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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.

Host partner



The METSTRADE Show is the world’s largest trade exhibition of marine equipment, materials and systems. We are the only truly international B2B exhibition for the marine leisure industry and have served as a platform for innovation, market developments and networking since our launch in 1988.


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.




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.




Based in Cowes, UK, Spinlock is an independent and innovative company, widely acknowledged as the world expert in ropeholding. Spinlock also produces personal protection equipment widely used at top races and regattas inlcuding the award range of Deckvest Lifejackets.


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.


Fast Sailing. Full Living.

Trailblazers of the cat sector for >20 years, the latest evolutions by Gunboat represent distinct refinement of speed, comfort, and style. Performance engineering and lightweight construction deliver exceptional sailing in the widest range of conditions, to sail while the rest are motoring, while beautifully appointed interiors express the ultimate lifestyle on the water.
Building on the success of the Gunboat 68, two new series hit the water in 2023:
Gunboat 80 – Dream bigger, with extensive customizability and the most efficient build time for yachts in her class.
Gunboat 72V – Elevated Sailing, the first catamaran with Gunboat performance and a flybridge.
To explore (your next) rewarding sailing endeavor –

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


North Sails, the largest division of North Technology Group, is the world leader in sailmaking technology.

Founded in 1957 by Lowell North, the Group comprises three market leading marine brands,all focused on providing innovative and high performance products and solutions to the worlds sailors & yachtsmen.



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.



BENETEAU is committed to offering a multitude of exclusive services to its boaters and gracefully puts 136 years of expertise at the heart of a long-lasting relationship.



Karver is a twenty years old company in the high performance / racing deck & mast gear world.

If our original core business is the racing market we now provide cruising boats and Super Yachts around the world. 60% of our turnover is made outside France where we are based.
Our DNA is: Performance, Innovation, Design & Service. We are strongly concerned by environmental subjects. Our first eco-concept product was our range of KB blocks with linen bio sourced plastics in 2015.
Our product families are: reefing furlers, flying furlers, locks, blocks & rings, jammers, winches, mast track and cars.

We are an essential provider for the Imoca class, Ultim, Class 40, Multi 50, MOD 70, America’s Cup, TF35, Mini 650, Figaro 3, …
Our target: helping our clients to stay “One Step Ahead”.

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.

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.

Cross Shore Media


Supporting on the water media production and live broadcasts with the latest innovations in maritime filming technologies.

Cross Shore Media is a technology company. We develop and supply solutions to deliver the passion of the race course across multiple media platforms.

GRM Marketing


GRM Marketing is a leading creative marketing and communications agency based in Scotland, UK. We create captivating campaigns that deliver impactful results. As a team, we pride ourselves on offering full-service solutions and strategic planning across all areas of traditional and digital marketing and events. Our mission is to help our clients inject energy into their businesses. GRM has worked with some of the biggest brands in yacht racing, alpine ski racing and other sports, as well as a combination of private and public sector organisations in the UK and internationally.

Northern Light Composites


nlcomp is an innovative startup that deals with solving one of the biggest problems in the nautical market. We have designed a recyclable composite – patent pending – that solves the problems related to the end of life of fiberglass and that has a lower impact than traditional composites thanks to the use of natural or recycled fibers. To validate the composite we built sailing boats, the most important of which is called “ecoracer” and it has won the Italian Sportboat Championship, Boat Builder Awards 2022 and is nominated as European Boat of the Year 2023.

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.

The Magenta Project


The Magenta Project is a collective of passionate people committed to developing pathways and generating opportunities for more equity and inclusion in sailing, leading with gender. We work with a wide range of individuals and organisations to make a positive and progressive impact on our sport, from grassroots initiatives to partnerships with international events and leagues.

Media Partners

Rick Tomlinson

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.




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



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



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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