Yacht rac­ing forum kicks off

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

The Yacht Rac­ing Forum, co­hosted by Yacht­ing Malta and Yacht­ing Events kicked off yes­ter­day bring­ing to Malta the largest an­nual net­work­ing event for the sail­ing and yacht rac­ing com­mu­nity, where over 300 key in­dus­try play­ers are meet­ing to dis­cuss the is­sues fac­ing the sport and to share best prac­tices.

At a press con­fer­ence held prior to the start of the event, Yacht­ing Malta CEO Wil­frid But­tigieg, ex­plained that “Yacht­ing Malta is a very young or­ga­ni­za­tion with a wide re­mit, ad­dress­ing a mul­ti­tude of ar­eas in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion, mar­ket­ing, re­search, in­fra­struc­ture, su­per yachts and events”.

But­tigieg con­tin­ued to em­pha­sise that from the list, Yacht­ing Malta’s high­est pri­or­ity re­mains the at­trac­tion of new high pro­file events.

The con­fer­ence was also ad­dressed by the Min­is­ter for Fi­nance Prof. Ed­ward Sci­cluna, Bernard Schopfer, CEO, Max­comm Com­mu­ni­ca­tions or­gan­iser of the Forum, Andy Hunt, CEO World Sail­ing, the sports’ gov­ern­ing body, and Peter Valentino, direc­tor Yacht­ing Events Ltd who are also co­hosts of this event.

The Forum is be­ing at­tended by lead­ing in­dus­try pub­li­ca­tions from all over the world and in­cludes Sea­horse In­ter­na­tional Mag­a­zine, Scut­tle­butt Europe and Icarus Sail­ing Me­dia, an award win­ning and up­com­ing Me­dia house.

High level speak­ers present for the Forum in­clude An­drew Hurst, pub­lisher and ed­i­tor of Sea­horse mag­a­zine con­sid­ered world’s num­ber one yacht rac­ing mag­a­zine, Tucker Thomp­son – of­fi­cial host of 35th Amer­ica’s Cup and TV com­men­ta­tor, Jean Bap­tist Durier – Amaury a renowned Sport Or­gan­i­sa­tion – company and Ken Read one of the world’s most ac­com­plished and cel­e­brated sailors who was also named “United States Rolex Yachts­man of the Year” twice and win­ner of nine World Cham­pi­onships.

The Yacht Rac­ing Forum is tak­ing place at the Grand Ho­tel Ex­cel­sior be­tween yes­ter­day and to­day.

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