By the Caribbean Journal staff
One of the most important meetings for the global sailing industry will soon be coming to Bermuda.
World Sailing, the global governing body for the sport of sailing, is bringing its World Sailing Conference to Bermuda 2019, following a vote at its annual conference in Puerto Vallarta this month.
Delegates approved Bermuda’s bid last week.
“World Sailing’s Annual Conference is the single most important meeting of sailing’s key stakeholders,” said Chief Executive Officer Andy Hunt. “Key decision makers from World Sailing member nations, International Class Associations, boat builders and event organizers attend the conference to shape the future of the sport. More than 500 delegates attended the most recent edition of the Annual Conference in Mexico and we are thrilled to bring a similar audience to Bermuda in just under two years.”
The move comes after Bermuda’s hosting of the world’s most high-profile sailing race, America’s Cup, earlier this year.
“Bermuda has a long history with sailing, from its founding in 1609 and the creation of the Bermuda rig to the successful hosting of the 35th America’s Cup in 2017,” said Bermuda Tourism Authority Chief Executive Kevin Dallas. “We are thrilled to add the World Sailing Conference to Bermuda’s ever-growing resume as a world-class sailing destination.”
The World Sailing Annual Conference is the central meeting “where the strategy of sailing is reviewed, discussed and celebrated,” according to a release.