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Welcome to the

International Council of Yacht Clubs

The ICOYC website provides a window into the world of the leading yacht clubs, with their long histories and fine traditions. Over the past several years, a significant number of these clubs have joined together to form the International Council of Yacht Clubs. This has helped them by sharing their experiences, learning from their successes (and failures), and reviewing the common challenges they face. 

On this website you will find information, news and views about the ICOYC, details of the member clubs, plans for events, and comments on yachting-related developments. You will also find copies of the ICOYC printed newsletters. Full proceedings of world-wide forums and regional conferences are in the pages reserved for signed-in members of ICOYC.  


What's New?

New Slide Shows on Member Club PagesRoyal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club has recently updated the slide show at the bottom of its member page. Commodores and GMs - You may want to check the member page for your club and refresh the content and the slide show. Look at Member Clubs.

May 2015 eNEWS - Latest electronic newsletter

April 2015 ICOYC Newsletter - reports on the Auckland Forum and Cruise.

Photos from the Post Forum Cruise in New Zealand
Cruisers on the Post Forum ICOYC Cruise in New Zealand posted many great photos of their cruise area and the food they consumed. Go to Photo Gallery and click on 2015 Commodores Forum. Four albums are available. The password is ICOYCphotos.

New Member Club - Republic of Singapore Yacht Club

Check out their new Member Club page under Member Clubs

Americas Regional Conference, 11-12 October 2015 - HOTEL RESERVATIONS
The next conference for the Americas region will be held at Annapolis Yacht Club on 11-12 October 2015, directly following the Chesapeake Bay Cruise, and while the United States Sailboat Show is running. Hotel reservations can be made online. Details under Forums/Regional Conferences/Americas.

Chesapeake Bay Cruise - 02 - 10 October 2015 - Registration Open
Annapolis Yacht Club has opened registration for its 2015 ICOYC cruise "Flavor of the Chesapeake." Details can be found in On the Water/Member Cruises/2015 Annapolis Chesapeake Bay. Ride sharing options are now available. Download the Poster.

The 2015 Commodores' Forum in Auckland was a great success. Presentations and photos are posted.
Presentations can be downloaded by signed-in members only by going to Forums/Past Commodores Forums/2015 Auckland.  Photos can be seen in Photo Gallery

Scroll down to currents, the bulletin board showing news articles of interest to ICOYC members.

A Message from the President of ICOYC

Please enjoy looking around this site. Although the Council is made up of well established clubs with a basis of history and traditions, you’ll find that as a network of organizations we are focused on the future of our clubs and the sport, and are sensitive to how we must evolve to meet the needs of our individual clubs and memberships. Council Member Clubs share an active passion for the sport, similar business models in size and complexity, and a mutual trust that allows us to openly explore our thoughts and experiences, both good and bad, in a persistent effort toward improvement.

Those taking part in Council activities are a broad mix of sitting Commodores, junior flag officers, committed sailor-volunteers and past Commodores, many of whom have developed close relationships. We share an understanding of the value of working together, a love for our sport, and a belief in the essential role of our clubs in that sport and our lives.

Of course, we also have fun together, and the camaraderie developed among peers around the world is priceless. The Member Clubs generally meet in some fashion a couple of times each year to exchange ideas, do a bit of cruising on occasion, and often engage one to one on a variety of topics and activities. There is something very comforting about being able to chat with someone thousands of miles away who has firsthand experience with the issue being discussed.

I hope you enjoy this visit, and will offer your thoughts as well. Contacts may be seen

Fair winds
John McNeill

Currents - What's New within ICOYC

A Note to Visitors

The headlines below point to reports, print articles, and web sites of interest to members of ICOYC clubs.  Click on the headline to open up the expanded text and internet links.  Send your reports and items that will be of interest to fellow ICOYC club members to webeditor@icoyc.org for publication
Occasionally more ICOYC-specific material is posted on the private pages of this website. These are only available to members of Council yacht clubs who have passwords. If your club is a member of the ICOYC, and you have some particular interest, please inquire of your club’s ICOYC Representative for information on how to get access to the private pages. 

