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ICOYC and Member club Regattas

This page covers ICOYC regattas and related activities, the Commodores' Cup event which closes the World Forums, as well as sailing and racing events of member clubs.

If you want to include regatta information on this page, contact the ICOYC webmaster at webeditor@icoyc.org.  Details on upcoming ICOYC-focused regattas can be found in the tables below as well as information on past events. Click on the event name in the table to read about the event.

Last updated Friday, December 13, 2019

  • Youth America's Cup - 2020/2021 - RNZYS

    • Youth America’s Cup Announced

      A reinvigorated Youth America’s Cup regatta is announced today which will be raced in a brand new class of foiling mono-hull, the AC9F, in 2020 and 2021.

      The Youth America’s Cup is a joint initiative between The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS), the China Sports Industry Group (CSIG), and Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ).  The multi-leg event will begin with a fleet racing seeding event in China in November 2020 and then a match racing event in Auckland from February 18th- 23rd 2021 with the finals held between March 8th- 12th 2021 right outside the RNZYS in the shadow of Auckland’s iconic Harbour Bridge.

      In line with the original America’s Cup Deed of Gift it is designed to be a ‘friendly competition between yacht clubs of all nations’.  Unlike previous editions, multiple entries from various countries will be allowed.

      The age restriction for the crews is they must be between 18-24 years of age.  To encourage diversity at this high level the teams will consist of a mixed crew of four sailors on each boat, including two females and two male sailors with a maximum crew weight of 311kgs.

      “The Youth America’s Cup is something we have been eager to see established since we won the America’s Cup and also introduced foiling monohulls to the America’s Cup with the AC75. The Squadron has presented a concept that we believe will add something special to the 36th America’s Cup.” said Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton.

      “Through the partnership between RNZYS, CSCI, and ourselves, it is really exciting to now be able to see it become a reality.”

      “Probably the most important aspect of this is that through the establishment of the Youth America’s Cup event, in conjunction with the exciting AC9F boat, a pathway or vital stepping stone for the best young guys and girls from around the world has been created to progress one step closer to sailing on an AC75 in the future.  It is hard to go past the evidence of our current team that is now made up of a number of crew members from the winning 2013 Youth  AC team.”

      The AC9F is a nine-metre foiling monohull which has been designed by New Zealand boat building company Yachting Developments (YDL) with valuable input from the Emirates Team New Zealand design team, Southern Spars, North Sails and significant support from the wider New Zealand Marine Industry highlighting the industries commitment to innovation.  The fleet of one-design boats will be built primarily at YDL in Auckland.

      RNZYS Commodore and Yachting Developments owner Ian Cook says the yachts are designed to be extremely exciting to watch and will provide a great challenge for the skilled youth sailors on board - “We are incredibly happy with the design of the AC9F. We believe they will generate great competition and an even playing field for all the teams involved, whilst also leading from the front in terms of modern yacht design, and importantly, creating a great product for fans around the world to observe.”

      “We are very excited to introduce the Youth America’s Cup into China. ” Wang Weidong, Chairman of China Sports Industry Group said. “The America’s Cup has been the holy grail of the sport of sailing for over 160 years, and is a stage that all athletes dream of. China is set to participate in the America’s Cup, but has to recognize the patient process of achievement. From an overall perspective, it is vital we pay more attention to fostering the next generation of top-level racers, developing them from the more basic level. China has a plethora of athletes with the potential along with the required diligence and learning skills, but lacking experience at global professional competitions. We hope that Youth America’s Cup will be the first step for these young Chinese talents to take as they strive to catch up with their leading peers in the world.

      “Cross-sector collaborations are vital to develop the advanced design and manufacturing technology that are behind the monohull foiling yacht used in the Youth America’s Cup. In the meantime, the manoeuvrers and performance of athletes require enormous data support. Its value chain includes not only the management of the race, team or club, but also naval architects and marine engineers, and other behind-the-scenes offices of law, media, meteorology, internet so the vibrant growth of an industry should be all-encompassing, as one department would thrive with another. We hope the Youth America’s Cup becomes a unique opportunity to encourage more Chinese to try and practice in this sport and inspire them to initiate the evolution of the Chinese sailing industry.”

