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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 ››


Carols in the bar

carolsWed 24 Dec.

This traditional event has always been a popular feature of SYC's Christmas season with Elkin as usual taking the lead.

You should make your way through the snow flurries to the Shoreham Club House in time to take up the song sheets and sing like an angel from around 20:00 on Wednesday 24 December.

Carol sheets will be supplied.

AGM & Elections 2015

10:00 Saturday 7 Feb 2015

Notice of the 2015 AGM is being published here on the website as well as being sent by post to Members. If you require hard copies then these are available on request from the office.

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 ››

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.

Sailing Ladies Calendar

December 2014

This fabulous 2015 calendar was the brain child of Sue Lee, who wanted to help raise funds for the Shoreham Junior Team. Jenni Camp, who is both a sailor and mum to team members past and present, took on the organising, including the tricky job of asking the ladies to brave the chill of a goose-bump raising November photo shoot!

This professionally produced glossy A4 calendar is now being printed with deliveries to SYC on 16 December and you can now pre-order your copies by emailing or collecting in person from the SYC office, or collecting in person and paying (cash only) at the bar. Price is £9.50 each with collection from office or bar, plus £2.00 post and packing if you want it sent to you.

The Shoreham Junior Sailing Team is largely self-funding, with team members understanding from a young age the importance of the fund raising which keeps them afloat, so we hope you'll lend your support by ordering what has to be the best sailing calendar ever!

Club Night

Fri 9 January

With the first Friday in 2015 being just after the New Years Eve party the January Club Night has been moved to Friday 9 January and combined with the Shanty Evening... there may well be some singing going on! Simon will as usual be serving a hearty supper and we will post the menu 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.



Our Senior Boatswain, Ben Coe, is asking for your co-operation with regards to parking whilst at the Club. Ben asks:

We lose a lot of time when moving boats because of cars being parked in our way. During the week we would like you to park in the parking spaces on the north side of the Boatpark, which will be a dedicated car parking area. If there are no spaces left and you are unsure of where to park, please find one of the Boatswain staff and ask.

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.


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

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.

Christmas Party

Sat 20 December

This year's Christmas Party will be held on Saturday 20 December, with the yuletide fun commencing at 20:00. An evening of Santa inspired fun, with a fabulous live band and light buffet. Tickets are only £10 and available from the Office and Bar. Dress code is "Christmas", so get those jumpers out.

Shanty Evening

Fri 9 January

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 9 January when it will be combined with Club Night, so you can expect a jolly good crowd in the club.

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

New Years Eve

Wed 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 Wednesday 31 December 2014 (when else?) this is going to be a big night and you won't need your carriage until 01.00 in 2015.

This is a black tie and gorgeous frock event, including excellent food (see menu below) and dancing with a ticket price of £30; enquire through the office or the bar.

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.

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 ››