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MaxComm Communication


MaxComm is an independent communication agency based in Geneva and founded in 2006 by Bernard Schopfer. Specialised in the design and implementation of strategic communication programs as well as media relations, the agency includes a multitalented and multilingual team with strong experience in media relations and corporate communications.

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Yachting Malta


Yachting Malta (YM) has been created to promote Malta as a yacht racing, leisure cruising & super yacht destination. YM’s role is also to identify & attract high profile yachting events to the Maltese Islands including regattas, boat shows, awards, conferences and other activities related to yachting.

We believe fostering environmentally sustainable practices on and off the water is critical to the restoration of our ocean and its vital resources. As one steers a boat with a gentle, steady hand, 11th Hour Racing strives to advance winning environment and performance practices one degree at a time.


11th Hour Racing


From plastic pollution to climate change to the environmental impacts of our sport, our oceans are threatened. The clock is ticking. 11th Hour Racing works with the sailing community and maritime industries to advance solutions and practices that protect and restore the health of our ocean. Inspired by and furthering the mission of The Schmidt Family Foundation, 11th Hour Racing embraces partners, grantees, and ambassadors who integrate sustainability into their values and operations while educating, innovating and inspiring people with the critical message of ocean stewardship.

We believe fostering environmentally sustainable practices on and off the water is critical to the restoration of our ocean and its vital resources. As one steers a boat with a gentle, steady hand, 11th Hour Racing strives to advance winning environment and performance practices one degree at a time.


OC Sport


OC Sport create unique sporting experiences that challenge sponsors and individuals in sailing, cycling, running, trail running and triathlon.

The team is a multinational group of sports management professionals, with 20 years experience in creating, managing and delivering events in unforgettable locations, whether on the sea, in the mountains or on the road.

Every year, OC Sport more than 200 days of competition, in more than 30 events, on five continents.




B&G is all about passion for sailing – totally dedicated to the needs of sailors, whether cruisers, racers or Professionals. Since 1955 B&G has been providing electronics for sailors around the world – From Francis Chichester’s voyage on Gypsy Moth IV to François Gabard’s Vendee Globe win and every Volvo Ocean Race winner, EVER!

B&G continues to create dedicated and easy to use products and features, designed and tested by sailors, for sailing in order to enable and inspire even more sailors to be their best, whichever kind of sailing they do. Whether it is sailing across a bay, around the cans or around the world, B&G understands the importance of having reliable, accurate and fast marine electronics which ensure sailors get the critical sailing data and information they need, when they need.

Doyle Sails


Doyle Sails continues to be a world leader in Grand Prix and Superyacht sails, celebrating forty years of sailmaking excellence. Through a combination of globally renowned sailors and designers and continual innovation, Doyle Sails has become the sailmaker of choice for the world’s most high performance and spectacular yachts.




Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image


Started in 2010, the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image is the world’s premier photography competition dedicated to the sport of sailing. It seeks to recognise the very best yacht racing image taken during the year, and that which best represents the essence and excitement of yacht racing as a sport. The contest is open to professional yacht racing photographers from all over the world. The top twenty pictures will be displayed at the Yacht Racing Forum. The winners will be announced and celebrated during the Yacht Racing Forum.

Gunboat – Life is too short to sail a slow boat.


Since the launch of the original Gunboat in 2002, GUNBOAT has been trailblazing the high-performance luxury cruising catamaran segment. Today, the all-new Gunboat 68 incorporates the DNA of Gunboat and over 17 years of developments within the fleet with exciting industry partnerships to deliver more luxury, more performance, and more refinement – with no compromise.

The first two Gunboat 68s launched in 2019 delivering safe, fast, world-cruising, with the option to convert into race mode. They join our growing community made up of a fleet of Gunboats (ranging from 48-90 ft) actively racing and cruising around the world.

Protect Tapes


PROtect tapes are a broad range of protective tapes and solutions for dinghies, racing, cruising and super yachts, addressing serious chafing, abrasion, scratches, damages, ageing and wear.

Established in  2007, from a tiny startup to a leading company focused on the niche area of solutions for the yachting industry where the critical factor to success has been the combination of unique technical film experience, polymer and adhesive specialists and sailing expertise of professional sailors.


