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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 Wednesday, April 27, 2016

2016 Commodores' Forum in Copenhagen - The Registration Desk is Open!!
Commodore Lars Ive of the Royal Danish Yacht Club announces that Early Bird Registration for the 2016 Commodores' Forum being held in Copenhagen on 19-23 September 2016 is now available. Also, the separate registration process for the conference hotel is ready. The conference agenda and the partners/spouses programs can be viewed. Please visit Forums/Next Commodores Forum to see the registration details, download the programs, and to reserve your room in the conference hotel. Note that the Early Bird prices expire on 01 June.

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.
NRV Announces the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta 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 our 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 our Reciprocal Clubs – the NRV will host the eastbound regatta from Bermuda to Hamburg / GERMANY. Go to Member Clubs/Norddeutscher Regatta Verein for details.

Reports and Photos from the 2016 European Regional Conference in Malta - 15-17 January
Reports on the conference can be found on

Regional Conferences/Europe

under the tab "2016 Malta".

Photos can be found in Photo Gallery.

Read the Press Release prepared by Royal Malta Yacht Club HERE

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 

Match Cup ISAF Grade 4 Qualifier at Royal Southern
Posted 15Apr2016
Hamble, Hampshire, UK: Over an action-packed weekend (9-10 April), teams from across Europe descended on the Royal Southern Yacht Club for an exciting ISAF Grade 4 match racing competition - the qualifying round and prelude to the main event, the ISAF Grade 2 Match Racing Final taking place 15-18 June. After some really close racing the 'home' Royal Southern team, led by Annabel Vose (GBR) with Hannah Peters, Amy Prime, Rob Gullan and Piers Hugh-Smith, triumphed. Connor Miller (GBR) was second and Felix Jacobsen (Denmark) finished in third place. The RSrnYC racing event team pulled out all the stops to make sure the visitors from around the UK and Europe were welcomed. Indeed the Club is delighted to welcome Felix Jacobsen, from the Royal Denmark Yacht Club, as a new Academy member! He and his team enjoyed the occasion so much they have signed up as members. Final rankings: www.royal-southern.co.uk. Full story and more details by clicking on the article title.  
New Cruising and Short-handed classes at the Annapolis Yacht Club Annual Regatta
Posted 4Apr2016
New Cruising and Short-handed classes at the Annapolis Yacht Club Annual Regatta, June 11, 2016 Annapolis, MD (April 4, 2016) — In an effort to extend the appeal of its racing events to a broader spectrum of sailors, the coming sailing season sees modifications to two longstanding Annapolis Yacht Club regattas in the form of additional classes. These new classes will create opportunities for boats that are not typically part of the racing fleet and are designed to be attractive for sailors who are not frequent racers. This year, AYC will feature Cruising Spinnaker, Cruising Non-Spinnaker, Shorthanded Spinnaker, and Shorthanded Non-Spinnaker starts at its 80th Annual Regatta (June 11, 2016) and again at its Fall Series Distance Race (October 8, 2016). Each of the AYC races will feature a government mark course with a fixed course published in advance. About Annapolis Yacht Club AYC was founded in 1886 as an informal canoe club. Today, the Club's mission is to encourage and support a wide range of boating activities and to maintain facilities for the recreational and social use of its 2000 members. The Annapolis Yacht Club is a full service, year-round premier private yacht club that provides high-quality programs for its members. These include sailboat racing, cruising for sailors and power boaters, a vigorous junior sailing program, fun and educational winter activities, social events, and first class dining and banquet facilities. Visit annapolisyc.com to learn more about the Club. Contact: Linda Ambrose Regatta Manager Email: lambrose@annapolisyc.org Phone: 410-858-4964  
First 2K Team Racing event deemed a success by the Royal Southern YC
Posted 3Apr2016
Hamble, Hampshire, UK Question: How do you cram all the different racing scenarios that you might encounter over a season into one day on the water? Answer: Go 2K Team Racing at the Royal Southern...and they did! '2K' is defined as two boat team racing in keel boats, with mixed gender crews and no spinnakers. Team racing provides short, high intensity races with lots of close quarter encounters between boats. The RSrnYC held this new training event, organised by Dr Stephanie Merry, during this weekend, sailing in the Club's Academy fleet of J/80s. Members were invited to form mixed gender crews of four people to take part. Each crew of four were paired at random with another crew of four, to form a two-boat team for the first round of racing. This was to ensure that the teams are well matched. Each two-boat team raced against the other teams in the first round and in the second round, there was a new set of random pairs. Read the full article and see the photos by clicking on the headline.  
NRV Dominates the Star Class
Posted 31Mar2016
