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Proud to be one of the oldest sailing clubs in the country

With the main clubhouse, extensive boatyard with modern lift and moorings on the river adur, along with the original clubhouse and locked moorings within Shoreham Port, SYC is first and foremost a members club with unrivalled facilities. Yachts of all sizes call the club home, with both rallying and racing strongly supported, as is the dinghy section where particular attention is given to encouraging youth sailors. The club has a diving section and is home to Sussex Sailability, supporting handicapped sailors of all abilities. SYC also boasts a bar and steward famous for hospitality on both sides of the channel, along with a superb restaurant enjoying the best river views in Shoreham.

  

Joining SYC

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Membership at SYC is open to everybody, with competitive subscriptions and a new low cost entry scheme called NAMS for those intending to make the most of our on-the-water activities; you could become a member for as little at £7.80 per month.

Here's how to join ››

  

AYAC Topper Open

13 July

Well done to the Sussex Yacht Club Junior Team competing in the AYAC topper open on 13 July, an event that attracted 25 entries to battle it out over 4 races in tough conditions with lots of capsizes. The team all gave their best to get the following placings;

SYC Regatta 2014

The 2014 SYC Summer Regatta was quieter that we would have hoped for with quite a few of the local boats otherwise engaged but Race Officer Jason Large put together a great series of races and the final results are now published.

Cheeki Rafiki

The news about the loss of Cheeki Rafiki in mid atlantic is truly shocking and the latest update that the liferaft was not deployed indicates a very sad conclusion. Cheeki Rafiki was a visitor to our yard and regular competitor in local events and regattas (picture is by Warwick Baker and was taken during the 2008 Royal Escape Race). We are sure that all SYC members would join us in offering our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the missing crew James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren and Paul Goslin. They will be remembered.

Text Messaging

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To help keep members informed about club activities we are trialling a new SMS texting service notifiying club activities and events by text message. All members who have given us mobile phone numbers will start to receive text messages from us to advertise training courses and social events. We appreciate that not everybody likes receiving promotional messages so if you would like to opt out then please let Paula in the Office know by emaiing her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Bar Opening Times

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As the club is starting to get busier in its winter activities, your new bar team of Emma, Mark and Tim are settling in and making a few changes, the first of which are the following new extended opening hours;

  • Monday to Thursday 12:00-15:00 & 17:00-22:00
  • Friday 12:00-15:00 & 17:00-23:00
  • Saturday 12:00-23:00
  • Sunday 12:00-21:00

If large groups are still in the clubhouse at closing, where possible, these times may be extended.

Practical Training 2014

Coastguard RescueRYA Coastal Skipper and Day Skipper Courses

Don't forget that as well as our huge range of RYA theory courses we will also be running practical RYA Coastal Skipper and Day Skipper Courses in the Solent this year. Feedback from those that have attended has been excellent, with highlights including  skipper Alwyn booking a highline transfer exercise with the coastguard helicopter. So far this year they have managed every course but of course cannot be guranteed.

SYC members get significant savings on these courses.

Match Racing

Fri 18 July

Have you got any unsettled issues on the race course? Why not settle them in the fairest way: Two Boats, Two Teams in knock out rounds until the winner is decided. Come along on Friday 18 of July for an evening of racing with Sonar keel boats. Races will start at 18:00 and BBQ food will be available. To enter as a team or on your own email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notice of Race has been published - download here

Entry fees are £5 per person with a maximum of four per boat. Look forward to seeing you there.

Club Night

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August Club Night will as always start with a supper from Chef Simon from around 19:30; the menu will be published online as soon as we have it.

Please remember that you don't have to have supper to enjoy the evening - this is an informal occasion when members can pop in or stay for the duration, catching up on chit chat at the bar or relaxing with friends in the lounge.

New or prospective members are also welcome - just let the office know so we can arrange for somebody to welcome you and make introductions.

Oh and don't forget there's also the great raffle with a chance to stagger home with one of many great prizes.

