Event Partner

Official PR Partner


"A worthwhile investment that brings together a unique mix of the sailing community. A chance to air views, voice opinions and listen to what others are saying in the industry."

Dee Caffari
Dee Caffari Ltd

"As a relative newcomer to the yacht racing industry it was a must-attend event. I met important colleagues, customers, potential new customers, and learned more in two days than I would in several months sitting at my desk."

Richard Aylmer-Hall
Business Development and Product Development Manager, Livewire Digital Ltd

"This is the 2nd year that Spinlock have attended the WYRF & YRDTS. It gave us an excellent opportunity to network with many of the world's key yacht racing personnel and at the same time having a small showcase stand provided us with a great opportunity to demonstrate Spinlocks latest technology. We are already looking forward to the 2011 event."

James Hall
Sales Director, Spinlock Ltd

"I thought the forum was great. Definitely worth going to to network and also to participate / listen to the forums content. The length is perfect, and the subjects were well varied and very interesting / relevant."

Sam Davies
Female Solo Vendee Skipper

"Excellent networking and good to see what some Event Organisers are planning. This certainly helps us organise and plan our own strategy for the coming year and beyond."

Michael Castania
President, Offshore Race

"The WYRF is getting better every year. It is the place for us at Cosworth to meet and network with our current clients and new prospects. Great atmosphere and well organised."

Simon Holloway
Business Development Manager, Cosworth Electronics

"Great event. Essential for meeting the key actors of yacht racing business."

Paul- Edouard Henry
Director, Extreme Explorer

"An invigorating landscape of yacht racing debate and brilliant networking window."

Alec Honey
President, Cape Horn Race

"The Yacht Race Design and Technology Symposium 2010 was a great success from a participants and sponsors' perspective. The depth and the variety of the presentations contribute to a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges in our industry. New talent meets experience; new enterprise has the chance of networking with established industry for the benefit of both. The coordination with the World Yacht Racing Forum emphasizes how our sport and our industry can progress together for the benefit of both."

Ib Ussing Andersen
President CEO, North Sails Europe

"The Forum was very well organised and definitely very successful. The different panels and subjects were very interesting with high quality speakers."

Pierre Ducrey
Head of Sports Operations, International Olympic Committee

"A fantastic opportunity to meet and network with key figures from the business of yacht racing. The diversity of topics and speakers provided me with many valuable ideas for my own work. I will definitely be back next year!"

Hertha Baumann
PR & Events Management, Vice President MIRABAUD & Cie

"The World Yacht Racing Forum is gathering more momentum each year with leaders from the professional and amateur sailing world in attendance. From my point of view it is a unique, once a year opportunity to catch up, network and discuss ideas with such a varied cross section of people in our sport."

Jamie Boag
Team Director, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing


The WYRF is now in it's 7th year and has become a firm part of the yacht racing calendar. It is essential for anyone involved in the commercial side of the yacht racing industry. It is the only business to business conference that brings together the key players from across the whole yacht racing industry. WYRF provides the chance to discuss the issues facing the sport and to share best practice. It also facilitates business development through providing quality networking opportunities with decision makers from all areas within the industry. The Event will take place in Barcelona this year from 10-11th December, 2014.

The theme for WYRF 2014 is "Growing The Business Of Yacht Racing". Topics and Speakers will address the key issues and opportunities for the business of yacht racing. Key figures within the industry will share their thoughts and learnings and case studies will highlight existing best practice. Should you be looking to grow your profile, brand, event or business within yacht racing then WYRF and YRDTS 2014 will be an invaluable must attend event.



  • 300+ attendees - join the 'who's who' of the world yacht racing industry to learn, network and forge new business relationships
  • Meet representatives from major yacht racing events including the America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Multi-One Design Circuit, World Match Racing Tour, Vendée Globe, Barcelona World Race, RC44 Circuit, Extreme Sailing Series and many others...
  • Meet new contacts and engage in business development opportunities
  • 30+ visionary speakers - hear first hand from the best of the best
  • 20+ sponsors and exhibitors - see, touch and experience the latest solutions
  • Meet, network and relax with fellow participants at evening receptions
  • A dedicated conference stream featuring keynote industry speakers, panel debates and interactive Q&A sessions
  • Co-located with the Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium


  • AB Strcutures
  • Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority
  • Adriatic Challenge Hungary
  • Alex Thomson Racing
  • Alpitour Group Corporate Incentives
  • America's Cup Event Authority
  • Anne Massot Consulting
  • Aquitude
  • Audi Medcup
  • B Plan Events
  • B&G
  • Baker Tilly - Isle Of Man
  • Baltic Spring Cup
  • Barcelona World Race
  • Be Tomorrow
  • Bluboats Gmbh
  • Bmw Oracle Racing
  • Botin Partners
  • BT Global Services
  • Cape Horn Race
  • Capitalize
  • Cd Consultants
  • CDK Technologies
  • Charles Russell
  • Clipper Ventures
  • Cnn Mainsail
  • Colour & Sounds
  • Comscore
  • Corprint Kommunication
  • Cosworth
  • Cradduck Design
  • Cross Initiatives
  • Daily Sail
  • Die Freischwimmer Gmbh
  • Elvstrom Sails
  • Emotion Management Gmbh
  • Gran Prix Sailing Finland
  • Grapefruit Graphics
  • Gree Dragon Racing
  • Green Comm Racing
  • Green Marine
  • Grow Ab
  • Gurit
  • Hall Spars
  • Helly Hansen
  • Henri Lloyd
  • Hill & Knowlton
  • Holmatro Marine Equipment
  • Hugo Boss
  • Hydroptere
  • Ian Williams Racing
  • IMG Media
  • Imoca
  • Interactive Mix
  • International Sailing Federation
  • Irish Sailing Federation
  • Juan K Yacht Design
  • K Challenge
  • K-Epsilon
  • Kalibee
  • Karver Systems
  • Kerr Yacht Design
  • Light Black Design
  • Livewire Digital
  • Louis Vuitton Cup
  • Marc Lombard Sa
  • Marine Camera Solutions
  • Marine Results
  • Marinepool
  • Marinetrack
  • Marlow Ropes
  • Marseilles Provence
  • Maxcomm Communications
  • Meteo Strategy
  • Mirabaud
  • Multi One Design
  • Multiplast
  • Nautech
  • Navegar
  • North Sails
  • North Technology Group
  • Oceanlake Marine Ab
  • Ocibar Sa
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