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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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Updated Sunday, July 28, 2019

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

President Andy Anderson's
Welcoming Message

ICOYC Newsletter,
December 2018

  Americas Regional Conference

Save the Date

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

Conference details will be available on Regional Conferences/Americas 
under 2020 - New Orleans

 2019 World Forum
Royal Cork Yacht Club
25-28 September 2019

The Royal Cork Yacht Club will be celebrating its 300th Anniversary in 2020 and is hosting the ICOYC World Forum in September 2019.

Online registration for the conference is available. 

Details in 
Forums/Upcoming World Forum.





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.

Annapolis YC Long Distance Double-handed Race
Posted 8Aug2019
Racing sailboats across a long distance has inspired generations of sailors. The Annapolis Yacht Club announces a new 24-hour race for double-handed crews to start on Saturday, September 28, 2019 off the entrance to the Severn River. In response to the announcement by World Sailing, the international governing body of the sport, that the Olympic Games will host a mixed double-handed, long-distance competition beginning with the 2024 Paris Games, the Annapolis Yacht Club is among the first sailing organizations to create this new event. Please find the press release by Gary Jobson by clicking on the article title and download the release. We hope that you will share this news with your audience and thank you for your support of the Annapolis Yacht Club. Thank you, Kate Edwards Communications Manager 510 Severn Avenue Annapolis, Maryland 21403 410-263-9147 x.104 kedwards@annapolisyc.org  
All About Sailing at St Francis Yacht Club
Posted 2Aug2019
The August 2019 issue of St Francis Yacht Club's web-based magazine, Mainsheet, is focused on sailing at St Francis YC, including racing and social cruising. Click on the article title to see the download link. 
World Sailing Presidential Update - July 2019
Posted 31Jul2019
Report by the President of World Sailing on his meeting with International Olympic Committee, "Change or be Changed". Click on the article title to see the download link. 
Annapolis YC - 37th Biennial Annapolis-to-Newport Race — One for the Books
Posted 17Jun2019
The 2019 Annapolis-to-Newport race was one for the books with a dismasting, two boats with minor electrical fires, multiple entries dropping out due to seasickness, a double-handed entry winning its start against fully crewed boats, and a new location for the awards party and trophy presentation. Attached photo shows Gallant bowman Zachary Krause (left) and Varsity Offshore Team Director Jahn Tihansky (left) with the Chip Thayer Perpetual Trophy. Photo by Bill Wagner. We hope that you will share this news with your audience and thank you for your support of the Annapolis-to-Newport race. Click on the article title to see the downloads. Kate Edwards Communications Manager 510 Severn Avenue Annapolis, Maryland 21403 410-263-9147 x.104 kedwards@annapolisyc.org  
Open International Championship - Sailability Hong Kong
Posted 17Apr2019
Sailability Hong Kong and the Hebe Haven YC present the first ever Open International Championship, 2-8 December 2019. Click the article title to see the brochure and download the full event description.  
2019 World Forum in Cork, Ireland Announced
Posted 27Aug2018
In September 2019, the Royal Cork Yacht Club will be on the cusp of celebrating the tricentenary of its establishment and is proud to hold the title of the oldest yacht club in the world. The Club has maintained a strong sailing tradition over the centuries and is still as strong and active today as it was when it was founded almost three hundred years ago. The Flag Officers and members are honoured and privileged to host the ICOYC World Commodores’ Forum which will be held from Tuesday 24th to Friday 27th September, 2019 in Cork and all delegates can be assured of a warm welcome. The venue for accommodation for the Forum is due to be finalised within the next month and we will inform all member clubs as soon as this has been confirmed. Cork Harbour, where the Club is located, is considered to be the second largest natural harbour in the world after Sydney and is steeped in maritime tradition. Many physical connections to the era when the Royal Cork Yacht Club was founded in 1720 still exist to this day and both the Forum and social programs alike will afford delegates and their partner’s opportunity to visit some of the iconic symbols of our heritage and immerse themselves in what has become known as Cork – Ireland’s maritime paradise. We look forward to welcoming ICOYC delegates, and their partners / families from across the globe in September 2019 where we will endeavour to ensure that your visit to Cork will be a memorable one!