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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 Monday, September 18, 2017

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

President Andy Anderson's
Welcoming Message
 testing mirrored pages    
    NJK - Nyländska Jaktklubben
 ICOYC Cruise in Finland
29 July - 06 August 2016
    Cruise Report by Maggie Widdop of Royal Southern Yacht Club  
Norddeutscher Regatta Verein
Atlantic Anniversary Regatta
November 2017/July 2018
Yacht Club Italiano
Millevele Regatta
23-24 September 2017
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 .
Now that we are past the Summer season, Yacht Club Italiano wishes to draw your attention to “MILLEVELE” (as in “Thousand Sails”), a traditional annual event that has taken place here in Genoa since 1987.
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

Chicago Yacht Club
Americas Regional Conference
20-22 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.
The September 01 draft agenda  has been posted on Regional Conferences/Americas. Hotel information and the conference registration form are also available.
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 30 Sept 2017

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

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. 
Royal Vancouver YC Hosts International 6 Metre Class World Championship
Posted 14Sep2017
ICOYC member Royal Vancouver YC hosts the International 6 Metre Championship on 15-21 September 2017. Read the details on http://6mvancouver2017.com/. The various members of ICOYC are well represented in the list of registered boats, http://rvan.ca/6mR/regboats.htm  
Volvo China Coast Regatta - 13-15 October 2017 - Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
Posted 13Sep2017
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has published the Notice of Race and is now accepting entries for the 2017 Volvo China Coast Regatta – Hong Kong’s premier Big Boat event. This keenly anticipated regatta offers all a great series of fiercely competitive races in some of the best sailing conditions in Asia. Click on the article link to download the full story. 
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.  
Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race 2017
Posted 12Jul2017
Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race 2017 International Interest From Afar International entries from seven countries mark the first sign ups for the 8th Hong Kong to Vietnam Race; the 673nm predominantly downwind run to Nha Trang Beach, Vietnam. Racing kicks off on 18 October 2017 on Victoria Harbour in front of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s flagship Clubhouse at Kellett Island. Click on the article title to see more information 
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Announces Notice of Race for 2017 Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships
Posted 24May2017
2017 Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships Hong Kong, 30 September to 7 October 2017 IODA and HKODA in conjunction with the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, today announced the release of the Notice of Race for the 2017 Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships. Hong Kong has the honor of hosting the 2017 edition of the event, and eligible skippers are invited to apply for entry to this premier event via online registration.  
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 ***  
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. 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.