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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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What's New at ICOYC???

Updated Friday, February 16, 2018

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

President Andy Anderson's
Welcoming Message
 49th Annual Cruise
Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
21-28 April 2018
 ICOYC Newsletter November 2017
Read it in Library/Newsletters
Eastern Yacht Club
ICOYC Invitational Regatta
02-06 September 2019
 RSYS invites ICOYC club members to join them in their annual cruise. Details in On the Water/ICOYC Cruises   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. 
 Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
Asia-Pacific Regional Conference
28-30 September
 Chicago Yacht Club
Americas Regional Conference
20-22 October 2017
  Société Nautique de Marseille
European Regional Conference
13-15 October 2017
 Conference proceeding and downloads are posted on Regional Conferences/Asia-Pacific.  Some areas require Member Login.  Conference proceeding and photos are posted on Regional Conferences/Americas  Some areas require Member Login.   Conference proceeding and photos are posted on Regional Conferences/Europe soon. Some areas require Member Login.
Youth Exchange Program
On The Water/ICOYC Youth Exchange

2018 ICOYC Sunshine Coast Cruise
03-13 September 2018
Absolute Cut-off Date is
30 November 2017

ICOYC Regattas Page Launched
On the Water/ICOYC Regattas
ICOYC Director Aaron Young of Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has been leading a program to facilitate the exchange of young sailors within the ICOYC community. This initiative is new and has been growing since it was launched during the Auckland World Forum. Read more about it and the participating clubs in On the Water/ICOYC Youth Exchange.
Royal Vancouver YC and Seattle YC are hosting an eleven-day cruise from Vancouver up to Princess Louisa Inlet and back. The cruise fleet will have ten boats from SYC, ten from RVYC, and ten boats chartered by members of the other 34 clubs of the International Council of Yacht Clubs. Read the Cruise Overview, the route, the costs, and open the 60+ page Skippers’ Handbook. Take a look at the new ICOYC Regattas page under On The Water. This page has three components: a section announcing the first ICOYC Invitational Regatta starting in September 2019, a section showing fun on the water in the Commodores' Cup fun-filled regattas after the ICOYC World Forums, and a section labeled Club Eventsin which member clubs announce sailing events open to other ICOYC member clubs. The first two include NRV's AAR and YCI's Millevele discussed above.


Register Now!
San Francisco 2018 Forum

The April 2018 World Forum is open for registration. Check out Forums/Upcoming World Forum for details on the delegates' and partners' agendas, accommodations, and location. The co-hosts, St Francis YC and San Francisco YC, have been working diligently for the past year on creating a fabulous ICOYC World Forum. San Francisco in the Spring is a wonderful venue, but you do need to reserve your accommodations fairly soon. 

The event starts on Monday, April 16, and closes on Friday, April 20. You all are invited to spend the post-forum weekend in San Francisco celebrating the Opening Day of yachting season in the scenic San Francisco Bay. Review the post-forum details on the webpage.

See you in San Francisco!!!


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.org

2018 Hong Kong Race Week 20 to 25 February 2018 Part of the ASAF Youth Cup
Posted 16Feb2018
A constituent of the ASAF Youth World Cup, HKRW continues to grow as the premiere dinghy regatta in all of Asia, fielding over 221 entries from 10 nations including China, Indonesia, India, Italy, Macau, Qatar, Singapore, Taipei, USA and Hong Kong. Racers from 10 classes including both sailors and windsurfers will race up to 12 racers over 4 days from where the winners of each class will be crowned. Click on the article title to download the full announcement. 
Sint Maarten Yacht Club, hit by Hurricane Irma
Posted 10Jan2018
Sint Maarten, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is a country on the southern part of a Caribbean island shared with Saint Martin, a French overseas collectivity. The island was struck hard by Hurricane Irma and the General Manager of Sint Maarten Yacht Club wrote to ICOYC President Andy Anderson asking that ICOYC help spread the word of SMYC's efforts to rebuild its teaching fleet. Click on the article title to read the full message from SMYC's GM.  
2018 Zhik Hong Kong 29er World Championship
Posted 9Jan2018
New Zealand takes top places for Zhik 29er Worlds. Click on the article title to download the full article and photos.  
2018 Hong Kong Race Week - 20-25 Feb 2018 - part of the ASAF Youth Cub
Posted 22Sep2017
Under the auspices of the Hong Kong Sailing Federation and organised in conjunction with the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Hong Kong Race Week 2018 is now open for entry! A constituent of the ASAF Youth World Cup, HKRW continues to grow as the premiere dinghy regatta in all of Asia. Fielding over 270 participants from 12 nations and sailed in different 12 classes, HKRW serves as a significant regatta for promising Asian sailors to hone their skills to compete at international level around the world. Click on the article title to download the full announcement and registration links.