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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 Tuesday, February 19, 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

12-13 April 2019
Eastern Yacht Club
Marblehead, MA, USA

Details, Agenda, and Registration forms are available on Regional Conferences/Americas 
under 2019-Marblehead
Agenda, 19 Feb 2019

 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.

The Conference Hotel Registration process is now open and online registration for the conference will be available in late February. 

Details in 
Forums/Upcoming World Forum.

Pacific Keelboat Regatta
22-24 March 2019
Auckland, New Zealand

Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron invites ICOYC members to take part in the 2019 Pacific Keelboat Regatta
See details at
 On the Water/ICOYC Regattas.

Helga Cup
Women-only Fleet Race
 14-16 June 2019
Hamburg, Germany

Norddeutscher Regatta Verein invites ICOYC members to take part in the Helga Cup Regatta. See details at  
On the Water/ICOYC Regattas

Hong Kong Race Week
12-17 February 2019
Hong Kong

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club invites ICOYC members to take part in the ASAF Youth Cup Series Regatta. See details at On the Water/ICOYC Regattas.


 European Regional Conference

12-13 October 2018
Club Naval de Cascais
Cascais, Portugal

Conference presentations posted on 
Conferences/Europe and can be viewed by logged-in members.

Photos can be viewed on  Photo Gallery


  2018 Forum Photos
Photos of the San Francisco Forum 2018 can be viewed in Photo Gallery

2018 Forum Presentations
Presentations from the 2018 Forum can be viewed in Forums/Past World Forums




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.

Innovation in Annapolis Yacht Club Signature Regattas
Posted 20Feb2019
The Annapolis Yacht Club Sailing Committee is in constant communication with its constituency. Whether on-site during regattas or through surveys submitted afterward, the club is always seeking feedback from participants about how to improve its sailboat racing offerings. That process has produced one slight change to the AYC Racing Schedule for the 2019 season with the format for both the Annual Regatta and Fall Series being altered. Annapolis Yacht Club has announced that a distance racing component will be added to those two regattas for the larger one-design classes and handicap divisions. “We want to make racing for the larger one-designs and the handicap classes a little more user-friendly than the typical short windward-leeward courses,” AYC Sailing Committee Chairman John White said. Please find the press release attached. Kate Edwards, Communications Manager, Annapolis Yacht Club (click on the article title to see the download link)  
Building Participation on the Water - Improve the Comfort Level for Participants
Posted 7Feb2019
The key to increasing participation is to increase the comfort level for possible entrants, and when the greatest group of prospects are those with lower performance boats, that means taking a close look at their needs. Read the f;ull story by clicking on the article title. 
A club-owned one-design fleet can spark a revolution - More is More
Posted 30Jan2019
Kimball Livingston, Staff Commodore, St Francis YC And ICOYC Alternate, writes about the benefits of a one-design fleet to the members of St Francis and discusses the history of coming up with the plans for the fleet. Click on the article to get a download of the full story.  
Sailing Illustrated - a new web-based sailing forum
Posted 7Jan2019
Yacht Racing News, Views and Notables….. and Conversation! By John McNeill In April of 2017, Tom Ehman, a long standing supporter of ICOYC and representative for Gstaad Yacht Club in Switzerland, launched a web based journal intended to make news and opinions of our sport much more available and up to date for sailors. His long career in the sport and worldwide connections provided a fascinating perspective on affairs and events, leading to the success of Sailing Illustrated. A year later, Tom volunteered his services and skills to helping us videotape and record most of the Forum Sessions in San Francisco, and a week later spoke of his impressions to his audience. That talk is in the first ten minutes of this video: https://youtu.be/R-5jHaUxFSA Just last week, as I was watching the show which featured our first female Commodore at St. Francis YC reviewing her year and impressions, I was struck by the many viewers online who were part of ICOYC Clubs around the world, and were offering comments on the discussion. One club actually had most of their general committee watching. That caused me to realize that, if these fellow Council members found the programs without prompting, it might be good to introduce all the Council. I strongly recommend that you take a few moments to look at the website https://www.sailingillustrated.com/ and consider what value may be there for you and your club members. All the past programs (hundreds!) and articles are archived there for viewing, which helps deal with time zone issues. You will find some of the material very relevant to the very same topics we discuss in Forums and Conferences, and others that are simply entertaining. A directory of the video sessions is found at https://www.facebook.com/pg/SailingIllustratedBlog/videos/?ref=page_internal Try it!! You’ll find much to entertain and inform. Click on the article title to see this notice in a nicely formatted form and with active web links.  
Chicago Yacht Club Announces New Commodore and Club Officers
Posted 6Jan2019
The Chicago Yacht Club announced today that its membership has elected the club’s officers and Board of Directors. The 2019 club officers are Lou Sandoval, Commodore; Nicholas Berberian, Vice Commodore; Dwain Lutzow, Rear Commodore; Louis Rosenthal, Treasurer; and Rick Lillie, Secretary. All five officers began their tenure on January 1, 2019. Click on the article title and download the full story.  
Chicago YC Named as Top Yacht Club in the USA
Posted 28Dec2018
Chicago Yacht Club Named to Top Five Clubs in the Country by Platinum Clubs of America On November 7, 2018, the Club Leaders Forum and its Advisory Board released their rankings for the 2019-2020 Platinum Clubs of America, including the Top 30 Yacht Clubs in America. Chicago Yacht Club, located in Chicago, Illinois, on picturesque Lake Michigan, ranked number five in the nation, having moved up two spots from number seven in the 2016-2018 results. The next-highest ranking clubs were #1 St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco), #2 San Diego Yacht Club (San Diego, CA), #3 Grosse Point Yacht Club (Grosse Point, MI), and #4 Annapolis Yacht Club (Annapolis, MD). Click on the article title to download the full article.  
Long Beach Yacht Club Enters the 36th Americas Cup
Posted 12Dec2018
Long Beach Yacht Club, an ICOYC member, throws its spinnaker into the Americas Cup. The announcement says, "The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) has officially accepted Long Beach Yacht Club’s (LBYC) challenge in partnership with Team USA 21 to create Stars & Stripes USA. The group is the fifth challenger of the 36th America's Cup presented by Prada. Read the full article by clicking on the article's title. 
Royal Malta Yacht Club Enters the 36th Americas Cup
Posted 8Dec2018
Royal Malta Yacht Club,. a member of ICOYC, announces that it is entering a challenger to the upcoming Americas Cup being organized by Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, another member of ICOYC. Click on the article title to download the full announcement. 
2018 Volvo Ocean Race Video - 50 minutes
Posted 29Aug2018
Published on Aug 28, 2018 45,000 miles, 7 teams, 1 trophy: watch all the highs and lows from sport's toughest test of a team in the official film of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. https://youtu.be/IyG7tyHCvgk  
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!  
HELGA CUP 2019 - Ladies only Fleet Race Regatta at NRV Hamburg, June 14th to 16th, 2019
Posted 23Jun2018
Please be advised that after this year’s fantastic success with 62 participating ladies teams the NRV – Norddeutscher Regatta Verein in Hamburg / GERMANY will again organize and host the “Ladies Only” HELGA CUP REGATTA event next year from June 14th to 16th, 2019. Click on the downloads for the full description.