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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 ››


Bar Opening Hours

Dec 2015 - Jan 2016

The Bar will be open the following hours over the Christmas Period:

  • 24 December - 12:00-23:30
  • 25 December - Closed
  • 26 December - 12:00-15:00
  • 27 December - 12:00-22:00
  • 28 December - 12:00-23:00
  • 29 December - 12:00-23:00
  • 30 December - 1200-2300
  • 31 December - 12:00-until late
  • 1 January - 12:00-15:00
  • 2 January - 12:00-23:00

Office Christmas Opening Hours


Over the Christmas period we will have slightly shorter opening hours and slightly less staffing cover to allow those, especially with younger children, some time to enjoy them over the festive period. The Office will open as normal until Christmas Eve when we shall close at midday. We shall be open again 29th, 30th, 31st December, again until midday when we shall close until Monday 4th January after which we are back to normal.

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.

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 Fry) 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.

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.

Club Night

Fri 4 December

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.

Alan our new Chef will be presenting another excellent two course supper for just £12.50, served from 19:00; please see the menu below, however 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 . It would be appreciated if you could confirm your menu choice when booking (see below).

As much as we are really pleased with the quality of the food coming from our kitchen, you don't have to have supper to enjoy a Club Night evening; this is an informal occasion when members can pop in or stay for the duration, catching up on chit chat at the bar taking a friendly flutter with the ever popular Club Night Raffle or just 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.

Carols in the bar

Thu 24 December

This traditional event has always been a popular feature of SYC's Christmas season. You should make your way through the snow flurries to the Shoreham Club House in time to take up the supplied song sheets and sing like an angel from around 20:00 on Thursday 24 December.

University Sailing Article

Oct 2015

SYC member Wiliam Mills wrote an article on how SYC is working with Sussex University to get students from all over the world afloat, and we are pleased to report that it was picked up by Yachting Monthly and piublished. Well done to all concerned including Tim Cork and his team who organise things.

Read the article online ››

Winter Lay Up

Over past months Rear Commodorre Terry Kinch has been working with the Boatswains to change the balance of boats in the SYC yard, aiming to make winter lay-up more accessible to members and yachtsmen than it has been in recent years. As a result we will be offering winter-lay up space to members first and then to other yachts from Brighton, Chichester and further afield in order to fill the yard and maintain club income.

Before we open up winter invitations far and wide, we are requesting that SYC members should please make their bookings for winter lay up or maintenance sooner rather than later. If you are intending to bring your boat out after the season closes then please email the office with your intended dates so we can pencil in space for you.

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.

Christmas Party

Sat 19 December

This year's SYC Christmas Party will be held on Saturday 19 December, with the Yuletide celebrations commencing at 19:30 for 20:00. An evening of Santa inspired fun including a full sit-down down Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings. Tickets are only £15 and the bar will be serving until midnight. Dress code is smart casual or party dresses and Christmas themed jumpers are entirely acceptable!

You can order your tickets across the bar, or through the office by phone or email.

New Years Eve

Thursday 31 December

What better place to cheer in the New Year than amongst your friends at SYC? With the festivities getting under way at 19:30 for 20:00 on Thursday 31 December 2015 (when else?) this is going to be a big night and you won't need your carriage until 02.00 in 2016.

This is a black tie and gorgeous frock event, including a three course silver service sit-down dinner, and dancing with the same excellent live band 'Taylor Maid' as we enjoyed last year. Ticket price is £35.

Storage Unit to Let at Southwick

There is a ground floor storage unit available to rent at Southwick.  If you are interested, please speak to Tim in the Office.  It is available immediately.

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.

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.