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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 for those intending to make the most of our on-the-water activities and great social events, not to mention the bar and restaurant; you could become a member for as little at £13.41 per month.

Here's how to join ››


New Years Eve

Saturday 31 December

What better place to cheer in the New Year than amongst your friends at SYC? With the festivities getting under way at 19:30 for 20:00 on Saturday 31 December 2016 (when else?) this is going to be a big night and you won't need your carriage until 01.00 in 2016.

This is a black tie and gorgeous frock event, including a three course silver service sit-down dinner, and dancing to the excellent live band 'Shady Grove'. Unusually, following a special request from certain individuals, guests may also choose to come dressed as pirates! Ticket price is £40.00.

Christmas Cracker 2016

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A series of four round the cans races with courses set on the day. This is a well supported series full of Christmas cheer and the racing is levelled by the handicaps being adjusted as the series progresses. In the spirit of being a fun series every competing boats comes away with a bottle!

All starts will be a gate start.

Storage under boats

31 January 2017

As anyone using the club boatyard will know we have for several years been trying to reduce and remove storage from under boats during lay-up.

There is now a very high likelihood that we will need to move boats and re-organise the boat yard on a regular basis as Tarmount Hard progresses and work is planned and then started on the proposed flood defences.

For this reason and after much discussion the moorings and maintenance committee have agreed with the club Boatswains that all unauthorised storage under and around boats on lay-up must cease so that boat movements required can be undertaken without delay or unnecessary time being spent moving personal items.

Quiz Nights

Tue 24 January

Although there isn't a Quiz Night in December the quizmaster will be calling grey matter to order on Tuesday 24 January from 19:00 in the bar if you want to enjoy a splendid basket meal.

Teams of up to four people are welcome to enter at £5 per team. Our quiz master will get things underway at 20:00.

We will help people make up teams on the night, so come along even if you are not already part of a team and see if you can quiz yourself a share of the cash prize.

Race Charts

Updated November 2016

If you are a racing skipper at SYC you'll need these documents in PDF format, so click, download, print and take them afloat. 

All the charts marked were refreshed online in 2016 with revised position for racing mark No.6.

General Meeting Result

Held Saturday 3 Sep 2016

As was explained at the meeting, the proceedings were recorded using two devices and the official minutes will be primarily compiled from these recordings backed up by written notes. Asst Sec Jenni is unfortunately still recovering from an injury, so her transcription of the minutes will take a little time before they can be checked and published. In the meantime we can say that the meeting was very well attended and resulted in an almost unanimous result. The original special resolution was amended during the meeting by a normal resolution approved by a unanimous show of hands, delivering the following amended special resolution wording:

‘It is proposed that the membership accept in principle the recommended option for flood defence works at the Sussex Yacht Club Shoreham-by-Sea site, including the disposal of club land directly adjacent to the A259 combined with the construction of a new club house and associated facilities subject to ratification at a later General Meeting.’

Of the 174 votes cast by voting members (including proxy votes) 172 were in favour with 2 against.

Club Steward

Meet Natalie, our new Club Steward

We are very pleased to report that Natalie Brett Stansell has joined us as Club Steward and has already overseen the very enjoyable prize giving night.

It is no secret that the bar and restaurant has been heavily funded by the club during 2016 and Natalie has been tasked with maintaining or improving the quality of our hospitality whilst also effecting a financial turnaround.

You may have already noticed changes being made, with the Commodore supporting the quick implementation of new menu pricing to better reflect the costs of service. If you have any suggestions then Natalie will welcome your comments.

Festive Opening Hours

Christmas and New Year 2016

Please note that the bar is closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day evening and New Years Day evening.

With regards to the Office, this will open as follows until Tuesday 3 January after which we are back to normal.

Fri 23 Dec   09:00-12:00
Christmas Eve   Closed
Christmas Day   Closed
Mon 26 Dec   Closed
Tue 27 Dec   Closed
Wed 28 Dec   09:00-12:00
Thu 29 Dec   09:00-12:00
Fri 30 Dec   09:00-12:00
New Years Eve   Closed
New Years Day   Closed
Mon 2 Jan   Closed
Tues 3 Jan   Normal Hours

Club Night

Fri 13 January

Club night at SYC is an informal monthly gathering when members are encouraged to come along to the main Shoreham club house, treating the occasion very much like a night out at a good pub with friends.

