CONFERENCE PROGRAM 2022 (provisional)

Sunday, November 20, 6:00 PM

Pre-event informal welcome drink

Co-hosted by Yachting Malta and World Sailing

DAY 1 - Monday, November 21

  • 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 the government of Malta

  • 09:20 Opening keynote presentation
  • 09:40 Back on track? What is the state of our sport following a complete disruption of the organisation process ?

    Sailing industry leaders discuss the present and future of yacht racing. With:

    • Knut Frostad, President & CEO, Navico
    • Gianguido Girotti, Deputy CEO in charge of brand & product strategy, Bénéteau
    • David Graham, CEO, World Sailing
    • Richard Brisius, CEO, The Ocean Race

  • 10:30 Coffee break
  • Module 1 - THE SPORT OF SAILING IN A CHANGING WORLD

  • 11:00 LEGAL - Can (sailing) events be protected against cancellations for unforeseen reasons ?

    Sarah Allan, Partner, Penningtons Manches Cooper

  • 11:20 INSURANCES - Insuring boats, teams and events in challenging times: what should and what can’t be done.

    Keith Lovett, Managing Director and Senior Underwriter, Stoneways Marine

    Paul Miller, Director of Underwriting at Millstream Underwriting Limited Ltd

  • 11:40 Are we unique? Differences and similarities between sailing and other sports.

    Richard Moore, CEO – Alter Agency

  • 12:00 Topical presentation tbc
  • 12:20 Lunch Break
  • Module 2 : SPORTS GOVERNANCE AND BUSINESS

  • 14:00 Yacht Racing sponsorship: How can we attract more brands? What revenue streams are available to organisers?

    Panel discussion with:

    • Nathalie Quéré, Founder, W-Consulting
    • Cyril Abiteboul,  former managing director and team principal of Renault F1, now managing director of CDK Technologies.
    • To be completed…

  • 14:45 Case study: Saudi Arabia. Developing a major events strategy to help build city brands and the role yachting can play

    Samia Bagdady, CEO, Saudi Sailing Federation

  • 15:00 Continuing to move the inclusivity dial

    Opening remarks by Victoria Low, with key stats from Participation Study and Census Study.

    Followed by a panel with:

    • Luca Rizzotti
    • Ian Walker
    • Annie Lush

    + Q&A Session

  • 15:40 Coffee break
  • 16:10 Sustainability: It's time to act concretely - but what shall we do in priority? - With 11th Hour Racing

    With: 11th Hour Racing

  • 16:55 How can the yacht racing industry protect underwater fauna from collisions with sailing boats?

    Renaud Bañuls, Founder, Bañulsdesign

  • 17:05 How can we increase participation in a declining market, and encourage the younger generation to join?

    • Jonquil Hackenberg, Chair of The Magenta Project
    • Alastair Fox, Chief of Events, World Sailing
    • Clare Harrington, Rear Commodore, The New York Yacht Club
    • Ian Walker, Performance Director British Sailing Team, Director of Racing Royal Yachting Association
    • Charlotte Kirk Elkjær, Chief Advisor at the City of Aarhus

  • 19:30 Evening reception & Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award Prize Giving Ceremony

DAY 1 - Monday, November 21

  • 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 Yachting Malta

  • 9:20 Opening keynote presentation
  • 09:40 Back on track? What is the state of our sport following a complete disruption of the organisation process ?

    Sailing industry leaders discuss the present and future of yacht racing. With:

    • Knut Frostad, President & CEO, Navico
    • David Graham, CEO, World Sailing
    • Gianguido Girotti, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Groupe Beneteau
    • Richard Brisius, CEO, The Ocean Race
    • Ken Read, President of the North Sails Group

  • 10:30 Coffee break
  • DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY SYMPOSIUM, Presented by B&G

  • 11:00 Latest technological developments from the America’s Cup

    America’s Cup designers, engineers and technology developers discuss the latest technological developments from the Cup.

  • 11:35 New electronic solutions for better performance

    With: Knut Frostad, President & CEO, Navico

  • 11:55 What yacht racing can learn from Formula 1

    By Cyril Abiteboul,  former managing director and team principal of Renault F1, now managing director of CDK Technologies.