      The RNZYS celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2021 and Vice Commodore Aaron Young says they really wanted to bring an event to the table that will create a superb legacy for the Squadrons’ 150th celebrations and for the future of youth sailing

      “We are extremely proud to present the Youth America’s Cup in 2021. We believe the format and boat that we have created encourages diversity and leaves an insurmountable legacy for our 150th year as well as for the future of youth sailing and a pathway for the future of the America’s Cup. The development of future talent is paramount to the success of yachting around the world and as the current America’s Cup trustee, we intend to have this event permanently embedded into future AC events. It is a good practice run for the main event for those aspiring to reach the pinnacle of our sport. We look forward to receiving entries and hosting what is guaranteed to be an enthralling event in 2021.”

      An initial entry period for yacht clubs and youth crews is open from December 12th through to 29th February 2020.  The entry protocol is intentionally very similar to the America’s Cup Challenger series and match and an entry memorandum can be found here. A notice of race can be found here.

      Expressions of interest can be sent to challenger@youthamericascup.com

      More Youth America’s Cup information can be found online at www.youthamericascup.com 


      Andrew Delves | PR & Communications Manager | Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
      181 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven Marina, Auckland | PO Box 46182, Herne Bay, Auckland 1147
      T: +64 9 360 6800 |  F: +64 9 360 6802 |  M: +6421 050 7745 | W: www.rnzys.org.nz

  • Hong Kong Race Week - February 2020 - RHKYC
    • Hong Kong Race Week - February 2020

      Download the formal invitation to ICOYC Clubs HERE

      Download the general press release HERE

      Last updated Thursday, October 24, 2019

      Invitation from Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

      23 October 2019

      Dear ICOYC Members,

      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


      Formal Invitation

  • Helga Cup June 2020 - Norddeutscher Regatta Verein

    • HELGA CUP 2020 - Ladies only Fleet Race Regatta

      at NRV in Hamburg / GERMANY

      June 11th to 14th, 2020

      Announcement of 2020 Helga Cup

      Download the teaser brochure HERE

      Last updated: Saturday, September 07, 2019   Come back often to see new messages.

      A communication from Norddeutscher Regatta Verein follows:

      Dear friends,

      after the races is before the races!

      This year’s Helga Cup regatta series has again been an overwhelming success! With a total of 76 teams competing and 121 single races sailed it has been a truly great event. After 2018 and 2019 the NRV is once more inviting interested female sailors from all walks of life to register and participate in next year’s Helga Cup Regatta from June 11th to 14th, 2020.

      For details of the event please consult the attached document and also visit the event website www.helgacup.de in the internet.

      To secure your team’s starting slot please transmit the registration fee of Euro - € 370,00 for a total of 4 female sailors to the following bank account:

      Account holder:        NRV Marketing GmbH
      Account No.: IBAN    DE19 2005 0550 1238 1760 75
      SWIFT – BIC:              HASPDEHHXXX

      Boats and sails will again be provided by the organizer. All your team has to do is register for participation, travel to Hamburg in June 2020 and have lots of fun amongst like-minded lady sailors from all over the world.

      We very much look forward to welcoming your team at the NRV.


      Best regards,
      Wolfgang Weber – Delegate
      International Affairs


      Schöne Aussicht  37
      D-22085 Hamburg

      Home office: Averhoffstrasse 5, D-22085 Hamburg, GERMANY

      Phone:     +49 40 – 58 50 27
      Fax:           +49 40 – 58 50 28
      Mobile:    +49 171 – 385 33 76
      E-Mail:      wolfgang.weber@nrv.de

      Visit our website:     www.nrv.de

  • Helga Cup June 2019 - Norddeutscher Regatta Verein

    • Sailing Instructions
      posted 04 May 2019 download HERE

      HELGA CUP 2019 - Ladies only Fleet Race Regatta

      at NRV in Hamburg / GERMANY

      June 14th to 16th, 2019


      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.

