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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.


Bretagne Sailing Valley


Bretagne Sailing Valley, a region that makes competitive sailing a major driver for its economic development and a r&d laboratory at the cutting edge of technological innovations.

All over Brittany, one economic sector has left its wake in the landscape: competitive sailing. The ecosystem is dense and complementary. It is composed of more than 220 industrial and service companies, 200 teams and sports projects, research laboratories …. giving birth to exceptional Formula 1 of the seas. It also brings diversified know-how (materials, structural calculation, architecture and construction, equipment, electronics, digital) to many other Breton sectors, starting with the nautical sector, but also renewable marine energies, aeronautics, naval and space. Today, the region is known throughout the world as one of the references for excellence in the sector, under the flag “Bretagne Sailing Valley”.


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.

Dassault Systèmes


Dassault Systèmes is a catalyst for human progress. We provide business and people with collaborative virtual environments to imagine sustainable innovations. By creating ‘virtual experience twins’ of the real world with our 3DEXPERIENCE platform and applications, our customers push the boundaries of innovation, learning and production.

Dassault Systèmes’ 20,000 employees are bringing value to more than 270,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries.




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.


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 –


Based in Cowes, UK, Spinlock is an independent and innovative company, designing and manufacturing performance products in their CONTROL, PROTECT and SENSE categories. With customers at every level of the yachting, boating and watersports sectors, Spinlock enjoys bringing experience with these groups to all aspects of its design and product development.

FT Technologies


FT wind sensors are fast response, impact resistant, water-tight and highly accurate. Trusted by performance sailing teams in ocean racing classes such as Class 40, IMOCA, Ocean 50 and Ultim. FT’s unique Acoustic Resonance (Acu-Res®) technology is fundamentally different to other ultrasonic wind sensors on the market, delivering exceptionally high levels of data availability even in changing conditions.

Yacht Racing Image Award


Started in 2010, the Yacht Racing Image Award 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.



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.

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.



MarkSetBot is the future of race management. With our industry leading robotic sailing buoys, you can set your course faster, more easily, and more accurately than ever before—no matter the wind, no matter the size of your race committee. If the wind changes direction, Bots can be repositioned with the swipe of a finger, so course changes are handled automatically without a mark boat crew. The result is more racing, better courses, happy sailors and race committee and a more sustainable sport.

Official Clothes Supplier



Founded in the UK in 1964, Musto is the world’s number one performance sailing brand and a global leader in outdoor clothing apparel. As the first sailing brand ever to partner with GORE-TEX, Musto sets the bar for innovation on the water, taking insights drawn from the best sailors in the world, who win Olympic medals, circumnavigate the globe, and battle some of the most volatile environments on the planet.
The lessons we learn out at sea, empower our performance on land, as we work with the best fabric technologies on the market to deliver kit that can handle extreme adventures on solid ground, and lifestyle clothing that delivers both style and substance.
When you wear Musto, it’s more than a product. You’re wearing thousands of hours of experience in the harshest conditions with the best athletes. In the real world and in the lab, we push our products to their absolute limit, to ensure our customers remain safe, protected, and able to perform at their best in any environment.




SEA.AI is a pioneer in the field of Machine Vision for maritime applications. With a team of over 60 professionals based in France, Austria, Portugal and the United States, the company is committed to establishing Machine Vision as a new standard for safety in the maritime sector.
Their product range integrates optical and thermal sensors with artificial intelligence, for greater comfort and safety at sea. SEA.AI systems are designed to quickly detect and identify any floating object, providing the crew with real-time information.
Developed in collaboration with top offshore racing teams, this technology has undergone rigorous testing and refinement in high-stakes maritime environments since 2019. Its proven effectiveness has led the racing community to embrace it, and it is now available in a wide range of versions tailored to meet the specific needs of pleasure, commercial, fishing, workboats, and rescue vessels.

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.

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.

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.

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.



The Sustainable Marine Alliance has been created to advance the integration of sustainability into the Recreational Marine Industry in order to combine its common influence and accelerate the transition towards a healthier ocean.
Across the marine industry sailing teams, sailing events, classes, companies and governing bodies are taking action launching ocean-related sustainability initiatives. All stakeholders have the common objective to accelerate Ocean Health restoration. Now is the time to combine efforts, avoid duplication, and clarify the roadmap for a just and sustainable transition.

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).

Tip and Shaft


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

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.

Sail World

Rick Tomlinson

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.


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!

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

Search Magazine was founded in 2007. It is a lifestyle magazine, targeting a broad spectrum of sailors; from beginners to cruising and blue water sailors, as well as competitive sailors and professionals. The mission is to inspire and make people achieve their goals and dreams.

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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.

Course Au Large

Course au Large is the magazine for sailing professionals and enthusiasts. Created over 20 years ago, with the Union Nationale pour la Course au Large (UNCL, now the Yacht Club de France), Course au Large remains the reference magazine for those who practice the sport of sailing. It is available in a wide range of formats: print, website, newsletters and mobile applications.


NAUTIC.FILM is a specialised video production agency for the marine industry. Based in the sailing hub of Palma de Mallorca and helmed by an active racing sailor, NAUTIC.FILM is your expert for video marketing in sailing, yachting and maritime.




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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