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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?

Last updated Monday, October 03, 2016

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 towebeditor@icoyc.org for posting. Read how to do this on the Photo Gallery page. 

New Club Members
Recently the Board of Directors approved the applications of three more globally important yacht clubs as members of ICOYC, namely Clube Naval de CascaisGstaad Yacht Club, and Royal Cork Yacht Club. Their respective club pages in Member Clubs are being developed. Come back soon to see their newly created member club pages. 

April 2016 ICOYC Newsletter
Read about the forthcoming Commodores' Forum in Copenhagen, the recent European Regional Meeting in Malta, how Chicago Yacht Club revved up the club's energy level in Chicago, and how Royal Natal YC works with the community in Natal. Download the issue HERE and feel free to pass it on to others.

2017 ICOYC Cruise in Finland, 29 July - 06 August 2017
The 2017 ICOYC Cruise is being hosted by Nyländska Jaktklubben (NJK) during the summer of 2017. More information will be posted in On the Water/Member Cruises and will be sent to all ICOYC members when the details are complete.
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 

Planning for the Future
Posted 17Oct2016
This year, the US J/22 Class Association awarded its first annual scholarship boat to Patrick Shanahan of the Brown University Sailing Team, which earned his team a fully outfitted J/22 and trailer. The team of six members competed on the J/22 circuit this summer which led up to J/22 Worlds in Kingston, Ontario in late August. Here’s an update with Patrick published in the international class newsletter…(click on the article title to see the link) 
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.  
Hamble Classics raises the bar for classic yacht regattas
Posted 28Sep2016
The inaugural Hamble Classics Regatta got off to a glorious start over the weekend of 24-25 September with a big entry, big parties, and big weather to match. A total of 65 boats ranging from two tiny Herreshoff gaffers to the mighty Swan 65 Desperado put on show the most inclusive range of classics of recent Solent-based regattas. Click on the title to read the full release.  
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.  
Canada’s Hollandia wins the 24th Canada’s Cup Championship
Posted 22Sep2016
-- Canada has triumphantly defended the Canada's Cup -- Toronto Ontario (September 14, 2016) – Hollandia, of RCYC (Toronto), wins the 24th Canada’s Cup after five races. The Championship was a “best of seven” series; the first boat to win four races wins the Championship! Hollandia won the first three races putting USA’s Yquem 1 into a sudden death position for the remainder of the competition. *** Read the full article by clicking on the article title 
US Teams Selected for Red Bull Foiling Generation
Posted 15Sep2016
Fifteen talented youth teams from across the country have been chosen to participate in the first ever US Qualifier for the Red Bull Foiling Generation sailing competition. The US Qualifier will be held October 15 and 16 at the Sail Newport Sailing Center in Newport, Rhode Island. Red Bull Foiling Generation US Qualifier competitors, aged 16 to 20, were chosen through a world-final application process that was launched earlier this year. Industry experts in partnership with US Sailing were recruited to evaluate possible competitors based on their sharp sailing skills, athleticism and smart decision-making. These skills are needed to handle the 18-foot Flying Phantom catamarans designed with hydrofoil technology, a smaller but similar version to what is used in the world’s most famous sailing competition – America’s Cup. “This event is a wonderful opportunity to give some of our best young athletes their first taste of racing on foils, which are quickly becoming a huge part of the high-performance side of our sport around the world,” said Leandro Spina, US Sailing’s Olympic development director. Arriving early in the week, all pre-selected teams will be trained on how to effectively and safely operate these unique and fascinating sailboats by the event’s founders, two-time Olympic gold medalists Austrians Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher. The winning team will stay in Newport to race in the Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final on October 22 and 23, joining top youth competitors from 14 countries – Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Italy, Turkey, France, Denmark, Netherlands, Great Britain, New Zealand, Japan and Belgium – that have qualified for this first ever world-wide competition. Click on the article title to get a weblink to the source article. 