      At this time the top twenty participating teams of the 2018 Helga Cup are already registered for the 2019 regatta event. You are kindly invited to nominate a ladies only team for next year’s Helga Cup. Registrations are received on a “first come, first serve” basis. There will be a cut-off after 65 entries.

      Here are initial details of this thrilling regatta event with more information to follow:

      Sailing format:                            6 to 8 boats fleet race

      Boats to be used:                      J 70 and Seascape 24 with crews of 4 women each –

      to be confirmed


      Boats and sails:                         will be provided by the organizer

      Open to:                                        women of all ages, Corinthian or professional sailors

      Rules & Organization:             follows German Sailing League regulations (similar to European Champions and US Premier Sailing League)

      Notice of Race:                          to be published in due course

      Registration fee:                       € 300.00 per team of 4 women – to be confirmed

      Payment to:                                NRV Marketing GmbH, Hamburg

      Bank Account No.:                    DE19 2005 0550 1238 1760 75

      Bank – BIC:                                  HASPDEHHXXX - Hamburger Sparkasse AG, Hamburg / GERMANY


      All you have to do at this time is:

      Spread the word amongst your sailing lady friends, save the date in your calendar in order not to miss this unique opportunity of competitive ladies only regatta sailing and make sure to register soonest possible as the registration list is filling fast.

      The NoR – Notice of Race plus additional information covering this event will be made available to you from time to time in due course.


      We look forward to seeing you and your sailing lady friends in Hamburg on the dates mentioned above. So, do not hesitate but be part of the fun and the action.

      Drop us a line at at– helgacup@nrv.de - to indicate your interest in participation at your earliest convenience.

      Please send a copy of your mail to the undersigned at – international@nrv.de. I will be at your entire disposal to answer any questions you may have in this connection. Thank you.


      Wolfgang Weber – Delegate                              

      International Affairs
      Norddeutscher Regatta Verein

      Source document:  MS Word    PDF

      Saturday, May 04, 2019

  • 2019 Pacific Keelboat Challenge - March 2019 - RNZYS
    • November 22, 2018

      Dear ICOYC clubs and members,

      Please find attached information about our upcoming Auckland Regatta in 2019.  We would love to see as many of you there as possible.  Please share with your sailing members.


      Hayden Porter | General Manager | Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
      181 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven Marina, Auckland | PO Box 46182, Herne Bay, Auckland 1147
      T: +64 9 360 6800 |  F: +64 9 360 6802 |  M: +64 27 2222556 | W: www.rnzys.org.nz


      Invitation Letter from Ian Cook, Commodore
      Notice of Race
      Boat Information and Racing Programme

      Invitation Letter


      To whom it may concern,

      RNZYS would like to invite ‘Yacht Club’ to the 2019 Pacific Keelboat Challenge to be held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron from the 21-24 March 2019.

      The event is run in conjunction with the annual Jack Tar Auckland Regatta, for 2019 there will be two classes of boats available for overseas yacht clubs to charter, the Farr 10.2 meter MRX and the Elliot 7 meter.

      Both fleets are professionally maintained and all the boat are identical giving pure one design racing.

      The racing will take place in the Waitemata Harbour and will consist of a combination of windward leeward and harbour courses over three days, with one scheduled training day.

      The Elliot 7 will use gennakers with a crew of 4 sailors and the MRX symmetrical spinnakers with a crew of 6. There is no weight limit.

      Breakfast and meal packages can be provided at a cost from the RNZYS, and the RNZYS can help source accommodation for the event.

      There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd in each class and an overall club trophy for the top placed club from both classes.

      Combined charter and race entry fees are $3200 for the MRX and $1500 for the Elliott 7.


