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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 Saturday, February 18, 2017

Click HERE for the CURRENTS section featuring late breaking news in the yachting world. 
   

New Member Clube Naval de Cascais
The member club page for CNC is now posted and can be seen on Members/Clube Naval de Cascais.


2017 ICOYC Cruise in Finland, 29 July - 06 August 2017
The Sailing in the Finnish Archipelago Cruise is being hosted by Nyländska Jaktklubben (NJK) during the summer of 2017. Full details have been posted in On the Water/ICOYC Cruises in the section titled "2017 July - Sailing in the Finnish Archipelago" under Cruise Details. Registration is open and the form can be downloaded HERE. The lovely PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded HERE and a PDF version HERE


2016 Commodores' Forum in Copenhagen - Finished and the Presentations are Posted!

The Forum is finished and the presentations been posted for logged-in members only. Take a look at Forums/Past Commodores Forum and pull down the 2016 Forum tab. 

Atlantic Anniversary Regatta Update
Norddeutscher Regatta Verein has released a Save the Date message and a Presentation describing this Trans-Atlantic regatta in 2017 and with the fleet returning to Europe in 2018.

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 NRV's 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 NRV's 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 - Photos are Posted
Forum attendees are posting their photos of the forum sessions, the Commodores's Cup, the social events, and of Copenhagen on the Photo Gallery page. Check out the photos now! Attendees still have time to send their photos to webeditor@icoyc.org for posting. Read how to do this on the Photo Gallery page. 
  

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


 

A Message from the President of ICOYC

Welcome to the Council's website. We trust you will be able to gain an insight into many of our member yacht clubs from around the world and the activities the Council promotes. Yachting is amazing how it fires the passion for the sea, it is good for the soul and, best of all, it joins us together from many corners of the globe.

The well-established clubs of the ICOYC share history and traditions that are relevant to today's sailing, but also these experiences can be utilised to shape the future of our sport. At the Council we share our thoughts and ideas for the future so we can learn from the hard fought lessons of others. This commitment to learning and sharing underlies all that we are passionate about, that is to improve and grow sailing for the future generations of our clubs.

Clubs are important to the longevity of our sport, allowing opportunities for like-minded persons to go sailing and share the thrill and share enjoyment of time on the water. Many of our clubs operate very similarly, therefore the sharing by members allows take outs that improve what we do, irrespective of where our sailing waters are located.

The participants in the Council's organisational structure are a mix of highly motivated volunteers who are currently or have been Flag Officers or Commodores. This experience at high levels of individual club participation provides valuable insights that can be shared readily with Council members.

We must not forget why we go sailing and that is to have fun with our fellow members. To develop the social side of the Council while learning we annually meet in the regions globally to share our comraderie that we foster and develop over years of exchange.

Our role is to ensure our clubs are relevant to the future so sailing can grow and strengthen through our actions and care for our sport. Take a look and see for yourself. Please click here for contacts in the member clubs and here for contracts in the Board of Directors.

Happy sailing,

Andy Anderson

 PS: Send me your comments at President@icoyc.org

 

