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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 ››


Rugby World Cup 2015

18 Sep - 31 Oct

SYC will be showing the Rugby World Cup in the club lounge with the bar keeping viewers well watered and the restuarant serving hot bar snacks throughout. The dates and times of the main games to be shown will be published here shortly but you can review the fixture list over at the official website First game is going to be interesting with England facing Fiji at Twickenham on Friday 18 September at 20:00 

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.

New Members Evening and Try Sail

Fri 7 Aug Club Night

SYC had a stand at the recent Beach Dreams festival and attracted a number of potential new members keen to try what our club has to offer. We are inviting them along to Club Night on 7 August and over a few drinks and supper would like to introduce them to skippers of boats who would be willing to take them afloat for a try-sail.

The intention is to hold an impromptu pursuit event on an August Saturday, date to be agreed. If you are willing to help us with this new initiative and welcome one or more guests aboard your boat for a Saturday morning, then could you please email me at .

If these potential new members like what they see, drink and eat and of course sail, we have every confidence that they will sign up as full members - who knows you might find yourself a gem of a new crew member!


Fri 12 Jun 2015

Congratulation to our very own Jez Parsons and the lovely Annie Williams on their marriage today. Jez is the go-to guy for maintenance here at the club so to make the day special Frank Kay did the driving honours at the wheel of his Alvis, and with the reception held here at SYC it looks like everybody had a great time.

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.

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.

Club Night

Fri 4 Sep

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 Simon will be be presenting the sual excellent £12.50 supper for two courses - see below for the menu. If you are not a great fan of something  featured this month then don't despair as Simon is ready to come up with an alternative meal if requested, but please give a little notice!

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.

Federation Week 2015

17-21 August

Kevin Headon is arranging entries for Federation Week which brings 5 days of racing in the protected waters of Chichester Harbour. The races start around 11:00 and sailors will be on the water for up to 2.5 hours, meet each morning at Northany Marina and limited spaces will be available for for transfer to HISC by boat. Our craft will race in the mixed fleet and will be joined by the SYC Junior Team amongst many others. You can book for the week or by the day.

  • Where? HISC (Hayling Island Sailing Club)
  • Activity? Fleet racing Stratus, RS Vision & Sport 16's.
  • Open to who? Sailability members
  • Cost? £7.50 per day (reduced to £5.00 per day if booked by 31 July 2015

Download application form ››

Beach Dreams Winners

Mon 22 June

After a fabulous Beach Dreams weekend it is back to work on a damp and grey Monday morning, but for three of those that wrestled with our fiendishly difficult music quiz during the festival they can look forwards to a lovely bottle to help keep the happy beach vibe going. The first three correctly completed quiz sheets picked at random are.... drum roll....

  • Gavin Thomson who will be getting a bottle of Laphroaig Single Malt.
  • Alistair Murray who wil be getting a bottle of Bombay Sapphire Gin.
  • Pippa Greene who will be getting a bottle of Kraken Black Spiced Rum. 

The yacht club office will be in touch shortly to arrange for you to pop in and pick up your prizes. 

For those that are still puzzling over the answers here they all are.

150 Years of RNLI Shoreham

RNLI anni logoA lifeboat station was established by the RNLI at Shoreham in 1865 on Kingston Beach at a cost of £133. There have been nine lifeboats at the station in the last 150 years and eight medals for gallantry have been awarded to crew members, five silver and three bronze. To mark this milestone, Shoreham lifeboat station is organising several events in 2015 and you can get news on these at their website

Chris Buggins has made a video about the team training which can be seen below.


From April 2015

Following questions from Members, the Board have discussed the use of E-Cigarettes and have decided that their use by members and guests inside the club house should be restricted to the carpeted areas of the bar only and not in the restaurant or any other part of the club.

Fixture Changes

Racing in 2015

Since the publication of the 2015 fixture list the Sailing Section have made some amendments to the racing calendar. The website has been updated to reflect these changes but for those that rely upon the printed version the following changes should be penned into your copy;

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 Sampson) 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.

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:

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.

Maritime Exclusion Zone

June 2015

We have been advised of a new Maritime Exclusion Zone MEZ surrounding the former West Pier site in Brighton. The i360 will be landing a 65m pontoon on the beach - held by tug in order to deliver the "Cans" for the construction of the development. In order to maintain a safe and sterile working environment a Maritime Exclusion Zone MEZ has been agreed with the local authority.

Best Bar None

Friday 3 April

The noisy and sometimes smelly work behind the screen on the new bar installation is now sufficiently progressed to confirm your new watering hole will be opening for business on Good Friday. Work on the ceiling, decoration furniture and new carpet etc. will carry on after Easter, but if you come along for Club Night you'll be able to drink in our great new look. 

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