      ·       Notice of Race 
      ·          Boat Information

      Please contact the Sailing Director, Laurie Jury, for more information via email Ljury@rnzys.org.nz or via mobile telephone +6421400164 


      Kind Regards,

      Ian Cook
      Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron 

  • Hong Kong Race Week - February 2019 - RHKYC
  • Eastern Yacht Club ICOYC Invitational Regatta - POSTPONED

    • Eastern Yacht Club ICOYC Invitational Regatta

      September 2, 2019 to September 6, 2019 

      POSTPONED UNTIL 2020 OR 2021

      The Eastern Yacht Club announced in October 2018 that they were postponing the EYC/ICOYC Invitational Cup which it was planning to hold the following September. The primary reason for postponing was the lack sufficient foreign participants. Five American clubs had signed up for the regatta and two more had indicated strong interest but only two foreign clubs had actually committed to the regatta. The hope was to have an “international” regatta and even though there were several foreign clubs still considering sending a team. Eastern YC didn’t feel comfortable ordering sails and then hoping that the international aspect would take shape. Everyone involved continues to think that the regatta is a good idea (and the EYC has received a lot of support for the idea both from domestic and foreign clubs) so the Eastern plans to step back and see what it can learn from the process so far and  think about whether it makes sense to try again for 2020 or 2021.

      Monday, October 29, 2018

      The material below was posted for the original date
      and is subject to change before the rescheduled event is held.


      Eastern Yacht Club ICOYC Invitational Regatta

      September 2, 2019 to September 6, 2019

      Preliminary Race Details

      Notice of Race - posted 1 Sept 2018

      Includes NOR and sign-up form:  Adobe PDF,   MS Word


      The Regatta

      The first-ever Eastern Yacht Club ICOYC Invitational Regatta will be held in waters off Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA in September, 2019. With this new event , the Eastern hopes to bring together ICOYC clubs from around the world for 3 days of world-class Corinthian Fleet racing in matched J/70’s. Each ICOYC member club is invited to send a team to the Regatta. The Eastern Yacht Club is the Organizing Authority. The Organizing Authority will arrange for charters for the event.

      The Notice of Race will be posted on a Regatta website in August 2018. All ICOYC members are encouraged to support the Regatta by sending a team. The Organizing Authority is entitled to accept or reject any application but hopes to accommodate every club that wishes to send a team. The Organizing Authority may reject applications if needed to balance the number of North American and foreign boats participating in the Regatta.

      Town of Marblehead

      Marblehead is a picturesque coastal community on Boston’s historic North Shore just 17 miles north of Logan Airport. Its harbor has approximately 2500 boats. Racing occurs just outside the harbor in the open waters of Massachusetts Bay. The Eastern Yacht Club was established in 1870 and has played a prominent role in American yacht racing starting with its defense of the America’s Cup in the 1880’s and continuing to the present time. The EYC race committee has hosted numerous national and world championships over the years, including the Star North American’s in 2017. It is hosting the J/70 Worlds in September, 2018. Marblehead was founded in 1629 and features quaint narrow streets and 17th and 18th century historic buildings. The town is next door to Salem which is famous not only for its Witch Trials but also for the China Trade.


      Participants will be required to charter or supply a J/70 class boat.  There will be no boat rotation. The Organizing Authority will facilitate the charter of J/70S for this event so there is no need for a team to make independent arrangements. The Organizing Authority will tune each Participating Boat before the Regatta in an effort to make all Participating Boats as equal as possible. Any subsequent change of the tuning may only be made with the consent of and under the supervision of the Organizing Authority. 

      The Organizing Authority will provide evenly matched sails for the Regatta consisting of main, jib and spinnaker


      WS Sailor Classification Code, Regulation 22 will apply. All crew members, including the skipper, shall have a valid ISAF Sailor Classification as a Group I competitor.

      All members of the Team must be members of the ICOYC club sponsoring the Team.  This rule may be modified by the Organizing Authority in its sole discretion to accommodate special cases. 

      The members of the Team who participate in the first race of the Regatta are the only members of the Team allowed to sail in the Regatta unless substitution is approved by the Organizing Authority in case of emergency or unexpected occurrence.

      On-the water umpiring is being considered. There will be a general time limit for each race. Upper wind limits will apply.  The first windward leg is expected to be between .8 to 1.2 miles in length.  There will be three or four races each day.