Round the World for Sailability

Clipper Round the WorldOllie Phillips is competing in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and is raising money for the Rugby Charity Wooden Spoon, who (we hope) will be sponsoring a new boat for Sussex Sailability!! If you want to learn more and hopefully lend a hand its all here ››

Royal Escape Race

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The Royal Escape Race was a blustery challenge with many skippers electing to retire or stay on their moorings. Those that arrived in Fécamp certainly deserved the warm welcome extended by our host club SRF. A full report will follow shortly, but for now the results are published on the official Royal Escape Race website ››

Shanty Evening

Welly-WailersFri 11 July

The increasingly famous Wellington Wailers are now back from their tour to the west when they starred at Falmouth week, so they will again be belting out songs of the sea in the Shoreham Club House again on Friday 11 July.

From 20:00 you can come along and just listen or perhaps join in with a rousing "up she rises".

Trophée du port de Fécamp

Fecamp-Open-50News from SRF

Multi 50's at play off of Fécamp. A bit faster than our fleet and one can only imagine how busy the SRF bar was after this grand prix level racing... read more and watch the multis fly by on video.

Messing About in Boats

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SYC Member William Mills recounts a short but memorable voyage on the river from the club in his article, published on the-news.co website. William has not named names to save blushes from one of our new boat owners. Read it the story here ››

Beach Dreams & Open Day Enquiries

June 2014

The club had a stand at the amazing Beach Dreams festival over the weekend as also held our traditional Open Day on the Sunday. First of all huge thank you to everybody that volunteered and got stuck in making it all such a success.

If you are reading this as one of the many people interested in what SYC get up to, then please carry on and follow up your interest. If you want to just try sailing to see if you like it then jump over to the forum and sign up to sail on a sunday as a crew. If you are interested in doing some refresher training or perhaps have a child that would like to give dinghy sailing a go then there's lots of information on this website or you can jump straight in and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. letting here know what you want to do. Oh and for those who are planning functions and are interested in hiring our historic clubhouse for that special event email or call Jacqui in the office

Shoreham Junior Team

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The Shoreham Junior Team is being started with a recruitment drive through June 2014 to give those youngsters that have done a couple of years of sailing the opportunity to improve and try racing and keelboat sailing as well as introducing teaching skills and the RYA instructor scheme.

This will be a feeder to the highly successful Shoreham Youth Team, which has been developing since 2008 and has proved extremly succesful with those that commit getting some fantastic opportunities to race and sail both at the club around the UK and abroad.

Read more about the Shoreham Junior Team ››

Club Merchandise

SYC-Embroidered-LogoNew clothing range

SYC branded polo shirts and fleeces are back by popular demand! We currently have two different styles of polo shirts along with two different types of fleece available in black with an embroidered SYC logo on the chest.

For just an extra pound you can also get your boat name embroidered below the logo.

RYA Club Of The Year

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NEWS - SYC is a finalist

A large contingent from SYC travelled by coach to the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace on Saturday 1 March to hear the final result in the RYA Club Of The Year Awards for 2014, which were made on the main stage a little while after our Shoreham Youth Team had performed their World Championship presentation faultlessly in front of the huge crowd.

SYC were called with the other five finalist clubs to the stage by Sarah Tresseder, RYA CEO for the ceremony where Commodore Dave Ramus was presented with an RYA Finalists shield. No we didn't win the top club trophy, but being classed by our governing body as one of the top five clubs in the country is still a pretty good result and testament to the hard work and time expended by our volunteers. Well done all of you!

Ian Baker

Ian BakerSep 2013

The club has been notified that SYC member Ian Baker has been declared missing. His sister has advised us that she has not heard from Ian for some seven months now since he departed Mauritius with his yacht 'Stella' bound for Christmas Island. Following an extensive CG search along his track, he has now been declared officially missing. Ian is pictured having a doze aboard Barda en-route for Dieppe back in 2008 when he was learning to sail so he could follow his dream of roaming the globe single handed.

In The Wind Newsletter

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The office sends out a regular email each month highlighting news and what is going on. We currently have over 500 members subscribed to our email list but the stats we see show that only a fraction of those seem to open the emails when we send them. If you already receive In The Wind then there's no need to do anything, but if you have not seen one you can subscribe using the 'SYC News by Email' box in the right hand column on this page.