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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?

ICOYC September 2014 Newsletter - download it from Library/Newsletters

Delegate Agenda and Partners' Program for the 2015 Commodores' Forum - go to Forums/Next Commodores' Forum

European Regional Conference Agenda, 24-25 October 2014.
The preliminary agenda has been posted. Look at Forums/Regional Conferences/Europe.

Photos of the 2014 Cruise around the Island of Elba are being posted. Look in the Photo Gallery.

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).

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 Friday, September 12, 2014

How Do We Grow the Sport of Sailing?
Posted 11Sep2014
According to Craig Leweck, we just need to make it easy for sailing spectators to move from watching to doing. He is a man with a plan. Click on the article title to read the full story. 
ICOYC Clubs advance in 2014 U.S. Qualifying Series for the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup
Posted 8Sep2014
Newport, RI (September 6, 2014) – The three yacht clubs that finished on the podium at the 2014 U.S. Qualifying Series for the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup have at least two things in common. First, each has previously earned a berth in the Invitational Cup. Second, each club was less than satisfied with their previous showing at that event. Next September, those three clubs–Newport Harbor Yacht Club (Newport Beach, CA), Eastern Yacht Club (Marblehead, MA), and Seattle Yacht Club (Seattle, WA)–will have a chance to redeem themselves at the 2015 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex. - Click on the article title to link to the full story and to download a folder of photos 
Norddeutscher Regatta Verein Shows off its Lovely New Clubhouse
Posted 4Sep2014
See photos of the interior of the new NRV clubhouse by clicking on the article title. 
Hong Kong to Host 2018 International 29er Class World Championship
Posted 3Sep2014
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club is delighted to announce that, following the recent 29er World Championship held in Ontario, Canada, the Club has been awarded the 2018 edition of the event by the International 29er Class Association. Read more by clicking the article title. 
The Fun Factor: Can we learn from ourselves?
Posted 3Sep2014
The gauntlet is dropped. Are you seeing double digit growth in your adult racing programs? Are you still doing the same old “lather, rinse, repeat?” What will it take for adult racing to explode in popularity once again? What examples are there today of growth? Actually, there are many - See more 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.