North Sails



ACCWING is a subsidiary of SICOMIN group, introducing its new concept of thick flexible wing with variable camber, lowerable and reefable, integrating a control and automation system of the wings developed by SIREHNA, a subsidiary of Naval Group specialized in the control of naval platform dynamic behaviors.

Chart Art


Chart Art is the brilliant new concept of internationally known yachting photographer Rick Tomlinson and his wife Annika, the licensee, with the rights to reproduce derived nautical chart images on canvas. The Chart Art idea has evolved from the successful range of tableware featuring chart designs merging with Rick’s fantastic photographs that are printed on to canvas.



Virtual Regatta


Virtual Regatta SAS was created by Philippe Guigné in October 2006 for the iconic French transatlantic, the Route de Rhum.

With 1 million active players, it’s the global leader in virtual sailing games. In addition to the conception and the production of online and mobile games, the primary activity of Virtual Regatta is the creation of sailing events on the internet.

Thousands of people who are passionate about sailing can follow races in a way that’s unique and dynamic: players start races at the same time as real races, on their own boat. The website allows race organizers, teams and sponsors to create more engaged audiences.

Based in Paris, Virtual Regatta offers three games: Virtual Regatta Offshore, Virtual Regatta Inshore and Virtual Regatta Arcade.

Virtual Regatta is partnered with several of the largest sailing races: Vendée Globe, Volvo Ocean Race, America’s Cup, Transat Jacques Vabre, Tour de France à la Voile, Fastnet Race, 900 Nautiques de Saint Tropez, etc.

A year ago, Virtual Regatta created the Virtual Sailing Raking (VSR), the world ranking of virtual sailing. Open to all of the actors in virtual sailing, it allows to reward the best virtual sailors every year.

Star Sailors League


The Star Sailors League (SSL) is an international regatta circuit designed to promote the athletes and the sport in an innovative and simple format.

GAC – Pindar


Marine sport, leisure and event logistics specialist GAC Pindar is a strategic partnership that combines the global shipping, logistics and marine service expertise of the GAC Group with the Pindar brand’s knowledge and understanding of the yachting world.

Launched in 2011, GAC Pindar delivers the best in logistics tailored to needs of the marine sport, leisure and events community with optimum efficiency and value for money.

GAC Pindar has been entrusted with the complex logistics related to some of the world’s biggest sailing events such as the Extreme Sailing Series, the America’s Cup World Series, the World Match Racing Tour and the M32 Series. It is also the official logistics provider for World Sailing – the governing body for sailing and winner of the Global Freight Awards’ Specialist Freight Solutions Provider of the Year, 2017. 

GAC Pindar was appointed Official Logistics Provider for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, following their highly valued performance in the 2014-15 edition. GAC Pindar is the first company to be appointed Official Logistics Provider for two consecutive editions of the race in its 45-year history.

Headquartered in the UK sailing hub of Southampton, GAC Pindar is a division of GAC Services (UK) Ltd and part of the GAC Group.  Established since 1956, GAC employs over 9,000 people in more than 300 offices worldwide.

Sunset + Vine


Sunset+Vine is a global force in sports broadcast production, distribution and commercial services with offices in the UK, USA, Singapore and Dubai. The company has a large host broadcast division delivering the coverage from events that include the 2017 IAAF Athletics World Championships, the 2014/18 Commonwealth Games and the ICC T20 and Champions Trophy cricket; as well as producing Premier League and Europa League football and international rugby for UK broadcasters.

Sunset+Vine’s programming division owns and produces two major international series – Gillette World Sport and Mobil1 The Grid – alongside three series for CNN – Mainsail, Winning Post and EQ. High end branded content films and titles sequences in motorsport, cycling and sailing are delivered through the creative arm Sunset+Vine Motion.

The digital division produces digital content and optimises on social platforms for international clients including the Youth Olympic Games, the English Football Association and international federations including sailing and fencing, and English football clubs.

In sailing Sunset+Vine owns and produces The World Sailing Show – licenced to the world governing body World Sailing – as well as Mainsail – fronted by double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson. The company is appointed as host broadcaster for the Hempel Sailing World Championships 2018 in Aarhus and produced the UK coverage for BT Sport and the BBC at the 35th America’s Cup. Sunset+Vine has also produced Olympic sailing for the BBC since 2008.

Sunset+Vine’s Media Partnerships division provided the news distribution service for the 2017 America’s Cup, the programme, news and digital distribution for the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race and the World Sailing World Cups.

