Held every year at the end of November, the Yacht Racing Forum is the leading annual conference for the global yacht racing industry. The two-day event gathers the sport’s key personalities and industry experts to discuss the business of the sport and key issues such as sponsorship, television, media, sustainability issues, new markets, host cities and much more.
The Yacht Racing Forum 2016 will take place on November 28th - 29th in Malta; it will be co-hosted by Yachting Malta and Yachting / Events. The event will attract some 300 people in one place at one time to do business and meet future clients: yacht clubs, athletes, sponsors, event organizers, designers, technical suppliers and anyone involved or just interested in yacht racing.
Yesterday, on September 20th, The Yacht Racing Forum and the World Match Racing Tour announced a long term partnership. Founded in 1999, the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the world’s leading professional sailing series.
The Tour has been involved alongside the Yacht Racing Forum since its debuts in 2008 in Monaco. In July 2015, Swedish company Aston Harald acquired the World Match Racing Tour through its subsidiary Aston Harald Sports, marking a major step forward for the event with the introduction of the one-design M32 high-performance catamarans.
"The Yacht Racing Forum reassembles the key people involved in the international yacht racing community and it is natural for us to be involved with a long term vision", said Robert Magnusson, CEO of Aston Harald Sports. "The Forum gives us the opportunity to meet with the sailing industries key stakeholders to talk about the development of the World Match Racing Tour and the M32 Series. We strive to generate a great platform for teams, sponsors and venues as well as to create a stepping-stone for talent within the sport. This enables us to align with the rest of the industry and receive valuable input for the future."