Our club is a member of the International Council of Yacht Clubs (ICOYC), along with 42 leading yacht clubs representing 24 countries across five continents. Being part of the Council brings unique benefits to our club and to you as a member.
The ICOYC was founded as an association of the world’s leading yacht clubs, working together to share knowledge and experiences that can benefit all members of Member Clubs. In the early days, activity was focused on annual Forums and Regional Conferences where club leadership and interested members met to exchange ideas. Soon, that expanded to interclub cruises and invitations to regattas and events around the world.
Through our Club’s membership in the ICOYC, all members gain access to the ICOYC’s biennial World Forum (held at various Member Clubs) and annual Regional Conferences, where members swap ideas, learn best practices, and enjoy visiting the host club and surrounding area. Each year, a Member Club hosts an annual cruise in its home waters, inviting other ICOYC club members to join. Also, several ICOYC clubs invite Member Clubs to sail in their regattas.
To help us make the most of our Council membership, the ICOYC recently launched a communications initiative to assure accessibility among all members. Here are three great ways to interact with the Member Clubs and club members around the world.
Follow ICOYC on Facebook
You are invited to join the “ICOYC Clubhouse” — a new private Facebook Group open to all Members of Member Clubs. This is a convenient platform for asking questions and swapping ideas with fellow yacht club members and leaders. Want to know what another club did when they were in your situation? Simply ask in the Clubhouse and learn from your peers. Admission to the Clubhouse requires proof of membership at an ICOYC Member Club, usually a simple email from your club’s Representative to ICOYC.
ICOYC is also on Facebook @TheICOYC, where you will find all sorts of news from our fellow ICOYC Clubs.
Follow ICOYC on Instagram
You can follow ICOYC on Instagram @icoyc_org where clubs and members post regularly with photos and news regarding all sorts of information and entertainment.
In 2021, ICOYC launched a new website (www.ICOYC.org)—easy to navigate and with a translation tool supporting 19 languages. The site holds a News section with updates from Member Clubs, an Events Page with upcoming regattas and events hosted by Member Clubs, and plenty of information about ICOYC and its regular activities.
With log-in privileges, explained below, you may also visit the “members only” part of the site. Here, you’ll find invitations to events, a member directory, an Insights section sharing best practices on running a leading yacht club, and messages for club Members.
Because ICOYC has been hosting Forums and Conferences for nearly 15 years, the volume of valuable content is immense. Now, thanks to the Council’s new website, you can gain access to years of presentations, articles and insights. You can also more easily connect with Members of fellow Member Clubs.
How to log in
To log in to icoyc.org, you must create a new account. While all Members of Member Clubs are welcome to access the site, you must ask your Club to set up an account so you can gain access to the site. To make that request, please contact your ICOYC Delegate.
Over the years, the Council has become a valuable resource for news and information that specifically helps leaders at the world’s top yacht clubs. In addition to being a repository of knowledge on club operations, the ICOYC meetings have become a great place to build friendships with other like-minded sailors. This personal networking aspect of ICOYC is great for both incoming leaders of our club as well as the more seasoned officers and directors. Meet your peers from the other great 41 yachting clubs and exchange experiences and knowledge.
We welcome you to visit the new ICOYC site, follow ICOYC on Instagram, and join them on Facebook. If you need some assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.