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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?

Preliminary Agenda and Registration Form for the 2015 Commodores' Forum - go to Forums/Next Commodores' Forum
Photos of the ICOYC cruise
. Look at the Photo Gallery page.

Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron is a new member of ICOYC. Take a look at its Member Club page.  

Asia Pacific Regional Conference, 05 May 2014.
Read the conference report on Forums/Regional Conferences/Asia Pacific.

Royal Canadian Yacht Club is a new member of ICOYC. Take a look at its Member Club page.

Royal Varuna Yacht Club is a new member of ICOYC. Take a look at its Member Club page.  

2014 Annual General Meeting held by teleconference on 24 April 2014. Read the report by President McNeill HERE (signed-in members only).

European Regional Conference, 24-25 October 2014. Read the "Save the Date" message from VP Gero Brugmann HERE. Page 2 of the download contains information on the conference hotel, Crowne Plaza Hamburg - City Alster.  The conference will be held in the recently opened new clubhouse of NRV in Hamburg and on the starting weekend of the Hamburg boat show (www.hanseboot.de). For those with a tight schedule, the timing allows a Friday morning (24 October) flight into Hamburg with the conference start at lunchtime, and the official programme closing with a dinner on Saturday evening (25 October). However, the hotel arrangements can be made for an extended stay at the conference rates. The detailed agenda and spouse program will be announced soon.

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, July 15, 2014

Royal Southern YC Receives Momento of Sir Edward Heath
Posted 25Jul2014
Trustees of Sir Edward Heath Foundation present Morning Cloud memento to Royal Southern Yacht Club. Read about the presentation of the half-hull of Heath's boat by clicking on the article 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.  
Royal Southern YC Hosts the July Summer Regatta & IRC Solent Series
Posted 15Jul2014
Read the press release of the very successful 2014 July Regatta sponsored by Champagne Joseph Perrier by clicking on this article's title.  
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Royal Malta Yc
Posted 2Jun2014
Godwin Zammit of Royal Malta Yacht Club announced: "A good fleet has been steadily building up for the Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014. Among the 25 entries is Robertissima the JV 72 which was among the first to enter after a first attempt last year. Other entrants of note are Balaeria a TP52 and Spirit a Swan 65 as well as Libertalia a VO60 and Monster Project a VO70. Some old regulars are back again too. Beppe Bisotto on Atame could not resist another go while Andy Middleton of Global Yacht Racing has teamed up with Ross Appelby to return with a different boat Scarlet Oyster, both Beppe and Andy having competed in this race many times before. Such is the lure of the Rolex Middle Sea Race that competitors feel compelled to return to compete in this exciting and memorable offshore race. " The Notice of Race may be downloaded from the event website. Entries should be submitted on line through the website. More information and hot links can be found by clicking on this article's title.  
Solving the Junior Sailing Enigma
Posted 25Apr2014
We in the Council have invested huge time and effort in seeking answers to the Junior Sailing challenge. This twenty minute video presents a perspective very worthy of consideration.