CONFERENCE PROGRAM 2024  

(Work in progress…)

The Yacht Racing Forum will run alongside METSTRADE

Venue: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

DAY 1 - Wednesday, November 20

  • 13:30 Registration
  • 14:00 Opening Remarks
  • 14:05 Introduction by conference chair
  • 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?
  • 15:15 Topical presentation, subject tbc
  • 15:35 Coffee break
  • 16:05 Topical presentation, subject tbc
  • 16:25 Panel discussion: Yacht racing and inclusivity: still a long way to go!
  • 17:10 Panel discussion - How can yacht clubs, teams and sailing events concretely respect and promote sustainability.
  • 18:10 Topical presentation, subject tbc
  • 18:30 Welcome drinks reception provided by World Sailing & METSTRADE

         

DAY 2 - Thursday, November 21

  • 9:00 Registration, welcome coffee & networking time
  • 9:30 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
  • 13:30 Opening keynote presentation by World Sailing
  • Module 2 : SPORTS GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT

  • 13:50 Panel discussion: The importance of private owners for the development of the sport
  • 14:35 Panel discussion: Yacht Racing Industry: A fast evolving commercial landscape
  • 14:50 Topical presentation: How can sponsors get the most out of their involvement?
  • 15:05 Topical presentation: Clipper Race Case Study
  • 15:35 Coffee break
  • 16:05 Topical presentation: Latest trends and efficient social media strategies
  • 16:25 Panel discussion: How can events and teams make better use of their press, pr and marketing budget?
  • 17:10 Topical presentation: The broadcast landscape
  • 17:30 Panel discussion: Keys to successful event management: How can we increase participation and provide a better return to partners?
  • 19:00 YRF Evening reception at Strand Zuid, provided by GAC Pindar

DAY 2 - Thursday, November 21

  • 9:00 Registration, welcome coffee & networking time
  • 9:30 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
  • 13:30 Opening keynote presentation by World Sailing
  • DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY SYMPOSIUM

  • 13:50 Introduction: Where did we left it last year and how do we move up from there?

    By Matthew Sheahan

  • 13:55 Sustainability in boats and rigs construction
  • 14:40 Topical presentation subject tbc
  • 15:00 Latest developments in autopilots
  • 15:20 Topical presentation by Gunboat, the high-end cruise racing catamarans.
  • 15:35 Coffee break
  • 16:05 Where is foiling heading to?
  • 16:50 Topical presentation by Protect Tapes
  • 17:05 Latest SailGP Technology
  • 17:25 Latest technologies and sailors’ well being in the IMOCA Class
  • 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
  • 10:15 Topical presentation: Sail GP
  • 10:35 Coffee break
  • 11:05 Topical presentation: What future for The Ocean Race?
  • 11:25 Panel discussion: Pyjama sailing: What is the impact of « indoor sailing » observed on IMOCAs and Ultims?
  • 12:00 Panel discussion: Is the America’s Cup still the sport’s leading event or has it become disconnected from its roots?
  • 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

  • 9:40 Can sails ever be environment friendly? Latest research and prospects.
  • 10:20 Topical presentation by North Sails
  • 10:35 Coffee break
  • 11:05 Supply chain issues in yacht racing: How to deal with the shortage on rigging and foils ?
  • 11:40 Exclusive presentation of the Ultime Gitana 18, the next frontier
  • 12:00 What can yacht racing bring to the maritime transport industry
  • 12:45 Farewell lunch and networking time