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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?

Last updated Monday, February 01, 2016
   
NRV Announces the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta

NRV is preparing to celebrate the its 150th Anniversary in 2018 and will do so by hosting a Transatlantic Race.  Incidentally Yacht Club Costa Smeralda – www.yccs.it – of Porto Cervo / SARDINIA – one of our Reciprocal Clubs – will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2017. Therefore, both Clubs have decided to join hands in organizing two outstanding Trans-Atlantic Races in 2017 and 2018.  In November 2017 the YCCS will host the westbound regatta from the Canary Islands to Virgin Gorda, BVI with the finish line in front of their Caribbean Clubhouse.  In July 2018 – supported by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in Hamilton – www.rbyc.bm – another one of our Reciprocal Clubs – the NRV will host the eastbound regatta from Bermuda to Hamburg / GERMANY. Go to Member Clubs/Norddeutscher Regatta Verein for details.


2016 Commodores' Forum in Copenhagen - Agendas Published

Commodore Lars Ive of the Royal Danish Yacht Club presents the Delegates' Agenda and the Partners' Program for the 2016 Commodores' Forum being held in Copenhagen on 19-23 September 2016. The conference site in Rungstedgaard has been selected and registrations and hotel reservations will be available in early February. More information can be found in Forums/Next Commodores Forum.

Reports and Photos from the 2016 European Regional Conference in Malta - 15-17 January

Reports on the conference can be found on Regional Conferences/Europe under the tab "2016 Malta".

Photos can be found in Photo Gallery.

Read the Press Release prepared by Royal Malta Yacht Club HERE





"What are your Club's environmental policies/procedures/guidelines?"

A new discussion has been posted at the ICOYC Web Forum to discuss your club's relationship with environmental demands. With your participation, we should be able to compile an interesting list of how member clubs are dealing with the environmental issues, and what benefits or problems they may be encountering. Please join the conversation! This is a logged-in members only process: Please join the conversation by going to http://www.quicktopic.com/51/H/m2MYH6Y7nBU , or by logging on to www.ICOYC.org and clicking on 'Web Forum' on the menu at the left. You don't have to register or sign in to the topic, and you can choose to receive email for newly posted messages -- just click the "Get email" button when you get there. Full details are in Currents below.


Club Communications
Annapolis Yacht Club has published its Fall 2015 issue of its glossy magazine, Beacon. Read it and the other magazines of member clubs in Member Library/Club Communications (logged-in members only)

ICOYC Communications

October 2015 ICOYC Newsletter - reports on the Chesapeake Bay Cruise and the Americas Regional Conference.

December 2015 eNEWS - Latest electronic bulletin
  

Americas Regional Conference, 11-12 October 2015 - Conference Report and Photos
ICOYC Vice President - Americas, Jim Burns, has posted the conference report for the Americas Regional Conference held at the Annapolis Yacht Club on 11-22 October. Go to the newly formatted Regional Conferences/Americas and pull down the tab for 2015 - Annapolis. Photos of the conference and its related events can be found the Photo Gallery in the 2015 Americas Regional Conference album. The password is ICOYCphotos.

ICOYC Chesapeake Bay Cruise Photos

Photos of the Cruise, 02-10 October, are available in Photo Gallery and more are in transit. The password is ICOYCphotos. Background information on the cruise can be found in On the Water/Member Cruises/2015 Annapolis Chesapeake Bay Cruise.

 

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
HERE.