Maritime Transport Efficiency Conference


The Maritime Transport Efficiency Conference (MTE Conference) was created to bring together all stakeholders involved in maritime transport technology, create a positive dynamic around sustainability issues, encourage and promote innovation and new developments aimed at improving the environmental balance sheet and reducing operating costs.

The conference is open to all stakeholders in maritime transport and motorboats, students and NGO’s concerned about their environmental impact and determined to reduce their operating costs.

The Ocean Race


The Ocean Race is a yacht race around the world, held every three years. Originally named after its initiating sponsor, British Whitbread brewing company, it carried the name of its former owner, Swedish automobile manufacturer Volvo Cars and Swedish multinational manufacturing company, the Volvo Group from 2001. It has now, in 2019, been renamed The Ocean Race following four months of being known under a working title of “Fully-Crewed Around the World Race (FCAWR)” and is owned by Atlant Sports Group.



Robline® is the water sports brand of the family-owned company TEUFELBERGER with its headquarter in Austria. In the 1990’s, TEUFELBERGER acquired FSE, the German yachting brand, and the yachting line segment of Roblon, the Danish rope manufacturer. This bundled competence brought forth the FSE Robline brand which has been given a new appealing look in the form of Robline® in 2018.

In recent years, Robline® has increasingly positioned itself as THE professional for sailing and yachting ropes. Sailing crews from Austria, Kuwait, Qatar, Croatia, Brazil, etc. rely on our experience. We are also the official supplier of lines for the most active high performance sailing classes. In the RC 44, GC32, TP 52 and M32 classes, the world’s best regatta sailors challenge and support us in the development of ropes that perform to the max in any situation.

Jeddah Yacht Club


Boasting vivid blue waters, undiscovered sandy coves, and unparalleled seascapes the Red Sea is ready to become the ideal superyacht destination. Jeddah Yacht Club (JYC) and Marina has now officially opened its doors so you can immerse yourself in this breath-taking region like never before.

Easily found thanks to its distinctive architecture in the shape of a ship’s sail, the facility offers yachts up to 80 metres berthing and access to several newly available five-star facilities.

Mediterranean Maritime HUB


In the centre of the Mediterranean in Malta’s safe and accessible Grand Harbour, MMH is the Maritime Hub of choice for yachts and sea craft of all types. The MMH team can fulfil your refit, repair and maintenance plans with reliable quality and high technical capability. Our facility is a short drive away from Malta’s airport, equipped with two travel lifts with lifting capabilities of up to 700 tons, 1200 meters of berthing space and 80,000 square meters of laydown area.

MK Expertise & Conseil


MK Expertise & Conseil is a French company created in 2002 in Paris, with a team of experienced and complementary profiles (engineers, PHD, CPA, chartered accountants, auditors, lawyers,…), specialized in financing and valuation of R & D.

Our experts work for French and International companies, SMEs or large companies when developing their R & D centers in France. We have more than 20 years of expertise and 100% success in supporting businesses and funding R & D.

Our main activities are the following :
Financial and legal support : Get strategic support to implement all the tax, legal and financial systems needed to enhance your R & D activities.
Obtaining R & D funding : We support you in determining and setting up your eligibility for the various financing mechanisms for innovation (CIR, CII, subsidies, repayable advances, loans, etc.).
Acquiring and maintaining the JEI / JEU status : We propose you to obtain and maintain the JEI / JEU status in order to complete the financing of your innovative projects.
Protection of your industrial property: Understand and adopt solutions to protect your R & D results.
Training in R & D funding : With our team training, learn how to organize, structure and manage your R & D.

Institutional Partners

World Sailing


World Sailing is the world governing body for the sport of sailing, officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It’s responsible for the promotion of the sport internationally, managing sailing at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, developing the Racing Rules of Sailing and regulations for all sailing competitions, the training of judges, umpires and other administrators, the development of the sport around the world and representing the sailors in all matters concerning the sport.

Official Photographer

Rick Tomlinson

Media Partners

Seahorse media partner of the Yacht Racing Forum

Seahorse magazine


Seahorse has developed over 25 years into a powerful forum for debate, and influential opinion; a truly International magazine, and the official publication of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC).

Yachting Journalists’ Association


The aim of the Yachting Journalists’ Association is to promote greater awareness of all aspects of leisure boating through the professional services offered by its members.

