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General Information

Dates of 2019 Symposium Monday 1st- Wednesday 3rd April 2019
The Anna Grand Hotel

Balatonfüred, Lake Balaton, Hungary

The 2019 World Sailing Development Symposium is organised in partnership with the Hungarian Yachting Association, the World Sailing Member National Authority for Hungary.

Delegate registration details

All information regarding registration can be found in the 'Registration' tab above. All other enquiries should be made to the World Sailing Training and Development department via

There is a €60 registration fee (plus VAT where applicable) for each attendee.

Aims and Objectives of the Development Symposium

The first Development Symposium was held in Ireland in 2012. The event was presented as a forum where all Member National Authorities (MNAs) could present and discuss areas of Training and Development and have an input into the overall strategy of World Sailing. Over the years, the Development Symposium has become much, much more. The last 4 events in the USA, Singapore, Argentina and New Zealand saw the structure of the event broaden into an interactive workshop, oriented around Learning, Sharing Networking and Planning, where by invited speakers and delegates themselves had far more opportunity to shape the program to suit their individual needs.

International delegates at this important event receive presentations from a number of Experts in a variety of sport specific disciplines as well as taking part in break-away sessions where they are encouraged to interact with other delegates, often from other Nations. The Development Symposium directly compliments the work of the Development and Regions Committee, with the report from each event helping World Sailing to gather valuable information on how its work can continue to develop, giving those delegates present from New or Emerging Nations, a much needed chance to have their voices heard.

2019 will see the Development Symposium return to Europe, after hosting the first Symposium back in 2012. Discussions will delve into Sailing Initiatives as well as covering a case study on Hungary and their successful use of Olympic Solidarity funding. Other topics will focus on regional development, creating networks and Para Sailing. Guest speakers will also be delivering presentations, with more details on this to be announced soon.

Videos of previous events can be found on our YouTube channel

Regular updates will also be available during the event via Twitter and Facebook

If you have a query about any aspect the Development Symposium including the proposed programme then please contact the Training and Development department

Accommodation and Travel

The venue for the 2019 World Sailing Development Symposium will be the The Anna Grand Hotel, Balatonfüred, Lake Balaton, Hungary. Any other water based activities will take place nearby, within walking distance.

Event accommodation -

The Anna Grand Hotel


Bookingl: Please use the event specific booking link to secure your accommodation. This is available here.

Price: from €70 per night including Wifi, Buffet Breakfast and One main meal per day.

Prices with taxes and VAT included.

Rates quoted in Euros (EUR).

Rate available for Modern and Classic Double rooms only.

Please contact the hotel directly for other room options.

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Additional Options for local Accommodation:

Aura Hotel

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Price: from €85 EUR per night

Distance from Venue: 1.2km - 15 minute walk

Club Hotel Füred

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Price: from €65 EUR per night

Distance from Venue: 2.6km - 34 minute walk

Nearest Airport -
The closest airport to the symposium venue is Budapest Airport (IATA code: BUD). It is 160km from the airport to The Anna Grand Hotel, roughly a 1 hour and 40 mintue drive in good traffic.
There are several ways to access Balatonfüred from Budapest.
By Train
Take a bus from Budapest airport to Budapest Downtown, alighting at Astoria Metra Station.
From Astoria Metro station take Line 2 to Déli pályaudvar, where trains depart to Balatonfüred.
Timetables for trains can be viewed here
By Bus
Take a bus from Budapest Airport to Budapest Downtown, alighting at Kobánya-Kispest.
From Kobánya-Kispest take the Metro line 3, to Népliget.
Here you can take a bus to Balatonfüred. Timetables can be viewed

World Sailing Development Symposium Schedule

The World Sailing Development Symposium will be held at the one venue with the possibility of a practical session held nearby

During the event World Sailing will provide tea and coffee breaks throughout the day along with lunch.

Please find below the provisional agenda for the event, with the key themes for each day.

Monday 1st April 2019 - Participation vs Performance Sailing

Tuesday 2nd April 2019 - Funding & Connecting People with Sailing

Wednesday 3rd April 2019 - Preparing to Race

The Preliminary agenda can be viewed here.


Presentations from the 2019 World Sailing Development Symposium will be available to access after the event.

World Sailing Development Symposium Presentations


You will find a full report of each World Sailing Development Symposium below:


Please register online via:

This link will take you to the registration site whereby all relevant date and payment will be collected.

Please ensure you select the correct group for registration. Either register as:

- 'Delegate' - this is for attendees who are paying for their registration from a personal bank account

- 'Delegate paid for by company' refers to any delegate attending on behalf of their MNA, Organisation or Company. This requires a company with a registered VAT number or Tax Code to be paying the registration fee on your behalf. The VAT number or tax code must be supplied in order to proceed to payment.

We will also require MNA approval for each online application made, due to the new payment requried for registration, each applicant must ensure they have this permission before applying.

Should you have any problems registering in this way, please email the Training and Development department.

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