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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 ››


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.

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.

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 ››

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.

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 ››

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!

St.Valery Rally & Race

Fri 22 - Mon 25 Aug

The rally to St.Valery in France has been arranged with the Club Nautique Valeriquais who will be hosting us for a dinner on Saturday 23 August. The rally will depart on Friday 22 August as per the racing handbook and most people will return to Southwick on Sunday 24 August with the Seaway Trophy Race.

AGM Change & Survey

Sailing Section AGM Moved to Sat 18 Oct

The Sailing Section needs help from skippers and crews to complete a new online survey, the results of which will be available at the Sailing Section AGM on its new date. Here's a message from Tim Cork, Sailing Section Captain;

Shanty Evening

Fri 12 September

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 12 September.

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

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;

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 ››

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.

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.

Club Forum 2014

Sat 6 Sep 2014

The annual Club Forum will be held on Saturday 6 September, commencing at 10:00. This meeting is open to all Members and is an open discussion chaired by the Commodore and Flag Officers.

The Commodore and Board of Directors would like to specifically discuss two items with the Membership:

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.

Club Night

Fri 5 September

September Club Night will as always start with a supper from Chef Simon from around 19:30 and we understand he is planning a Jamaican themed meal; we shall publish the menu when available.

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.

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 ››

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.