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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 ››


Sussex Regatta 2014

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Easter weekend brings the Sussex Regatta to SYC as we are hosting this annual event. Tim Corkj and his team have introduced a number of improvements to make this year’s event as successful as possible including entry fees as low as £40 and new bar facilities at the Southwick clubhouse for all to enjoy.

Again this year the combined clubs are working with SYC as the host club to ensure that there is a full social program available for the regatta.

For further information please see the regatta web site

NEW Boat Lunch Packs

As a new service for regatta competitors our Chef Simon is offering pre-ordered lunch packs for your crew to take afloat at £5 per pack to include a freshly made sandwich sandwich, chocolate bar, crisps and a piece of fruit. Please download and complete this pre-order form and email it to Simon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by Thursday 17 April. You can pay Simon direct when you collect your order on the day. 

Club Night

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May Club Night will as always start with a supper from Chef Simon from around 19:30 and we'll let you know about the menu when we have it.

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.

Shanty Evening

sea shantyFri 11 Apr

The ever popular Shanty Evenings are back in 2014 with the hearty wailers gathering again on Friday 11 April. Dust will be rattled from the rafters from around 20:00.

Just come along and enjoy and enjoy the singing whilst having a drink at the bar, or join in with the traditional songs of the sea.

Tidy, Tidy, Tidy!

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The project to improve the boat yard is ongoing with Steve Vyse and Terry Kinch walking the yard each week to review progress. It is hard to ignore the piles of of timber and general rubbish that keep popping up, so we have ordered a clear out of the final bits of club and general rubbish to be completed by end of this week. Thereafter any rubbish under or around vessels not immediately cleared out of the club (not into our bins) will be removed by us and charged to the boat owner for boatswains time. Apologies if this sounds a bit harsh but we are determined to ensure the yard is and remains, a tidy and attractive place to be in, park in, lay up a boat in, work in and walk around in. We hope you will take as much pride in your space as we do.

2014 Fixtures

2014-FIXTURES-TILEJanuary 2014

We are pleased to report that there was a reassuring level of checking and amendment given to the 2014 fixtures from every committee, however as a result of this extended proofing it was clear that we could not print the hard copy fixture list before Christmas. The decision has been taken to save on postage and distribute copies with the next edition of  Wavelength, but in the meantime the online 2014 fixtures have been updated and can be used with confidence in planning your 2014 season at SYC.

Harveys Tour Raffle

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The draw for places on the Harveys Brewery tour trip was held on Club Night and the following tckets were pulled. If you have one of these numbers then please get in contact with Emma, Mark or Tim behind the bar by Friday 11 April after which new tickets may be drawn. For the lucky winners, they need to be at the club for 14:00 on 24 April for a quick libation before the coach departs for Lewes; this will not be a temperance excursion.

5 84 127 254
20 85 135 287
24 94 161 322
41 96 162 326
62 114 212  

St.Georges Night

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An evening of patriotic fun and entertainment and three courses of wholesome traditional fare from 19:30 for 20:00.

Kipper Pate with Warm Farmhouse Loaf
followed by
Slow Cooked Belly of Pork with Colcannon and Fresh Seasonal Vegetables
followed by
Treacle Tart with Clotted Cream and Coffee

Entertainment will be provided by the Wellington Wailers singing sea shanties and anything else topical they come up with (and of course a hearty rendition of Rule Britannia).

Ian Bush will also be presenting his own take on the traditional Mummers Play - if last year was anything to go by this is going to be a great night out. Tickets are on sale through the office at just £17 per person.

RNLI Signwriter

rnli-logoHelp Needed!

Our local RNLI station on Kingston Beach has a large number of Honour Boards on display which date from the 1920s and record the dates and the nature of rescues; the three earliest boards are in desperate need of restoration to improve their legibility.

Next year is the 150th anniversary of the station and it would be good if a restoration restoration could be completed in time for the planned celebrations. If you are suitably qualified and prepared to donate your time, or you know someone who might be, please let the SYC Secretary know.

