August 2022
Moving Forward . . .

I am writing from Chicago where it’s summertime, and our boating season seems like it is finally back to normal. Regattas, cruises, sailing school and social events are fully back up and running despite the lingering presence of “the virus.” 

The ICOYC is getting back to normal as well. In the past twelve months we held two very successful regional conferences—the European Regional Conference in Barcelona last October and the North American Regional Conference in New Orleans last March. I attended both conferences and besides being extremely well run, they were also extremely well attended. People seemed eager to reengage with our friends from fellow member clubs and soak in the knowledge that is the trademark of our conferences.
With that in mind, your Board of Directors is busy planning future conferences and forums. Our goal is to schedule them for the next two years so that Clubs can plan, and Members can put the events in their calendars. So far, we have locked in the next World Forum for September 18-23, 2023, hosted by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. I think this is a great symbol of our “new beginning” after COVID since the very first world forum was held at the Royal Van in 2005. Please mark your calendars for this exciting event. 

Following the World Forum is the ICOYC Cruise of the Chesapeake from September 29, 2023, to October 6, 2023, hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club. The Chesapeake is an amazing and historic cruising ground and Annapolis Yacht Club has put together a first-class schedule of events kicking off with a tour of the United States Naval Academy. There is a limit on the number of participants, so please sign up early to hold your place. I also anticipate a European Conference will occur in March/April 2023. This is still in the early phases but I hope to have more specifics to announce the next time I write.

I am thrilled to report that we have a new member club, the St. Petersburg Yacht Club from the west coast of Florida, USA. St. Petersburg Yacht Club has been part of the sailing community for more than 100 years. I have personally raced at the club and experienced their outstanding regatta organization and warm hospitality. They are a great addition to our membership, and I look forward to working with them.

The ICOYC is moving forward. We are planning regional conferences, World Forums, cruises, and other great events to foster our connections. I truly look forward to greeting you in person at these events. It is time to get back together.

Leif Sigmond
ICOYC President
Chicago Yacht Club, Past Commodore

Bringing the Joy of Sailing to the Visually Impaired at Royal Lymington Yacht Club 

Royal Lymington Yacht Club hosted a special week of sailing that allowed 40 people with visual impairments to experience the joy and freedom of sailing. The last Visually Impaired Sailing Week took place in 2019 and this year’s event was particularly important as it helped participants emerge from lockdowns and overcome the anxieties of the past two years.
Yacht Club TV at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and Beyond

Members visiting Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron are greeted by beautiful on-water content on televisions around the Club. Behind the scenes, this content is running on an in-house video content platform, with work currently underway to expand this platform to other clubs to display their own videos. Now, Member Clubs can learn how to bring this tool to your own Clubhouse and increase Member enjoyment. 
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Volvo Cork Week: Results and Recap

Royal Cork Yacht Club’s signature regatta to celebrate their tricentenary was a smashing success! Nearly 2,000 sailors on 192 boats took part in the biggest Volvo Cork Week in years with teams from Ireland, France, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States enjoying five days of racing in and around Cork Harbour.
50 Teams Compete in Snipe Nationals at SDYC 

The Snipe US National Championship, one of the oldest one-design class championships in the United States, took place at San Diego Yacht Club the week of July 12. This event was an opportunity for juniors to race against their mentors, and for families to experience racing together.
Annapolis Yacht Club Gears Up for the 3-2-1 Invitational, September 23-25 

A celebration of 3v3, 2v2, and 1v1 match racing, the 3-2-1 Invitational at AYC will feature five ICOYC Member Clubs and three exciting days of racing. Annapolis Yacht Club, Newport Harbor Yacht Club, San Diego Yacht Club, San Francisco Yacht Club, St. Francis Yacht Club and three additional clubs prepare to compete this September. 
San Diego Yacht Club Hosts the 49th Dutch Shoe Marathon

Junior sailors from eight local yacht clubs gained practice, experience and confidence at the Dutch Shoe Marathon: a multi-hour journey from La Playa Cove to Glorietta Bay.
International German Championships 2022

Despite off-and-on wind conditions, the International German Championships (IDM) hosted by Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee featured five races – enough for the title to be awarded to Norddeutscher Regatta Verein’s Heiko Kröger. The regatta hosted 42 sailors of the 2.4mR class – with and without physical limitations. 
2022 Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy

Established by the Mirpuri Foundation to create awareness and raise funds for marine conservation, and organized in conjunction with Clube Naval de Cascais, the Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy regatta featured an impressive fleet of 85 boats competing across five classes on two picture-perfect days of racing.
Norddeutscher Regatta Verein Wins World Championship at Sailing Champions League Finals

The idea behind Sailing Champions League is simple: it’s the championship of the national champions, during which the most successful clubs of the National Sailing League countries compete against each other to fight for the title of “Best Sailing Club of the Year.” It’s a straightforward format that has worked well in football for years, and now we have clear proof that it also works for sailing! 
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