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 



America's Cup Year has special resonance for the Andrew Simpson Foundation
Posted 18Feb2017
It will not have escaped many people's notice that 2017 is the year of the America's Cup in Bermuda, a much‐anticipated sporting event of global interest and of special significance to the Trustees, Management team, Supporters and Beneficiaries of the Andrew Simpson Foundation (ASF). The Foundation's founding Trustees include Sir Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy OBE. The Foundation is the charity that was set up to honour the life and legacy of sailor Andrew 'Bart' Simpson MBE who lost his life, aged 36, in a tragic accident during training for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco Bay in 2013. *** read the full article and the Bart's Bash by clicking on the article title and downloading the PDF HERE *** 
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. February 14, 2017 - 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. Organized by MaxComm Communication and presented by Aarhus Events, Sport Event Denmark and Sailing Aarhus, the Forum will provide a unique opportunity to network, debate the future of the sport and make business for the tenth year in a row. We accept early registrations. Our Early Bird rate will be valid for the top 80 registrants ! If you want to learn more about this event, check the 2016 Post Event Report, with some interesting statistics and achievements from last year’s Forum. We look forward to welcoming you to the Yacht Racing Forum 2017 in Aarhus ! For more information and registration: www.yachtracingforum.com *** Click on the article title to expose the web links ***  
StFYC Readies the 2017 Rolex Big Boat Series.NOR Posted.
Posted 13Feb2017
Every year, Rolex Big Boat Series reestablishes itself as the premier US west coast sailing regatta, with top-tier race management and an unbeatable sailing venue. In 2016, St. Francis Yacht Club welcomed the regatta’s biggest fleet in history with 125 competitors. This year, from September 13–17, 2017, the club is prepared to host another great event, this time welcoming the new glamor class of the Pacific 52s as it arrives on the international racing stage. The Pac52, which features the hull of a TP52 with a slightly taller mast and lighter engine, turned heads at the 2016 Rolex Big Boat Series when Victor Wild’s (San Diego, Calif.) Pac52 Fox dominated in ORR A, besting her seven-boat class with four first-place finishes and a low score of 12 points. This year, four Pac52s are slated to race in the Rolex Big Boat Series. In addition to the Pac52 class, the 2017 Rolex Big Boat Series expects to welcome several Santa Cruz 50s and 52s, a variety of PHRF and ORR rated boats and multiple one-design classes including J/105s, J/120s, J/70s, Express 37s and California 40s. Whether you are a repeat competitor or a first-time San Francisco racer, the 52nd Rolex Big Boat Series is an unbeatable way to cap off your season. The event NOR is posted and registration is open. Click on the article title to see the weblinks.  
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. 
Hamble Classics - Coverage by Social Media
Posted 5Feb2017
Hamble Classics 2017: http://scuttlebutteurope.com Scuttlebutt Europe 3rd February Hamble Classics Regatta Hamble, Hampshire, UK: Building on the resounding success of last year's inaugural regatta that attracted 65 entries, the 2017 Hamble Classics is set to welcome all styles of classic yachts including Metre classes, Classic Racers and Cruisers, Old Gaffers, Dayboats and Spirit of Tradition yachts, with racing formatted to suit each type. All entrants will enjoy the superb facilities at one of the UK's top yacht clubs, with first class race management and a full social programme. Expressions of interest and preferences are most welcome by signing up for more information here: eepurl.com/bJbAgD The Notice of Race and entry details will be published in early March on the Royal Southern's website at www.royal-southern.co.uk http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/194263/Dates-announced-for-2nd-Hamble-Classics-Regatta?source=email http://bbn.firetrench.com/2017/02/royal-southern-yc-news-dates-announced-for-2nd-hamble-classics-regatta/ www.classicboat.co.uk (nice home page!) http://www.classicboat.co.uk/news/hamble-classics-dates-announced-2017/ http://www.bymnews.com/ https://www.luvmyboat.com/news/the-royal-southern-yacht-club-will-host-the-second-hamble-classics-regatta-on-16-17th-september/18107/ http://www.oga.org.uk/solent/events/hamble-classics-southern-2017  
The Royal Southern Yacht Club will host the second Hamble Classics Regatta on 16-17th September 2017
Posted 3Feb2017
Building on the resounding success of last year's inaugural regatta that attracted 65 entries, the 2017 Hamble Classics is set to welcome all styles of classic yachts including Metre classes, Classic Racers and Cruisers, Old Gaffers, Dayboats and Spirit of Tradition yachts, with racing formatted to suit each type. All entrants will enjoy the superb facilities at one of the UK's top yacht clubs, with first class race management and a full social programme. The Hamble Classics Event Director and Royal Southern Yacht Club member Jonty Sherwill is pleased that the Royal Southern is once again hosting the regatta, commenting: "We had a fantastic response to last year's Hamble Classics and our aim this year is to welcome even more visitors to this superb regatta and to enjoy what the Royal Southern and the River Hamble has to offer. Some will take the racing very seriously but the event is all about the love of classic yachts, a chance to see old friends, make new ones, and enjoy some fun parties!" Expressions of interest and preferences are most welcome by signing up for more information here: http://eepurl.com/bJbAgD. The Notice of Race and entry details will be published in early March on the Royal Southern's website at http://www.royal-southern.co.uk.  