      Schedule of Events

      Monday, September 2         Registration, Safety Briefing, Charter Yachts Available.

      Tuesday, September 3        Late Registration, Practice Racing, Sailing Center Open
                                              Opening Cocktail Party and Dinner at the Eastern

      Wednesday, September 4    Race Day 1, Cocktails/Daily Awards--Sailing Center
                                               Cocktail Party/Seafood Buffet at the Eastern

      Thursday, September 5       Race Day 2, Cocktails/Daily Awards--Sailing Center
                                               Free Evening

      Friday, September 6            Race Day 3, Cocktails—Sailing Center
                                               Awards Ceremony—Cocktails and Dinner

      The Opening Night Ceremony will be held on Tuesday evening at the Eastern and the Awards Banquet will be at the Eastern on Friday evening. Spectator boats and special day-time programs will be available for spouses and friends.


      There will be an Entry Fee of $4000 for the first 10 boats to enter.  The entry fee may be increased to $5000 for additional boats. 50% of the fee will be due on or before October 1, 2018 with the balance due January 15, 2019. There will also be a Charter Fee of $2500 due July 1, 2019 and an Insurance Fee of $300 with a refundable $2000 damage deposit.

      The Entry Fee will cover a buffet breakfast at the EYC on each morning from Wednesday through Friday and lunch at the EYC or in boxes on boats from Wednesday through Friday. The Entry Fee will also cover for 4 sailors Opening Night Cocktails and Dinner, the Cocktail Party/Seafood Buffet and Cocktails and Dinner at the Awards Banquet.


      A ten race regatta is contemplated. Two races are required to be completed to constitute a Regatta. The Regatta will be scored on a low point system. A yacht’s score will be the total of all her race scores. No score will be excluded unless more than 10 races are completed.


      Regatta Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. Daily Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams in each race. Each team will receive a memento for participating in the Regatta.

      Media Waiver/Liability

      All competitors will be expected to sign a Liability and Media Waiver.

      Competitors participate in the Regatta entirely at their own risk. The Organizing Authority and sponsors and their employees, agents or affiliates shall not have, and will not accept, any liability for damage to property or personal injury or death sustained in connection with or prior to,  during or after the Regatta.

      Further Information

      For further information please contact Phil Smith  at pjstreetops@comcast.net or 781-631-4848.  

      Download a PDF of this document HERE

      This Race Details contained herein may be amended, supplemented, replaced or otherwise modified in whole or in part at any time and from time to time by the Organizing Authority. 

      Dated July 14, 2018

  • Millevele (Thousand Sails) - Sept 2017 - YCI
    • Yacht Club Italiano Millevele
      23-24 September 2017

      Dear ICOYC Members - 

      Now that we are past the Summer Break we at Yacht Club Italiano wish to draw your attention to “MILLEVELE” (as in “Thousand Sails”), a traditional annual event that has taken place here in Genoa since 1987.

      This year we decided to push it back to its original role as a side-event to the GENOA INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW due 21-26 September 2017.  The race (rather a Yachting Party) will take place on 23 September 2017 (DJ-Music Crew Party at YCI clubhouse in the evening and price-giving ceremony within the Boat Show expo area the day after).  We expect a massive participation exceeding 300 yachts (fixed-keel only, minimum LOA 5.95m, no dinghies please but Cats included!).  A single round-the-cans go, starting 11 am off the City promenade and its beaches.  As a side-event we’ll get our own sailing academy’s dinghies out in the water to enhance our City’s awareness of the World of Yachting.

      Those of you who may be cruising the Med during the tail-end of this Summer may think of taking part to this event where spending quality time with like-minded yachting people will take priority over competitive racing: family- or skeleton-crews have been a regular feature at past editions of Millevele.  If you are planning to fly in to visit the Boat Show you may want to contact us and we’ll be happy to welcome you on board of one of the several YCI-member owned yachts as guests.  Last-minute entries welcome.  It goes without saying that our premises, in Genoa as well as (weather permitting!) in Portofino, will be at your complete disposal during your stay in the area.

