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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.  

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What's New at ICOYC???

Updated Monday, January 27, 2020

Scroll down to the CURRENTS section below for late breaking news in the yachting world.

President Andy Anderson's
Welcoming Message


Youth America’s Cup Announced  

A reinvigorated Youth America’s Cup regatta is announced today which will be raced in a brand new class of foiling mono-hull, the AC9F, in 2020 and 2021.  
See more details in 
On The Water/ICOYC Regattas

“The RNZYS looks forward to receiving your challenge”
ICOYC 2020 Cruise Information
The Solent & Poole Harbour


Commodore Graham Nixon of the Royal Southern Yacht Club invites ICOYC members to take part in the 2020 ICOYC Cruise.

31 August - 12 September 2020

Details in
On the Water/Cruises

 Americas Regional Conference

Registrations Open!!!

17-19 April 2020
Southern Yacht Club
New Orleans, LA, USA

Conference Registration and the Conference Overview and Agenda are posted on Regional Conferences/Americas 
under "2020 - New Orleans

2021 World Forum Announced
28 February-03 March 2021

Sandringham Yacht Club is hosting the 2021 World Forum near sunny Melbourne, Australia.
Watch the VIDEO

Details in 
Forums/Upcoming World Forums 

Join NRV on the Sea Cloud in the Caribbean, 19-29 March 2021

Details in On The Water/Cruises, under 2021 March - NRV
 2019 World Forum
Royal Cork Yacht Club
25-28 September 2019

Presentations and photos have been posted.

Forums/Past World Forums
Photo Gallery

Helga Cup 2020
11-14 June 2020
Norddeutscher Regatta Verein
Hamburg, Germany

Details On The Water/ICOYC Regattas
under Helga Cup June 2020

Grundig Ski-Yachting 2020
Royal Norwegian Yacht Club invites ICOYC members to participate in this novel skiing/yachting event.

Details in
On the Water/Club Events

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
invites ICOYC members to join their
51st Annual Cruise.

Details in 
On The Water/Cruises

Hong Kong Race Week 2020

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club invites members of ICOYC clubs to participate in its 7th edition of the ASAF Youth Cup Series taking place on 04-09 Feb 2020.

Details can be found on On the Water/ICOYC and Member Club Regattas

ICOYC Newsletter,
December 2018




CURRENTS - News in the Yachting Scene  


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.orgfor 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 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 to webeditor@icoyc.

A Junior Sailing Reboot - Interview with the 'master'
Posted 8Feb2020
This program, from Tom Ehman's Sailing Illustrated online,discusses a revolution in junior sailing programs developed by St Francis Yacht Club over the last few years. The program was viewed by sailors worldwide, and presents some fascinating new ideas for yacht clubs. Also included, as usual on the show, are news items of World Sailing and various events. A worthy and entertaining watch! https://www.facebook.com/SailingIllustratedBlog/videos/171544364176815/  
Sailing needs a cycle of life
Posted 18Dec2019
Many decades ago, young people in the USA would be taught sailing, gradually finding what part of the sport was most appealing. Some chose boardsailing. Some chose Hobie cats. Others found themselves on dinghies or keelboats. This was the cycle of life for sailing. Young people came into the sport, gained from adult mentoring, and then replaced those that aged out. But that pattern got disrupted when youth sailing got ‘soccerized’. Click on the article title and download the full text. Read on for a worldwide survey and some hopeful suggestions."  
Hong Kong Race Week 2020 - Entry Open
Posted 23Oct2019
The Hong Kong Sailing Federation in conjunction with co-organiser the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club are pleased to announce the the 7th edition of Hong Kong Race Week. HKRW 2020 will run from 4 to 9 February 2020, with the Asian Sailing Federation confirming that the event will represent Leg 2 of the annual ASAF Youth Cup Series for 2019-2020. Serving as a significant foundation regatta for promising Asian sailors to hone their skills, Hong Kong Race Week has positioned itself amongst the best racing in the world and is a ‘not to be missed’ event on the international youth dinghy scene. 10 classes will be hosted in 2020, with sailors racing on Hong Kong’s renowned world-class racetracks located in Repulse Bay, Deep Water Bay, Stanley, Tai Tam and Beaufort Island – race tracks to the 2017 Optimist Asian and Oceanian Championship and the 2018 29er World Championship. Hong Kong Race Week Chairman, Peter Davies, expressed his delight in being able to welcome new competitors along with previous participants to compete in the 2020 edition of the event, saying “HKRW has grown from strength to strength and in this our 7th edition, which coincides with an Asian held Olympics, we are aiming for our most competitive event yet.“ With strong growth in sailors attending from regional Asia, Davies remarked that with the momentum generated by an Olympics being hosted in Asia, he anticipated the event to attract more than 260+ of the top youth sailors from around the Asia Pacific region and further afield. Competitors returning from countries including Australia, Cambodia, China, Dubai, Fiji, Great Britain, Guam, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, Qatar, Thailand, Chinese Taipei, UAE and the USA are expected for 2020. Hong Kong Race Week 2020 invited classes include 29er, 2.4mR, 420, 470, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial, Optimist, Optimist Green, Laser Pico Green and RS Feva. We invite you to join us on the carefree sunny south side of Hong Kong Island for the best racing in Asia. More regatta details are available online at http://www.hongkongraceweek.com/ To keep up with the latest news follow the links below: • The official website is at www.hongkongraceweek.com • Facebook: @hongkongraceweek • Instagram: @hongkongraceweek • Twitter: @hkraceweek Regards, Vivian Ngan Assistant Manager- Sailing & Promotion Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Kellett Island, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Tel: +852 2239 0391 | Fax: +852 2239 0364 | Email: vivian.ngan@rhkyc.org.hk Web: www.rhkyc.org.hk | Facebook: www.facebook.com/RHKYC | Twitter: www.twitter.com/RHKYC