International Sailing Summit under way in San Francisco

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The International Sailing Summit opened Sunday night with a welcome reception attended by more than 70 sailing industry leaders from around the world. The event continues today and Tuesday at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco.

"The best minds of the industry come here to increase their knowledge, learn tools to improve their businesses, grow their networks and take part in the America's Cup," ISS chairman and founder Alistair Murray said. "The Cup adds excitement and energy to the ISS and provides summit attendees with a great opportunity to participate in the festivities."

The ISS will continue today with seminars focused on sailing growth, the future of sailing and boating and America's Cup updates.

This morning’s speakers are Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (“Tailwinds and Headwinds in the Future of Boating”) and Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, chairman and CEO of Active Interest Media, the parent company of Trade Only (“Growing the Sport of Sailing — Lessons Learned”).

Tom Ehman, Stan Honey and Iain Murray will present “The 34th America's Cup, A New Format: What Is New About it and What Will it Do for Sailing” to cap off the morning sessions.

The afternoon speakers will be 2013 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Johnny Heineken (“ ‘Next Gen’ Sailors”); Katie Pettibone of the Rising Tide Leadership Institute (“Developing Leaders and Growing Sailing”); and Nicholas Hayes, author of “Saving Sailing” (“Sailing's Future Is Bright. But Not the Way You Think”).

The ISS dinner tonight will feature a presentation by Frank Savage, author of “The Savage Way: Successfully Navigating the Wave of Business and Life” and the first African American to become the overall winner of the Antigua Race.

The event will close with a panel discussion featuring local entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and thought leaders. The 90-minute seminar will focus on successful and innovative business ideas and how they can be applied to the sailing industry.

Click here for the full agenda.