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Who are we?

The International Order of the Blue Gavel is a world-wide organization which began in 1953 and is made up of over 4,000 Past Commodores of qualified yacht clubs striving to preserve the proven traditions, customs and ethics of yachting so that they may not be lost to those yet to come.

Chapters and Districts are currently located in Canada, New Zealand, the Phillipines, the United Kingdom and the United States.  We have members in Austrailia,Japan, Mexico, the Cook Islands, the Marianas, the Marshall Islands and Singapore. In addition, we have many individual members throughout the world.

What do our missions include?

Youth marine and sailing training, community water activity support, Make A Wish Foundation, Sea Scout support, safety at sea presentations, yacht club officer training and management courses, pollution identification and detoxification action, bone marrow typing, cancer research, monitoring and lobbying government marine legislation, support of the National Boating Federation, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and sponsoring of the US Junior Sailing.

What is our Humanitarian Foundation?

This is a non-profit, United States tax exempt corporation. The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, composed of IOBG members and selected professionals chosen for their expertise in law, medicine, accounting and public relations.The Foundation supports research seeking a cure for cancer and other life threatening diseases. The Foundation also supports youth sailing, safe boating and other educational programs which are in accordance with the organization's stated purposes as recommended by the IOBG general membership.