The YJA represents more than 260 specialist marine journalists, photographers, TV and radio presenters and Web editors across all the major sailing and boating regions in the world.

Voiles et Voiliers


Voiles et Voiliers is the french sailing monthly number one. We love sailing. We love racing. We love cruising. Having moved to Brittany a few years ago, the magazine is even closer than before to the french sailing valley and always keen to present the last sailing and foiling ocean racing yachts. Full of impressive pictures Voiles et Voiliers is also focusing on the long distance cruising with a special interest in faraway adventures.


Baad Mag


Bådmagasinet is Denmark’s most widely read magazine about sailing published every month in a style modern layout and design. The magazine contains everything about sailing from home and abroad. Test reports, interviews, current affairs and news reports with everything your heart desires from your marine life.

Skippers is the media partner of the Yacht Racing Forum in Geneva



Recognised for the past ten years for its quality and elegance, the reference Swiss quarterly magazine enthusiastically reflects on and analyses the yachting universe on one, two or three hulls: ocean racing, cruises, nautical and ecological stakes, sailing interviews, new features at the yards, prototypes and records, lake racing and old sailing ships. It processes daily news items and videos at The official magazine for the Swiss Sailing Federation, Skippers is also the media partner to the greatest events, in terms of participants (Bol d’Or, Rund Um) and prestige (Grand Prix Beau-Rivage Palace, St Moritz Match Race). Appreciated by both amateur sailors and professionals at home and abroad, Skippers is the media partner to the boat shows in Cannes, La Grande Motte, La Rochelle, Monaco and Paris, as well as events such as the World Yacht Racing Forum.

Marina partner of the Yacht Racing Forum



Ce magazine décrit l’actualité du monde nautique suisse de manière détaillée, compétente et moderne. Avec ses tests de bateaux très complets, ses articles de fond sur les progrès de la technique, ses présentations des nouveautés de la branche et son grand marché de petites annonces «Mercato», «» est une source d’informations de première classe. Que ce soit sur les lacs suisses ou les mers du globe, «» présente des destinations magnifiques, des voyages, des aventures et des évènements passionnants (Seaside et Lakeside) comme si vous y étiez. Mais nous souhaitons avant tout axer nos articles sur le sujet qui se trouve à l’origine de tout cela: l’être humain.


Nautical Channel


Nautical Channel is the only international 24/7 nautical sports and lifestyle channel in the world. Sailing and extreme sports make up the majority of the programming from boating sports (power and sailing) to board sports (surfing, kiteboarding, etc) to news, commentary, travel, adventure, athlete interviews, equipment, and a lot more!


Yacht Film


YACHTFILM is a boutique film production based in Palma de Mallorca, While we have a special focus on the marine industry, we help big and small clients from all industries to promote their business or product with outstanding commercial films, web videos and social media clips.

The founder of YACHTFILM, award winning commercial film director Gerrit Haaland, has written and directed commercial and corporate films for Deutsche Telekom, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Lufthansa, Bombardier, the German Government and dozens more. He is also an experienced racing sailor and Yachtmaster offshore. YACHTFILM has produced regatta videos for various international events, ranging from Olympic Sailing to Superyachts. Have a look at

Yacht Russia


The Yacht Russia Magazine is the leading publication about yachts in Russia dedicated to sailing boats, travels under canvas and yachting. Apart from translated materials the Russian version of the Yachts makes room for authors and photographers professionally covering the life of sailing community in Russia. One can also find on the pages of the magazine detailed information on major events in yachting such as the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race etc. The Yacht Russia Magazine stands for regattas and voyages, novelties and practical advice, fortunes and triumphs of yacht loving people and new discoveries in every issue for our readers.


Now in its 33rd year of publishing, the monthly special interest title Sailing was launched in 1984 to meet the needs of the South African sailing fraternity.

SAILING is the only South African magazine dedicated to sailors and the sport of sailing. It is an authoritative, informative and entertaining monthly publication that cost-effectively takes advertisers’ message to a clearly defined target.

SAILING has an editorial policy that is dedicated to the safety of yachtsmen through education. Its broad spectrum of reports includes in-depth technical features on the art and science of sailing, analyses of advances in equipment design and anecdotal coverage of all yachting events.

