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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, December 06, 2019

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

President Andy Anderson's
Welcoming Message

  ICOYC 2020 Cruise Information
The Solent & Poole Harbour


Commodore Graham Nixon of the Royal Southern Yacht Club invites ICOYC members to take part in the 2020 ICOYC Cruise.

31 August - 12 September 2020

Details in
On the Water/Cruises


2021 World Forum Announced
28 February-03 March 2021

Sandringham Yacht Club is hosting the 2021 World Forum near sunny Melbourne, Australia.
Watch the VIDEO

Details in 
Forums/Upcoming World Forums 
 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

Presentations and photos have been posted.

Forums/Past World Forums
Photo Gallery

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

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

Grundig Ski-Yachting 2020
Royal Norwegian Yacht Club invites ICOYC members to participate in this novel skiing/yachting event.

Details in
On the Water/Club Events

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
invites ICOYC members to join their
51st Annual Cruise.

Details in 
On The Water/Cruises

Hong Kong Race Week 2020

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club invites members of ICOYC clubs to participate in its 7th edition of the ASAF Youth Cup Series taking place on 04-09 Feb 2020.

Details can be found on On the Water/ICOYC and Member Club Regattas

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.

Stop being environmentally selfish
Posted 30Oct2019
It has been a significant initiative of World Sailing to heighten the awareness of sustainability, a topic we were reminded of at the 2019 World Sailing Annual Conference. Their leadership of the organization in this area has been recognized at the highest level of international sport, and given the importance of the ocean to both our sport and the planet, this involvement is a no-brainer. See the whole article clicking on the title and then the weblink. 
ICOYC Clubs score well in the list of the top 50 Platinum Yacht Clubs
Posted 30Oct2019
Platinum Clubs of the World 2020-21 Yacht Clubs have been recognized in the Platinum Clubs of America elections for more than 20 years. This year, with the approval of the Club Leaders Forum Advisory Board, the esteemed Panel were asked to cast their votes for the Top 50 Platinum Yacht Clubs of the World. The Clubs are listed alphabetically and confirm that Yachting is a global activity and lifestyle. ICOYC clubs made up 18 of the top 50 clubs in this ranking and six more ICOYC clubs made Honorable Mention. See details at https://clubleadersforum.com/pcow/platinum-clubs-2020-yacht/  
ICOYC club Newport Harbor wins Lipton Cup challenge
Posted 28Oct2019
San Diego, CA (October 27, 2019) – The team from Newport Harbor Yacht Club won the 2019 Sir Thomas Lipton Cup Regatta today. Eleven participating yacht club teams returned from last year, many of them being skippered by the same men and women at the helm. Shane Young and his Long Beach Yacht Club team were one team that really came back ready for a rematch. Click on the article title to view the download for the full article. 
Hong Kong Race Week - Invitation to ICOYC Clubs
Posted 24Oct2019
The Hong Kong Sailing Federation in conjunction with co-organisers the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, are hosting Hong Kong Race Week 2020 on the 4th to 9th of February 2020, Leg #2 of the ASAF Youth Cup Series 2019-20. This highly regarded event returns for the 7th edition, having now firmly cemented itself on the ASAF Youth Cup Circuit. Raced in 10 classes over 4 race courses, we are pleased to invite all the sailors from our associated ICOYC clubs to join the regatta and compete on Hong Kong’s renowned World Class race tracks - host of the 29er World Championship 2018, Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 # Leg 4 Stopover, Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championship 2017 and the Etchells World Championship 2015. Racing will be conducted from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s Middle Island complex. The event anticipates hosting 260+ of the top youth sailors from around the Asia - Pacific region, including sailors from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Please find attached our invitation to share with all your ICOYC members to join this prestigious regatta. I would be pleased if you would publish this invitation under the CLUB ACTIVITIES on the ICOYC website and in your next newsletter. I have also attached a press release with image links for the event. The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club looks forward to hosting teams from our fellow ICOYC’s at Hong Kong Race Week 2020, for the best racing in Asia! Kind regards, Nikki Claringbold Assistant Manager - Regattas & Events Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Kellett Island | Causeway Bay | Hong Kong +852 2239 0363 (tel) | +852 2239 0364 (fax) Nikki.Claringbold@rhkyc.org.hk| www.rhkyc.org.hk www.facebook.com/RHKYC | www.twitter.com/RHKYC Click on the article title to view the downloads.  
Hong Kong Race Week 2020 - Entry Open
Posted 23Oct2019
The Hong Kong Sailing Federation in conjunction with co-organiser the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club are pleased to announce the the 7th edition of Hong Kong Race Week. HKRW 2020 will run from 4 to 9 February 2020, with the Asian Sailing Federation confirming that the event will represent Leg 2 of the annual ASAF Youth Cup Series for 2019-2020. Serving as a significant foundation regatta for promising Asian sailors to hone their skills, Hong Kong Race Week has positioned itself amongst the best racing in the world and is a ‘not to be missed’ event on the international youth dinghy scene. 10 classes will be hosted in 2020, with sailors racing on Hong Kong’s renowned world-class racetracks located in Repulse Bay, Deep Water Bay, Stanley, Tai Tam and Beaufort Island – race tracks to the 2017 Optimist Asian and Oceanian Championship and the 2018 29er World Championship. Hong Kong Race Week Chairman, Peter Davies, expressed his delight in being able to welcome new competitors along with previous participants to compete in the 2020 edition of the event, saying “HKRW has grown from strength to strength and in this our 7th edition, which coincides with an Asian held Olympics, we are aiming for our most competitive event yet.“ With strong growth in sailors attending from regional Asia, Davies remarked that with the momentum generated by an Olympics being hosted in Asia, he anticipated the event to attract more than 260+ of the top youth sailors from around the Asia Pacific region and further afield. Competitors returning from countries including Australia, Cambodia, China, Dubai, Fiji, Great Britain, Guam, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, Qatar, Thailand, Chinese Taipei, UAE and the USA are expected for 2020. Hong Kong Race Week 2020 invited classes include 29er, 2.4mR, 420, 470, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial, Optimist, Optimist Green, Laser Pico Green and RS Feva. We invite you to join us on the carefree sunny south side of Hong Kong Island for the best racing in Asia. More regatta details are available online at http://www.hongkongraceweek.com/ To keep up with the latest news follow the links below: • The official website is at www.hongkongraceweek.com • Facebook: @hongkongraceweek • Instagram: @hongkongraceweek • Twitter: @hkraceweek Regards, Vivian Ngan Assistant Manager- Sailing & Promotion Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Kellett Island, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Tel: +852 2239 0391 | Fax: +852 2239 0364 | Email: vivian.ngan@rhkyc.org.hk Web: www.rhkyc.org.hk | Facebook: www.facebook.com/RHKYC | Twitter: www.twitter.com/RHKYC  
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. 
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.