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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.  

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What's New at ICOYC???

Updated Saturday, October 21, 2017

Visit the  CURRENTS section for late breaking news in the yachting world.

President Andy Anderson's
Welcoming Message
   Chicago Yacht Club
Americas Regional Conference
20-22 October 2017
   Conference proceeding and photos are posted on Regional Meetings/Americas  Some areas require Member Login.  
Norddeutscher Regatta Verein
Atlantic Anniversary Regatta
November 2017/July 2018
  NJK - NyländskaJaktklubben
 ICOYC Cruise in Finland
29 July - 06 August 2016

Eastern Yacht Club
ICOYC Invitational Regatta
02-06 September 2019
The NRV of Hamburg will celebrate its 150th Anniversary next year with a large variety of sporting as well as social events both in Hamburg and abroad. A very important and prominent part of the anniversary celebrations will be the AAR – Atlantic Anniversary Regatta .
Cruise Report by Maggie Widdop of Royal Southern Yacht Club 
The first-ever Eastern Yacht Club ICOYC Invitational Regatta will be held in waters off Marblehead, Mass., USA, to bring together ICOYC clubs from around the world for four days of world class Corinthian Fleet racing in matched J/70 boats.
Société Nautique de Marseille
European Regional Conference
13-15 October 2017

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
Asia-Pacific Regional Conference
28-30 September
Details on the hotel venue have been posted on Regional Conferences/Europe. The agenda program was updated on 28 August, along with the registration form.

Information will be posted on Regional Conferences/Asia-Pacific.
Youth Exchange Program
On The Water/ICOYC Youth Exchange

2018 ICOYC Sunshine Coast Cruise
03-13 September 2018
Registration Ends Soon!

ICOYC Regattas Page Launched
On the Water/ICOYC Regattas
ICOYC Director Aaron Young of Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has been leading a program to facilitate the exchange of young sailors within the ICOYC community. This initiative is new and has been growing since it was launched during the Auckland World Forum. Read more about it and the participating clubs in On the Water/ICOYC Youth Exchange.
Royal Vancouver YC and Seattle YC are hosting an eleven-day cruise from Vancouver up to Princess Louisa Inlet and back. The cruise fleet will have ten boats from SYC, ten from RVYC, and ten boats chartered by members of the other 34 clubs of the International Council of Yacht Clubs. Read the Cruise Overview, the route, the costs, and open the 60+ page Skippers’ Handbook. Take a look at the new ICOYC Regattas page under On The Water. This page has three components: a section announcing the first ICOYC Invitational Regatta starting in September 2019, a section showing fun on the water in the Commodores' Cup fun-filled regattas after the ICOYC World Forums, and a section labeled Club Eventsin which member clubs announce sailing events open to other ICOYC member clubs. The first two include NRV's AAR and YCI's Millevele discussed above.


Register Now!
San Francisco 2018 Forum

The April 2018 World Forum is open for registration. Check out Forums/Upcoming World Forum for details on the delegates' and partners' agendas, accommodations, and location. The co-hosts, St Francis YC and San Francisco YC, have been working diligently for the past year on creating a fabulous ICOYC World Forum. San Francisco in the Spring is a wonderful venue, but you do need to reserve your accommodations fairly soon. 

The event starts on Monday, April 16, and closes on Friday, April 20. You all are invited to spend the post-forum weekend in San Francisco celebrating the Opening Day of yachting season in the scenic San Francisco Bay. Review the post-forum details on the webpage.

See you in San Francisco!!!

CURRENTS - News in the Yachting Scene


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.orgfor 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 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 to webeditor@icoyc.org

