Published: Wednesday, 30 October 2013
RHKYC; Photo by Guy Nowell

Last hosted by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in 2006, the forthcoming 8th ICOYC Commodores’ Forum will features a week of activities packed with six business sessions and socials events as well as a partner programme. John McNeill, President of the ICOYC, said that “These forums are an opportunity to engage in discussions with peer clubs on issues and opportunities of mutual interest and discover how others may deal with the same challenges from time to time.” Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Commodore Joachim Isler added that "the importance of this event cannot be underestimated, and the Club is very proud to again be playing host." To date, over 70 visitors from 29 yacht clubs and 16 countries have confirmed their attendance. The forum starts on November 12 and runs to November 15. 

Each discussion topic will include insightful presentations, a Q&A session, and breakout group discussions - all carefully designed to ensure each person gets the maximum benefit out of each topic. The topics are (1) Ways to Recruit, Develop and Retain Young Members and Top Sailors, (2) Sponsorship and Long Term Finance, (3) Club Management, (4) Ways to Develop and Sustain Race Support - Effective Race Management, (5) Dealings with Community and Government and (6) Succession Planning and Leadership Training. 

The International Council of Yacht Clubs' mission is to foster closer relations at Flag Officer and General Management level between leading yacht clubs around the world in order to improve the quality of the yachting and other services they provide to their members. The Council shall also promote a proper awareness of the environment and responsibility towards it.