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
Dr Gero Brugmann
Norddeutscher Regatta Verein
Hamburg, Germany

Gero Brugmann served the ICOYC as a Director and its Secretary from inception through 2010 and is now serving as the Council’s Vice President - Europe. He was Rear Commodore Offshore Sailing of Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (Hamburg) and Vice Commodore from 2007 until his term ended in 2011. He is also a member of the Main Committee of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and the pro bono managing director of Nordseewoche Marketing GmbH, the organizing body of Germany’s largest offshore race week. He also represented Germany and South Africa at the IRC Congress for several years. Gero is an active offshore racer, crossed the Atlantic four times and enjoyed a racing season each in Sydney, Cape Town and Toronto.

Gero is married to Christine and father of a son, Bruno.

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

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Phil Smith
Eastern Yacht Club
Marblehead, USA

Phil Smith, who lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, has been a member of both the Eastern and the New York Yacht Clubs since the early 1970s.

In addition to serving as an officer and director of the Eastern Yacht Club, of which he is currently Commodore, he has served on the board of directors and as president of a number of youth organizations, including the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, which sponsors orchestras for highly talented teenagers, the Keewaydin Foundation, which operates summer camps that focus on wilderness canoe tripping, and The Pleon Yacht Club, a junior yacht club in Marblehead which is operated exclusively for children.

Phil was a partner at Ropes & Gray, a Boston law firm, for over 35 years where he specialized in complex financings, private equity transactions and in designing unique governance structures for corporations and other business organizations. He has served as counsel to a number of charitable foundations.

For many years Phil crewed in both one-design and national and international offshore races. He currently cruises a J-46 named “Strega” and has recently added a Sabre 42 Sedan named “Sabrina” to the fleet.


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.


Andy Anderson
 Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
Auckland, New Zealand
 Michael Campbell
 Royal Perth Yacht Club
 Nedlands (Perth), Australia 
 Rob Forsyth
 Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
 Vancouver, Canada 

 Malcolm Levy
 Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
 Sydney, Australia 
Chuck Lowry
Seattle Yacht Club
Seattle, USA
John McNeill
St Francis Yacht Club
 San Francisco, USA
(as Past President) 

David Mead
Royal Southern Yacht Club
Hamble, UK
Graham Rose
Royal Natal Yacht Club
Durban, South Africa
Robert Stoneley
 Royal Hong Yacht Club
Hong Kong

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Claes Tallberg
Nyländska Jaktklubben
Helsinki, Finland

 Bill Torgerson
 Annapolis Yacht Club
 Annapolis, USA


  Godwin Zammit
 Royal Malta Yacht Club
Valletta, Malta

Aaron Young
 Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
Auckland, NZ

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


Updated Saturday, October 14, 2017

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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