Yacht Racing and Rallying Events at SYC

rya charter logoSkitter SCV0941Racing and rallying is at the heart of our club, with pursuit, inshore, long inshore, offshore and regattas tailored to suit our varied SYC fleet. No matter what your level and preference of sailing we have a good mix of competitive and more relaxing racing. We encourage crews at all levels to have a go, and although we don't give prizes to all comers, accurate ratings and hard work can deliver results. 

With regards to cruising, SYC organises a varied programme of rallies along and across the channel. The rallies are usually combined with a race, but it is not necessary to participate in the race to join in the rally. Yachts can join in all or part of these rallies to suit your own timetable. Cruising in company is a great way to explore our coast; you can gain valuable experience and discover new friends.

Deauville and Honfleur Race & Rally

Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th August 2017

This is a new venue for SYC starting with a cross channel race to Deauville then an overnight stay on Saturday. On Sunday there is a choice of relaxing in Deauville, cruising on to Honfleur or you may even want to use the visit as start of a longer summer cruise on the Normandy coast. Deauville and Honfleur both have tidal restrictions and Skippers will need to satisfy themselves of entry and exit arrangements.

For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretary, Ann Macey by email sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.

Easter Sailing

There are no Series races over the Easter weekend but two new Club races will be run, these are on Friday 14th and Sunday 16th April. Look up the details and come and join in the fun .....

Littlehampton Race & Rally

Excalibur Littlehampton Race P1010693Also Crews Race

Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th September 2017

A fun and enjoyable race to Littlehampton that starts one of the most popular weekend rallies on the SYC calendar. After the race we stay at Littlehampton quay on Saturday night with a dinner hosted by the fabulous Arun Yacht Club. Traditionally the evening event calls for 'Cowes Rig' attire so make sure you don't fall in the water! Sunday brings the infamous Crews Race back home with a course set during the event and announced on the pontoon on the morning of the race. Skippers will be aware that Littlehampton has tidal restrictions and they will need to satisfy themselves of entry and exit arrangements.

For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretary, Ann Macey by email sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.

Dieppe Overnight Race & Rally

Friday 16th - Sunday 18th June 2017

The rally starts with the welcome return of the overnight cross channel race, so boats racing should arrive around breakfast time on the Saturday. Dieppe is a pretty town with a variety of eating places and a fab market on Saturday morning. If you don’t want to night sail, then choose your own start time and arrive when it suits you. If partners, friends etc. don’t want to sail at all then they can take the ferry from Newhaven and still join in.

For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretary, Ann Macey by email sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.

Nab Tower Race

Saturday 30th September 2017

This is the 7th race in the Offshore Series and heads out to the Nab Tower and then returns to Shoreham. The course gives Skippers some choice of routeing making it an extra interesting race. 

Rampion Cardinal Marks

For those boats sailing near the Rampion Wind Farm the following Notice To Mariners may be very useful as it sets out the position of the Cardinal Marks very clearly. See details here.

Summer Pursuit Series

Pursuit Racing P1010208Saturday 6th May - Saturday 19th Aug 2017

A series of six fun races held on Saturdays. Sailing instructions can be found on the Southwick notice board before each day’s race but courses use the inshore marks off Shoreham, with each race taking around 1.5 to 2 hours. See the fixture list and Sailing Handbook for further details, race dates and times, or contact David Skinner who is the series organiser.

  

How to join in

Skippers: For racing in any of the Inshore or Pursuit series races just turn up on the start line and join in. The Race Officer on the beach will note your presence and include you in the results. For the Long Inshore, Offshore and Rallies and other events you need to either enter or register your interest. The Regattas and the Royal Escape Race for example require the submission of an entry form. There will be some new signing on arrangements introduced in 2017 for other Races and Rallies.

Crew: If you are already on a yacht then nag your skipper to register your interest in an event.

Questions?: If you need some extra information on an event or have a suggestion to make, then you can email the sailing section using the address sailing-section@sussexyacht.club

  

Spring Series

Bandito DSC9073Sunday 12th March - Sunday 7th May 2017

A potentially chilly yet hotly contested series of seven races with courses set on the day using the inshore marks off Shoreham, with each race taking around 1.5 to 2 hours. See the fixture list and Sailing Handbook for further details, race dates and times.

Spring Pursuit Series

Pursuit Racing P1010208Saturday 11th March - Saturday 22nd April 2017

A series of six fun races held on Saturdays. Sailing instructions can be found on the Southwick notice board before each day’s race but courses use the inshore marks off Shoreham, with each race taking around 1.5 to 2 hours. See the fixture list and Sailing Handbook for further details, race dates and times, or contact David Skinner who is the series organiser.

St.Valery Rally & Race

Friday 25th to Sunday 27th August 2017

Sail over at your leisure on the Friday followed by dinner with Club Nautique Valeriquais on the Saturday evening. Sunday is the Seaway Trophy race back to Shoreham. Most Skippers will already be aware that St Valery has tidal restrictions and they will need to satisfy themselves of entry and exit arrangements.

For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretary, Ann Macey by email sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.

Solent Race and Rally

Folly Inn Solent Rally SCV0854Friday 28th April - Monday 1st May 2017

The rally will begin with the first race in the long inshore series which is a race from Shoreham to the Forts off of Portsmouth. The rally will then continue with the Friday overnight stay in Haslar Marina, Gosport allowing crew members with work commitments to easily join the rally. The Saturday night will be spent at Yarmouth, then Sunday we head for the Hamble before setting off back to Shoreham on the Monday. For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretary, Ann Macey by email sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.