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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 ››


Cream Teas

Special for July... Cream Teas
served every weekday afternoon

Members and non-members are welcome to enjoy a Cream Tea at the Sussex Yacht Club. We want everybody to see how wonderful the club is and so extend this invitation to all comers. No need to sign in, just order from the bar and enjoy your treats on the best river-view balcony in Shoreham-by-Sea. Simply follow the signs from our pedestrian entrance by the footbridge. We are serving a seasonal cream tea of a large scone, jam and cream with a pot of tea for the exclusive price of £6.

Served between 14.00 and 16.00 every weekday afternoon.

Boat Show 2017

15-24 September

Sussex Yacht Club members have been invited to take advantage of special discounted ticket offer for the Southampton Boat Show in September.

Members purchasing between 1 and 5 tickets at £12.00 each get a FREE ticket with each purchased ticket.

Full details on how to obtain this online discount are shown below.

Summer Pursuit Series

Sat 6 May - Sa 19 Aug 2017

A series of six fun races held on Saturdays. Sailing instructions can be found on the Southwick notice board before each day’s race but courses use the inshore marks off Shoreham, with each race taking around 1.5 to 2 hours. See the fixture list and Sailing Handbook for further details, race dates and times, or contact David Skinner who is the series organiser.

Grand Prix Motor Racing

We will be covering each Grand Prix or highlights, where possible, on the television in the lounge and food will be available... Hot roast meat and stuffing baguette for £5 with a bowl of roasties for an additional £1, or a bowl of roasties sold separately for £2.50.


Letters to the Editor
Wavelength, the magazine of the Sussex Yacht Club, will appear more frequently. The new editor, Spencer Neal, says he plans to have the Spring issue ready very soon, adding “Thanks to its members, Sussex Yacht Club is incredibly vibrant and hosts a wide range of activities. Wavelength, should reflect this. I think people would like to hear more from other members and to be more in touch with the club’s goings-on, ashore and on the water.”
Spencer is asking members to write in with their news, views and suggestions. He says “good or bad, it’s important we hear what members think about Sussex Yacht Club.”
Letters should include contact details and be marked “For Publication”.
Letters can be sent:
By email: 
By post: The Editor, Wavelength, Sussex Yacht Club, 85/89 Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 6RF

Racing Results

Yacht racing results are updated as soon as possible after the Race Officer has completed their paperwork. However they do not reflect in the "Latest Changes" list on the front page so please check here regularly.

July Club Night

Friday 7 July

As always this is an informal get together for all members and their guests for a chat and a flutter on the club raffle. To get us in a hot summer mood, steward Natalie and her team are going Spanish for July, offering a themed Spanish Tapas supper for just £12.50.

Book your dining now to enjoy Spanish Omelette, Chorizo Sausage, Olives, Potatoes Bravas, Paprika Chicken Wings and a Green Salad.

For dessert you can choose from Cheese and Biscuits or stay with the theme enjoying Churros with Cinnamon Sugar and Melted Chocolate Dip with a shot of Tequila!

Supper service commences at 19:30 sharp and Club suppers must be booked in advance, making a card payment over the phone or paying at the bar on the night before dining. To book call 01273 464868 or email or

Project Kraken

People living or working on and around the UK's coastline and waterways are being asked to report suspicious or unusual activity as part of a multi-agency law enforcement campaign.

Project Kraken - a joint initiative now being delivered by the NCA, Border Force and police forces including Sussex Police - aims to increase public reporting and strengthen the general maritime industry's response to the threats.

Dark Star Round the UK

SYC member Kevin Gilroy has written to update us of his further progress around the UK aboard Dark Star 

Saturday June 10th 2017 Newlyn Harbour

A dire day, rain, mist then more wind. Fortunately around 5pm I am able to get a stable TV picture and watch England play Scotland at Hampden Park - an exciting 2-2 draw.

Sunday June 11th 2017 Newlyn Harbour

A brighter but very blustery day. Walked along the seafront from Newlyn to Penzance and up the hill to St Mary's Church. The website stated that traditional music was important to them and at

10.00 there was a sung Communion. I was a bit early but there was an organ already playing and I slipped quietly in. In the front pew were an all female choir of eight voices rehearsing a communion hymn with two harmonies. Unfortunately for the small congregation, I knew three of the four hymns and the fourth was easy to pick up. It certainly was quite high church, complete with traditional vestments and incense! They were very welcoming and friendly but I didn't hang around for the post service tea and biscuits since there was a bus to catch to Marazion.

Shoreham Clubhouse Development Project – Update

The SDP Committee and Oversight Committee met just before the June Board Meeting to consider progress on negotiations over the latest draft of the Heads of Terms.

Feedback has been given to the Council representatives and we await further devlopments.

As advised earlier, all other aspects of the project remain on hold and at this time we are unable to advise on likely timescales or target date for presenting the agreement terms to the membership.

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.

Summer Sunday Menu

July and August Sundays

We have had a few requests for a Sunday Lunch menu more in keeping with the glorious hot weather, so always willing to please, Steward Natalie has come up with the following suggestion for Sunday lunch at SYC during July and August.

Pactolus 2017

Thursday 6 - Sunday 9 July 2017

You will all know that I am a traditionalist and one of the longest traditions in our Club`s glorious 125 years is the Pactolus Race & Rally.

The first event was held back in 1965 when Hermione Lady Colwyn got together with her friends at SRF in Fecamp.The tradition was born. The French sailed to the Isle of Wight & then on to Shoreham. Here a Supper was held followed by a race together back to Fecamp with a further Dinner of Celebration. In those days Hermione presented each Skipper with a momento. I still have my paper knife in use. The weekend was named The Pactolus after her yacht which is still afloat down in the Solent.

Wednesday Evening Series

Wed 7 Jun - Wed 2 August 2017

This is a series of five 'round the cans' inshore races on Wednesday evenings with races set on the day by the Race Officer and starts planned for 19:30. Starts will either be a gate or from the mast on the beach; this will be advised by the Race Officer on the day.

Royal Escape Race 2017

Friday 26 May 2017

The race was a huge success and celebrations in Fécamp were made all the sweeter for SYC as Doug Beanlands collected the Tony and Adele Boysons Commemorative team trophy as SYC Team Captain. Other notable results for SYC include Barda taking 1st in IRC 2 with Maverick in 3rd. Truant took 3rd in SCCH 1 and was the first placed short-handed boat. Moon River was first in opted motor sailing.

Full results on the Royal Escape Race Website

Sailing Handbook 2017

The sailing handbook contains an overview of all the racing at Sussex Yacht Club and functions both as a guide and as Notice of Race for each of the individual events and series listed.

It also contains the general sailing instructions, guide to mandatory safety equipment and other usefull information for 2017.

You can download a copy as a PDF here ›› 

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.