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January 2023
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBER CLUBS!
ICOYC is pleased to welcome our newest Member Clubs, Salinas Yacht Club, Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona and St. Petersburg Yacht Club as well as our first Affiliate Member, the Cruising Club of America
Salinas Yacht Club, located in Salinas, Ecuador, is led by Commodoro Fernando Gomez. The club of 3,000 members was established in 1940 and sits on the Pacific Ocean with a beachside clubhouse, dry docks, a marina, a pool and dining facilities. In addition to its active racing schedule both inshore and offshore, Salinas Yacht Club has a robust youth sailing program with an Academy, sailing programs for 35 schools and a fleet of nearly 100 dinghies. This club is committed to actively supporting the sport and its community. Welcome aboard Salinas Yacht Club!
 
The Cruising Club of America joins as The ICOYC’s first Affiliate Member. The CCA is led by Commodore Chris Otorowski, a longtime friend and supporter of the Council. The CCA counts the oceans of the world as its clubhouse, with 11 stations worldwide. It is a collection of 1,400 passionate, accomplished ocean sailors making adventurous use of the seas. 

Founded in 1922, the CCA is a special club for many reasons. Members have found pleasure and fulfillment through the camaraderie of like-minded friends who share a love of ocean sailing and voyaging.

The CCA organizes the Newport Bermuda Race — the premier US East Coast ocean race — in collaboration with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. The CCA also organizes cruises for its members in desirable locations around the world. Activities include events and publications on topics such as safety, seamanship and the environment, which they report on through Club magazines, seminars and special awards.  

CCA members are often also active members of yacht clubs around the world.
St. Petersburg Yacht Club joined this year to add to the America’s Region roster of leading clubs.  Established in 1909, this yacht club now enjoys a membership of 2,400 and four locations on the local waterfront. Because of their active racing schedule, SPYC already enjoys reciprocal relations with dozens of Council Clubs whose sailors often enjoy the hospitality of Florida’s west coast.  

Beyond racing, St. Petersburg Yacht Club has a solid commitment to youth in a program serving over 450 students annually; this club has produced leagues of junior sailors and racers excelling in the sport at the highest levels. 

The St. Petersburg Yacht Club also boasts a number of famed members who have brought home gold from the Olympics, sailed and coached in the America's Cup, and built world-renowned sail and powerboats. 

This club prides itself on innovation and always enjoys exchanges of ideas and information, making it a perfect fit for the Council.
Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona was established in 1965 in Spain and soon became a leader in the development of the sport for all people, with special emphasis on youth. Their active regatta schedule now includes three annual national title events.  

In past years the club has hosted an America’s Cup challenge. As a Member Club of ICOYC, Monte Real de Yates de Baiona is looking forward to actively exchanging ideas and opportunities with fellow clubs toward development of the sport and our clubs. Technology and environmental practices are areas of special interest along with the fundamental promotion of sailing for all people, near and far. 

 
RACE NEWS
California Dreamin’ Series

Long Beach Yacht Club is now accepting requests for invitation for the Long Beach stop of the California Dreamin’ Series, scheduled for April 1 and 2, 2023. The winner of the California Dreamin’ Series receives a coveted invitation to the Ficker Cup the following year, which lends their team a chance to qualify for the Congressional Cup.
Helga Cup Regatta – Save the Date

The Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) in Hamburg will again organize and host the ladies-only event, the Helga Cup Regatta, June 8 - 11, 2023. Additional information can be found HERE with registration to open in the near future.
COUNCIL EVENTS
Gstaad Yacht Club Invites All Clubs to Attend 9th ICOYC European Conference — March 9–11, 2023

Registration is now open and a provisional agenda available for the 9th ICOYC European Conference to be held at Gstaad Yacht Club on March 9–11, 2023. Topics will include Maintenance of Boat Parks, Media and Communications in the Club, How a Yacht Club Can Matter to Society, CRM Systems for Club and How to Retain Top Sailing Coaches. Details of the Conference including registration are available via the links below. 
 
THE VALUE OF ICOYC
This issue of The Currents continues our series that asks Members of Member Clubs: What does the ICOYC mean to you? This month, we hear from Toni Guiu, ICOYC Board Member and Member at Real Club Náutico de Barcelona:

“Because the RCNB belongs to ICOYC, the Club enjoys a more international perspective, knowing and understanding much better the way of working and thinking of other clubs like us. Recently, we hosted a very interesting European Forum at our club, where we were able to share our strategic plan with other clubs from around the world, and learn from their contributions. The pride of belonging to the ICOYC is a feeling shared by many Members of the RCNB.”
 
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