Officers and Board of directors


This section presents the Officers of ICOYC, along with a short biography of each, displays the Board of Directors, and contains a Welcoming Message from the President at the bottom.


(* Also an elected Director)


Andy Anderson*
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

Auckland. New Zealand

Andy is Commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron until August 2016. His commitment to sailing has now extended to being President of ICOYC. Andy's involvement in sailing for over some 35 years has seen him want to share this passion with others and give a little back. "We are but caretakers for our sport and so must ensure the chances to go sailing are maintained for future generations”.

Sailing opened up opportunities to live and visit many parts of the world while continuing with his professional career as an architect. Andy has been a Principal of New Zealand’s largest architectural practice, Jasmax, since 1995, and continues to focus on commercial and mixed use developments. The parallels between business and sailing are many and it is this juxtaposition that allows the continual search to seek better outcomes for both.

Andy’s sailing has involved offshore as well as local racing and cruising and he is still active racing year round in his Elliott 12m in club regattas or events. Andy sees the opportunity to join clubs and individuals together for the sport’s benefit. Giving new participants a chance to try the sport is to be encouraged at club level, especially our youth. The chance to join clubs together allows them to have a stronger voice in the local or global community.



Vice President, Asia/Pacific
Chris Carlile
Sandringham Yacht Club
Melbourne, Australia

Chris has been a competitive sailor pretty much his whole life. This has included ocean races and regattas in Australia, UK, USA, and Hong Kong and several World Championships in his current boat – an 11-meter one design. He is a long standing (50 year) member of Royal Queensland Y.S. and a 40+ year Member of Sandringham YC in Melbourne. At SYC, he has served several terms on General Committee, been Sail Captain, and Commodore from 2012 to 2014.

Chris is a strong supporter of the concept behind the Council and the values that underpin its activities. In the competition for the leisure hour and dollar, the essential task for all our Clubs is to enhance the value proposition that aims to attract new Members and retain existing Members. The ICOYC enhances the value provided to our Members and it is our collective responsibility to get this message through the general membership at our Clubs.

In the new role of VP for Asia Pacific, I hope to assist local clubs discharge this responsibility.


Vice President, Europe
Mark Inkster
Royal Southern Yacht Squadron
Hamble, UK

Mark Inkster became Commodore of the Royal Southern Yacht Club in November 2010. The Royal Southern was founded in 1837 and celebrated its 175th Anniversary in 2012 on Marks watch. Having hosted the 2012 ICOYC World Forum in Hamble, Mark retired as Commodore and went on to manage the building of the Prince Philip Yacht Haven.  

Having served on the Board of ICOYC, he became Vice President Europe in 2018.

Mark is the third generation in family businesses of Timber Importers and Merchants, farming and leisure. He holds an MBA from Henley Management College and has carried out research in family businesses, issues of succession and strengths.

He has sailed since a child in the UK, Mediterranean and Caribbean.  

Recognizing that Clubs are operationally complex with hierarchical structures where people are nurtured up the chain to leadership, Mark is a passionate advocate of the ICOYC and the bonds which strengthen its Member clubs.

Vice President, Americas
Chuck Lowry
Seattle Yacht Club
Seattle, USA

Chuck has enjoyed the many Seattle Yacht Club activities for 38 years. Chuck retired a few years ago from the investment management and banking business where he served 30 years in senior management positions with a large international firm.   Chuck has used his senior management business experience and his Beaux Arts City Mayor experience to serve in many Seattle Yacht Club leadership roles over the years. He was Treasurer for two years, then Rear and Vice Commodore, SYC Commodore, Staff Commodore and currently Past Commodore and a member of the Finance Committee.  He attended his first ICOYC Forum in Perth, Australia in 2010.  Chuck is now an Admiral – his boats consist of Summation - a 43-foot power vessel, Mini Magic – a miniature 12-metre sailboat, two rowing shells, and two Optimist sailing dinghies.  He is an avid Ham Radio operator – K1CRL.