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 



Norddeutscher Regatta Verein Announces the Alantic Anniversary Regatta
Posted 1Feb2016
NRV is preparing to celebrate the its 150th Anniversary in 2018 and will do so by hosting a Transatlantic Race. Incidentally Yacht Club Costa Smeralda – www.yccs.it – of Porto Cervo / SARDINIA – one of our Reciprocal Clubs – will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2017. Therefore, both Clubs have decided to join hands in organizing two outstanding Trans-Atlantic Races in 2017 and 2018. In November 2017 the YCCS will host the westbound regatta from the Canary Islands to Virgin Gorda, BVI with the finish line in front of their Caribbean Clubhouse. In July 2018 – supported by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in Hamilton – www.rbyc.bm – another one of our Reciprocal Clubs – the NRV will host the eastbound regatta from Bermuda to Hamburg / GERMANY. Go to Member Clubs/Norddeutscher Regatta Verein for details. 
Royal Southern announces "Hamble Classics"
Posted 1Feb2016
A new Regatta at the Royal Southern YC is announced for September 2016. Designed as a late season extravaganza of classic yachting, the Hamble Classics Regatta is set to welcome all styles of classic yachts, with racing formats to suit each type. Metre classes, Classic Racers and cruisers, Spirit of Tradition yachts plus Old Gaffers and Dayboats will enjoy the superb facilities at one of the UK's top yacht clubs, with first class race management and a social programme to match. Click on the title to view the full announcement. 
Royal Malta Yacht Club Facilitates Productive Annual ICOYC European Regional Conference
Posted 25Jan2016
Growth and Development of Yachting main discussion at ICOYC Regional Conference The 5th International Council of Yacht Clubs (ICOYC) European Regional Conference, hosted by the Royal Malta Yacht Club concluded successfully following an intensive two days of fruitful discussions. The Conference hosted delegates from some of the most prestigious European Yacht Clubs that form part of the Council, whose mission is to foster close relations, at Flag Officer and General Management level, between leading yacht clubs around the world. Read the full press release by clicking on the title. 
NRV Hosts the Star Sailor League Regatta - 3-7 May 2016
Posted 22Jan2016
Almost 100 registrations for Star Sailors League Regatta Despite of its non-Olympic status the Star boat still remains a very popular boat class. Consequently the Star Sailors League, Norddeutscher Regatta Verein as well as the Hamburg and Luebeck Bay Star boat fleets are organizing the SSL City Grand Slam from May 3rd to 7th, 2016 In Hamburg. Read the full article by clicking on the title.  
ÅF Offshore Race – Round Gotland - June 30 - July 6, 2016
Posted 22Jan2016
At the end of June every year, sailing yachts take over the central parts of the famous Stockholm waterfront when The Royal Swedish Yacht Club, KSSS arrange the ÅF Offshore Race – Round Gotland Race. Starting the race in the middle of Stockholm has been a huge success. In the summer of 2015 more than 150 000 spectators followed the boats as they left the city. Read more about this wonderful race and download the colorful brochure.  
Royal Malta Yacht Club to host annual ICOYC European Regional Conference
Posted 8Jan2016
The Royal Malta Yacht Club will be hosting the annual European Regional Conference of the International Council of Yacht Clubs’ (ICOYC). The ICOYC fosters close relations between Yacht Clubs from around the world in order to improve the quality of yachting and other services they provide to their members. The objective of this Council is to bring together Clubs and work towards creating effective platforms for ideas exchange, synergy building and encourage participation at joint events. The European Regional Conference will be welcoming delegates from the United Kingdom, Italy, Norway, Germany, Sweden, Belgium and Denmark. More countries are expected to register. Delegates will be participating in a full programme which will include discussions and presentations on inter club exchanges, youth development and engagement as well as encouraging more participation in Club events. Speakers will include a mix of local and foreign speakers all of whom have built strong expertise in their field. A social programme for both delegates and spouses will also be included enabling foreign delegates to enjoy a bit of our islands during their short stay. “The ICOYC brings together some of the world’s leading yacht clubs, to share experiences and expertise and work on building synergy with other member clubs. ”, said Godwin Zammit, Commodore, Royal Malta Yacht Club. “It is an honour for the Royal Malta Yacht Club to host such a Conference and we are confident that this networking event will enable us to develop our sport further and improve on the way we manage our Club’s offerings”. The European Regional Conference of the International Council of Yacht Clubs’ (ICOYC) will be held at the Royal Malta Yacht Club between the 15th and 17th January 2016. This event is being supported by Yachting Malta. The programme of events can be viewed on http://www.rmyc.org/social-events/?id=48  
Royal Varuna YC to Host Optimist World Championship in 2017
Posted 23Dec2015
Just wanted to let ICOYC members know that the Royal Varuna Yacht Club has been picked as the host for the Optimist World Championship 2017. It will be held between 10 – 21st July 2017 and we expect some 300 sailors between the ages of 12 – 15 from 60 countries to compete here. Please contact me for more information since I would be happy to send it to you. Chaiya Richard Holt, General Manager, Royal Varuna Yacht Club. generalmanager@varuna.org. website: varuna.org 
Super 12 Racing - Getting More Support
Posted 22Dec2015
Guest Editorial: Bob Fisher I stand in awe at the achievement of Tom Ehman and his close supporters with the Super 12. For some years the world of yacht racing has been denied the majestic sights that the Twelves provided during the America's Cup when there was any breeze. Those of us who were fortunate enough to have attended the long summer of 1986/7 in Fremantle (generally reckoned to have been the best America's Cup summer of all time) will remember the sight of the over-pressed 12-Metres approaching a leeward mark in Gage Roads - Indeed I see that Tom uses a photograph of the 12-Metre World Championship fleet with some of the spectators waiting expectantly, in his promotional material. Read the full article by clicking on the article header. 
What Are Your Club's Environmental Policies/Procedures/Guidelines? - a Web Forum
Posted 14Dec2015
A new discussion has been posted at the ICOYC Web Forum titled, "What are your Club's environmental policies/procedures/guidelines?". With your participation, we should be able to compile an interesting list of how member clubs are dealing with the environmental issues, and what benefits or problems they may be encountering. Please join the conversation! Logged-in Members Only, click on the article title to get a link to the Web Forum discussion area.