of Racing, British Sailing Team

    Dawn Riley, Oakcliff Sailing

    Philippe Joubin, Director, Spi Ouest France

    Jean-Baptiste Durier, Director, Sail & Golf, Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO)

  • 12:55 Lunch Break
  • 14:15 The Yacht Racing Forum Business Speed Presentation

    Start-ups, new events and inventors have 5 minutes to present their innovations and business models in turn

  • Module 2 : SAILINGā€™S GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT

    Chairman:

  • 15:00 World Sailing: Recent evolution of the sportsā€™ governing body

    What is World Sailingā€™s relevance for sailors?

    Would sailing be better off out of the Olympic Games?

    With:

    Andy Hunt, CEO, World Sailing

  • 15:45 Sailorā€™s classification system: is it useful? How can it be improved?

    Who is the worldā€™s best sailor?Ā Do we need a global sailorsā€™ ranking?Ā What are the best solutions available?Ā Are there too many world championships in the calendar?

    With:

    Mateusz Kusznierewicz, Star Sailors League

    Alastair Fox, Director of Events, World Sailing

  • 16:30 Coffee Break
  • 17:00 Topical presentation by Vicky Low

    Women in sailing: Are we as a sport doing something wrong? How can we attract more female sailors?

    Announcement of the results of a study involving more than 10,000 people

  • 17:30 Is social media killing the art of story telling and ā€˜cheapeningā€™ the quality of coverage ? Or is it a blessing for the sport, providing visibility and new opportunities to be creative ?

    With:

    Cliff Webb, President, Yachting Journalists Association

  • 18:15 End
  • 19:00 Transfer by coach to the evening reception
  • Evening reception

    Mirabaud Sailing Video Award prize giving ceremony

DAY 1 - Monday, November 25

  • 8.30 Registration
  • 9.00 Plenary session. Opening Remarks

    By Bernard Schopfer, Yacht Racing Forum organiser

  • 9.05 Welcome message

    By the Municipality ofĀ Bilbao

  • 9:25 Opening keynote presentation
  • DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY SYMPOSIUM

    Chairman: Dobbs Davis

  • 09:55 What are the latest technologies in boat building ?

    What are todays’ methods and tomorrows’ plans?

    Can they ever be respectful of the environment?

  • 10:40 Innovation in sail design & construction

    What impact do they have on boat design & engineering?

    With:

    Jordi ArbusĆ , Sailing Technologies

  • 11:25 Coffee Break
  • 11:55 Roller furling headsails reinvented thanks to the cableless technique
  • 12:10 Latest learnings in foil design & construction

    Session chaired by Luca Rizzotti

    Trying to answer the new questions raised by foiling boats:

    -Foil design and electronic assistance: what are they? How do they work?

    -Are electronically assisted sailingĀ boats acceptable in a racing context?

    -Do we still need sailors onboard computer-assisted foiling boats? For how long?

    -How much breakage and injuries can foiling stand?

    With:

  • 12:55 Lunch Break
  • 14:15 The Yacht Racing Forum Business Speed Presentation

    Start-ups, new events and inventors have 5 minutes to present their innovations and business models in turn

  • 15:00 The Clean Boat: How Blue can you go?
  • 15:45 What are the technological solutions for the next Americaā€™s Cup and what impact will they have on sailors?

    With:
    Max Sirena, Luna Rossa Challenge

  • 16:30 Coffee Break
  • 17:00 IMOCA engineering insights

    Presented by IMOCA and North Sails

    With:

  • 17:20 What is the impact of the new Ocean Race on IMOCA design, engineering and sails developments?
  • 18:05 Topical presentation tbd
  • 18:20 End
  • 19:00 Transfer by coach to the evening reception
  • Evening reception

    Mirabaud Sailing Video Award prize giving ceremony

DAY 2 - Tuesday, November 26

  • 9:00 Plenary session. Opening Remarks
  • 9:05 Keynote presentation by Gianguido Girotti, General Manager, BĆ©nĆ©teau

    The commercial case for the sport of sailing

  • Module 3 - A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR THE SPORT OF SAILING, presented by 11th Hour Racing

    Chairman: Shirley Robertson

  • 9:25 The business of sport and sustainability

    Session chaired by Jeremy Pochman

    Sustainability is central to the business narrative of many major sports teams, events and organizations. And this trend is increasing dramatically. Why is this? Is it legislative requirements, audience demand or commercial planning that inspire this? Or, is it just a better way of doing things?

    With:

  • 10:10 The effects of climate change on the sport of sailing

    Will we see more extreme conditions more often?Ā 

    Are there more risks of cyclones outside the usual cyclonic periods?

    Extension of the ice zone that extends each year in the Atlantic Ocean between April and July and poses a problem for race organizers (QuĆ©bec Saint-Malo, The Transat,…)

    Development of “ice islands” in the South, emerging from the Antarctic continent

    With:

    Christian Dumard

  • 10:30 Coffee Break
  • 11:10 How can sailing and yacht racing help shape a better world with solutions for commercial transport?

    With:Ā 

    Marc Van Peteghem

  • 11:55 Life Cycle Assessment: Starting sustainability at the design stage
  • 12:15 Lunch Break
  • 13:45 Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award prize giving ceremony

    Celebration of the best sailing photos produced this year, and their authors.

    Presentation chaired by Sophia Urban

  • Module 4 - TOP OF THE SPORT, presented by OC Sports
  • 14:00 Assessment of olympic sailing 8 months prior to Tokyo 2020

    Session chaired by Shirley Robertson

    What shall we expect from Tokyo 2020?

    Are olympic sailors happy with the boats used in Tokyo and planned for Paris 2024?

    With:

    Alastair Fox, Director of Events, World Sailing

  • 14:45 Star Sailors League Nations Gold Cup - Presentation and perspectives

    With:

    Mateusz Kusznierewicz

  • 15:00 IMOCA and the Ocean Race: marriage of convenience or true love?

    Session chaired by Andy Rice

    What will the new OR concept bring back to the sailing world ?Ā Are sailors happy with the concept?Ā What should a round the world race be like?Ā 

    With:

    Richard Brisius (tbc)

    Dee Caffari

    Mike Golding

  • 15:45 Coffee Break
  • 16:20 What future for the Classe Ultime?

    Can the Classe Ultime ever be truly international? How long until it becomes more reliable and sustainable?

    With:

  • 16:40 Panel discussion, theme tbd
  • 17:20 Americaā€™s Cup: Will the sport of sailing benefit from the Cupā€™s new format?

    With:
    Max Sirena, skipper, Luna Rossa Challenge

    Jennifer Hall, Challenger of Record

  • End
  • 7:00 PM, Post-Event Drinks Reception provided by GAC Pindar

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