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Dear ICOYC Club Member,

You are cordially invited to attend the 2018 ICOYC World Forum, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club and San Francisco Yacht Club on April 16-20, 2018. During the Forum, attendees will engage in meaningful sessions and discussions, and will also have the opportunity to explore the incredible surroundings of the San Francisco Bay Area.

This Forum is a unique opportunity to engage in discussion with your peers from the world’s leading yacht clubs on areas of interest to our clubs and the sport, and to share experiences to the mutual benefit of all in attendance. The Forum is open to current and past leadership of ICOYC Member Clubs, in addition to Club representatives who may benefit from attending, such as general management and key committee members. We especially encourage new leaders to attend, as Forums prove to be highly valuable for networking and learning from the more experienced.  

We are presently developing a detailed 2018 Forum Agenda around the theme, "Evolution vs. Revolution... the art of managing change".  Please take this opportunity to plan your trip, and possibly extend your visit to explore our world-renowned venue. At the very least, we encourage you to join us for our Opening Day celebrations the two days following the Forum.

We look forward to welcoming you in April, 2018!

John McNeill -

2018 Forum Chairman Click HERE for a video invitation.

Join us in San Francisco for this memorable Forum!!

Illustrated Agenda; Forum Registration; Lodging Information;
General Information; Photo Gallery

Illustrated Agenda

We are truly looking forward to your company as we engage in productive conversations of our beloved sport and our clubs, share some beautiful surroundings and activities, and celebrate our mutual love of yachting!


Arrive at San Francisco International (SFO) or Oakland International (OAK), and hire a shuttle or taxi to the St. Francis Yacht Club or your lodging.  We’ve arranged special room availability for you at the Cow Hollow Motor Inn a short 15 minute walk away from StFYC, and at Marines Memorial Club near Union Square in the center of downtown San Francisco, about 15 minutes by 

taxi.  Please note these rooms are limited and must be booked in 2017. When they’re gone they are gone. 

For those desiring more posh accommodations, we recommend the Westin St. Francis near Union Square or the Fairmont, Mark Hopkins or Stanford Court hotels atop Nob Hill.  

When you arrive at St. Francis Yacht Club you will be greeted by members and receive all materials needed for the Forum and activities, including a guest card prepared for you and your partner.  See the agenda below for details of the days to come, and some helpful notes. (look for the web  links, in blue and underlined, as above )

Monday, 16 April
Board of Directors and early arrivals

·        Registration open from 1200-1730  St. Francis has quiet days Monday and Tuesday, without food service, but bar hours are 1600-2100.

·        ICOYC Board of Directors Meeting from 1500-1630

·        Board & Partners Reception from 1700-1830 with Host Clubs’ leadership.

·        Free Evening – Your registration materials include a listing of favorite nearby restaurants and their menus and reviews.  Reservations are recommended for most of the places mentioned.

Tuesday 17 AprilForum Opening Day

·        Registration open from 0830-1200

·        Annual General Meeting from 0930-1100.  Representatives, Alternates and Flag Officers are encouraged to attend.  One person should be designated as the voting representative.

·        Forum Opening at 1100 on the St. Francis Race Deck, overlooking the Bay, Golden Gate and Alcatraz.  Welcome from the ICOYC, St. Francis Yacht Club and San Francisco Yacht Club, with the Flag and Burgee Ceremonies.

·        Buffet luncheon served in the Clippership Room, just west of the Race Deck, for all Forum delegates and partners.  No-host bar available.  From 1200-1300

·        At 1300, Forum Session #1 begins in the Golden Gate Room, the site for all Forum Sessions, and concludes at 1630.  Afternoon coffee, tea and water provided.

Also at 1300, the Partners Program commences with an afternoon narrated tour of the City sights aboard motorized Cable Cars, returning to the Club about 1600.

·       At 1700 delegates and partners board a fleet of member yachts from both clubs to enjoy a short trip across the bay with light refreshments that will end at the San Francisco Yacht Club in Belvedere Cove for an evening featuring some of California’s finest wineries, outstanding food stations, an open bar, live music, and great camaraderie in a stunning setting overlooking the San Francisco Bay and city skyline.  Bus transport will be provided in case of inclement weather.  Dress is casual and you are encouraged to bring a jacket or sweater for the ride over as well as enjoying the outside deck at SFYC.  


·        Return to StFYC or Cow Hollow at 2200 via bus.

