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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 £8 per month.

Here's how to join ››


SYC Open Cooler

Sun 17 Jan - Sun 28 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, and the SYC Dinghy Sailing Instructions here.

Safety and support helms and crews wishing to volunteer, please contact Des Silverson using

February Quiz Night

Thu 18 February

The first quiz night of 2016 was a close run thing with the leading two teams just a few points apart; with the guanlet thrown down the February match will be just as hard fought and hopefully with a few new teams in play for the cash prize. Teams will be called order on Thursday 18 February from 19:00 in the bar if you want to enjoy a splendid basket meal (the scampi tails or chicken goujons, both with rustic chips and mayo last time were excellent).

Teams of up to four people are welcome to enter at £6.50 per person for the quiz and the meal, or £1.50 per person if you are not dining. 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.

University Sailing Article

Oct 2015

SYC member Wiliam Mills wrote an article on how SYC is working with Sussex University to get students from all over the world afloat, and we are pleased to report that it was picked up by Yachting Monthly and piublished. Well done to all concerned including Tim Cork and his team who organise things.

Read the article online ››

Pactolus 2015 Report

July 2015

Following the 2015 Pactolus Race & Rally we have published a short report and photo gallery which can be seen here ››

If you were not there then we would suggest you pencil in this great event for 2016.

News from the Steward

July 2015 onwards

Jon Edon our Club Steward has announced that the club will from 1 July 2015 be serving light lunches on weekdays from 12:00 until 14:00. On offer will be filled Jacket Potatoes with Salad at £4, Ham and Cheese Ploughmans at £4 and Freshly Made Baguettes or Sandwiches with various fillings at £2.

Jon is also rather proud of his new cocktail list featuring some fabulous drinks of his own design. These have already been trialled and tested extensively on willing members, so don't be afraid of ordering something different!

Jon has also 'refurbed' the bar staff who will be sporting new uniforms from this Friday.

The bar opening times have also been revised and it will now be open according to the following schedule:

May Dinghy Sailing Courses

RYA Dinghy Level 1 & 2 in May 2015

Come and learn to sail a dinghy or improve in a friendly safe environment at Sussex Yacht Club with our highly skilled and friendly RYA qualified instructors. We will teach you the basics in the protected waters of the canal at Southwick and weather permitting you'll have the  opportunity to then sail at sea. Waterproofs and buoyancy aids are supplied so come and join the fun!

If you know of a friend or family member that has been meaning to get afloat but have not got around to it, then please share this course invitation with them - the combined level 1 & 2 package is now on offer at a reduced price. Contact Paula ( in the Office if you are interested.

Ramprasad Loss Report

It is with sadness that we publish here a report from SYC member Sam Coles detailing the loss of his yacht Ramprasad on a reef off Madagascar, though that is tempered by the news that both Sam and crew Dao are well. Ramprasad is a 37'6" ferrocement Hartley Golden Cowrie ocean cruising yacht. She was bought by Sam Coles as a incomplete project in 1985, and launched 11 years later for the first time on 1st August 1996 at Sussex Yacht Club after quite a lot of work. The picture is of Sam and Ramprasad in Falmouth on Saturday 16 June 2001 on completion of her 4th Atlantic crossing.

Loss of "Ramprasad" 27th Sept 2015 - Banc Ampamonty, Northern Madagascar

On 27th Sept 2015 my 37'6" ferrocement yacht grounded on a reef in Northern Madagascar, got badly holed rather quickly (within a couple of minutes), was taking in water at an uncontrollable rate (like from a 6" diameter hole about 3ft under the waterline midships starboard side) and filled within half an hour or so.

RYA Dinghy Show 2016

Sat 5 March

Dave Terry has organised a 17 seater minibus for a trip to the Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace on Saturday 5 March. The bus will leave the Shoreham Clubhouse at around 09:30 hours and tickets are £15 per person (excluding entry to the event which can be paid for on the door). If you would like a seat(s) please contact Dave Terry.


Tuesday 8 Mar 2016

A series of FREE regional seminars have been organised to discuss:

  • Getting more people out racing
  • Race Planning
  • IRC / Local Handicap / NHC?
  • SER (Single Event Ratings for people who only race occasionally)
  • Misconceptions about IRC(Dispel inaccurate “Bar Talk” rumours)

…. And any other points of interest relevant to Cruiser / Racing

We would like to invite EVERYONE including both sailors who currently do or do not race under IRC plus those who currently race NHC or any other local handicap.

