WYRF 2010 sees the return of the Yacht Racing Images exhibition presented by WYRF Gold Partner MIRABAUD, the international financial services group serving private and institutional clients.

The only event of its kind: The World Yacht Racing Forum will take place in Estoril, Portugal from 14-15 December

01 November 2010 – International financial services group MIRABAUD returns to the World Yacht Racing Forum this year as sponsor of the Yacht Racing Images Exhibition 2010 launched at last year’s Forum in Monaco. MIRABAUD are also a Gold Partner of this year’s World Yacht Racing Forum.

The Exhibition will feature a selection of the very best yacht racing images taken throughout 2010 by an invited list of professional marine photographers including professional photographers Carlo Borlegnhi, Thierry Martinez, Daniel Forster, Rick Tomlinson, Kurt Arrigo, Onne van der Wal, Nico Martinez, Ian Roman, Franck Socha, Oskar Kihlborg, Gilles Martin-Raget , Loris Von Siebenthal, Juerg Kaufmann , Richard Page, Yvan Zedda, Guillaume Plisson , Benoit Stichelbaut, Kos Evans, Richard Walch, Franck Socha and Franco Pace. The images will be printed and framed by co-sponsor Canon, and displayed in the networking lounge area for the duration of the Forum.

This year, MIRABAUD will also present an award for the best image as voted by the participants of the World Yacht Racing Forum and also the Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium which is co-located with the Forum.

MIRABAUD has been involved in international yacht racing for many years, notably through its sponsorship of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, Thomas Jundt’s hydrofoil prototype, the Mirabaud LX, and the UK women’s Olympic sailing team, the «Yngling Girls », gold medal winners at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games! MIRABAUD is also Dominique Wavre’s main partner for the Barcelona World Race, the Transat Jacques Vabre 2011 and the Vendée Globe 2012-13.

« Through these challenges and talented persons, we have shared our passion for human relations, technology and high performance, three themes that are particularly dear to us in the world of banking and finance », says Antonio Palma, Partner and CEO of Mirabaud. « The Yacht Racing Images Exhibition 2010 is the visual expression of our passion. We look forward to seeing this exhibition and to be once again part of the World Yacht Racing Forum. »

By communicating and associating itself with initiatives that convey an image of professionalism, ethics and performance, Mirabaud keeps pace with the development and expansion of its brand, both locally and internationally.

« The Yacht Racing Images exhibition is a showcase of the sport at its very best » commented Event Director James Pleasance. « Capturing the action of yacht racing is no easy task and we are delighted MIRABAUD are continuing to support the exhibition to recognise just some of the many photographers behind the lens »

The 2010 Yacht Racing Images selection will be on display at the World Yacht Racing Forum from 14-15 December and will be available to view online shortly at www.worldyachtracingforum.com  

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WYRF 2010: The third edition of the World Yacht Racing Forum will take place in Estoril, Portugal, on December 14-15, 2010. The event will be co-located with the Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium on the same dates. The purpose of the Forum is to create a global platform for sailing events, racing teams, builders, designers, suppliers, sponsors, pro sailors, race managers and sailing venues – the whole industry from all over the world. It allows delegates to debate the latest issues critical to the future of yacht racing.

 About Mirabaud

Mirabaud is an international financial group serving clients who value personal relationships and high-quality, high-performance services. Mirabaud has its roots in one of Switzerland’s oldest banking institutions: Mirabaud & Cie, banquiers privés founded in Geneva in 1819. Originally a bank operating solely in Switzerland, Mirabaud has since developed its brand on four continents. Since July 2010, after having taken a minority participation of the capital of Venture Finanzas, Mirabaud is now operating under its own brand on the Spanish market, being active in fund brokerage, analysis, management and distribution with offices in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia.

About The World Yacht Racing Forum
Launched in 2008, the World Yacht Racing Forum has become the leading annual conference for the business of sailing and yacht racing. Currently the only conference of its kind in the sport, the WYRF has established itself firmly on the international yachting calendar and attracts sponsors, exhibitors and delegates from around the world. Held each December, at the end of the international sailing season, the Forum attracts the world’s leading event organisers, pro sailors, sponsors, suppliers, yacht clubs, agents and many others to meet, network, discuss and debate the key issues in the yachting industry over two information packed conference days. Social events and workshop sessions allow delegates to maximise their networking opportunity at the Forum.


About The Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium
Now in its second year, the Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium brings together over 150 senior designers, engineers, and technology experts from the world of performance yacht racing for two-days of intense debate and discussions. This leading-edge conference provides a wealth of practical information, insights, solutions and case studies across a range of key topics including composites, rigging, sail technology, coatings, CFD, and hydrodynamics.

YRDTS brings innovative thinking and exclusive insight to the major issues and opportunities facing the dynamic performance yacht racing technology and design industry. The Symposium is co-located with the popular World Yacht Racing Forum (WYRF) which brings together over 400 delegates from the world leading sailing teams, event organisers, sailors, sailing venues and sponsors. This provides participants of the YRDTS the opportunity to network not only with their peers from the design and technology side of the yacht racing industry but also with key stakeholders and influencers from the yacht racing world.


About The International Superyacht Coatings Conference
The International Superyacht Coatings Conference is organised in association with ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations) to address the current important issues facing the manufacture and application of coatings for luxury yachts, changes in environmental regulation as well as the significant changes in legislation with which the industry is having to adapt over the next few years.

Attended by some of the biggest shipyards in the Superyacht industry, as well as legislators, builders, surveyors, coatings manufacturers and other suppliers, ISCC is an essential conference featuring presentations and debates from an international speaker faculty to help determine and decide the future of the Superyacht coatings industry.

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IYG is the world’s leading organiser of Business-to-Business yachting events and offers a unique marketing platform, through a global portfolio of exhibitions, conferences, regattas and other properties, to clients interested in reaching the luxury yachting and lifestyle sectors.

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