CONFERENCE PROGRAM 2024  

(Work in progress…)

The Yacht Racing Forum will run alongside METSTRADE

Venue: RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands

DAY 1 - Wednesday, November 20

  • 13:30 Registration
  • 14:00 Introduction by conference chair

    Shirley Robertson

  • 14:10 Opening keynote presentation by one of the sports’ greatest achievers of all times
  • Module 1 - A VISION FOR THE FUTURE

  • 14:30 Panel discussion: How can the yacht racing industry benefit from the latest developments in artificial intelligence?

    Markus Warrelmann, CEO, Sea.ai

    Christian Dumard, CEO, Marine Weather Intelligence

  • 15:15 The Brittany model

    Recipes for success of a global business and sporting model

  • 15:35 Coffee break & Networking time
  • 16:05 Live link with a Vendée Globe sailor
  • 16:20 Panel discussion: Yacht racing and inclusivity: Two steps forward, one step back.

    Panel discussion chaired by Victoria Low

    With:

    Amy Munro

    Meg Reilley

    Francesca Clapcich

  • 17:15 Topical presentation, subject tbc
  • 17:30 Panel discussion - The need and concrete ways to embrace sustainability, now and everywhere!

    Encouraging yacht clubs, teams, sailing events, technical providers to respect and concretely apply efficient sustainability measures.

    Session chaired by Anne-Cécile Turner

    With:

    Damian Foxall
    Imogen Dinham-Price, IMOCA sustainability manager

  • 18:30 Welcome drinks reception provided by World Sailing & METSTRADE

         

DAY 1 - Wednesday, November 20

  • 13:30 Registration
  • 14:00 Introduction by conference chair

    Shirley Robertson

  • 14:10 Opening keynote presentation by one of the sports’ greatest achievers of all times
  • Module 1 - A VISION FOR THE FUTURE

  • 14:30 Panel discussion: How can the yacht racing industry benefit from the latest developments in artificial intelligence?

    Markus Warrelmann, CEO, Sea.ai

    Christian Dumard, CEO, Marine Weather Intelligence

  • 15:15 The Brittany model

    Recipes for success of a global business and sporting model

  • 15:35 Coffee break & Networking time
  • Start of the DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY SYMPOSIUM
  • 16:05 State of the nation: Where did we leave it and how do we move up from there?

    By Design & Technology Symposium Chair Matthew Sheahan

  • 16:15 Panel discussion: America’s Cup 2024: What have we learnt?
  • 17:00 Topical presentation by Southern Spars / Future Fibres
  • 17:20 Panel discussion - Offshore racing, a testing ground for composite materials
  • 18:05 Topical presentation by Gunboat, the high-end cruise racing catamarans

    Benoît Lebizay and special guests

  • 18:30 Welcome drinks reception provided by World Sailing & METSTRADE

         

DAY 2 - Thursday, November 21

  • 9:15 Registration and Networking Breakfast at the METSTRADE Theatre

    The METSTRADE Theatre is located above the main entrance, up the staircase on the left as you walk in. It is also called Elicium.

  • 9:45 Exclusive guided tour of METSTRADE with a special focus on the events’ partners, with special guests, exclusive informations and other surprises

  • 12:00 Lunch Break & Networking time
  • 13:30 Yacht Racing Image award prize giving ceremony

    Celebrating the worlds’ best sailing photographers and yacht racing images taken in 2024.

  • Module 2 : SPORTS GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT

  • 13:45 Opening keynote presentation by World Sailing

    Where is the sport of sailing heading to? What at are the Sailing Federation’s goals and objectives ?

  • 14:05 Panel discussion: The importance of private owners for the development of the sport

    Rob Weiland, Maxi 72 and TP 52 Class Manager

    François Bopp, owner Chocolate Racing Team

  • 14:50 Strategies and approaches for optimizing sponsor engagement and ROI
  • 15:35 Coffee break & Networking time
  • 16:05 Topical presentation: Latest trends and efficient social media strategies
  • 16:25 Panel discussion: Concrete solutions for events and teams aiming to optimize their press, PR, and marketing budget

    What do you want to achieve? What is your target audience? What is your budget? How will you measure your success?

  • 17:10 Topical presentation: Clipper Race Case Study
  • 17:30 Panel discussion: The future of race management

    How can race organisers improve their events?

    What technologies are at their disposal to help them improve the quality of their events?

    How can we increase participation through better organisation, and thus improve the return offered to partners?

  • 19:00 YRF Evening reception at Strand Zuid, provided by GAC Pindar

DAY 2 - Thursday, November 21

  • 9:15 Registration and Networking Breakfast at the METSTRADE Theatre

    The METSTRADE Theatre is located above the main entrance, up the staircase on the left as you walk in. It is also called Elicium.

  • 9:45 Exclusive guided tour of METSTRADE with a special focus on the events’ partners, with special guests, exclusive informations and other surprises

  • 12:00 Lunch Break & Networking time
  • 13:30 Yacht Racing Image award prize giving ceremony

    Celebrating the worlds’ best sailing photographers and yacht racing images taken in 2024.

  • 13:45 Opening keynote presentation by World Sailing
  • DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY SYMPOSIUM

  • 14:10 Sustainability in boats and rigs construction

    With:

    Imogen Dinham-Price, IMOCA sustainability manager

  • 14:55 Topical presentation by North Sails
  • 15:15 Can sails ever be environment friendly? Latest research and prospects.
  • 15:35 Coffee break & Networking time
  • 16:05 Latest developments in autopilots

    With Matthieu Robert, Madintec

  • 16:35 Topical presentation subject tbc
  • 16:50 Latest SailGP Technology
  • 17:25 How can yacht racing help decarbonise the shipping industry

    Phil Sharp, engineer and professional ocean racer

  • 19:00 YRF Evening reception at Strand Zuid, provided by GAC Pindar

DAY 3 - Friday, November 22

  • 8:30 Registration, welcome coffee & networking time
  • 9:00 Opening Remarks
  • 9:05 Opening keynote presentation
  • Module 3 : TOP OF THE SPORT

  • 9:30 Panel discussion: Olympic Games review

    With:

    Pinar Cošcuner Genç, Olympic PRO in charge of the Olympic Games 2024 in Paris.

  • 10:15 Topical presentation: Sail GP
  • 10:35 Coffee break
  • Plenary session
  • 11:05 Topical presentation: What future for The Ocean Race?
  • 11:25 Panel discussion: Latest technologies and sailors' well being in the IMOCA Class - the impact of ``indoor sailing``
  • 12:00 Panel discussion: What will be the trickle down benefits from the America’s Cup on mainstream sailing and yacht racing?
  • 12:45 Farewell lunch and networking time

DAY 3 - Friday, November 22

  • 8:30 Registration, welcome coffee & networking time
  • 9:00 Opening Remarks
  • 9:05 Opening keynote presentation
  • DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY SYMPOSIUM

  • 09:30 Panel discussion - Where is foiling heading to?

    Session chaired by Luca Rizzotti

  • 10:20 Topical presentation by FT Technologies
  • 10:35 Coffee break
  • Plenary session
  • 11:05 Topical presentation: What future for The Ocean Race?
  • 11:25 Panel discussion: Latest technologies and sailors' well being in the IMOCA Class - the impact of ``indoor sailing``
  • 12:00 Panel discussion: What will be the trickle down benefits from the America’s Cup on mainstream sailing and yacht racing?
  • 12:45 Farewell lunch and networking time