Leif Sigmond
Chicago Yacht Club
Chicago, USA

Leif is a lifelong sailor, focused on racing. He grew up in New Jersey sailing on the Shrewsbury River and Sandy Hook Bay. Leif moved to Chicago after graduation from law school and joined the Chicago Yacht Club in 1992. He actively campaigns two one design boats - a Farr 40 and a j/70, both named "Norboy".

At Chicago Yacht Club, Leif is the Immediate Past Commodore and on the Board of Directors. He has also chaired the Special Regatta Committee and the Junior Activities Committee. Leif is the current Station Captain for the Western Great Lakes Station of the Storm Trysail Club. He has served as president of both the Farr 40 Class Association and the Tartan Ten Class Association.

Leif is married to Laura and they have two children. His son, Leif III, is an active Laser sailor. He is also a member of the New York Yacht Club, the Storm Trysail Club and the Shrewsbury Sailing and Yacht Club


Rob Forsyth
  Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
  Vancouver, Canada

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Elected Directors

The Board of Directors of ICOYC includes the President and Vice Presidents (ex officio) and members elected by the member clubs.


Peter Ahern
 Royal Freshwater Bay
Yacht Club
 Perth, Australia
  Andy Anderson
Royal New Zealand
Yacht Squadron
Auckland, New Zealand
Richard Chapman
 Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
 Sydney, Australia
Gerry Cullen
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
Vancouver, Canada

Goncalo Esteves
Clube Naval de Cascais
Cascais, Portgual 
Nils Klippenburg
KNS - Royal Norwegian 
Yacht Club
Oslo, Norway 
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  John McNeill
St Francis Yacht Club
 San Francisco, USA
(as Past President) 
   David Mead
Royal Southern Yacht Club
Hamble, UK
 Mike Newbury
Royal Canadian Yacht Club
Toronto, Canada
 Ludovica Reggio
Yacht Club Italiano
Genoa, Italy
 Graham Rose
Royal Natal Yacht Club
Durban, South Africa 
 Robert Stoneley
 Royal Hong Yacht Club
Hong Kong

David Stotler
Long Beach Yacht Club
Long Beach, USA
  Bill Torgerson
 Annapolis Yacht Club
 Annapolis, USA
  Godwin Zammit
 Royal Malta Yacht Club
Valletta, Malta


    Honorary Director 
Inge Strompf-Jepsen 
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Hong Kong  


Updated Thursday, July 11, 2019

A Message from the President of ICOYC

Welcome to the Council's website. We trust you will be able to gain an insight into many of our member yacht clubs from around the world and the activities the Council promotes. Yachting is amazing how it fires the passion for the sea, it is good for the soul and, best of all, it joins us together from many corners of the globe.

The well-established clubs of the ICOYC share history and traditions that are relevant to today's sailing, but also these experiences can be utilised to shape the future of our sport. At the Council we share our thoughts and ideas for the future so we can learn from the hard fought lessons of others. This commitment to learning and sharing underlies all that we are passionate about, that is to improve and grow sailing for the future generations of our clubs.

Clubs are important to the longevity of our sport, allowing opportunities for like-minded persons to go sailing and share the thrill and share enjoyment of time on the water. Many of our clubs operate very similarly, therefore the sharing by members allows take outs that improve what we do, irrespective of where our sailing waters are located.

The participants in the Council's organisational structure are a mix of highly motivated volunteers who are currently or have been Flag Officers or Commodores. This experience at high levels of individual club participation provides valuable insights that can be shared readily with Council members.

We must not forget why we go sailing and that is to have fun with our fellow members. To develop the social side of the Council while learning we annually meet in the regions globally to share our comraderie that we foster and develop over years of exchange.

Our role is to ensure our clubs are relevant to the future so sailing can grow and strengthen through our actions and care for our sport. Take a look and see for yourself. Please click here for contacts in the member clubs and here for contracts in the Board of Directors.

Happy sailing,

Andy Anderson
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