Our new Steward Natalie with Chef Alan present an excellent supper which is served from 19:00 with diners choosing two courses for £15 or three courses for £18. (see below for the menu), and if you are not a great fan of something featured this month then don't despair as Chef is ready to come up with an alternative meal if requested (but please give a little notice).

Remember that the January Club Night raffle has the biggest prize selection of the year with a TV, Go-Pro action camera and Kindle amongst the goodies waiting for you to buy the right ticket.

John Bull Race

Sunday 1 Jan 2014

Brace yourself to ignore the crashing pain of New Years day after the SYC NYE celebrations and get afloat to compete for the John Bull trophy. You'll need a stiff upper lip to be ready for the 12:30 start on the river.

Download Notice of Race and Entry Form

Commodore's Surgeries

Every Friday Morning.

The Commodore Steve Vyse has undertaken to attend the club every Friday morning in order to look after club business with the Secretary and to be available for any member to meet and discuss pretty much anything to do with SYC.

If you wish to book some time on a Friday with the Commodore, then please contact the Secretary, informing him of your topic and to agree a date and time.

In The Wind Newsletter

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The office sends out a regular email called 'In The Wind' each month highlighting news and what is going on. We currently have circa 700 members subscribed to our email list which is only around half the membership, so if you are reading this and wondering where your copy it then you need to subscribe. The online mailing list is separate from that managed by the office so if you are not seeing your copy of the newsletter look down the right hand column of the website home page for where you can subscribe.

Carols in the bar

Sat 24 December

This traditional event has always been a popular feature of SYC's Christmas season. You should make your way through the snow flurries to the Shoreham Club House in time to take up the supplied song sheets and sing like an angel from around 20:00 on Saturday 24 December.

AGM Trophies

Call for Entries

Have you had a sailing adventure this year? Why not enter to win the following trophies which will be awarded at the AGM which has a provisional date of Saturday 18 February 2017.

Compass Cup - for best kept log

This can be electronic and can be in the format of a blog. SYC President, Chris West will judge & decide the winner.

Windflower Cup - most miles in 21 consecutive days during 2016

Matthey Cup - most miles in 2016 divided by Thames tonnage

Both the Windflower Cup & Matthey Cup require submission of a log but these can be in electronic form, either file based or online. Entries for all trophies must be received by the Office by no later than midday on Friday 6 January 2017.

Wellington Wailers Panto

Saturday 7 January 2017

Our very own Wellington Wailers present 'Treasure Island', a pantomime production that's ideal for children aged from little tots through to rum swilling brigands!

There will be much bellowing and dreadful gags with a dash of slapstick to get the new year off to a very funny start.

The avasting will commence around 3pm on Saturday 7th January. Contact Ian Bush for tickets on 07957 433894 or ask at the bar.

Icicle Open

Dinghy racing - local aces rule the river!

Local aces Sophy Mackley crewed by Rhys Griffiths showed breathtaking skill winning the first two races of the Langley Icicle Open river series run by Sussex Yacht Club. A record turnout of 30 competitors took to the River Adur near the footbridge in bright sunshine for the first days racing.

Come along and enjoy this hot/icicle cold competition yourself!

Download the Notice of Race and Entry Form

2017 Open Cooler

Sun 8 Jan - Sun 26 Feb

The Notice of Race for the very popular dinghy racing open SYC Cooler Series has been published and dinghy sailors from SYC and surrounding clubs are invited to come and enjoy guaranteed warm sunny conditions in the Southwick canal (other conditions may prevail). Based at the SYC Southwick Clubhouse this is a brilliant series with food available aprés racing from the galley.

You can download the SYC Cooler Open Notice of Race and Entry Form here

Sailing Through History

Southwick Clubhouse Consultations and Questionnaire

Interested in Business and Community opportunities in Southwick?

‘Have your say’…

In 1926 the Sussex Yacht Club purchased the freehold of the Old Malthouse situated on the waterfront at Southwick. This property has had improvements but little structural change to either the exterior or interior to the present day. The property is the only Grade II Listed Building in the Southwick Conservation Zone and of significant historic value to the wider community and nation.

We now intend to develop the Southwick Clubhouse into a venue more fit for purpose for members, local businesses and the community. The listed building has many heritage features which must be preserved. By sympathetic re-building we endeavour to convert these historic premises into a modern training, events and conference centre, which will complement the proposed Southwick Waterfront development and local development plans.