Monday, March 30, 2009

Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium added to World Yacht Racing Forum

Informa Yacht Group, organisers of the World Yacht Racing Forum have announced the addition of the Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium to run parallel to this year’s Forum, 9-10 December at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Over 300 delegates and 65 media attended the inaugural World Yacht Racing Forum last December, co-located with the 4th edition of the popular Motorsport Business Forum.

The two day symposium will bring together the world’s leading yacht racing designers, naval architects and technology experts to meet and discuss some of the latest developments and issues in yacht racing design and technology. The schedule will include topics such as composite technology, canting keel and rudder technology, hydrodynamics, rig technology, advances in coating techniques and sail design. The symposium will also address the environmental implications on today’s yacht racing designers and builders. The full schedule will be announced in due course.

As well as industry experts and Production Directors from yacht builders, the symposium is also open for racing yacht owners to participate and meet and network with design professionals to discuss their own yachts or projects. The symposium will share joint access with the World Yacht Racing Forum lounge and exhibition area, as Event Director James Pleasance explains;

“The commercial and design/technical world of yacht racing are intrinsically linked as many of today’s biggest yachting events are driven by the design and technology of the yachts competing in them; the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Vendee Globe, Farr 40 class, Swan 45 regattas, and so on. Joining these two conferences together is the ideal opportunity for both sides of the sport to share ideas and forge new relationships. ”

Participants from both conferences will also gain free access to the Motorsport Business Forum and the Track & Ocean cocktail reception where they will have the opportunity to meet fellow business and design professionals from the world of motorsport. Top yacht designer Juan Kouyoumdjian attended the inaugural Forum last year;

“It is a great idea to add a symposium for the professionals involved in yacht design technology. It will allow us to meet in a pleasant environment, and to share our views on the future. It will also be interesting for teams, or yacht owners, to meet us and compare our ideas and discuss new trends and innovations.”

For more information on the Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium and details of how to register, visit


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