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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 ››


Summer Pursuit Series

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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

car racing vettelWe 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.

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.

Wednesday Evening Series

Kingfisher DSC5078Wednesday 7th June - Wednesday 2nd 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

Excitement is rising as we get everything ready for the greatest yacht race in Sussex. Starting on Friday 26 May 2017, the Royal Escape is the largest offshore race on the South Coast outside of the Solent and is held annually with a mixed fleet of monohull yachts starting just off Brighton's Palace Pier, trimming sails out across the channel to Fécamp on the Normandy coast. It's a distance of 67 nautical miles and we pride ourselves on welcoming everybody from the fastest carbon-rich teams right through to classic yachts and those wanting to adventure across the channel, perhaps for the first time, in supportive company.

To download the Notice of Race  and enter the Royal Escape Race take a look at

Shoreham Clubhouse Development Project – Update

As time has passed and target dates have come and gone, the Board felt it was important to keep members updated with the current position regarding the rebuilding of the clubhouse. Last month it was agreed to halt all further work whilst the Heads of Terms were redrafted.

The new draft is in the process of being considered by the SDP Committee and Oversight Committee, and once approved matters will move forward once again. There are many aspects being considered by all sides, so we are unable to make any forecast as to how long this proccess is likely to take or when the details will be presented to the membership.


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

Dieppe Overnight Race & Rally

Friday 16th - Sunday 18th June 2017

The rally starts with the welcome return of the overnight cross channel race, so boats racing should arrive around breakfast time on the Saturday. Dieppe is a pretty town with a variety of eating places and a fab market on Saturday morning. If you don’t want to night sail, then choose your own start time and arrive when it suits you. If partners, friends etc. don’t want to sail at all then they can take the ferry from Newhaven and still join in.

For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretary, Ann Macey by email

More from the Galley!

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Every Sunday...
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 will be available on Sunday afternoons up to 17.00 for all those hungry sailors who don't want a full sit-down meal.

Sunday Club Lunches
Every Sunday...
Our great value Sunday Club Lunches are served each and every week and are very popular, with one course for £9.95, two courses £12.95 and 3 courses at £14.95. Children’s mini-roasts are £6.95. Enjoy your Sunday roast in great company with one of the best river views in Shoreham.

RaceQs App

The Race Committee is trialing a free tracking App RaceQs to help with racing management etc. This runs on any smart phone and records a boat’s track in a consistent way so that it can be used after the event. We would like to trial it from the start of the Spring Series so please consider downloading it. We have written a few notes to help you get started.

You can download a copy as a PDF here ›› 

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.