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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 Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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

President Andy Anderson's
Welcoming Message
  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


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


2019 World Forum
Royal Cork Yacht Club
25-29 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.

An overview of the conference and a video of Cork and environs is posted in Forums/Upcoming World Forum.
  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.

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. 
Do the Right Thing
Posted 23Oct2018
Observations by the St. Francis Yacht Club Sailing Coach, that might be of some value too all club's programs. Certainly a message we all believe in and nicely stated. Click on the article title to download the PDF. 
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 
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.