RED BULL FOILING GENERATION -US Qualifier and World Finals - October 2016
Posted 15Sep2016
Red Bull Foiling Generation is about providing talented young sailors, ages 16 - 20 with the opportunity to advance their careers through top-notch hydrofoil racing. The competitions serve as training waters for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, which caters to competitors ages 19-25. Both competitions train youth sailors from all over the globe on smaller versions of catamaran racers with foils, like those used in one of the world’s most famous sailing competition – America’s Cup. The Sail Newport Sailing Center at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island will host both the Red Bull Foiling Generation US Qualifier on October 15 and 16 and the World Finals for the world to see on October 22 and 23. The seaside location is home to many sailing events and regattas because of its natural amphitheater on Narragansett Bay and legendary sailing waters. More info on http://foilinggeneration.redbull.com/  
Royal Southern YC Hosting the Hamble Classics Regatta
Posted 5Aug2016
Hamble Classics: New S&S Nautor Swan Class Announced For Hamble Classics Regatta The Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble is hosting and managing the racing for the inaugural Hamble Classics Regatta on 24-25th September 2016. Yachts already confirmed for this event include: Bob Kat II, Breeze, Charm of Rhu, Cockleshell, Destina, Evensong, Finola, Ivy Green, Nancy, Sioma, Spinaway X, Strega, Thalia and White Heather; Folkboats Mahjong and YSA and XODs Calypso, Elicia, Mischief, Pepper and Sox. In addition to Classic Yachts of pre-1971 design, the International Metre classes, Classic Racers and Cruisers, Spirit of Tradition yachts plus Old Gaffers and Dayboats, organisers are delighted to announce a class for all Sparkman and Stephens-designed Nautor Swans. The Swan 36 Finola and Swan 38 White Heather are already entered. Other invited production yachts include Folkboats, Twisters, SCODs, Contessa 26 and Contessa 32s, Nicholson 32s, 35s & 36s, the Cal 40, plus Tofinou and Monotype 7.5 sportsboats. Owners of other classic- style GRP yachts are requested to make contact with the Club. See NOR 3.1 - 3.4 on the event website for eligibility details. The Hamble Classics will feature IRC class racing for yachts not in one-design or level racing classes (e.g. XOD and 6-Metres), or gaff rigged yachts sailing under OGA system handicaps (with thanks to Sue Pennison of the Solent OGA who will be processing the handicaps). For those yachts currently without an IRC certificate, a low cost Single Event Rating (SER) is available from the RORC Rating Office. You can apply for an IRC SER rating as early as you like but the rating will only be issued a maximum of one month before the event, so don't delay as it can take 28 days to be processed. The discount rate for early entries ends on August 1st so please enter soon. Notice of Race and online entry: www.royal-southern.co.uk Click on the title to get a list of weblinks.  
Royal Vancouver YC's David Sutcliffe Keeps the Vic-Maui Race Going While Promoting Safety at Sea
Posted 29Jul2016
From Jim Burns, ICOYC VP for the Americas, "The resurgence of the Vic Maui Race is almost entirely due to the tireless efforts of David Sutcliffe. He virtually singlehandedly got the offshore "Safety at Sea Seminars" going in Vancouver and it is one of the very few programs of its kind in North America. Truly an unsung hero, he has steadfastly refused our entreaties to run for the Executive, preferring instead to focus on offshore racing and Vic Maui in particular." Read more by clicking on the article's title.  
Royal Vancouver YC is Overall Winner of Vic-Maui 2016
Posted 29Jul2016
With most of the competitors now finished, it is clear that Kinetic V, a TP-52 owned by David Sutcliffe and sailing for co-host Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, will be the Overall Winner of Vic-Maui 2016. David a 6 time Vic-Maui veteran previously won the Overall prize in Vic-Maui in 2010 in Kinetic II. Kinetic V completed the course in 8d 14h 16 m and corrected out 2h 30m ahead of Valkyrie at 8d 3h 57m. - See more at: http://www.vicmaui.org/index.php?articleid=682#sthash.8gFMdhGq.dpuf 
San Diego and Royal Freshwater take the Governor's Cup
Posted 24Jul2016
Host Balboa Yacht Club places third, following ICOYC members San Diego Yacht Club and Royal Freshwater Yacht Clubs.