      May we also ask you to direct future correspondence to both Ludovica and myself so that we ensure your message will be read, in case either of us is away on business and does not have immediate access to e-mail.

      Kind regards.

      Giampaolo Rocca

      Also on behalf of Ludovica Reggio

      Representatives of Yacht Club Italiano, Genoa, Italy


      Download the registration form in PDF or MS Word format.


      Here are some lovely shots of racing on YCI's waters.

      Updated: Thursday, September 07, 2017

  • Atlantic Anniversary Regatta 2017/2018 - NRV


      Norddeutscher Regatta Verein
      150th anniversary
      atlantic anniversary regatta

      NRV is preparing to celebrate its 150th Anniversary in 2018 and will do so by hosting a Transatlantic Race. 

      Incidentally Yacht Club Costa Smeralda – www.yccs.it – of Porto Cervo / SARDINIA – one of our Reciprocal Clubs – will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2017. Therefore, both Clubs have joined hands to organize two outstanding Trans-Atlantic Races in 2017 and 2018. 

      In November 2017 the YCCS will host the westbound regatta from the Canary Islands to Virgin Gorda, BVI with the finish line in front of their Caribbean Clubhouse. 

      In July 2018 – supported by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in Hamilton – www.rbyc.bm – another one of our Reciprocal Clubs – the NRV will host the eastbound regatta from Bermuda to Hamburg / GERMANY. 

      AAR - The Atlantic Anniversary Regatta 2017 / 2018
      General Announcement

      This regatta will be part of an extraordinary series of events spanning a 9 month period between November 2017 and July 2018.

      It is the first regatta series ever to cross the Atlantic Ocean twice: namely in both directions,

      ·       westbound from Arrecife / CANARY ISLANDS to Virgin Gorda / BVI in November 2017  and

      ·       eastbound from Hamilton / BERMUDA to Hamburg / GERMANY in July 2018

      The yachts participating in the eastbound regatta leg will cross the starting line in Hamilton on Sunday, July 8th, 2018. This date is selected to allow yachts and crews, having participated in the Newport Bermuda Race 2018 to get some rest after the Prize Giving ceremony on June 23rd, 2018.  That will provide about two weeks’ time to recover from that regatta and to prepare the yachts for the outstanding opportunity to be part of the truly once in a lifetime chance to participate in the eastbound leg of the AAR – Atlantic Anniversary Regatta from Bermuda to Hamburg.

      And for the really sports minded yachtsmen there is yet another great opportunity to continue racing. In 2018 Cowes Week will be sailed from August 4th to 11th. This is scheduled to closely follow the Prize giving and Farewell Party in Hamburg on the weekend of July 28th and 29th, 2018.

      The AAR will be the outstanding and most important part of the Jubilee Celebrations of two of the most highly regarded Yacht Clubs in the world – Norddeutscher Regatta Verein of Hamburg / GERMANY and  Yacht Club Costa Smeralda of Porto Cervo /  SARDINIA.

      This event is supported by the following International Clubs and Institutions:

      ·       Royal Ocean Racing Club;

      ·       Royal Bermuda Yacht Club,

      ·       International Maxi Class Association,

      ·       Segler-Vereinigung Cuxhaven.

      Moreover, the Lord Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Mr.Olaf Scholz, has assumed the patronage of the event.

      The AAR – Atlantic Anniversary Regatta 2017 / 2018 is going to be a truly historic maritime event both on and off the water.

      For details of the regatta:

      ·       see the attached Invitation Letter of NRV Commodore Andreas S. Christiansen

      ·       as well as the NoR – Notice of Race -  which is also attached to this memo

      ·       please also visit the AAR website – www.anniversary-regatta.com – on the internet.


