Project Kraken

People living or working on and around the UK's coastline and waterways are being asked to report suspicious or unusual activity as part of a multi-agency law enforcement campaign.

Project Kraken - a joint initiative now being delivered by the NCA, Border Force and police forces including Sussex Police - aims to increase public reporting and strengthen the general maritime industry's response to the threats.

Reporting channels have been simplified to make it easier for people across the country who live or work near the coastline and waterways, or who take part in water-based activities. They can contact either the police through the 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously.

We want you to report any unusual or suspicious behaviour in these and other maritime environments. No matter how trivial it may seem; if it looks out of the ordinary, we want to know about it.

Learn more about Sussex Police and Project Kraken 

Charity Dance in July

Friday 14th July 20:30

Jenni (from the Office) will be undertaking a trek in Cambodia in November in aid of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice and has been organising various events at the Club to raise funds on their behalf. The next one will be a dance on Friday 14th July to Dr Fun and Natalie will be providing some BBQ food to buy to keep those feet tapping. Tickets £10 per head and BBQ an additional £5 per head. Please contact Jenni in the office for tickets.

Sonar Match Racing

Notice of Race

Friday June 23 - 17:30 < 22:00

Back by popular demand the SYC Sonar Match racing evening returns. This event is open to teams of 3 < 5 and is run on a knockout basis in the canal at Southwick over one evening. A BBQ will be available on the pontoon and the bar will be open. Entry fees are £5 a person with all monies going to support the youth and sailability activities. This is a great spectators sport so please bring your supporters. Prizes to be awarded on the night.

Download Notice of Race

Download Entry Form

Dark Star Round the UK

SYC member Kevin Gilroy has written to update us of his further progress around the UK aboard Dark Star 

Saturday June 10th 2017 Newlyn Harbour

A dire day, rain, mist then more wind. Fortunately around 5pm I am able to get a stable TV picture and watch England play Scotland at Hampden Park - an exciting 2-2 draw.

Sunday June 11th 2017 Newlyn Harbour

A brighter but very blustery day. Walked along the seafront from Newlyn to Penzance and up the hill to St Mary's Church. The website stated that traditional music was important to them and at

10.00 there was a sung Communion. I was a bit early but there was an organ already playing and I slipped quietly in. In the front pew were an all female choir of eight voices rehearsing a communion hymn with two harmonies. Unfortunately for the small congregation, I knew three of the four hymns and the fourth was easy to pick up. It certainly was quite high church, complete with traditional vestments and incense! They were very welcoming and friendly but I didn't hang around for the post service tea and biscuits since there was a bus to catch to Marazion.

Shoreham Clubhouse Development Project – Update

As time has passed and target dates have come and gone, the Board felt it was important to keep members updated with the current position regarding the rebuilding of the clubhouse. Last month it was agreed to halt all further work whilst the Heads of Terms were redrafted.

The new draft is in the process of being considered by the SDP Committee and Oversight Committee, and once approved matters will move forward once again. There are many aspects being considered by all sides, so we are unable to make any forecast as to how long this proccess is likely to take or when the details will be presented to the membership.

Tony Boysons

Friday 13 January 2017

It with deep sadness that we announce that Tony Boysons, the Sussex Yacht Club Admiral, peacefully passed away on 13 January 2017.

The funeral is at 12:20 on Friday 17 February at Worthing Crematorium, and after at the SYC restaurant.

The family have informed us that Sussex Sailability is the chosen charity for donations and these can be made online here.

Frank Kay has kindly authored an obituary which can be read here.

Wellington Wailers Panto

Saturday 7 January 2017

Our very own Wellington Wailers present 'Treasure Island', a pantomime production that's ideal for children aged from little tots through to rum swilling brigands!

There will be much bellowing and dreadful gags with a dash of slapstick to get the new year off to a very funny start.

The avasting will commence around 3pm on Saturday 7th January. Contact Ian Bush for tickets on 07957 433894 or ask at the bar.

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.

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.

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

Icicle Open

Dinghy racing - local aces rule the river!

Local aces Sophy Mackley crewed by Rhys Griffiths showed breathtaking skill winning the first two races of the Langley Icicle Open river series run by Sussex Yacht Club. A record turnout of 30 competitors took to the River Adur near the footbridge in bright sunshine for the first days racing.

Come along and enjoy this hot/icicle cold competition yourself!

Download the Notice of Race and Entry Form

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.

Sailing Through History

Southwick Clubhouse Update

You will all be aware of the progress on this project reported to you some months ago via Wavelength & our website. Perhaps you feel all has gone somewhat quiet with little progress. Not so!

As you have previously been informed, we were awarded Start Up Grant Aid of £13,000 to be used for very specific purposes as set out by the Lottery Funding Committee. This enabled us to source & contract Consultants. We were also put under the guidance of a Case Manager (Joseph Minden). So far all expenditure has been funded by our Start up Grant with the exception of a committed £360 of our money “which will not need to be spent” (reminded to word as such by our worthy Treasurer at a recent Board Meeting!). The balance of these monies may well have to be refunded but provided we act within the guidelines set in the 55 page of closely typed “Heritage Enterprise Grants from £100,000 to £5 million Application Guidance” our expenditure is not subject to such conditions. So where are we?

Disability Awareness Course

Sunday 9 October

Sussex Sailability invites its volunteers, in particular skippers, crew and shore helpers who have direct contact with our disabled sailors, to attend this RYA Sailability Disability Awareness Course on Sunday 9 October at Sussex Yacht Club, Shoreham.

Details on this interesting and informative day course are in this PDF download. The course fee for Sussex Sailability Volunteers and Members will be funded by Sussex Sailability and those interested should book a place as soon as possible by contacting Paula at the SYC office (you may also wish to book for lunch with the SYC Caterer).

General Meeting Result

Held Saturday 3 Sep 2016

As was explained at the meeting, the proceedings were recorded using two devices and the official minutes will be primarily compiled from these recordings backed up by written notes. Asst Sec Jenni is unfortunately still recovering from an injury, so her transcription of the minutes will take a little time before they can be checked and published. In the meantime we can say that the meeting was very well attended and resulted in an almost unanimous result. The original special resolution was amended during the meeting by a normal resolution approved by a unanimous show of hands, delivering the following amended special resolution wording:

‘It is proposed that the membership accept in principle the recommended option for flood defence works at the Sussex Yacht Club Shoreham-by-Sea site, including the disposal of club land directly adjacent to the A259 combined with the construction of a new club house and associated facilities subject to ratification at a later General Meeting.’

Of the 174 votes cast by voting members (including proxy votes) 172 were in favour with 2 against.