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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 £7.80 per month.

Here's how to join ››


Club Night

Fri 7 November

November Club Night will feature a meal from Simon - menu will be published when available.

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.

New or prospective members are also welcome - just let the office know so we can arrange for somebody to welcome you and make introductions. Oh and don't forget there's also the great raffle with a chance to stagger home with one of many great prizes.


23 Sept 2014
It is with deep regret that I have received notice from Hocine that due to personal reasons, following his years' sabattical, he will not now be renewing his franchise arrangement with SYC. I must applaud the many years he ran the bar as Steward as well as his friendliness and skill as one of the front line of the Club, and his phenomenal memory for what every member liked to drink. We will be very sorry not to see him back smiling from behind his bar and note that those that follow will have some very large shoes to fill. 
Dave Ramus

Pursuit Supper

Pursuit Supper Banner

Sat 8 November

Dear Pursuiters,

I have spoken to David Skinner ( Chief of staff re Pursuits ) and offered to run this year’s pursuit supper. It is on the last day of the Autumn pursuit series. David will announce winners on the night.


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 will facilitate communications between NCI lookouts and seafarers on a variety of routine matters. Stations will be 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.

Shanty Evening

Fri 12 September

The increasingly famous Wellington Wailers are now back from their tour to the west when they starred at Falmouth week, so they will again be belting out songs of the sea in the Shoreham Club House again on Friday 12 September.

From 20:00 you can come along and just listen or perhaps join in with a rousing "up she rises".

Beach Dreams & Open Day Enquiries

June 2014

The club had a stand at the amazing Beach Dreams festival over the weekend as also held our traditional Open Day on the Sunday. First of all huge thank you to everybody that volunteered and got stuck in making it all such a success.

If you are reading this as one of the many people interested in what SYC get up to, then please carry on and follow up your interest. If you want to just try sailing to see if you like it then jump over to the forum and sign up to sail on a sunday as a crew. If you are interested in doing some refresher training or perhaps have a child that would like to give dinghy sailing a go then there's lots of information on this website or you can jump straight in and email Paula in the office letting here know what you want to do. Oh and for those who are planning functions and are interested in hiring our historic clubhouse for that special event email or call Jacqui in the office

Prizegiving 2014

Sat 15 Nov

This is the big formal night out for many boats so girls should start thinking about frocks and chaps can start the annual hunt for the elusive black tie. The prize giving night this year is on Saturday 15 November with tickets priced at £26. Tickets for this ever popular event will go on sale Monday 6 October (booking forms will be available from the Bar) or book direct with the Office. To avoid dissapointment we would strongly reccomend you book your tickets early.

Shoreham Open Cooler

November 2014

The Shoreham Open Cooler 2014 at Shoreham Sailing Club will again comprise 10 races (6 to count) over five Sundays November 2 – 30th. The Cooler is free to visitors who may also leave their dinghy or catamaran in our locked compound without charge – an offer we hope may encourage car sharing. We offer real sea sailing and protected launching within Shoreham Harbour- the water is still warm down here in the autumn! last year a total of 34 boats took part in this popular including eight Merlins & five Fireballs – tell your friends.

Marine Conservation Zones

Sussex Marine Conservation Zones Management - Have your say!

Thursday 9 Oct

The Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (Sussex IFCA) is working with the Marine Conservation Society and independent neutral facilitators to run a series of workshops to discuss fisheries management scenarios for the newly designated Kingmere and Beachy Head West MCZs. Comments with respect to other sites in Sussex will also be captured.

There is to be a workshop held at Sussex Yacht Club on 9 October 2014 focussing on the Kingmere MCZ. There are other workshops being held and details can be found on their website ››

Sainsbury's & Sailability

23 Aug 2014

Amazing news that Sainsbury’s, West Hove has announced that Sussex Sailability will receive a year’s worth of fundraising and awareness support from them. To celebrate this valuable support, the store colleagues will be holding a launch event to announce the new partnership to customers.

Messing About in Boats

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SYC Member William Mills recounts a short but memorable voyage on the river from the club in his article, published on website. William has not named names to save blushes from one of our new boat owners. Read it the story here ››

SYC Regatta 2014

The 2014 SYC Summer Regatta was quieter that we would have hoped for with quite a few of the local boats otherwise engaged but Race Officer Jason Large put together a great series of races and the final results are now published.

Some ways of Escape

October 2014

Here's a new video from the Monarchs Way Association covering the Royal Escape Race and how David Skinner and Moonlight Saunter helped deliver Trevor Anthill to Fécamp. Made by John Crix who sailed with Moonlight, it's well worth watching. 

Icicle Update

Important Day Change

Please note that by popular request the Icicle Series in 2014 has been moved from Sundays to Saturdays.

Barts Bash Gallery

September 2014

On 21 September 2014 Sussex Yacht Club joined together with our friends at Brighton Marina Yacht Club and Brighton Sailing Club as part of the biggest sailing event in the world. We are pleased to report that professional photographer Colleen Slater was aboard Devils Advocate and took some great photos which she has kindly agreed to share with us. Take a look at the new gallery and perhaps order a print for your wall! 

Barts Bash Gallery ››

On the forum

Following the Club Forum meeting Sat 6 September 2014, the Commodore thanks all the members that found the time to attend.

I would like to express my gratitude to those members who kindly joined me on Saturday morning for the Club Forum. About 44 people were there in total and there was a very constructive and useful debate on the main topics of discussion.

Match Racing Pictures

Fri 18 July

On Friday 18 July teams gathered at the SYC Southwick Club House for the inaugural Match Racing Event. Competition was hot with the matched pair of Sonars being thrown all over the canal to raucous cheers from the pontoons and balcony. A great time was had by all and judging by the feedback we'll be holding more of these events.

In the meantime here are a few photos kindly sent in by member Dave Lee.

AYAC Topper Open

13 July

Well done to the Sussex Yacht Club Junior Team competing in the AYAC topper open on 13 July, an event that attracted 25 entries to battle it out over 4 races in tough conditions with lots of capsizes. The team all gave their best to get the following placings;

Round the World for Sailability

Clipper Round the WorldOllie Phillips is competing in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and is raising money for the Rugby Charity Wooden Spoon, who (we hope) will be sponsoring a new boat for Sussex Sailability!! If you want to learn more and hopefully lend a hand its all here ››