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Welcome to the

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, April 30, 2019

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

President Andy Anderson's
Welcoming Message

Royal Lymington Yacht Club

Welcome New Member!!

View its page on Member Clubs/Member Clubs R-R/Royal Lymington YC

  Americas Regional Conference

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

The Conference Summary is available on Regional Conferences/Americas 
under 2019-Marblehead

 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 now available. 

Details in 
Forums/Upcoming World Forum.

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.

Producing future leaders through sailing
Posted 17Apr2019
In 1945, at age 17, Malin Burnham became the youngest ever to win the Star World Championship. It was his springboard toward great accomplishments in sailing and business, which led to his induction in the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Malin remains committed to the sport as a means to develop future leaders, and shares his sentiment on that topic. Read the full article by clicking on the article title and downloading the PDF 
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.  
Fatality report on Chicago Mackinac Race
Posted 26Feb2019
Past ICOYC President John McNeill writes "This article and the report from Chicago Yacht Club should be in the hands of every Race Director and Regatta Chair in the world. The safety recommendations contained within could well save a life in the event of a Crew Overboard incident, an event not unknown to regular racers. We present this material here for the benefit of all clubs, and particularly our friends in ICOYC. Please pass this on as appropriate. Let's make sure that all may sail another day." Click on the article title to see the downloaded full article.  
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)  
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!