Bermuda ready to host World Sailing’s 2019 Annual Conference

From 26 October to 3 November, Bermuda will welcome 418 delegates from 68 nations for World Sailing’s 2019 Annual Conference.

The Conference is the annual meeting point for the world governing body of the sport where delegates review and discuss World Sailing’s strategy. Key decisions that influence the future of the sport and impact professional and recreational sailors will be made throughout the week.

Delegates attending the 2019 Annual Conference include sailors with experience in multiple disciplines of the sport, event organisers, Member National Authorities (MNAs), Class Associations, boat manufacturers and committee members.

A series of events takes place over the course of the conference, including commission meetings and forums on sailing regulations and policies and events of competition and celebration:

  • Mini-Regatta—noon–3 pm, Monday, October 28—The Sail Insight app, powered by SAP, will be presented at the Fairmont Southampton. To demonstrate this in action, a fleet from the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club will carry the app onboard with real-time insights and a live stream from the water showcased to delegates
  • eSailing World Championships [2–2:30 pm, October 29]—Eight of the top eSailors will battle for victory on a digital platform called Virtual Regatta, a community of more than a million players hosted by World Sailing. The final will be live-streamed across World Sailing’s YouTube and Facebook channels
  • World Sailing Awards [Tuesday, October 29]—This ticketed event includes the eSailing World Championship Trophy and the coveted Rolex World Sailor of the Year honours for the sailor crowned the best of the best in international sailing over the last 12 months.

“Bermuda is a nation with sailing at its core,” noted World Sailing President Kim Andersen. “In recent years, the island has been at the forefront of the sailing world with its hosting of the America’s Cup.

“That legacy is evident, and the sport has grown here as a result. World Sailing is delighted to be in Bermuda for its Annual Conference. Many of the delegates know Bermuda very well, and alongside the discussions and debates, we’re sure they will also enjoy experiencing everything the island has to offer.”

On Monday 28 October, Forum 1, Sail Insight powered by SAP: Self-Service App for Global Sailing Community followed by – Gender Balance: A Case for Change will be held.

Delegates and followers will gain exclusive insight into the Sail Insight app powered by SAP which will bring the power of SAP technology to sailors, coaches and race organizers, providing affordable access to real-time tracking, live leader boards and post-race data analysis.

The forum will then turn to gender diversity, where a deep-dive into the findings of the World Sailing Trust’s global strategic review on women in sailing will be presented. With leading specialists in the fields of events, coaching and equipment, trends and findings of the study will be showcased and will be followed by a discussion around the case for change.

Forum 2, Sustainability – but what, how, when?, will be held from 09:00 to 11:00 on Tuesday 29 October. MNAs and manufacturers who are embracing sustainability will present case studies, delegates will take a first look at the new educational resources developed with The Ocean Race and challenges will be discussed alongside different approaches to secure funding for sustainability programmes.