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Portsmouth Harbour will be the venue for the UK’s first hosting of the annual Yacht Racing Forum this November.

The event on 23–24 November will be based around the harbour, with the main conference taking place in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard’s Action Stations and Boathouse 7.

The city’s hosting of this international event is the result of successful negotiations with organisers MaxComm Communication.

Touted as “the leading annual conference for the business of sailing and yacht racing”, the forum brings professional sailors together with boat builders and designers, sponsors, technical providers and financiers in “a unique opportunity to network, to debate the future of the sport, and to develop business opportunities”.

The Yacht Racing Forum 2020 will take place in the south coastal English port alongside the HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, Mary Rose and two new aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

Portsmouth is also regarded as a yacht racing hub and is the base of INEOS Team UK, Alex Thomson Racing, North Sails, Selden Masts, Raymarine and more.

“The YRF will help to shine the spotlight on our truly historical yet totally innovative bustling marine sector and develop further international awareness of the harbour as a destination for leisure and racing boats,” said Mark Bowden, chief executive of Portsmouth Harbour Marine.

Bernard Schopfer of MaxComm Communication added: “This will be the first time that the forum will be held in Great Britain, which is surprising given the importance of sailing there.

“It will be an exceptional opportunity for all members of the British sailing industry to demonstrate their know-how and expertise to an international and highly specialised audience.”

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