Royal Cork Yacht Club
Hosts the
2019 ICOYC World Forum


25-28 September 2019

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  • Delegate Programme - 13 September 2019,  PDF   MS Excel
  • Partner Programme - 13 September 2019,  PDF   MS Excel
  • Pre-registration and Hotel Announcement - 07 Feb 2019,  PDF
  • Announcement presentation made to the 2018 European Regional Meeting, 13 Oct 2018, PDF
  • Video prepared by Cork Convention Bureau, MP4, 202 MB
Last updated Friday, September 13, 2019

Conference Registration Form

To register for the ICOYC World Forum Cork 2019 please click on the link,   
Thank you, we look forward to welcoming you to the Royal Cork Yacht Club in September.

Hotel Reservations and Pre-Registration Announcement
07 Feb 2019

07 February 2019

Make Your Plans for the Cork Forum
What, When, Where, Who

What - Royal Cork Yacht Club are delighted to announce that the schedule for the 2019 ICOYC World Forum in Cork is almost finalised. 

When - We  hope that you are planning to attend the Forum which will be held from Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th September 2019, with arrival scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, 24 September 2019, and departures on Sunday, 29th September. 

On-line registration opens on Monday 18th February 2019, at a discounted rate of €800 per delegate and €525 per partner (subject to change) which will be given to the ‘early birds’ who subscribe before Wednesday 1st May 2019, with the rate increasing to €900/€600 after this date. 

Stay tuned for the announcement of the opening of the forum registration site. 

Where - Accommodation rates have been agreed at the five-star Fota Island Resort where the Forum will take place, along with a number of events at the Royal Cork Clubhouse in Crosshaven and other historic locations around the Cork Harbour. Accommodation rates for the forum:

  • Single room in Hotel - €140 per room per night, single occupancy, including full Irish breakfast.
  • Double or Twin Room in Hotel  - €155 per room per night, double occupancy, including full Irish breakfast.  
  • Double, Twin or Single rooms in a Lodge - €126 per bedroom per night on a room-only basis - each lodge is available based on a minimum of 2 bedrooms being booked. Breakfast available in the Hotel at €16.50 per person. This may ideal for a group from a club that would prefer to stay together in a lodge on the grounds and are set up for self-catering.

When making reservations with the Fota Island Resort, inform the reservations team that you are attending the ICOYC World Forum 2019 to avail of the discounted rate. You must make the reservations by phone 353 21 488 3700 or by email at

Who -Finally, we are asking Commodores to emphasize the importance of their junior flag officers of attending the World Forum, as well as key committee members and the club's General Manager.

Mise i seoltóireacht 
(Yours in sailing),

Pat Farnan


Visit our website at 
Your questions can be answered by Gavin Deane, General Manager

Agenda for Delegates

Delegates Programme - updated 13 September 2019  Download PDF HERE 

Agenda for Partners

Partners Programme - updated 13 September 2019  Download PDF HERE 

Venues for Delegates and Partners


Royal Cork Yacht Club –

The Royal Cork Yacht Club is the oldest Yacht Club in the world and was established in 1720. Today the Club has a membership of approximately 1900 and encompasses a wide variety of sailing activities from young kids in their Optimists sailing right through the winter months to the not-so-young kids racing National 18s, 1720s and cruisers during the remaining nine months of the year.


Fota Island Resort -  

Fota Island Resort is one of Ireland’s finest luxury destinations. This five star hotel nestled at the heart of a peaceful island in County Cork has championships golf courses, a Spa and swimming pool and many walking trails. The Hotel also has a magnificent Wildlife Park on the Island.


Port of Cork -  

The Port of Cork is the key seaport in the south of Ireland and Custom House on Custom House Quay has been the home of the Harbour Commissioners since 1904.

Jameson Distillery Midleton -

John Jameson forged his name making great whiskey but along the way he also earned quite the reputation for being a warm and generous host. The home of Jameson Irish Whiskey is a truly unmatched venue in and around Cork that can provide the perfect home whatever you have in mind. It’s the perfect venue for an evening that will live long in the memory.

Venues for the Partners Programme



Fota House & Gardens –

Fota House was designed by 19th century architects Richard and William Morrison. From the beautifully proportioned rooms with exquisite plasterwork, to the preserved service wing and kitchens, Fota House offers visitors an intimate look at how life was lived in the past, whether as a servant or as a member of the gentry. Their painting collection is considered to be one of the finest collections of landscape painting outside the National Gallery of Ireland and includes works by William Ashford PRHA, Robert Carver, Jonathan Fisher and Thomas Roberts.


Cork City Gaol -

One of the most memorable Cork tourist attractions. Visitors get a fascinating insight into day-to-day prison life at a time when the high walls ensured no escape and denied law-abiding citizens the opportunity to see one of the finest examples of Ireland’s architectural heritage.


Cobh Heritage Centre  -

Whether you are interested in the Irish Emigration story, tracing your ancestors, learning more about the ill-fated Titanic and the Lusitania, or immersing yourself in our naval and military history, Cobh Heritage Centre has it all and lots more. With such a rich heritage, history and so many stories to tell, a trip to Cobh Heritage Centre is a must.


Blarney Castle -

Blarney Castle, as viewed by the visitor today, is the third to have been erected on this site. The first building in the tenth century was a wooden structure. Around 1210 A.D. this was replaced by a stone structure which had the entrance some twenty feet above the ground on the north face. This building was demolished for foundations. In 1446 the third castle was built by Dermot McCarthy, King of Munster of which the keep still remains standing. Anyone visiting Cork must come to Blarney to kiss the Barney stone and check out the Blarney Woolen Mills.


Spike Island -


In the last 1300 years Spike Island has been host to a 6th century Monastery, a 24 acre Fortress, the largest convict depot in the world in Victorian times and centuries of island homes.  The island's rich history has included monks and monasteries, rioters and redcoats, captains and convicts and sinners and saints. Today the island is dominated by the 200 year old Fort Mitchel, the star shaped Fortress which became a prison holding over 2300 prisoners.  Take the scenic ferry ride from Kennedy Pier, Cobh, and enjoy a fully guided tour of our island and fortress, and relax in our cafe and picnic areas.  Get captured in the history and mystery of this magical heritage island. 

General Announcement - October 2018

Admiral Pat Farnan of the Royal Cork Yacht Club announces:

"In September 2019, the Royal Cork Yacht Club will be on the cusp of celebrating the tricentenary of its establishment and is proud to hold the title of the oldest yacht club in the world. The Club has maintained a strong sailing tradition over the centuries and is still as strong and active today as it was when it was founded almost three hundred years ago.

The Flag Officers and members are honoured and privileged to host the ICOYC World Commodores’ Forum which will be held from Wedsday 25th to Saturday 28th September, 2019 in Cork and all delegates can be assured of a warm welcome.

The venue for accommodation for the Forum is due to be finalised within the next month and we will inform all member clubs as soon as this has been confirmed.

Cork Harbour, where the Club is located, is considered to be the second largest natural harbour in the world after Sydney and is steeped in maritime tradition. Many physical connections to the era when the Royal Cork Yacht Club was founded in 1720 still exist to this day and both the Forum and social programs alike will afford delegates and their partner’s opportunity to visit some of the iconic symbols of our heritage and immerse themselves in what has become known as Cork – Ireland’s maritime paradise.

We look forward to welcoming ICOYC delegates, and their partners / families from across the globe in September 2019 where we will endeavour to ensure that your visit to Cork will be a memorable one!"

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