Volvo China Coast Regatta 13 to 15 October, by Royal Hong Kong YC
Posted 11Oct2017
The 2017 Volvo China Coast Race Week (CCRW) comprises the Volvo China Coast Regatta 2017, sailed over three days in the waters south and east of Hong Kong Island, and the Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race 2017, an Offshore Category One race of 673 nautical miles from Hong Kong to Nha Trang, Vietnam. Click the article title to download the full story and photos.  
2017 Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships - Final Report
Posted 2Oct2017
132 entries from 16 countries battled it out over Five days of racing this week in Hong Kong. Six qualifying races for the Yellow and Blue fleets were sailed on Monday and Tuesday, followed by the 2017 Asia & Oceanian Team Racing Championships where Team China prevailed. The first two championship races were sailed yesterday where Singapore’s Muhammad Daniel Kei Bin Muhammad Yazid, moved up from 4th to first overall after coming 1st and 2nd in his races. With a total of 28 points, he was 15 points ahead of his nearest competitor Demir Dirk from Turkey with China’s Xilun Lin following in 3rd overall. Download the full story by clicking on the article title.  
ICOYC Teams Dominate Fifth NYYC Invitational Cup
Posted 1Oct2017
The fifth Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup was held in Newport, Rhode Island from September 13 through 17. Fourteen teams from nine countries were invited to compete in evenly matched Swan 42s. Southern Yacht Club, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Eastern Yacht Club, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Royal Cork Yacht Club and Royal Swedish Yacht Cub were the ICOYC members who sailed in the event. Click on the article's title to view the download link for the full story and photos. 
2018 Hong Kong Race Week - 20-25 Feb 2018 - part of the ASAF Youth Cub
Posted 22Sep2017
Under the auspices of the Hong Kong Sailing Federation and organised in conjunction with the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Hong Kong Race Week 2018 is now open for entry! A constituent of the ASAF Youth World Cup, HKRW continues to grow as the premiere dinghy regatta in all of Asia. Fielding over 270 participants from 12 nations and sailed in different 12 classes, HKRW serves as a significant regatta for promising Asian sailors to hone their skills to compete at international level around the world. Click on the article title to download the full announcement and registration links.  
Southern YC wins Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup
Posted 18Sep2017
ICOYC member clubs competed very well in the New York Yacht Club Rolex Invitational Cup, six of which were invited as members of the 14 boat fleet. An excerpt from the Sailing Scuttlebutt publication says "In today’s single race, the Southern Yacht Club was as sharp as they had been in the previous 11 races, starting strongly and never wavering. SYC eventually finished second to Royal Thames in the race, and four places ahead of their only remaining competition for the overall trophy, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron from Australia.," Read the full article from the web download by clicking on the title of this article. 
RHKYC Announces the 29er Hong Kong Open
Posted 18Aug2017
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in conjunction with the 29er Association of Hong Kong announced the release today of the 29er Hong Kong Open, Notice of Race. 2018 29er World Championship Organising Committee Chairman, Peter Backe, said “The 29er Hong Kong Open will be a great opportunity for overseas sailors to become familiar with the Hong Kong race track and its challenges. Conditions will be very similar to the World Championships, which will give an advantage for those taking part. Official race website: http://2018.29erworlds.org/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/29erworldshk/ Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/29erWorlds/ Download a MS Word document of this announcement by clicking on the article title 
Hong Kong Race Week - 2018 Dates Announced for ASAF Youth Cup
Posted 23Jul2017
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and Hong Kong Sailing Federation are pleased to announce that the 5th edition of Hong Kong Race Week will take place from 20 to 25 February 2018. Hong Kong Race Week, a constituent event of the ASAF Youth Cup, draws strong competition not only from local and regional Asian sailors but also from other regions across the world. The last event seeing 253 entries, consisting of 278 sailors, representing 11 nations.  
Yacht Racing Forum 2017 - November 27-28, Aarus, Denmark
Posted 14Feb2017
Save the date - Yacht Racing Forum 2017 The leading annual conference for the business of sailing and yacht racing will take place on November 27 - 28 in Aarhus, Denmark. After a successful edition in Malta, the Yacht Racing Forum invites members of the yacht racing community from all over the world to Save the Date and join the 2017 event, on November 27-28 in Aarhus, Denmark. *** Click on the article title to expose the web links ***  
Update to the NRV-YCCS Atlantic Anniversary Regatta
Posted 9Feb2017
Breaking News on the back-to-back crossing the Atlantic Regattas. The westbound leg will be started on Lanzarote, Canary Islands / SPAIN on November 25th, 2017 with the finish line in front of the Caribbean Clubhouse of Yacht Club Costa Smeralda – www.yccs.it – on Virgin Gorda, BVI. The return leg eastbound will be started on July 7th, 2018 from Hamilton / BERMUDA to Hamburg / GERMANY where the NRV will receive the participants for a big party while celebrating its 150th Anniversary. At this time 31 yachts and their crews have already registered for the event but we hope to net a couple of more yachtsmen from the ICOYC member clubs and other yacht clubs to participate in this once in a lifetime regatta series. For more information, look at the regatta website – www.anniversary-regatta.com Click on the article title to download more information.