Wednesday 18 April
Forum Day Two

·        Forum Session 2 begins at 0900, concluding at 1145

·        At 0915 Partners will depart  for a full day in downtown San Francisco, to enjoy the prime shopping area around Union Square, beginning with a private showing with refreshments  by Tiffany and Co., then lunch on your own, at one of a list of recommended restaurants in the area. (more restaurants HERE)

In the afternoon we’ll visit the famed Gump’s, and their fabulous collection of jade artifacts, works of art and accessories. 

Continue shopping or take a ride on the Powell-Hyde Street Cable Car for a brief visit at Ghirardelli Square or the Buena Vista Café for Irish Coffee.  Return to your hotel to prepare for the evening at your leisure. 

·        At 1145 delegates will attend the St. Francis Wednesday Yachting Lunch, for a buffet lunch, and a guest speaker presentation of yachting interest with our members and others from clubs around the Bay.  This 50+ year club tradition presents programs on such as Olympic campaigns, the America’s Cup, off shore cruising, yacht design and yachting history.


·        Forum Session 3 begins at 1315, concluding at 1630.

·        On the town or opt for Cocktails and Dinner this evening at the St. Francis Yacht Club, 1830-2200, accompanied by live music and entertainment by St. Francis members.  The club has a number of performing groups who add special qualities to our events, as the Raccoon Straits, a Club Jazz band, and choral groups Sons of the Sea and High Seas. 


Thursday 19 AprilForum Day Three

·        The partners depart at 0815 for a day in the Sonoma County Wine Country, where they will enjoy private tours and tastings at Dry Creek Vineyards  (where sailing has long been supported) and Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery in the Dry Creek Valley. An Italian lunch at historic Catelli’s Rex Restaurant,  originally opened in Geyserville in 1936 by Italian immigrants Santi and Virginia Catelli, and now run by the grandchildren. The menu highlights ingredients from local and organic farmers, with homemade pastas. The ravioli are locally famous.

For the delegates, Session 4 begins at 0900, concluding at 1200.

·        Lunch will be served in the Northwest Room, overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, at 1200.

·        Session 5 begins at 1300, concluding at 1630.

·        This is a free evening for you and your partner and friends to explore a bit if you like, or enjoy an evening at San Francisco or St. Francis Yacht Clubs.

  We’ve included some recommendations and menus in your registration bag. Reservations are recommended for most of  the places mentioned.

Friday 20 AprilForum Day Four

·        Session 6 begins at 0900, concluding at 1200.

·        Partners are off again at 0900, unless they choose to just sleep in 

a bit. Each of our members involved in planning the Partners Program 

will act as concierge for one of a few self-guided outings around the City from 0900 to 1200.  The options include a visit to the Disney Family Museum (video) in the nearby Presidio,   

a shopping trip to the Ferry Building Marketplace (video), a cable car ride and tour of the Cable Car Museum (video), an Alcatraz cruise tour (video), or a walk from nearby Crissy Field (video) to the Golden Gate Bridge and back.  

Join the crew for an adventure in San Francisco, returning to the Club at 1200 for a buffet lunch.

·        Buffet lunch at 1200, and preparation for the Commodores’ Cup racing.  Sailors meeting at 1315.

·        Commodores’ Cup starts at 1400 directly in front of the Club in our fleet of J22s.  Spectating is perfect from the upper race deck, or the protected rooms below. We 

hope to run two or three races on a short course directly in

 front of the Club before returning to the docks by 1630.

·        Closing ceremonies, awards and cocktails will be at 1830 in the clubhouse.
·       After the closing ceremonies, delegates, partners and guests are invited to join members of both host clubs at the St. Francis for a dressy-casual pre-Opening Day party commencing at 2000. We also hope this evening to include a number of StFYC Guest Members who serve as Diplomatic Consuls here. Stay as late as you like.    BACK TO TOP

At this point the Forum will have ended, but you really should plan to stay…

Your guest privileges at both clubs are also an invitation to join us for the 101st Annual Opening Day of the Yachting Season, with a busy program of fun!

Saturday 21 April – You have lots of options!

·        You could just spend this day exploring the City or surrounds, perhaps having your partner show you the spots you missed while in meetings…..or take a ferry over to Tiburon and the San Francisco Yacht Club for Lunch in their sun-blessed Mediterranean clime.

·        Or, join us at the St Francis for a race day, including our annual Intraclub Regatta of member yachts (possibly jump in as crew for a member), or enjoy watching the Legends Regatta, as a few of our more noted sailors compete in the J22s for the Legends trophy.  The competitors likely will include people like Paul Cayard, John Kostecki, Olympic Medalists like Pam Healy and Russ Silvestri, and a handful of local rock stars.  With the accompanying tack by tack announcing, this is a pleasure to watch.  The usual post-race party for all follows, with a casual and active atmosphere.

