The Ocean Race and the Yacht Racing Forum Renew Partnership

Richard Mason, Executive Director, The Ocean Race, during last year’s Yacht Racing Forum. Sailing’s most important offshore race will once again be well represented in 2019 in Bilbao.

The Yacht Racing Forum is delighted to announce an extension of its partnership with The Ocean Race for three more years. The leading annual conference for the business of sailing and yacht racing will next take place in Bilbao, Spain, on November 25-26.

The Yacht Racing Forum and The Ocean Race have announced their partnership, first initiated in 2015, will continue through the next edition of the race, in 2021-22.

“The Yacht Racing Forum has established itself as an important event for the international yacht racing community as an occasion where the leaders of the sport can network and conclude business,” said Richard Brisius, the co-President of The Ocean Race. “We are proud to extend our agreement as supporters of the Forum.”

Over its 11 editions, the Yacht Racing Forum has facilitated business development by providing quality networking opportunities with decision-makers from all areas within the industry. As it takes place away from the context of a race event and at a time of the year when people are more relaxed and accessible, it has proven to be an efficient format to examine the issues facing the sport and to share best practices.

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with the Ocean Race,” said Bernard Schopfer, the event organiser. “The Yacht Racing Forum has become a must-attend event for everyone involved in the sailing and yacht racing industry and the support of the world’s premiere ocean race is a strong mark of confidence in our event.”

The Yacht Racing Forum 2019 will take place in Bilbao, Spain, on November 25-26. The event will attract some 300 delegates from all over the world in one place, at one time, to do business and meet future collaborators: athletes and teams, Yacht Clubs, sponsors, event organisers, designers and engineers, technical suppliers and anyone involved or just interested in yacht racing.

Founded in 1973, The Ocean Race is the leading fully-crewed, around-the-world sailing race. Originally known as the Whitbread Round the World Race, and from 2001 through 2018 as the Volvo Ocean Race, The Ocean Race has become sailing’s most important offshore race and one of the most coveted prizes in the sport.