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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?

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.

August 2015 eNEWS - Latest electronic newsletter

Save the Date - 19-23 September 2016 - for the 2016 Commodore's Forum
Commodore Lars Ive of the Royal Danish Yacht Club announces the date for the 2016 Commodores' Forum being held in Copenhagen on 19-23 September 2016. A "Save the Date" message has been sent to ICOYC members and preliminary versions of the delegates' schedule and the partners' program can be found on Forums/Next Commodores' Forum. More details will be announced in January 2016.

Save the Date - 16-17 January 2016 - for the 2016 European Regional Conference
Commodore Goodwin Zammit of the Royal Malta Yacht Club announces the date for the 2016 European Regional Conference being held in lovely (and warm) Valetta on 16-17 January 2016. Details will be posted soon.

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

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 Thursday, November 19, 2015

Metrics of Participation
Posted 20Nov2015
The Metrics of Participation, by Frederic Berg, Sailing Scuttlebutt, Friday, November 20, 2015 — Issue 4466 The many conversations on increasing participation in the sport we so cherish have been enlightening. We hear of programs that inject fun in junior sailing or inner city sailing programs that improve kids learning in general or how the changes in Americas Cup may or may not be good for the sport. It’s healthy and important to have this dialogue and certainly all of us have carried away practical tips to apply in the management of our varying sailing venues. Read more by clicking on the article title, view the weblink, click on it and scroll down to the story.  
Championship of USA Clubs to be settled at San Diego YC
Posted 29Oct2015
The 101st Challenge for the Lipton Cup returns to San Diego Yacht Club October 30 – November 1, 2015. Twelve of the most competitive teams from yacht clubs across the USA will battle in a rotation of 12 J/105s in the stadium sailing of San Diego Bay. St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco, CA) returns to defend the title, facing clubs from California, Illinois, Maryland, and New York. Click on the title to see links to the Event website – Entry list  
Royal Hong Kong YC Hosts 2015 Etchels Worlds
Posted 23Oct2015
Etchells Asia Pacific Championship - 24 October to 26 October: Etchells World Championship 2015 - 1 to 7 November Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s Kellett Island boatyard and hardstand areas are a hive of activity this week, with registration and measurement underway for the Etchells Asia Pacific Championship and the 2015 Etchells World Championship, organised by the Hong Kong Sailing Federation and co-organised by RHKYC and the Hong Kong Etchells Association. Click on the article title to read more.  
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Royal Malta YC - Background Article written by J-Boats
Posted 17Oct2015
The Island of Sailing Giants The Rolex Middle Sea Race Preview (Gzira, Malta)- So, how does a little island at the cross-roads of civilization and commerce over the centuries in the Mediterranean produce an extraordinary group of sailors that are dialed into the moods and whims of Mother Nature? The navigators and teams that have grown up in the waters around Malta in the middle of the Med have humbled many of the world’s best sailors and racing teams, will they do it again? Time will tell. Download and read the full article.  
2015 United States Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) Atlantic Coast Championships (ACCs), hosted b
Posted 8Oct2015
Attached is a press release regarding the 2015 United States Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) Atlantic Coast Championships (ACCs), hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club (AYC) October 24-25. As a long-time sponsor for local regattas, the Boatyard Bar & Grill will be sponsoring on-water photography and a photo booth for the upcoming event. Also attached, is a photo of Boatyard Bar & Grill’s photography boat and the full-page flyer that advertises the event.  
RSrnYC Academy talent gears up for 35th Student Yachting World Cup 2015
Posted 8Oct2015
The 2015 Student Yachting World Cup (SYWoC), an ISAF-recognised event hosted and run by students for students, is being held in France between 13-20 October and this year will host around 150 competitors from 15 countries. Four UK University teams are entered and every one is either skippered or crewed by a Royal Southern Academy member. 
ICOYC Plaque Awarded to Sandringham YC
Posted 30Sep2015
ICOYC Board Director, Chris Carlile, presents the ICOYC commemorative plaque to Sandringham Yacht Club. The occasion was the Annual General meeting of Members and the plaque was received by Commodore – Kate Mitchell and Vice Commodore – Rob Davies. Chris, commented to Members on the four great benefits of Membership of the ICOYC; namely, the opportunities for younger Members to participate in youth events around the world supported by the extensive networks available through the Council, secondly, the opportunities to enjoy reciprocal rights when travelling, the annual cruises in exciting places, and the regular Commodore’s Forums to meet and exchange views and experiences with like-minded “Yachties”. Beyond these specifics are the numerous contacts between Members – all of which enhances our mutual enjoyment and passion foe sailing. Click on the heading to see the photo.  
Royal Norwegian YC Wins European Sailing Champions League
Posted 21Sep2015
After three days of thrilling racing, a range of challenging sailing conditions and a host of social events, the Royal Norwegian Yacht Club (Kongelig Norsk Seilforening, KNS) has been crowned victor of the SAILING Champions League 2015 and claimed the title of “Best Sailing Club”. Second place went to the home team representing the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Russia’s Yacht Club Navigator took third place. - See more by clicking the article tile. 
Good Eats in Anapolis
Posted 10Aug2015
The Boatyard Bar and Grill, just across the creek from Annapolis Yacht Club, is THE sailors haunt for these waters. Read this article to understand some of the history, and add the Boatyard to your must visit list, while in Annapolis for the ICOYC Cruise, hosted by AYC, and the following ICOYC Americas Conference at Annapolis Yacht Club. 
A Serious Read on Clubs and National Authorities
Posted 13Jul2015
The documents linked below are the product of a year long effort in Australia to strengthen the approach to development of the sport. They are important in that they present ideas and organizational schemes that involve a stronger role for Clubs and recognize their pivotal position in providing sustainability to the sport. As each of us interacts to some degree with a National Authority, and share many of the goals cited, this is a worthy read, and might be passed on to those in our Clubs who would be involved in such relationships. Click on the title of this article to view the active web links for the articles. ‘One Sailing – The Case for Change’ by Yachting Australia > http://cdn.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/One-Sailing-Case-for-Change-June-2015.pdf Further comments from Matt Allen, President, Yachting Australia > http://www.yachting.org.au/about-us/one-sailing/