The 'Locals' Polgar and Koy: Give It Everything We Have Eleven VIP teams are confirmed for the inaugural Star Sailors League City Grand Slam, in Hamburg 2-7 May and Johannes Polgar and Markus Koy can be considered as the local team for the City Grand Slam, both are members of the host club, Norddeutscher Regatta Verein on the banks of Lake Alster, Hamburg. Markus Koy was born in Hamburg and lives there to this day and Johannes Polgar has lived in Germany's second largest city for over 16 years. Polgar's rise in the Star Class has been impressive, he represented Germany at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the vastly different Tornado Class, before switching to the Star with Markus Koy. Just three years later, the German pair won the Star European Championship and this year finished fourth in the SSL Finals in Nassau. At the SSL City Grand Slam, hosted by Norddeutscher Regatta Verein, Hamburg, Germany, over 90 teams will be competing from 18 different countries. With many Olympic medallists and Star World Champions racing, the action will be fantastic! Full coverage of all the action will be streamed live on the internet with expert commentary from special studio guests. On the water, the latest in hi-tech camera technology, as well as Virtual Eye 3D Graphics, will provide thrilling viewing. Armchair sailors can also race the course with Virtual Regatta -- Louay Habib city.starsailors.com  
Building Up America's Boat Clubs
Posted 23Mar2016
This article from BoatUS magazine describes some success factors by which some leading boating clubs (read, Yacht Clubs) have enhanced their membership by making social and operational changes demanded by today's potential new members. While some details pertain to the USA situation, most of the suggestions are applicable across all of the ICOYC member clubs. A sidebar features the changes that fellow member Chicago Yacht Club implemented. Read the full article at http://www.boatus.com/magazine/2016/april/boat-clubs.asp  
Why a Club Fleet is Import - One Club's Answer
Posted 7Mar2016
We often hear the question, "Why should we support a strong club fleet?" Well, one answer may be "To remain competitive." This article in Scuttlebutt, 06 March 2016, helps explain why New Zealand is such a strong competitor in keelboat racing internationally and how ICOYC member Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron keeps training young sailors.  
Royal Natal Yacht Club Establishes its One Design Fleet
Posted 18Feb2016
Read this "Letter from the Commodore" about how Royal Natal YC set up a One Design Fleet using the experiences of other ICOYC club. Click on the article title to view the web link. 
Norddeutscher Regatta Verein Announces the Alantic Anniversary Regatta
Posted 1Feb2016
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 our 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 our Reciprocal Clubs – the NRV will host the eastbound regatta from Bermuda to Hamburg / GERMANY. Go to Member Clubs/Norddeutscher Regatta Verein for details. 
Royal Southern announces "Hamble Classics"
Posted 1Feb2016
A new Regatta at the Royal Southern YC is announced for September 2016. Designed as a late season extravaganza of classic yachting, the Hamble Classics Regatta is set to welcome all styles of classic yachts, with racing formats to suit each type. Metre classes, Classic Racers and cruisers, Spirit of Tradition yachts plus Old Gaffers and Dayboats will enjoy the superb facilities at one of the UK's top yacht clubs, with first class race management and a social programme to match. Click on the title to view the full announcement. 
Royal Malta Yacht Club Facilitates Productive Annual ICOYC European Regional Conference
Posted 25Jan2016
Growth and Development of Yachting main discussion at ICOYC Regional Conference The 5th International Council of Yacht Clubs (ICOYC) European Regional Conference, hosted by the Royal Malta Yacht Club concluded successfully following an intensive two days of fruitful discussions. The Conference hosted delegates from some of the most prestigious European Yacht Clubs that form part of the Council, whose mission is to foster close relations, at Flag Officer and General Management level, between leading yacht clubs around the world. Read the full press release by clicking on the title. 
NRV Hosts the Star Sailor League Regatta - 3-7 May 2016
Posted 22Jan2016
Almost 100 registrations for Star Sailors League Regatta Despite of its non-Olympic status the Star boat still remains a very popular boat class. Consequently the Star Sailors League, Norddeutscher Regatta Verein as well as the Hamburg and Luebeck Bay Star boat fleets are organizing the SSL City Grand Slam from May 3rd to 7th, 2016 In Hamburg. Read the full article by clicking on the title.  
ÅF Offshore Race – Round Gotland - June 30 - July 6, 2016
Posted 22Jan2016
At the end of June every year, sailing yachts take over the central parts of the famous Stockholm waterfront when The Royal Swedish Yacht Club, KSSS arrange the ÅF Offshore Race – Round Gotland Race. Starting the race in the middle of Stockholm has been a huge success. In the summer of 2015 more than 150 000 spectators followed the boats as they left the city. Read more about this wonderful race and download the colorful brochure.  
Royal Varuna YC to Host Optimist World Championship in 2017
Posted 23Dec2015
Just wanted to let ICOYC members know that the Royal Varuna Yacht Club has been picked as the host for the Optimist World Championship 2017. It will be held between 10 – 21st July 2017 and we expect some 300 sailors between the ages of 12 – 15 from 60 countries to compete here. Please contact me for more information since I would be happy to send it to you. Chaiya Richard Holt, General Manager, Royal Varuna Yacht Club. generalmanager@varuna.org. website: varuna.org