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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 Saturday, September 07, 2019

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

President Andy Anderson's
Welcoming Message

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

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

  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.
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.

AYC 3-2-1 Invitational Brings Unique Format to new National Trend
Posted 12Sep2019
A new trend is rapidly spreading through the sailboat racing world. Yacht clubs across the country are purchasing their own fleet of boats and utilizing them by conducting invitational events. Annapolis Yacht Club has created its own regatta that will be different from anything currently out there. Commodore Jim Ellis is proud to announce the inaugural AYC 3-2-1 Invitational will be held this coming weekend with a total of seven teams participating. What separates the AYC 3-2-1 Invitational from those previously mentioned and others is the format and types of boats being used. Competitors participating in next weekend’s regatta must race three-on-three, two-on-two, and one-on-one – hence the name of the regatta. Please find the press release attached by clicking on the article title 
The ROLEX Big Boat Series Goes GREEN!
Posted 6Sep2019
Partnership brings the GREEN wave to this regatta  
How volunteerism energized a club - Royal Canadian YC
Posted 5Sep2019
What you are doing,” Dave Perry said to me after a spring rules seminar, “Is really hard!” I gulped since I never thought about how challenging moving from a paid staff Race Management structure to a volunteer program would be and said, “Well, hard has never deterred me before. I will let you know how it goes.” For the past 15 to 20 years, the race management for Royal Canadian Yacht Club (Toronto, ON) was primarily constructed with paid staff. This was done initially to give a group of Development Team and National Team sailors a flexible job so they could train and earn money towards their campaigns. But as that group moved on, there was a gap in the number of sailors at this level and it became more and more difficult to fill all the skilled roles required for Race Committee. Click on the article title to download the full story. 
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.