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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 Friday, October 05, 2018

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

President Andy Anderson's
Welcoming Message

2018 ICOYC Cruise
BC Sunshine Coast

Cruise Report
by John Robertson, RVYC

Go to Photo Gallery and view the scenic cruise to Princess Louisa Inlet.  Orcas, Rapids, Sailing, Fun!


New Slide Show for
San Francisco YC

Updated 29 Sept 2018
 European Regional Conference

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

Updated Information,
28 Sept 2018

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
50th Annual Cruise
12-18 April 2019

The RSYS invites members of ICOYC clubs to join them in their 50th Annual Cruise in the waters of the Broken Bay area.

More details in On the Water/ICOYC Cruises
 Eastern Yacht Club
ICOYC Invitational Regatta
02-06 September 2019

Updated Information (June 2018)
Notice of Race (Sept 2018)

 The first-ever Eastern Yacht Club ICOYC Invitational Regatta will be held in waters off Marblehead, Mass., USA, to bring together ICOYC clubs from around the world for four days of world class Corinthian Fleet racing in matched J/70 boats.  

  Asia/Pacific Regional Conference

xx November 2018

 Officers and Board of Directors
Newly elected officials of ICOYC on About ICOYC/Officers and Directors  

  Americas Regional Conference

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


 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

2019 World Forum
Royal Cork Yacht Club
24-27 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.

More information will be posted in Forums/Upcoming Commodores Forums in late 2018

ICOYC Newsletter November 2017
Read it in Library/Newsletters


 Real Club Náutico de Barcelona
New Member Page
ICOYC Welcomes its Newest Member. Read more about RCNB in Member Clubs/Real Club Náutico de Barcelona
Real Club Náutico de Palma
New Member Page
ICOYC Welcomes its Newest Member. Read more about RCNP in Member Clubs/Real Club Náutico de Palma
 Royal Motor Yacht Club
New Member Page
ICOYC Welcomes its Newest Member. Read more about RMYC in Member Clubs/Royal Motor Yacht Club




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.

USA Olympic Training Shifts to San Francisco
Posted 28Sep2018
ICOYC Past President John McNeill recommends reading the linked article from Sailing World., "This model could be duplicated in many venues around the world, with similar partnerships of a leading club, local resource and governing body. While focused on development at the highest level, it will also produce a whole generation of excellent sailors, building the sport and its image." https://www.sailingworld.com/olympic-training-shifts-to-san-francisco 
Eye candy for sailors
Posted 15Sep2018
Eye candy for sailors here, as the Rolex Big Boat Series begins in perfect conditions in San Francisco Bay run from the St Francis Yacht Club https://rolexbigboatseries.com/  
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!  
The Fun Race to Hawaii
Posted 30Jul2018
The Fun Race to Hawaii. Follow the fun race (cruise?) from San Francisco to Hawaii. Relive the 20th edition of the 2,070 nm Pacific Cup Race from San Francisco to Kaneohe Bay, Oahu. Sixty-one entrants prepared for the 2018 edition that divided the fleet with staggered starts on July 9, 11, 12, and 13. Click on the article title to view the video and additional web links. 
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.