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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 ››


Club Night

Fri 6 March

March Club Night features a raffle and Simon will as usual be serving a hearty supper and the menu is shown below.

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.

Bar Change

Sat 3 Jan 2015

Following months of research into future options for the bar, the independent bar sub-committee including Pat Hill, Frank Kay and Giles Weston presented their findings to the board in December. For a second time the board debated the available options and voted to bring the bar operation in-house from today Saturday 3 January. We are pleased to report that the changeover has been succesfully completed and club stalwart Barry was the first customer.

We must extend our thanks to Emma, Mark and Tim who have worked so hard during 2014 as our temporary Franchisees and we wish them well with their new pub venture.

Back at SYC the bar opening times remain unaltered, as are the prices.

Shoreham Open Cooler

November 2014

The Shoreham Open Cooler 2014 at Shoreham Sailing Club will again comprise 10 races (6 to count) over five Sundays November 2 – 30th. The Cooler is free to visitors who may also leave their dinghy or catamaran in our locked compound without charge – an offer we hope may encourage car sharing. We offer real sea sailing and protected launching within Shoreham Harbour- the water is still warm down here in the autumn! last year a total of 34 boats took part in this popular including eight Merlins & five Fireballs – tell your friends.

Coastwatch on Ch 65

Coastwatch Granted Dedicated VHF Marine Channel 65

The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) has been allocated a national licence by OFCOM for the use of VHF Channel 65. This dedicated channel has been granted to NCI with strong support from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Channel 65 will facilitate communications between NCI lookouts and seafarers on a variety of routine matters. Stations will be able to respond to requests from passing, as well as local sailing craft and fishing vessels for radio checks as well as actual weather and sea state conditions. They will also be able to provide on request information on a range of local facilities including, for example, local moorings, charted anchorages, water taxi contact details and local hazards.

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 website. William has not named names to save blushes from one of our new boat owners. Read it the story here ››

RYA Dinghy Show 2015

Sat 28 February

There are four spaces available on the bus going to the Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace on Saturday 28 February. The bus will leave the Shoreham Clubhouse at 09:00 hours and tickets are £10 per person, this does not include entry to the event. If you would like a seat(s) please contact Dave Terry;



Our Senior Boatswain, Ben Coe, is asking for your co-operation with regards to parking whilst at the Club. Ben asks:

We lose a lot of time when moving boats because of cars being parked in our way. During the week we would like you to park in the parking spaces on the north side of the Boatpark, which will be a dedicated car parking area. If there are no spaces left and you are unsure of where to park, please find one of the Boatswain staff and ask.

Barts Bash Gallery

September 2014

On 21 September 2014 Sussex Yacht Club joined together with our friends at Brighton Marina Yacht Club and Brighton Sailing Club as part of the biggest sailing event in the world. We are pleased to report that professional photographer Colleen Slater was aboard Devils Advocate and took some great photos which she has kindly agreed to share with us. Take a look at the new gallery and perhaps order a print for your wall! 

Barts Bash Gallery ››

Sainsbury's & Sailability

23 Aug 2014

Amazing news that Sainsbury’s, West Hove has announced that Sussex Sailability will receive a year’s worth of fundraising and awareness support from them. To celebrate this valuable support, the store colleagues will be holding a launch event to announce the new partnership to customers.

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;

Six Nations 2015

Next Matches Sat 14 Feb

The SYC 'Grand Slam' will be showing all the Six Nation's matches... The bar will be open throughout and Simon will be serving basket meals for every match. There is always a brilliant atmosphere in the club on match days and we don't think there's a better place to cheer!

If you want to know more about the championship then the official RBS website is here and this is the fixture list...

Calendar Now Just £5

January 2015

With the end of January looming we still have quite a few of the blushingly fabulous 'Sailing Ladies' calendars available, now at the much reduced price of £5.

Some ways of Escape

October 2014

Here's a new video from the Monarchs Way Association covering the Royal Escape Race and how David Skinner and Moonlight Saunter helped deliver Trevor Anthill to Fécamp. Made by John Crix who sailed with Moonlight, it's well worth watching. 

Icicle Update

Important Day Change

Please note that by popular request the Icicle Series in 2014 has been moved from Sundays to Saturdays.

On the forum

Following the Club Forum meeting Sat 6 September 2014, the Commodore thanks all the members that found the time to attend.

I would like to express my gratitude to those members who kindly joined me on Saturday morning for the Club Forum. About 44 people were there in total and there was a very constructive and useful debate on the main topics of discussion.

Match Racing Pictures

Fri 18 July

On Friday 18 July teams gathered at the SYC Southwick Club House for the inaugural Match Racing Event. Competition was hot with the matched pair of Sonars being thrown all over the canal to raucous cheers from the pontoons and balcony. A great time was had by all and judging by the feedback we'll be holding more of these events.

In the meantime here are a few photos kindly sent in by member Dave Lee.

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 Paula in the office 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