Yachts & Yachting

Yachts & Yachting is the leading performance sailing magazine, covering every aspect of the racing scene, from dinghies to keelboats. Launched in 1947 and boasting a unique heritage that inspires and informs, it is recognised the world over as essential reading for anyone with a passion for competitive sailing. Insightful features and stunning photography bring readers the inside track on the world’s most exciting regattas. Capturing the latest developments, technique advice and technical updates with input from world class sailors and industry experts, Yachts & Yachting delivers unrivalled content that enables readers to enhance their performance, knowledge and enjoyment.

Wave is the media partner of the Yacht Racing Forum

Wave Mag

Wave Magazine is all about Yachting. The editorial concept includes maritime lifestyle with all its fascinating aspects : sailing and motor boats, water sports in action, charter and ground targets around the world, and people who live their passions with fascinating testimonies on our blue planet.Nautical tradition, lifestyle and fashion news are offered as well as tips and recommendations. With high-quality photos and contemporary texts, Wave Magazine offers a premium reading.
The online version offers interactive and multimedia elements and more articles.

Search Magazine

Sail World

Tip and Shaft


La newsletter des professionnels et des passionnés de la course au large présentée par Axel Capron et Pierre-Yves Lautrou

Press Mare

Yacht Radio


Yacht Radio is the only online radio channel focusing on yachting in Russian language. 

You can listen to Yacht Radio at  and download our App on the App store or Google Play. We also have our page in Facebook with more than 10.000 followers, which is the biggest Russian language yachting group in Facebook.  

Yacht Radio offers an excellent selection of music tracks, as well as the thematic programs on all aspects of yachting, from technical to culinary topics.

Today, the project’s audience is over 25,000 listeners and is rapidly growing. Almost all of our followers are yachtsmen or boat owners. 

A distinctive feature of the Yacht Radio is the demography of the audience, which presents people of a certain status and level of wealth. Business, Business Travel, Investments and Sea Vessels – these are just a few large segments of the Yacht Radio audience.

Yacht Radio is the  info partner of all Russian major boat shows (Moscow Boat Show, Sochi Yacht Show, Moscow Yacht Show, St. Petersburg Int’l Boat Show), Russian & international yachting championships and regattas.



The nautical magazine Skipper is a reference for lovers of sailing and motor navigation, where they will find all the updated information regarding designs, innovation, navigation, charter, equipment, and everything related to the nautical world.

Marine Industry News


Marine Industry News prides itself on collating the most informative, interesting, engaging, fun and relevant stories for its readers. Whether that’s event or team updates, product or design innovations, industry developments, business profiles or simply really interesting marine stories, you’ll find them in MIN.




6Connex is the official mobile app for the Supply Chain and Logistics Conference.
6Connex is the leading provider of in-person, hybrid, and virtual event technology for enterprises worldwide. Our cloud-based product portfolio includes meetings, virtual venues, environments, learning management, webinars, and more. Designed for corporations in need of engaging with communities in-person, virtually, or in a hybrid fashion.
From marketing, sales, recruitment, training, and HR communications, to event planning, non-profits, remote offices, and more, we allow you to engage and transform big ideas into real-world results.

To find out more about how you can benefit from Yacht Racing Forum, please contact:


Bernard Schopfer

MaxComm Communication
42 quai Gustave-Ador
1207 Geneva – Switzerland
P/ +41 22 735 55 30
M/ +41 79 332 11 76
F/ +41 22 735 55 32

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Why Partner, Sponsor or Exhibit at YRF?


The Yacht Racing Forum provides the perfect environment to showcase your brand or products, and to meet the right people face to face. It offers an ideal opportunity to boost your company’s profile among an influential and decision making audience comprising athletes, teams or event sponsors, boat owners, venues, designers or builders, insurance companies, technical providers, organisers of all types and sizes of events and much more.


Partner and Sponsorship Benefits


You are invited to take advantage of a number of partner and sponsorship packages. The opportunities are diverse and vary in price and style, to appeal to a wide range of companies who wish to raise their profile at the YRF and directly generate sales among their target markets. Partnership or sponsorship of this conference will provide you with a high profile opportunity to strengthen market awareness of your products and services as well as highlighting your position as a key industry leader.

By participating in YRF as a partner, sponsor or exhibitor, you will be placing yourselves at the heart of the debate and ensure your solutions, services or products are at the forefront of the participants’ attention and consideration.

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