Yacht racing forum kicks off
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.