New Bar Opening Times

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As the club is starting to get busier in its winter activities, your new bar team of Emma, Mark and Tim are settling in and making a few changes, the first of which are the following new extended opening hours;

  • Monday to Thursday 12:00-15:00 & 17:00-22:00
  • Friday 12:00-15:00 & 17:00-23:00
  • Saturday 12:00-23:00
  • Sunday 12:00-21:00

If large groups are still in the clubhouse at closing, where possible, these times may be extended.

Invasive Species Survey

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We received an enquiry from a student called Lorna Deakin who as part of her studies is looking at how well publicity campaigns relating to invasive non-native species have worked. The whole subject of unwanted flora and fauna cadging a ride on our boats and equipment is unfamilar to me so I was happy to complete her five minute survey which can be found here ››

Ian Baker

Ian BakerSep 2013

The club has been notified that SYC member Ian Baker has been declared missing. His sister has advised us that she has not heard from Ian for some seven months now since he departed Mauritius with his yacht 'Stella' bound for Christmas Island. Following an extensive CG search along his track, he has now been declared officially missing. Ian is pictured having a doze aboard Barda en-route for Dieppe back in 2008 when he was learning to sail so he could follow his dream of roaming the globe single handed.

Practical Training 2014

Coastguard RescueRYA Coastal Skipper and Day Skipper Courses

Don't forget that as well as our huge range of RYA theory courses we will also be running practical RYA Coastal Skipper and Day Skipper Courses in the Solent this year. Feedback from those that have attended has been excellent, with highlights including  skipper Alwyn booking a highline transfer exercise with the coastguard helicopter. So far this year they have managed every course but of course cannot be guranteed.

SYC members get significant savings on these courses.

Challenging Cooler

Dinghy Section News

Sussex Yacht Club’s popular Cooler dinghy series saw competitors battling stormy conditions each Sunday between January – March. No less than thirty hardy sailors competed at Southwick Canal enjoying a superb racing event in often challenging conditions.

Phantom sailor Steve Popple won the Eastwell Trophy withSteve Southall & Andy Phillips 2nd & 3rd respectively in their Lasers. Members rallied round to ensure competitors received excellent hospitality on and off the water.

Many thanks to local Fleet Captain-John Pryke and his team.

RYA Club Of The Year

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NEWS - SYC is a finalist

A large contingent from SYC travelled by coach to the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace on Saturday 1 March to hear the final result in the RYA Club Of The Year Awards for 2014, which were made on the main stage a little while after our Shoreham Youth Team had performed their World Championship presentation faultlessly in front of the huge crowd.

SYC were called with the other five finalist clubs to the stage by Sarah Tresseder, RYA CEO for the ceremony where Commodore Dave Ramus was presented with an RYA Finalists shield. No we didn't win the top club trophy, but being classed by our governing body as one of the top five clubs in the country is still a pretty good result and testament to the hard work and time expended by our volunteers. Well done all of you!

Yacht Master Practical Training April 2014

April 2014

Although both of the two practical RYA Day Skipper courses in April are full,  we have a few places remaining on the Yachtmaster and Competent Crew practical courses. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested:

Yachtmaster Coastal & Comp Crew Practical Course Availability

  • Sunday 27 April to Friday 2 May 2014
  • Members £435
  • Non Members £485

Prize Hoppiness


Your new bar team have been chatting with Harveys and have come up with a incentive to encourage you to enjoy a weekday tipple. Throughout February and March, for every pint of Harveys purchased at the SYC bar Monday-Friday you will be awarded an entry in a special draw to be made at the April Club Night.

And the prize? There are twenty or so places on a special SYC guided trip around the Harveys brewery in Lewes to be won; there is currently a two year waiting list to get on one of these tours so this invitation is worth its weight in hops! The prize tour includes a return mini-bus to SYC so winners will be able to test the brewers best. There are terms and conditions which are, like the beer, available at the bar.

Surf's Up Shoreham

surfs-up-shorehamOctober 2013

The day before St Judes Storm rolled in Shoreham Port caught a few waves and the local surfers made the most of it. Here's a video clip...

Trophée du port de Fécamp

Fecamp-Open-50News from SRF

Multi 50's at play off of Fécamp. A bit faster than our fleet and one can only imagine how busy the SRF bar was after this grand prix level racing... read more and watch the multis fly by on video.