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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 May

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 Alan presents an excellent two course supper for just £12.50 which is served from 19:00 (see below for the menu), and if you are not a great fan of something featured this month then don't despair as Chef is ready to come up with an alternative meal if requested (but please give a little notice). You can book your dining with Jon our Club Steward on 01273 453717 or email

Spring Series

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A chilly yet hotly contested series of seven races with courses set on the day using the inshore marks off Shoreham, with each race taking around 1.5 to 2 hours. See the fixture list or Sailing Handbook for further details, race dates and times.

IRC Sussex Championships

Sat 18 - Sun 19 Jun

Formerly known as “The Sussex Regatta”, 2016 will see the relaunch of this long standing racing event as the IRC Sussex Championships, though there will also be classes racing under NHC. The Sussex Regatta was started as a way to improve the standard of yacht racing in and around Sussex by promoting better competition. The event has been run by numerous yacht clubs in central Sussex including the Sussex Yacht Club, Brighton Marina Yacht Club, and Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club. The hosting club rotates between these clubs and it is Brighton Marina Yacht Club’s honour to host the first ever IRC Sussex Championship in 2016. It is hoped that a sizeable contingent of SYC boats will take up the challenge and sail to Brighton for the weekend of 18-19 June for what promises to be an amazing event with competitive racing and shore side frivolities.

More information, documents and online entries can be found at

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.

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:

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 ››

PG Lock Now Open

Shoreham Port Notice to Mariners

Notice No.07 - 2016

Notice is hereby given on 29 April 2016 that the Prince George Lock is now operational. Hoorah!

Yard & Shed Tidying

Sunday 10 May 2016

Vice Commodore Terry Kinch wishes to remind those members with dinghies and equipment stored at Shoreham to make sure they have paid-up tally markers on their kit, as unclaimed/unmarked items are currently in a ‘sin bin’ area. Anything in this area, including spars, dinghies, trailer and trolleys etc., that is not claimed before 10 May 2016 is likely to be disposed of.

Spring 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 or Sailing Handbook for further details, race dates and times, or contact David Skinner who is the series organiser.

Brighton Depths

Shoreham Port Notice to Mariners

Notice No.11 - 2016

Mariners are advised that due to the current available depth within the ‘Visitors Berths’ of Brighton Marina visiting vessels with a draught exceeding 1.5m will sit in the silt on low tide. This Notice to Mariners will remain in force pending the imminent arrival of a dredger. For advice on visiting the marina contact “Brighton Marina” on VHF CH37/80 or by telephone (01273) 819919.

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.

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

Royal Escape Race

Fri 27 May 2016

The Royal Escape Race 2016 Notice of Race has now been published on the race website at

I need hardly remind you that the Royal Escape Race is the greatest offshore event not only in Sussex, but on the entire South Coast outside of the Solent, and we hope you’ll find room in your racing calendar to join us in 2016.

The event will commence with a race briefing held at the Sussex Yacht Club on Thursday 26 May before the race itself starts on Friday 27 May 2016.

Classic Sailor

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Subcription Offer

Oliver Houston, Editor of Classic Sailor magazine has contacted the club with the offer of a 25% discount on individual subscriptions delivered to their door at a total cost of £35.95 for 12 months. Sussex Yacht Club members can take advantage of this offer using the code CS16 at or by phoning (01273) 420730, or emailing

Photo Competition

Closing Friday 22 April

We are in the process of rejeuvenating the club and amongst our needs are some new images to be displayed in the restaurant and elsewhere; this competition will hopefully deliver us some amazing new shots that will look the part around the club house when blown up and framed. The subject is 'SYC in action' which is open to individual interpretation, but entries must have SYC at their heart and be of a club activity.

SHYC Invitation

March 2016 Onwards

We have just had a lovely letter in from Dickie Bird who is the new Vice Commodore at Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club. In it he explains that SHYC, in association with Premier Marinas, would like to offer visiting yachts from SYC temporary membership, affording them full use of their facilities including restaurant and bar. To get the temporary membership simply ask for the Marina Welcome Pack from the Premier Marina reception on arrival, in which there will be an SHYC leaflet which can be presented at the club bar where the skipper and crew will be issued with a membership number.

Looks like Eastbourne will be featuring in a few cruises this summer!

Youth News & Photos

5-6 September 2015

West Sussex Schools Regatta 2015

The Sussex Yacht Club youth all had a busy weekend with our youngest sailors attending West Sussex Schools annual regatta at Felpham. A total of 92 boats entered with 88 on the water split into 3 fleets. This regatta was for many of them their first experience of racing in large fleets and outside the canal and we had representatives in the toppers and the laser radials.

The weather was kind for once this season and all our sailors were able to compete. We had some great moments on the water with Ella being our first topper home in the top 3rd of the fleet. The team had 2 protests lodged against them but these were dismissed by the protest committee. Henry did a fantastic port flier start arriving 3rd at the windward mark.

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 facilitates communications between NCI lookouts and seafarers on a variety of routine matters. Stations are 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.