CONFERENCE PROGRAM 2020

Sunday, November 22, 5:00 PM

Pre-event informal welcome drink

DAY 1 - Monday, November 23

  • 8:30 Registration
  • 9:00 Opening Remarks

    By Bernard Schopfer, Yacht Racing Forum organiser

  • 9:05 Introduction by Shirley Robertson
  • 09:10 Welcome message

    By Portsmouth Harbour Marine

  • 09:20 Opening keynote presentation
  • Module 1 - MARKETING, SPONSORSHIP & MEDIA

  • 09:45 The complex history of International Yacht Racing events in the UK
  • 10:20 Are we unique? Differences and similarities between sailing and other sports
  • 10:40 Coffee break
  • 11:20 Yacht Racing sponsorship: What are the expectations and objectives of companies wishing to sponsor sailing?
  • 12:00 Social media in 2021: dos and dont’s
  • 12:20 Latest trends in sailing communication
  • 13:00 Lunch Break
  • Module 2 : SPORTS GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT

  • 14:30 World Sailing update
  • 14:50 How can we increase participation in a declining market, and encourage the younger generation to join?
  • 15:30 What professional opportunities does the sport offer to youngsters willing to work in the sailing industry?
  • 16:05 Coffee break
  • Module 3 : RISK MANAGEMENT & SAFETY

  • 16:40 Lessons Learned from Marine Accidents
  • 16:55 Can (sailing) events be protected against cancellations for unforeseen reasons ?
  • 17:30 Latest developments in yacht racing safety
  • 17:45 How should Risk Management & Safety be integrated into teams and events management and planning to help reduce exposure to potential costs ?
  • 19:00 Walk to the evening reception, at the BAR America’s Cup Base
  • 19:30 Evening reception & Mirabaud Sailing Video Award prize giving ceremony

DAY 1 - Monday, November 23

  • 8.30 Registration
  • 9.00 Opening Remarks

    By Bernard Schopfer, Yacht Racing Forum organiser

  • 9.05 Introduction by Shirley Robertson
  • 9.10 Welcome message

    By Portsmouth Harbour Marine

  • 9:20 Opening keynote presentation
  • DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY SYMPOSIUM, Presented by B&G

  • 09:45 Latest technological developments from the America’s Cup
  • 10:20 Wolfson Unit, a key asset for British yacht design
  • 10:40 Coffee break
  • 11:20 Foil control systems for big boats
  • 12:00 New electronic solutions for better performance
  • 12:20 New talent in sailing technology
  • 13:00 Lunch Break
  • DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY SYMPOSIUM - afternoon session

  • 14:30 How do routing tools and technologies influence performance and yacht design
  • 15:15 Topical presentation, subject tbc
  • 15:45 Latest innovations in composite materials
  • 16:05 Coffee break
  • 16:40 The eco-boat: Technical solutions and constraints
  • 16:55 Topical presentation subject tbc
  • 17:15 Topical presentation subject tbc
  • 17:30 What is the impact of the new Ocean Race on IMOCA design and engineering?
  • 19:00 Walk to the evening reception, at the BAR America’s Cup Base
  • 19:30 Evening reception & Mirabaud Sailing Video Award prize giving ceremony

DAY 2 - Tuesday, November 24

  • 8:30 Registration
  • 9:00 Opening Remarks
  • 9:05 Keynote presentation
  • Module 4 - SAILING: STATE OF THE SPORT, Presented by 11th Hour Racing

  • 9:25 Post Covid-19 Reboot! How do we get our sport back on track after a lost season and a complete disruption of the supply chain?
  • 10:10 Review of women in sailing strategy - what was achieved over the year since last forum and what actions can be made in key events going forward.
  • 10:25 Coffee break
  • 11:10 How to concretely implement sustainable development recquirements into sailing events?
  • Module 5 - TOP OF THE SPORT, presented by OC Sports

  • 11:55 Live call with Alex Thompson competing in the Vendée Globe
  • 12:10 Study of the economic spin-offs for the partners involved in the Vendée Globe
  • 12:30 Lunch Break
  • 14:00 Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award prize giving ceremony

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

  • 14:15 Update on the Star Sailors League Nations Gold Cup, less than a year prior to the event
  • 14:30 Will the Class Ultime ever become truly international ?
  • 14:50 Is Sail GP going to be sustainable after three years of private funding?
  • 15:10 WMRT update
  • 15:30 Coffee Break
  • 16:10 What impact will the America's Cup new format have on mainstream sailing?
  • 16:50 Double handed offshore sailing, teams and event insights
  • 17:10 IMOCA and the Ocean Race: one year to go!
  • 18:00 End
  • 19:30 Post-Event Drinks Reception provided by GAC Pindar

captcha