Youth News & Photos

5-6 September 2015

West Sussex Schools Regatta 2015

The Sussex Yacht Club youth all had a busy weekend with our youngest sailors attending West Sussex Schools annual regatta at Felpham. A total of 92 boats entered with 88 on the water split into 3 fleets. This regatta was for many of them their first experience of racing in large fleets and outside the canal and we had representatives in the toppers and the laser radials.

The weather was kind for once this season and all our sailors were able to compete. We had some great moments on the water with Ella being our first topper home in the top 3rd of the fleet. The team had 2 protests lodged against them but these were dismissed by the protest committee. Henry did a fantastic port flier start arriving 3rd at the windward mark.

Corporate Sailing Day

Fri 14 Aug 2015

SYC held its first ever corporate sailing day event on Friday, arranging a day out on the water for 20 guests from PCR. With two fully coded charter yachts with pro skippers (including ex SYC Youth Team member Jo Fry) the morning comprised sail training, with some short course racing in the afternoon after a splendid lunch delivered by Des and Andrea aboard RIB1 who were in attendance all day. Guests were then taken back to SYC for tea and cakes, club cocktails and a three course surf-n-turf meal from Chef Simon. Steward Jon and his bar team then kept our guests fully watered until closing. We have had some very positive comments so many thanks to all involved.

A French Perspective

Sylvie and Claude Lacroix of Club Nautique Valerais have posted a video of their recent Ascension rally from St.Valéry-en-Caux to the Solent and then to SYC for a warm welcome and ascension dinner. The video is of course in French but paints a lovely picture of their experiences. SYC has a close cross channel relationship with CNV and we look forward to enjoying their hospitality during our St.Valery Rally 28-31 August. The video can be seen below.

Triangle Race 2016

12-24 Jun 2016

The Triangle Race is one of the UK's premier double handed challenges and is run every two years. The Royal Torbay Yacht Club has now posted the Notice of Race for the 2016 event and as so many SYC boats have taken part in previous years we thought it appropriate to promote it on the SYC website. If you have yet to take part then this is one event that you really ought to consider. Ask around at the club and you'll hear nothing but good things. For more information

Spring Cleaning

Undercover Sheds

We are currently in the process of spring cleaning the undercover storage sheds and have found there are many unmarked and untallied items present.

We would appreciate that members identify and remove any items which they are currently not paying storage for. If you are paying storage and your items are untallied please contact the office for a replacement tally.

Please claim any items by 15 March, after which any unclaimed items will be disposed in accordance with the club rules. Please claim your kit now or you may lose it!

Many Thanks,
Terry Kinch
Vice Commodore
Moorings and Maintenance

Club Night

Fri 4 March

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. Chef Alan presents an excellent two course supper for just £12.50 which is served from 19:00 (the menu will be published below when available), 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). You can book your dining with Jon our Club Steward on 01273 453717 or email

As much as we are really pleased with the quality of the food coming from our kitchen, you don't have to have supper to enjoy a Club Night evening; this is an informal occasion when members can pop in or stay for the duration, catching up on chit chat at the bar taking a friendly flutter with the ever popular Club Night Raffle or just 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.

In The Wind Newsletter

In The Wind TileAre you getting it?

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.

Winter Lay Up

Over past months Rear Commodorre Terry Kinch has been working with the Boatswains to change the balance of boats in the SYC yard, aiming to make winter lay-up more accessible to members and yachtsmen than it has been in recent years. As a result we will be offering winter-lay up space to members first and then to other yachts from Brighton, Chichester and further afield in order to fill the yard and maintain club income.

Before we open up winter invitations far and wide, we are requesting that SYC members should please make their bookings for winter lay up or maintenance sooner rather than later. If you are intending to bring your boat out after the season closes then please email the office with your intended dates so we can pencil in space for you.

Round the Island

June 2015

A good fleet comprising eight boats from SYC took part in the Round the Island Race, but especial recognition must go to David Golding and Firebird who sailed one of our smallest and most traditional boats to a notable 95th position out of 700 boats in the ISC class. The photo is of Firebird sneaking past the Needles. Tim Cork with Ushaka also sailed his socks off with a praiseworthy 3rd place out of the 33 entries in IRC 3B and 10th out of 496 in IRC.

Well done to the rest of the SYC fleet which also included Maverick, Zonpuka, Arwen, Ruby, Plover and Flyover.