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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.  

What's New?

Chesapeake Cruise News!!....

(Updated 01October 2015) - The cruise program brochure, prepared by Annapolis Yacht Club is ready for your review, contains the details regarding events, berthing, and the course map (10MB download).  A printed copy will be presented when you check in at Annapolis Yacht Club.
Americas Regional Conference, 11-12 October 2015 - Registration Form and Agenda 

Get ready for the 2015 Americas Regional Conference by reading the Invitation Letter, downloading the Agenda, and filling out the Registration Form. Go to Forums/Regional Conferences/Americas for full details and a download section. The next conference for the Americas region will be held at Annapolis Yacht Club on 11-12 October 2015, directly following the Chesapeake Bay Cruise, and while the United States Sailboat Show is running. Hotel reservations can be made online. Details under Forums/Regional Conferences/Americas.

August 2015 eNEWS - Latest electronic newsletter

New Member Club - Long Beach Yacht Club
Check out their new Member Club page under Member Clubs

European Regional Conference
Planning is underway for the next European Regional Conference being held in lovely (and warm) Malta and hosted by the Royal Malta Yacht Club. The meeting will be scheduled for late 2015 or early 2016. Stay tuned for further announcements. Also, the RMYC racing calendar for 2015 has been posted.

Club Magazines and Newsletters Now Online!
Many of the ICOYC clubs publish their monthly magazines online as well as in print media. Links to these newsletters can be found on the private side of the ICOYC website under Member Library/Club Communications. We will keep these publications behind the Members Only firewall. If your club is missing from the list, send a message to webeditor@icoyc.org.

April 2015 ICOYC Newsletter - reports on the Auckland Forum and Cruise.

Photos from the Post Forum Cruise in New Zealand
Cruisers on the Post Forum ICOYC Cruise in New Zealand posted many great photos of their cruise area and the food they consumed. Go to Photo Gallery and click on 2015 Commodores Forum. Four albums are available. The password is ICOYCphotos.


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, October 06, 2015

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. 
Hurricane Joaquin Impact on the ICOYC Chesapeake Bay Cruise - 1 Oct 2015
Posted 3Oct2015
As you undoubtedly know, uncertainty continues over the potential impact of Hurricane Joaquin. Over the weekend, strong NE winds and heavy rain are predicted. Taking into account the guidance currently available, we are planning on the following basis: 1. Heavy weather conditions over the upcoming weekend will keep boats in port. 2. Our planned events through Saturday evening are reachable by land in the Annapolis area and at present are planned to go forward. These include: Friday 10/2/2015 - Registration 11AM-1PM, 4PM-6PM USNA Tour *Please see transportation note below Opening Reception at AYC Saturday 10/3/2015 - Cook out at Torgerson’s Address: 975 Melvin Road Annapolis 21403 3. Due to the unpredictable weather, we are cancelling the planned Baby Owl Cove event originally scheduled for Sunday. Annapolis Yacht Club will host an “On your Own Drinks” Happy Hour from 5-7 PM with light hors d’oeuvres (payment by member charge or credit card) . Cruise participants may stay for dinner at AYC or venture into downtown Annapolis and dine at one of the many area establishments. 4. We have made no decisions so far on events beyond Sunday. Click on the title to read the full notice.  
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.  
ICOYC Clubs at the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup
Posted 21Sep2015
Seven of the 17 invited clubs were ICOYC clubs. Read more HERE 
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. 
Royal Southern YC Discusses New Yacht Basin, Auckland Cruise, and Auckland Commodores' Forum
Posted 12Aug2015
The Summer issue of The Southern Magazine, published by Royal Southern YC, is chock full of interesting items. Take a read at http://www.royal-southern.co.uk/Portals/0/Magazine/The_Southern_Summer_2015.pdf 
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. 
St Francis and San Francisco YC at the International Knarr Worlds
Posted 9Aug2015
Brothers Jon and Phil Perkins and ICOYC Administrator Julie Wiard at the Knarr Worlds hosted by the Royal Danish Yacht Club in Copenhagen. The Perkins, members of both San Francisco and St Francis Yacht Clubs, posted third overall in the regatta, won by Henrik Soderlund of the host club. Julie Wiard's husband, David, was sailing with another St Francis crew, part of the four St Francis teams. San Francisco YC had two entries. The IKC Worlds are held alternately in Scandinavia and San Francisco. Good racing within the ICOYC member clubs.  
Success with a club fleet - not just for juniors!
Posted 30Jul2015
This article, from Sailing Scuttlebutt, describes a very successful club fleet program, in that it provides both a youth transition experience and an active adult sailing/racing/social program. A very worthy read for those struggling to increase the benefits of a Club Fleet. 
Newport Harbor YC Converts 52 Year Old Launch to Electric Power
Posted 24Jul2015
Newport Harbor YC has a long history as a traditional yacht club, but when it came to re-power the old launch, the members decided to break with tradition and go high tech and green. Read more by clicking on the article title. 
ICOYC Clubs do well for California Governers Club
Posted 23Jul2015
Fully five of the top eight advancing to the quarter finals of this prestigious junior competition are ICOYC Member Clubs! 
UPDATE! San Francisco Yacht Racing Challenge in Super 12's! NEW details!
Posted 18Jul2015
The SFYRC has released, in private to Council Members, an updated slideshow revealing details of the regatta, participating nations, and the Super 12 meter yacht design. Although specific competitors remain private, the nations named suggest that some Council Clubs will be sponsors. Who are they? View the latest news in the pdf file by clicking on the article's title. This event has been all over the yachting press lately. Some recent articles are linked below: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=gen&id=13006195 http://www.sail-world.com/Big-interest-in-new-San-Francisco-America-s-Cup-style-series/134724 and daily updates at http://sfyrc.com/  
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/  
AYC Holds Boot Camp For Elite 2015 USODA U.S. National and Development Teams
Posted 15Jun2015
From Kate Gahs, Communications Manager of Annapolis Yacht Club: "Attached is a press release regarding the 2015 USODA U.S. National and U.S. Development Team Boot Camp Practice which was held for the sixty-six best Optimist sailors from the United States, at the Annapolis Yacht Club, June 10-14. Sports psychologist, Dr. Tim Herzog, and US Sailing Sperry Technical Director, Grant “Fuzz” Spanhake, over saw the practice with ten of the best Optimist coaches from around the country, including AYC’s Optimist Head Coach, Tomas Ruiz de Luque. The boot camp was designed to help the elite young sailors prepare for the year’s busy national and international regatta schedule." Open the article to active the links for the press release and photos described below.  
Royal Southern Yacht Club's new Yacht Haven commissioned by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, K.G., K.T
Posted 4Jun2015
The Royal Southern Yacht Club was honoured today by the presence in Hamble of its Patron, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, for the Commissioning ceremony of the newly completed Prince Philip Yacht Haven. Read the full article and see the photos by clicking on the article title and then the download link. 
12 Meter Yacht Racing - Bring Back?
Posted 18May2015
You may recall ICOYC friend Tom Ehman from one meeting or another. He has proposed an annual regatta in 12 Meter yachts to bring tradition back to international interclub competition. Thanks to our friendship, and mutual trust, he has provided an insider's look to the plans for ICOYC Member Clubs. When this event takes place, I suspect a number of Council Clubs will be involved. Click on the article heading to view the full presentation. NOTE: for logged-in ICOYC members only.