      Entries for participation should be sent by e-mail to the organizing authority:

      Mr. Arne Hirsch
      E-Mail: hirsch@anniversary-regatta.com 

      Bluewater Ocean Racing GmbH

      Grosse Elbstrasse 146

      D-20767 Hamburg




      Invitation Letter from NRV

      The Commodore,  your Yacht Club

      August 2017

      Re:   AAR – Atlantic Anniversary Regatta 2018 – Bermuda to Hamburg

      Dear Commodore,

      The NRV of Hamburg / GERMANY will celebrate their 150th Anniversary next year with a large variety of sporting as well as social events both in Hamburg and abroad.  A very important and prominent part of the anniversary celebrations will be the AAR – Atlantic Anniversary Regatta – a unique dual west- and eastbound trans-Atlantic race –being supported by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in London.

      The westbound leg from Arrecife, Lanzarote / CANARY ISLANDS to Virgin Gorda / BVI is organized and implemented by the YCCS – Yacht Club Costa Smeralda of Porto Cervo / SARDINIA who are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year.

      The eastbound return regatta leg will be started on July 8th, 2018 from Hamilton / BERMUDA to Hamburg / GERMANY. It is organized an implemented by the NRV in Hamburg as part of the Club’s 150th Anniversary celebrations that year.

      Please find enclosed the Notice of Race and related information about the regatta.

      We cordially invite the members of your Club to participate in this unique regatta event. By doing so they can be part of the anniversary celebrations here in Hamburg which will be a truly outstanding event they will remember positively for a long time.

      We look forward to receive respective entries from your Club members with keen interest. Thank you.


      Sincerely yours,


      Andreas S. Christiansen Commodore

      More Information

      Respective details can be found in the documentation linked below:
         Website Teaser -  2017 August 31
         NRV 150th Anniversary Invitation Letter - 2017 August 26
         Press Release - 2016 Jan 24
         AAR Pre-Entry List
         AAR Pre-Notice of Race - 2017 August 08
         AAR Logo - PDF and JPG

      At this time there already is an impressive list of pre-registrations. We expect to see additional entries from many more yacht clubs invited to participate. 

      For more information, contact Wolfgang Weber, International@nrv.de – Delegate International Affairs, Norddeutscher Regatta Verein

  • New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - 2015
    • Seven ICOYC Teams Compete in 2015 Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup

      Eastern Yacht Club Finishes in Third Place

      Written by Phil Smith, Eastern Yacht Club


      The 2015 Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup was held in Newport, Rhode Island from September 12 to 19. Seventeen yacht clubs from 12 nations sent amateur teams to compete in what has become the premier world-wide inter-club sailing event.  Seven members of the ICOYC sailed in the regatta.  The Royal Thames Yacht Club won the event.  ICOYC Member  Eastern Yacht Club finished in third.  The other ICOYC teams finished as follows:  Seattle (6th), Newport Harbor (9th), Royal Canadian (10th), Royal Hong Kong (11th), Yacht Club Italiano (14th) and Royal Swedish (15th).

      The competition was extremely close. Middle Harbor Yacht Club from Australia had three first place finishes but was 4th in the regatta.  The Japan Sailing Federation, which finished in 5thoverall, had two first place finishes.  Royal Thames and New York, 1st and 2nd overall, had no first place finishes.

      2015 was the 4th time the regatta was run out of the NYYC Harbour Court clubhouse which overlooks Newport Harbor and provides a spectacular venue for the racing and after-race events.  The Invitational Cup was created to provide an opportunity for amateur sailors to compete on much the same basis that the America’s Cup was competed for before it became essentially a professional sporting event. The Cup is sailed in evenly tuned Swan 42’s with evenly matched sails provided by the NYYC.

      Strict guidelines insure that the teams are made up of amateur sailors—a boat’s professional  on board representative  must be engaged primarily in boat maintenance, as opposed to off shore or around the buoys racing.  Members of the team must be members of the yacht club they represent. All of the teams make a huge effort to win the regatta spending much of the summer training together. At least two teams made several long distance flights to practice and race off Newport.

      All teams sail in the regatta by invitation.  United States teams must earn an invitation by placing one, two or three in a qualifying series held at Harbour Court in off years. In 2014, 24 US teams sailed in the qualifying series.  The three teams that won the invitation to sail in the 2105 cup are all ICOYC members.

      View some photos of the competition by selecting "2015 NYCC Invitational" in the photo album below.

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