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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 ››


Calling Radio Hams

Wednesday 25 Jan

Calling all Radio Hams, Short Wave Listeners and those interested in Marine Radio. We will be having a meeting in the Royal Escape Room in the Shoreham Club House from 8pm on Wednesday 25th January.

We will have at least one working HF transceiver. You don’t have to have a licence, boat etc, just an interest in radio communication. For more info call Ian Bush M1IRB 07957 433894

Club Steward

Meet Natalie, our new Club Steward

We are very pleased to report that Natalie Stansell has joined us as Club Steward and has already overseen the very enjoyable prize giving night.

It is no secret that the bar and restaurant has been heavily funded by the club during 2016 and Natalie has been tasked with maintaining or improving the quality of our hospitality whilst also effecting a financial turnaround.

You may have already noticed changes being made, with the Commodore supporting the quick implementation of new menu pricing to better reflect the costs of service. If you have any suggestions then Natalie will welcome your comments.

Storage under boats

31 January 2017

As anyone using the club boatyard will know we have for several years been trying to reduce and remove storage from under boats during lay-up.

There is now a very high likelihood that we will need to move boats and re-organise the boat yard on a regular basis as Tarmount Hard progresses and work is planned and then started on the proposed flood defences.

For this reason and after much discussion the moorings and maintenance committee have agreed with the club Boatswains that all unauthorised storage under and around boats on lay-up must cease so that boat movements required can be undertaken without delay or unnecessary time being spent moving personal items.

2017 Open Cooler

Sun 8 Jan - Sun 26 Feb

The Notice of Race for the very popular dinghy racing open SYC Cooler Series has been published and dinghy sailors from SYC and surrounding clubs are invited to come and enjoy guaranteed warm sunny conditions in the Southwick canal (other conditions may prevail). Based at the SYC Southwick Clubhouse this is a brilliant series with food available aprés racing from the galley.

You can download the SYC Cooler Open Notice of Race and Entry Form here

In The Wind Newsletter

In The Wind TileAre you getting it?

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.

Tony Boysons

Friday 13 January 2017

It with deep regret that we announce that Tony Boysons, the Sussex Yacht Club Admiral, peacefully passed away at lunch time today.

2016 Icicle Open

Sailor Southall is King of the River!

Steve Southall retained the Langley Icicle Open Trophy raced on the river during October and December 2016 by winning the final two races held in very calm conditions. Photo is of Steve beating up towards the footbridge. Thanks to Sussex Yacht Club and John Redman’s team for another successful series enjoyed by a record 32 competitors.

Sussex Yacht Club are now preparing for winter Cooler series which begins 8 January. Held in Southwick Canal this demanding Open event continues to grow and attracts top local helms such as former national champion Tyler Harmsworth.

AGM Trophies

Call for Entries

Have you had a sailing adventure this year? Why not enter to win the following trophies which will be awarded at the AGM on Saturday Feb 18 2017.

Compass Cup - for best kept log
This can be electronic and can be in the format of an on-line blog. SYC President, Chris West will judge & decide the winner.

Windflower Cup - most miles in 21 consecutive days during 2016

Matthey Cup - most miles in 2016 divided by Thames tonnage

Entries for the Windflower Cup & Matthey Cup require submission of either a traditional log or electronic records of miles sailed. The total number of miles sailed and the details of the 21 consecutive days of sailing must be specified.

Entries for all trophies are to be received by the Office by no later than midday on Friday 6th January stating which trophy you would like to be considered for (you can enter for more than one trophy).

Quiz Nights

Tue 24 January

Although there isn't a Quiz Night in December the quizmaster will be calling grey matter to order on Tuesday 24 January from 19:00 in the bar if you want to enjoy a splendid basket meal.

Teams of up to four people are welcome to enter at £5 per team. Our quiz master will get things underway at 20:00.

We will help people make up teams on the night, so come along even if you are not already part of a team and see if you can quiz yourself a share of the cash prize.

Race Charts

Updated November 2016

If you are a racing skipper at SYC you'll need these documents in PDF format, so click, download, print and take them afloat. 

All the charts marked were refreshed online in 2016 with revised position for racing mark No.6.

Club Night

Fri 13 January

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.

Our new Steward Natalie with Chef Alan present an excellent supper with service commencinging at 19:30 sharp with diners served two courses for £15 (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). Club suppers must be booked in advance, making a card payment over the phone or paying at the bar on the night before dining.

Remember that the January Club Night raffle has the biggest prize selection of the year with a TV, Go-Pro action camera and Kindle amongst the goodies waiting for you to buy the right ticket.


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: or click here editor
By post: The Editor, Wavelength, Sussex Yacht Club, 85/89 Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 6RF

Sailability AGM

Sat 11 February

The Annual General Meeting of Sussex Sailability will take place at Sussex Yacht Club, Shoreham, on Saturday 11 February 2017, with the meeting commencing at 15:00 in the restaurant.

Anyone who wishes to be considered for election as a Sailability Trustee or as a Committee Member should contact the SYC Club Secretary by noon on Friday 13 January.

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.

Sailing Through History

Southwick Clubhouse Consultations and Questionnaire

Interested in Business and Community opportunities in Southwick?

‘Have your say’…

In 1926 the Sussex Yacht Club purchased the freehold of the Old Malthouse situated on the waterfront at Southwick. This property has had improvements but little structural change to either the exterior or interior to the present day. The property is the only Grade II Listed Building in the Southwick Conservation Zone and of significant historic value to the wider community and nation.

We now intend to develop the Southwick Clubhouse into a venue more fit for purpose for members, local businesses and the community. The listed building has many heritage features which must be preserved. By sympathetic re-building we endeavour to convert these historic premises into a modern training, events and conference centre, which will complement the proposed Southwick Waterfront development and local development plans.