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Topics for BOAT Live: Life Under Sail

Topics for BOAT Live: Life Under Sail

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Hear experts discuss market trends, challenges and opportunities for growth. Discuss the next generation and how to connect with new audiences. Meet innovators behind technological breakthroughs. Gain insights into the future of performance sailing. Discuss the latest ecological design initiatives from the world's leading designers. Network with sailing industry stakeholders and owners.

State of the Market

What is the current market situation? Hear analysis based on the Global Order Book and research of the BOAT Pro team. Discuss the market with leading experts from the new construction and brokerage sectors.


Driving Change

What is the next leap in design and technology for the most environmentally compatible mode of yachting. Learn what developments can be expected. Leading R&D specialists analyse trends, options and innovations in the sailing industry.


  • Alain Janet, CEO, Sail Cloth System
  • Marcello Persico, CEO, Persico Marine
  • Jeremy Elliott, Director, North Sails Design Services
  • Tommy Gonzalez, Owner, Fast Forward Composites, Rhode Island
  • Engel-Jan de Boer, Marine new construction and yacht segment manager, Lloyd's, Netherlands
  • Raphael Biancale, CEO/CTO, BSB AI, Linz/Austria

Next Generation Sailing

How do we generate interest and enthusiasm for the sailing lifestyle? Is there too much industry focus on racing? Are sailing yachts the logical choice for environmentally conscious exploring? Senior industry stakeholders share ideas on how to reach generations Y and Z.


Design Solutions

Can speed and comfort be optimised in a single package? Are catamarans simply the future of sailing? Should all yachts have foils and who can handle them? What features could inspire motor yacht owners to jump ship? The world’s best designers weigh in.


  • Gordon Kay, Owner, Infiniti Yachts
  • Ruurt Meulemans, Director, Hoek Design
  • Bill Tripp, Naval Architect, Tripp Design
  • Olivier Racoupeau, Owner & Head Designer, Berret-Racoupeau Yacht Design

Into the Unknown

Owners are setting sail to discover unknown areas. Find out what yachts are suitable. Learn how to prepare. Experienced captains explain proper building, equipment and agenda setting.


  • Ashley Perrin, Owner, Racing Yacht Management and Antarctic Ice Pilot, California
  • Andrey Yakunin, Owner, S/Y Firebird
  • Peter Madej, Captain, S/Y _Firebird _

Raising the Bar

With sailing yachts reaching lengths of 100 metres-plus, what complexities do maxi dimensions bring? Join us for a case study of a supersailer.


The Owners Rep Perspective


  • Peter Wilson, Co-founder, Marine Construction Management
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