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The key actors of the international yacht racing scene are heading to Estoril, Portugal, for the fourth edition of the annual World Yacht Racing Forum, co-located with the Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium.
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With more than 40 speakers from all over the world, 200 delegates, and over twenty registered media, the Forum and the Symposium confirm themselves as a major platform for the business of yacht racing.
The event will start today, Tuesday 13th December, with presentations and sessions focusing on yacht racing sponsorship, digital technologies and new media. Running parallel to the Forum, Day 1 of the Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium will focus on the future of yacht design with a keynote presentation by Pat Shaughnessy of Farr Yacht Design, followed by presentations and panel discussions on non-destructive testing, thin ply technology, and developments within the America’s Cup class.

Wednesday’s Forum sessions will focus on the role of yacht clubs within the sport of sailing, a look at plans for the 2012 Olympics, the place of women in the sport, and the planning for the 2013 America’s Cup
Visionhaus/Ben Radford/World Yacht Racing Forum
Day 2 of the Design & Technology Symposium will discuss composite technologies, and advances in sailmaking and offshore multihull racing.
The two-day conference has once again attracted leading figures, experts and personalities from the international yacht racing industry; it will – as has become a tradition - conclude the yacht racing season in style.
The 2011 Yacht Racing Image of the Year, presented by financial group Mirabaud, will also be selected by the delegates of the Forum during the event and the winner will be announced during the conference.
Mirabaud is a Gold Sponsor of the event together with Multi One Design. Associate Sponsors include North Sails and Gaastra and lunch sponsor for the conference is Peters & May.
Estoril Tourism and the Hotel Palacio will also kindly sponsor the cocktail reception on Tuesday 13th December with the Hotel Palacio, one of Estoril’s most luxurious hotels.

Full details of the Forum and Symposium conference programmes and speakers are available on the event websites: www.worldyachtracingforum.com and www.yrdts.com

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