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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.

Updated Monday, September 25, 2017


Hot Topics

  • Yacht Club Italiano - Millevele (Thousand Sails) - 23 Sept 2017 - see Club Events, updated 06 Sept 2017
  • Norddeutscher Regatta Verein - Atlantic Anniversary Regatta - November 2017/July 2018 - see Club Events, updated 05 Sept 2017
  • Eastern Yacht Club ICOYC Invitational - September 2019 - see ICOYC Regattas

ICOYC Regattas

The ICOYC Regatta page is where we post information about upcoming regattas sponsored by ICOYC or by its member clubs.  If you want to include regatta information on this page, contact the ICOYC webmaster at webeditor@icoyc.org

Details on upcoming ICOYC Invitational Regattas can be found below. Information on past events are found in the pull-down tabs of the table under Club Events and Regattas.

Eastern Yacht Club ICOYC Invitational Regatta

Preliminary Race Details

September 2, 2019 to September 6, 2019


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 4 days of worldclass 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. 

An application will be posted on a Regatta website at a later date.  In the meantime, it would be helpful for planning purposes to know if a club is considering sailing in the regatta. 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. 

Presentation Material

Download a 20 page presentation on the ICOYC Invitational, the Eastern Yacht Club and the lovely town of Marblehead, MA, HERE.

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 and has been selected to host the J/70 Worlds in 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 at the Peabody Essex Museum (Salem).

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.  The Peabody Essex Marine Museum has a substantial collection of Marine Art and of collectables from the China Trade. Spectator boats and special day-time programs will be available for spouses and friend. 


There will be an Entry Fee, a Charter Fee and an Insurance Fee in amounts to be determined. 

The Entry Fee will cover a buffet breakfast at the EYC on each morning from Tuesday through Friday and lunch at the EYC or in boxes on boats from Tuesday through Friday. The Entry Fee will also cover Opening Night Cocktails and Dinner, Cocktails at the Peabody Essex Museum 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 copy 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 February 16, 2017 

Commodores' Cup

The World Forums usually feature the Commodores' Cup. This event pits the attendees of the forum in teams chosen by the conference organizer and runs several heats on club-provided boats of a single class. 

In Perth xxxx the clubs raced in the one-design Bakewell-White 8 metre yachts. RHKYC took the winners’ trophy. In Hong Kong xxxxx the fleet raced against the spectacular Hong Kong skyline and in Marseilles xxxx big ocean rollers made things interesting to watch. For a report in Sail World on the xxxx Hong Kong race, click 
  Watch video of 2010 Commodores' Cup on YouTube  

Club Events and Regattas

This section lists upcoming and past events organized by member clubs. Click on the event name in the table below to read about the event.

  • 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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