  • 12:15 Lunch Break
  • DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY SYMPOSIUM - afternoon session

  • 14:00 Latest foiling technologies and advances in foiling

    Session chaired by Luca Rizzotti

  • 14:45 Squaring the circle: Foiling cruising racing fast yet comfortable catamarans

    With:

    Vincent Lauriot-Prévost (co-founder, VPLP)

    Loïck Peyron

    Benoît Lebizay, Managing Partner, Gunboat

  • 15:05 Topical presentation, subject tbc
  • 15:40 Coffee break
  • 16:10 North Sails' latest technologies
  • 16:55 The new wingsail and its future impact on the expansion of sailing
  • 17:10 Latest evolution of high performance protective polymers for racing yachts

    With: Pietro Parmeggiani, CEO, Protect Tapes

  • 17:25 Topical presentation tbc
  • 17:40 What is the impact of the new Ocean Race on IMOCA design and engineering?
  • 19:30 Evening reception & Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award Prize Giving Ceremony

DAY 2 - Tuesday, November 22

  • 8.30 Registration
  • 9.00 Introduction by Shirley Robertson
  • 9:05 Keynote presentation by David Graham, CEO, World Sailing
  • Module 3: Marketing & Media

  • 09:45 Latest trends in communication and marketing, and how can these be applied to our sport?

    • Nic Douglas, also known as ‘Sailor Girl’, sailing journalist
    • Chris Museler, Journalist, New York Times
    • To be completed…

  • 10:10 Social media in 2022: dos and dont’s
  • 10:30 Coffee break
  • 11:00 Yacht Racing photography, a technical and a commercial challenge

    Jesús Renedo, yacht racing photographer

  • 11:15 Extreme and spectacular: is the professional side of the sport promoting - or harming - the business of the sport?

    Mike Sandersen, CEO Doyle Sails

    Cyril Abiteboul, former managing director and team principal of Renault F1, now managing director of CDK Technologies.

    David Graham, CEO, World Sailing

    Gianguido Girotti, Deputy CEO in charge of brand & product strategy, Bénéteau

  • 12:00 Topical presentation tbc
  • 12:15 Lunch Break
  • TOP OF THE SPORT, Presented by OC Sport

  • 13:45 Has SailGP come of age?
  • 14:10 Concrete case study: can a SailGP team be financially viable? The Canadian model.

    Ian Wooden, General Partner, Canada SailGP Team

    Jean-Sébastien Chénier Proteau, CEO, Canada SailGP Team

  • 14:20 Star Sailors League Nations Gold Cup: Assessment, prospects and... a great winner!

    Mateusz Kusznierewicz, Director, SSL Gold Cup

    + other panelists tbc.

  • 14:45 Why is the world suddenly discovering double-handed offshore sailing, and what’s good about it ?

    Dee Caffari, Pro Sailor

    + other panelists tbc

  • 15:05 The Foiling Week: racing and much more

    Luca Rizzotti, founder, The Foiling Week

  • 15:15 69F, the new series that has taken the world by storm
  • 15:20 Coffee break
  • 15:50 Round the World races: Is there space for that many events ?

    The managers of the round-the-world races planned for the near future present their concept and share their views.

    Richard Brisius, Chairman, The Ocean Race 

    Laura Le Goff, General manager, Vendée Globe 

    Don Mc Intyre, Founder, Golden Globe Race 

    Marco Nannini, Global Solo Challenge

    …and hopefully senior representatives from:

    • Ultim World Tour
    • Globe 40
    • Clipper Race
    • Océan Globe Race
    • The Race Around

  • 16:35 The Famous Project - a female team led by Alexia Barrier to sail the Jules Verne Trophy

    James Pleasance, CEO, World Match Racing Tour

  • 16:50 WMRT : Back to the roots?

    James Pleasance, CEO, World Match Racing Tour

  • 17:00 What impact will the America's Cup new format have on mainstream sailing?

    Personalities involved in the America’s Cup, in various capacities, debate the impact of the current Cup format on mainstream sailing.

  • 17:30 IMOCA and the Ocean Race: Two months to go!
  • 19:30 Post event drinks reception provided by GAC Pindar