Sunday 22 AprilOpening Day Celebration and Parade of Yachts

·      The "Opening Day” tradition on San Francisco Bay began in 1917 to celebrate the annual opening of a drawbridge between the Tiburon Peninsula and Belvedere Island that allowed boats wintering in the Belvedere Lagoon to re-enter San Francisco Bay for the summer boating season.  The drawbridge, located only 200 meters from the San Francisco Yacht Club, is gone, but the celebration continues at yacht clubs all across the Bay. 

Our two clubs each host Opening Day festivities, and you are invited join us.   

  • St. Francis Yacht Club begins its Opening Day at 1000 with live music and brunch, followed by the Parade of Decorated Yachts at 1200, which includes boats from many of the over 100 clubs on the Bay passing in formation right in front of the Club. (We’d love to have you aboard a member boat with your national ensign and burgee flying.)  Enjoy drinks and food choices in the club, engage with others in activities, and while away the afternoon.
  • The San Francisco Yacht Club begins its Opening Day with boats from many clubs joining a “Blessing of the Fleet” parade across the Tiburon waterfront, where the fleet is acknowledged by Coast Guard officials and blessed by religious celebrants as they pass our neighboring Corinthian Yacht Club, and then, after enjoying a short Bay sail on their own, they return to the SFYC in Belvedere Cove for an afternoon of sun, live music and dancing on the deck, and a casual barbecue for members, guests and their families of all ages. Ferries running between Fisherman’s Wharf and Tiburon provide easy access from San Francisco. There is no need to pre-register; you can pick up a guest card upon entering the clubhouse, but please let us know if you’d like to join a member boat in the blessing of the fleet.  You are welcome to join us!     



What a wonderful way to complete your visit!
We truly hope you will join us, and enjoy this visit so much that you’ll return to San Francisco and our Clubs 


Forum Registration

The registration forms with instructions are available as a pdf HERE for viewing, completing, downloading or printing.  You may complete the forms on the file itself, then merely save your entries and e-mail the file to  Of course, you may also simply print the file, then make manual entries, scan or photo it and e-mail to

PLEASE NOTE that Delegate Forum Fees increase as of 1 October, 2017!!


Lodging Information

We have arranged room blocks at three facilities in San Francisco. 

The first two, the Chelsea Inn and Cow Hollow Motor Inn, are within a 20 minute walk of the St Francis Clubhouse, offer free parking, and are often enjoyed by visiting guests and regatta competitors of the club. Room rates are $128 weeknights and $158 weekends, per night double occupancy. Limited availability, of course. The best rooms are noted as 'off Lombard', just request.
To reserve for these properties, contact them as below: 

24 hr. phone +1 415.563.5600              24 hr. phone +1 415.921.5800
Group Code C-1402                              Group Code B-2201  
and provide the following information: Name, credit card number with expiration date, billing address, Phone number, dates of arrival and departure, and Group Code (identifies room block & rates). 

The third property is in the center of the City off Union Square, and is a private club named the Marines Memorial Club & Hotel.   We have secured a smaller block of rooms at $268 per night for a standard room or $298 per night for a deluxe room, plus 16.5% tax.  Reservations may be extended three days before and after Forum dates.  For those who prefer the urban city atmosphere, near to theaters, and premiere dining and shopping, this is an excellent value. The amenities offered include a full breakfast each morning, fitness club and pool, complimentary wifi, and a business center. Reservations may be made by e-mail to using the ‘promo code’ of ICOYC2017 or by telephone to 1-800-562-7463.

Limited shuttle service to and from these hotels and the St Francis Yacht Club will be available.  



General Information
  • Please see the information presented at the StFYC website regarding the club, the area, and other services, as linked HERE
  •  By law in our area all public facilities, including private clubs, are non-smoking.
  • Most clubs restrict the use of audio communications by electronics, including smart phones.  It is preferred if your devices are turned off while in the club. There are usually specific areas where this restriction is lifted – just ask. 
  • Air travel to San Francisco is generally serviced by two airports, San Francisco International and Oakland International.  Both are reasonably serviced by both van services and ride sharing, like Uber or Lyft.
  • Within the ‘Illustrated Agenda’, above, you will find web links to a wealth of other information, including restaurants, sightseeing, etc.



Photo Gallery

The section below contains some photo albums of the conference venue. Simply scroll through the images.