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24 November 2008, 10:59 am
ISAF President To Attend The World Yacht Racing Forum
ISAF President Göran PETERSSON
ISAF President Göran PETERSSON will attend the World Yacht Racing Forum in Monaco

World Yacht Racing Forum

ISAF President Göran PETERSSON confirmed today that he will join the World Yacht Racing Forum on 10-11 December at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.
Göran PETERSSON (SWE) has been re-elected last week to serve a second term as President of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). He will take part in the first discussion panel of the World Yacht Racing Forum, and share his views on the growth of yacht racing with Tim COVENTRY (GBR), Project Manager of ISAF's Connect to Sailing initiative, world famous sailor Paul CAYARD (USA) and Paul STRZELECKI, the Joint Chief Executive of Henri Lloyd .

Looking ahead to the Forum, the President said, "The biggest challenge facing our sport is participation. Sailing is not only in competition with all other sports, but also with many other activities. We have to make sailing attractive, accessible, affordable and exciting. ISAF is committed to co-operation with all stakeholders of the sport to ensure we deliver our shared objectives. The World Yacht Racing Forum offers an excellent arena to share and learn from the views of some of the leading players in the sailing industry."

PETERSSON has been ISAF's President since November 2004; he ran unopposed and was re-elected as ISAF President for a second term at the ISAF General Assembly in Madrid on 15 November. His second term as President will run up until November 2012. "The world has changed much over those four years and so has the sport of sailing. We have achieved a lot but we still have a lot more to achieve", he said after his re-election.

The World Yacht Racing Forum will be a perfect opportunity to debate the current state of sailing, and allow sponsors, pro sailors, boat builders and events organizers to express their needs and desires. The event will take place on 10-11 December, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Hosted by Informa plc events, one of the world's biggest conference organizers, the Forum will be a global meeting place for the best-known sailing events, racing teams, race management and finest sailing venues, from all over the world. In addition, many of Europe's highest sports sponsorship spenders will be in attendance to assess the great opportunities that our sport can deliver.
Bernard Schopfer
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