News from the International Council of Yacht Clubs

The Royal Natal Yacht Club is proud to be a founding member of the International Council of Yacht Clubs, and is the only yacht club from Africa to be represented on this prestigious council. The work of the ICoYC is important and wide ranging but is principally focused on developing closer relations between historic and prestigious yacht clubs throughout the world and the sharing of information and developing international best practice for the benefit of all members.

The ICoYC often plays an important role in helping to resolve and promote important issues faced by individual member clubs. Most importantly membership of the ICoYC allows member clubs to draw on the collective knowledge and contacts of fellow clubs while simultaneously providing networking opportunities.

Several months ago the Royal Natal Yacht Club, in association with the ICoYC, was privileged to facilitate a meeting between the Annapolis Yacht Club (regarded as the second most prestigious yacht club in America) and members of an important delegation from the Provincial Government of KwaZulu-Natal. Most recently the Royal Natal Yacht Club, in conjunction with the German Chamber of Commerce and the ICoYC, arranged for a delegation from Transnet to meet with industry specialists and members of the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein during their visit to Hamburg. We are delighted to share an extract of correspondence received from Mr Wolfgang Weber, Delegate in Charge of International Affairs at the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein:

“The visit of the delegation appears to have been very beneficial for the participants as can be seen from the attached Time Table of visits. I believe that the delegates did get a good insight into the operations of the various sections of the Port of Hamburg.

Also, the venue of the farewell dinner at the NRV’s Clubhouse here in Hamburg appears to have been a nice conclusion of the delegation’s visit to Hamburg. We had the pleasure of the company of Mr. Felix Scheder-Bieschin sen., the NRV’s Vice-Admiral, attending the dinner. He used the opportunity of the get-together with our guests from Durban for an exchange in shipping matters. Mr. Scheder-Bischien sen. is a shipping company owner closely working with South Africa.

It is my pleasure to attach two photos showing the group as well as Mrs. Yvonne Iyer and Mr. Moshe Motlohi, the Durban Port Manager, who handed me your gracious gift in form of the book depicting the history of the Royal Natal Yacht Club. This gift is highly appreciated and we thank you very much indeed for it. The book will find a prominent place in the NRV’s library for the enjoyment of our members.

Mrs Yvonne Iyer of the German Chamber of Commerce and Mr Moshe Motlohi the Durban Port Manager

Mrs Yvonne Iyer of the German Chamber of Commerce and Mr Moshe Motlohi the Durban Port Manager

You may be aware of the fact that the NRV is going to celebrate its Sesquicentennial in 2018. As part of the celebrations we plan jointly with the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda of Porto Cervo, Sardinia / ITALY – www.yccs.it – who will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2017 – to organize and implement two Trans-Atlantic Regattas. The westbound regatta in 2017 will be hosted by the YCCS and is going to be sailed from the Canary Islands with the finish line in front of the YCCS’s Caribbean Clubhouse on Virgin Gorda, BVI. The eastbound return regatta will be hosted by the NRV in cooperation with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club – www.rbyc.bm – from Hamilton to Hamburg in 2018. For more details please visit the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta website – www.anniversary-regatta.com – in the internet. Members of the RNYC are most welcome and encouraged to participate.”

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