Officers and Board of directors


(* Also an elected Director)


Andy Anderson*
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

Auckland. New Zealand

Andy is Commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron until August 2016. His commitment to sailing has now extended to being President of ICOYC. Andy's involvement in sailing for over some 35 years has seen him want to share this passion with others and give a little back. "We are but caretakers for our sport and so must ensure the chances to go sailing are maintained for future generations”.

Sailing opened up opportunities to live and visit many parts of the world while continuing with his professional career as an architect. Andy has been a Principal of New Zealand’s largest architectural practice, Jasmax, since 1995, and continues to focus on commercial and mixed use developments. The parallels between business and sailing are many and it is this juxtaposition that allows the continual search to seek better outcomes for both.

Andy’s sailing has involved offshore as well as local racing and cruising and he is still active racing year round in his Elliott 12m in club regattas or events. Andy sees the opportunity to join clubs and individuals together for the sport’s benefit. Giving new participants a chance to try the sport is to be encouraged at club level, especially our youth. The chance to join clubs together allows them to have a stronger voice in the local or global community.



Vice President, Asia/Pacific
Chris Carlile
Sandringham Yacht Club
Melbourne, Australia

Chris has been a competitive sailor pretty much his whole life. This has included ocean races and regattas in Australia, UK, USA, and Hong Kong and several World Championships in his current boat – an 11-meter one design. He is a long standing (50 year) member of Royal Queensland Y.S. and a 40+ year Member of Sandringham YC in Melbourne. At SYC, he has served several terms on General Committee, been Sail Captain, and Commodore from 2012 to 2014.

Chris is a strong supporter of the concept behind the Council and the values that underpin its activities. In the competition for the leisure hour and dollar, the essential task for all our Clubs is to enhance the value proposition that aims to attract new Members and retain existing Members. The ICOYC enhances the value provided to our Members and it is our collective responsibility to get this message through the general membership at our Clubs.

In the new role of VP for Asia Pacific, I hope to assist local clubs discharge this responsibility.

Vice President, Europe
Dr Gero Brugmann
Norddeutscher Regatta Verein
Hamburg, Germany

Gero Brugmann served the ICOYC as a Director and its Secretary from inception through 2010 and is now serving as the Council’s Vice President - Europe. He was Rear Commodore Offshore Sailing of Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (Hamburg) and Vice Commodore from 2007 until his term ended in 2011. He is also a member of the Main Committee of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and the pro bono managing director of Nordseewoche Marketing GmbH, the organizing body of Germany’s largest offshore race week. He also represented Germany and South Africa at the IRC Congress for several years. Gero is an active offshore racer, crossed the Atlantic four times and enjoyed a racing season each in Sydney, Cape Town and Toronto.

Gero is married to Christine and father of a son, Bruno.

Vice President, Americas
Jim Burns
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
Vancouver, Canada

Jim has been “on the water” since before he could walk He started racing at 12 and campaigned a J24 for 19 years from Club events to World Championships. He acquired a Dragon in 2011 and has found the learning curve steep.

Jim returned to his power boat roots in 2007 and also has a 45’ Tollycraft - “Sarona II”. Jim is a lawyer and Past President of the Estate Planning Council of Vancouver. He is also a Director and a Past President of the Princess Louisa International Society, dedicated to the preservation of Princess Louisa Inlet (“Yosemite North”), a spectacular fjord 100 miles north of Vancouver that was visited during the first ICOYC Cruise in the fall of 2009.

Jim was Commodore of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club in 2008-2009 and stepped down from the Board in 2010 after 18 years of service. Jim became a Director of the International Council of Yacht Clubs in 2010 and was the Secretary of the Council.

Phil Smith
Eastern Yacht Club
Marblehead, USA

Phil Smith, who lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, has been a member of both the Eastern and the New York Yacht Clubs since the early 1970s.

In addition to serving as an officer and director of the Eastern Yacht Club, of which he is currently Commodore, he has served on the board of directors and as president of a number of youth organizations, including the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, which sponsors orchestras for highly talented teenagers, the Keewaydin Foundation, which operates summer camps that focus on wilderness canoe tripping, and The Pleon Yacht Club, a junior yacht club in Marblehead which is operated exclusively for children.

Phil was a partner at Ropes & Gray, a Boston law firm, for over 35 years where he specialized in complex financings, private equity transactions and in designing unique governance structures for corporations and other business organizations. He has served as counsel to a number of charitable foundations.

For many years Phil crewed in both one-design and national and international offshore races. He currently cruises a J-46 named “Strega” and has recently added a Sabre 42 Sedan named “Sabrina” to the fleet.


Rob Forsyth*
  Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
  Vancouver, Canada

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Elected Directors

The Board of Directors of ICOYC includes the President and Vice Presidents (ex officio) and members elected by the member clubs.


Andy Anderson
 Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
Auckland, New Zealand
 Michael Campbell
 Royal Perth Yacht Club
 Nedlands (Perth), Australia 
 Rob Forsyth
 Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
 Vancouver, Canada 

 Malcolm Levy
 Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
 Sydney, Australia 
Chuck Lowry
Seattle Yacht Club
Seattle, USA
John McNeill
St Francis Yacht Club
 San Francisco, USA
(as Past President) 

David Mead
Royal Southern Yacht Club
Hamble, UK
Graham Rose
Royal Natal Yacht Club
Durban, South Africa
Robert Stoneley
 Royal Hong Yacht Club
Hong Kong

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Claes Tallberg
Nyländska Jaktklubben
Helsinki, Finland

 Bill Torgerson
 Annapolis Yacht Club
 Annapolis, USA


  Godwin Zammit
 Royal Malta Yacht Club
Valletta, Malta

Aaron Young
 Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
Auckland, NZ

Honorary Director 
Inge Strompf-Jepsen 
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Hong Kong 


Updated Wednesday, May 24, 2017