Note: The links marked Members Only are password protected and are only available to logged-in members of ICOYC. Comments can be addressed webeditor@icoyc.org 

Last updated Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Royal Southern Match Cup - June 2015
Posted 20May2015
Just a year ago, Ian Williams lay second in the ISAF Open rankings. Now he is World Champion both as No.1 in the rankings and the five times winner of the World Match Racing Tour. Ian is top ranked at the Royal Southern Match Cup to be held from 10 to 14 June at Hamble, the first ever World Match Racing Tour event in the UK, and he will be taking on some of the fastest rising stars on the match racing circuit, racing in a fleet of J/80s. Read more by clicking on the article title.  
12 Meter Yacht Racing - Bring Back?
Posted 18May2015
You may recall ICOYC friend Tom Ehman from one meeting or another. He has proposed an annual regatta in 12 Meter yachts to bring tradition back to international interclub competition. Thanks to our friendship, and mutual trust, he has provided an insider's look to the plans for ICOYC Member Clubs. When this event takes place, I suspect a number of Council Clubs will be involved. Click on the article heading to view the full presentation. NOTE: for logged-in ICOYC members only.  
Royal Hong Kong YC's Report on the Auckland 2015 Forum
Posted 29Apr2015
General Manager Mark Bovaird and Member of the General Committee Jenny Cooper of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club report to their members on the 2015 Auckland Forum. The article appeared in the May 2015 issue of Ahoy! Magazine.  
Royal Canadian YC to host Sailing Events at Toronto 2015 Pan-American Games
Posted 27Apr2015
Top sailors from throughout the Americas will set sail this summer at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games from the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, one of Canada’s premiere sailing clubs. With its heritage buildings and idyllic city skyline setting, this historic club has hosted countless Canadian, North American and World Championships on Lake Ontario since its founding in 1852. 
Racing Isn't Everything - teach children that sailing is fun and watch the numbers grow.
Posted 5Apr2015
This excellent article on teaching sailing to youngsters shows that we should keep in check any bias towards racing as the only way to enjoy sail boats. Many children love being on the water and going sailing, but the competitive side of racing may not be for all young sailors. Download and read the full article. 
Yacht Club Italiano announces Dinghy 12’ races in Portofino from 22nd to 24th May 2015.
Posted 1Apr2015
Yacht Club Italiano announces that Miss Ludovica “Ludo” Reggio is in charge of the Youth Activities program and is developing some fantastic new programs for young sailors at YCI. Ludo reports that YCI has organized the yearly Dinghy 12’ Trofeo SIAD Bombola d’Oro in Portofino from 22nd to 24th May 2015. We expect some 100 Dinghy 12’ boats racing in the spectacular area of Portofino with an international attendance. She asks that all readers of Currents spread this news to young club members from clubs anywhere around the world who would be interested in attending or participating. They should not hesitate to contact with Ludo by e-mail: Ludovica.reggio 'at' gmail.com for the necessary arrangements. 
Preserving the Future of Yacht Clubs - Lessons Learned at the ICOYC Forum in Auckland
Posted 1Apr2015
St Francis Yacht Club reported on the Auckland Forum to its members in the monthly club publication Mainsheet.  
Chicago Yacht Club - Atrracting the Next Generation of Boaters
Posted 24Mar2015
ICOYC President John McNeill writes "This article about Chicago Yacht Club from Scuttlebutt Sailing, is a wonderful tale of how to reinvent a club with a number of the very actions discussed in the ICOYC Forums. The sequence and selection make one ask if there was a long range plan behind it all. In any case, it makes the Club's role as a leader very clear. " Read how Chicago Yacht Club attracted new people to the sport of sailing in this article from Scuttlebutt Sailing News, 31 March 2015 
Renewed Perspective Revives a Nearly Defunct Sailing Club
Posted 12Mar2015
When Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle (WA) was on the cusp of closure, Brian Watkins took on the task of reviving the club on Shilshole Bay. Here is his exit letter from his position as Commodore of CYC Seattle, where he congratulated the membership for the club's successful recovery... Scuttlebutt, 12 Mar 2015. Click on article title to download the report. Use http://www.cycseattle.org/lets-go-racing to view the report on CYC's website.  
How a Comms Plan can Fulfill Key Objectives
Posted 26Feb2015
This excellent article, featuring Peta Stuart- Hunt of the Royal Southern Yacht Club, is must reading for clubs who would like to improve their event media effectiveness. All too often we forget that we need to be speaking to more than our members and the competitors to promote our sport and clubs. Click on the article's heading to see the full story. 
Royal Southern YC - 50 is the new 40
Posted 2Feb2015
The Royal Southern Yacht Club defies time, getting younger every year, with the average age of its membership now under 50. Chris Mansfield, the newly elected Commodore, says "It's taken over 30 years to get to this point and the Club is justly proud of a growing membership, now standing at over 1700 including 100+ members of the Royal Southern Academy that was launched five years ago." The Club cites one of the key reasons for welcoming an increasingly younger membership is through its concerted efforts to host and manage a broad variety of on-water and on-shore activities whilst always maintaining the traditions and fundamental values of its Royal Yacht Club status. Read the full article by clicking on the title.  
Notes from the Circumnavigation of the Island of Elba Cruise in June 2014
Posted 15Jul2014
Click on the article title to see the download statement to view cards and emails from attendees of the Isle of Elba Cruise. Also, the article page has a link to the cruise photos in the Photo Album.