St Francis YC Members Chosen as US Sailing’s 2016 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year.
Posted 12Jan2017
Olympic Bronze Medalist Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) and IKA Formula Kite World Champion Daniela Moroz (Lafayette, Calif.) today were selected as US Sailing’s 2016 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year.  
Beyond Their Terms
Posted 3Jan2017
Gary Jobson writes about the contributions of past flag officers which continue beyond their term of office. "Out of Office, but not out of sight." Click on the article title to download the full story. 
Hong Kong Race Week
Posted 13Dec2016
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club is pleased to invite members of the International Council of Yacht Clubs (ICOYC) to join youth sailors from around the Asian region at our upcoming ASAF Youth Cup affiliated, Hong Kong Race Week event in February 2017. As the biggest sailing regatta held in Hong Kong, we would be pleased to encourage youth sailors from amongst your International Council of Yacht Clubs members, to participate at this well attended international event. Racing will be taking place out on our world class race tracks, the venues of our upcoming major events: the 2017 Optimist Asians & Oceania Championships and the 2018 - 29er World Championships. For more details, click on the article title and view the full announcement.  
ICOYC Youth Exchange at Work!!
Posted 6Dec2016
Thanks to Commodore Staffan Salen at KSSS, and his great crew, both our kids teams have enjoyed some wonderful experiences! https://www.facebook.com/129386293506/photos/a.10154235100848507.1073741839.129386293506/10154243769323507/?type=3&theater  
Royal Southern Yacht Club AGM elections herald new beginnings as the first lady Commodore for ten ye
Posted 2Dec2016
At Saturday's Royal Southern Yacht Club AGM (26th November), the following Flag Officers were elected: Commodore - Karen Henderson-Williams Vice Commodore - Graham Nixon Rear Commodore Sailing - Robert Vose Rear Commodore House - John Rutherford Follows an excerpt from the speech given by the newly elected Commodore, Karen Henderson-Williams to members: "I would like to thank you for electing me as your new Commodore. It is a great honour and privilege and I will do my very best to represent all the members in the year ahead. I was particularly delighted to be proposed for this role by our first Lady Commodore, Mrs Annette Newton, and seconded by the leader of Youth, Dr Mark Tomson. I am following Annette as the Club's second female Commodore, ten years on from Annette's tenure. It is a milestone for yacht clubs to have female Flag officers even in the present day and I am pleased to have been chosen to take on that role. "Looking forward as your Commodore, I intend to be open and transparent and I am confident I will be fully supported by the team around me, as well as my husband David, who has continued to support me throughout my time as a member and a Flag. Most importantly, members must enjoy our club, enjoy supporting our staff and enjoy volunteering. Sometimes it is hard work and volunteers will only do this if we bring back the fun side of the role. "The sailing programme for next year is very full and exciting and I am sure will offer members and guests a full year of activities that will promote our Club on the water and ashore and give enjoyment for all of us. "We must ensure the Club continues to thrive and build its reputation for the future generation. I will do my utmost to help that happen. I strongly believe in our Club and I wish it to be a happy Club that runs events for all sections and is inclusive for all members, whatever interests you have. (click on the title to see a photo) "I look forward to supporting all areas of the Club whether it be racing, race management, cruising, motor boating, Splash, Academy, the sub-committees and the good work of our Ladies Committee. Our special thanks go to the Ladies Committee for all their hard work raising money for their chosen charities and for the funds they have raised for the Club. I will do my best to support you all." 
Pacific Keel Boat Challenge 2017
Posted 8Nov2016
Please find attached invitation to share with your sailing office and club members. We would love to see you in Auckland for this event that ties into the 2017 Auckland Regatta. If you need any further information cc’d is MRX Yachting. Hopefully we will see some of you there! regards Hayden Porter | General Manager | Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron 181 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven Marina, Auckland | PO Box 46182, Herne Bay, Auckland 1147 T: +64 9 360 6800 | F: +64 9 360 6802 | M: +64 27 2222556 | W: www.rnzys.org.nz  
Cubar Odssey 2017 - Cruise to La Paz, Baja California
Posted 4Oct2016
San Diego Yacht Club is hosting the Cubar Odyssey 2017 by organizing a fleet of boats to make the trek down to La Paz, Baja California during November 2017.  
Volvo China Coast Race Week
Posted 28Sep2016
Volvo China Coast Regatta - Saturday 22 to Monday 24 October : Volvo Hong Kong to Hainan Race starts 3 November. Click on the title and read the full release.