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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 Thursday, November 10, 2016

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. 
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.

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 

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  
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 
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