Racing and Rallying Events at SYC

RYA Racing CharterSkitter SCV0941Racing and rallying is at the heart of our club, with inshore, long inshore, pursuit, offshore and regatta events 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. 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.

Summer Pursuit Series

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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 or Sailing Handbook for further details, race dates and times, or contact David Skinner who is the series organiser.

Spring Pursuit Series

Pursuit Racing P1010208Sat 12 Mar - Sat 23 Apr 2016

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 or Sailing Handbook for further details, race dates and times, or contact David Skinner who is the series organiser.

Talla Hinna & Brighton Rally

The Italian Job DSC9056Sat 21 - Sun 22 May 2016

The long inshore Talla Hinna race to Brighton on Saturday, followed by two course dinner for £tba per person at the new Brighton Marina Yacht Club on Saturday evening. On Sunday, boats from Sussex Yacht Club join forces with Young Carer's, an organisation to provide fun days for children and young adults with caring responsibilities. A picnic is provided for all volunteer crews.

Wednesday Evening Series

Kingfisher DSC5078Wed 18 May - Wed 10 Aug 2016

This is a series of seven 'round the cans' inshore races on Wednesday evenings with races set on the day by the Race Officer and starts planned for 19:30. Starts will either be a gate or from the mast on the beach; this will be advised by the Race Officer on the day.

Ferguson Race

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Start time: 10:00

A traditional long inshore race with the course to be set by the Race Officer. There are separate classes for yachts and dinghies with a separate Notice of Race published. This is an open event. For SYC yachts this will be the fourth race in the Long Inshore series.

Autumn Pursuit Series

Pursuit DSC2596Sat 6 Aug - Sat 5 Nov 2016

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 or 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. With regards to the long offshore or rallies you must register your interest over at the Club Forum - there are sections for both races and rallies and you need to enter your interest in the appropriate topic.

Crew: If you are already on a yacht then nag your skipper to register your interest in an event, or if you are not yet on a yacht but are willing to join in, then again get over to the forum and post your availability. Boats are often short handed so this really is worth doing.

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

  

St.Valery Rally & Race

Fri 26 - Sun 28 Aug 2016

The rally to St.Valery in France has been arranged with the Club Nautique Valeriquais who will be hosting us for a dinner on Saturday 27 August. Cross the channel in company on Friday 26 August and return to Shoreham on Sunday 28 August particpating in the Seaway Trophy race if so wish.

If you would like to join this rally then please contact our Rally Secretary, Rob Reeves via the Sailing Section e-mail sailing-section@sussexyacht.club stating the name of your vessel, length and number of persons joining for dinner on the Saturday night. It would be useful if you could state your intentions to join the Seaway Trophy race. Alternatively you will be able to enter in the very near future via the SYC shop on the website.

 

Double Diamond Race

Double DiamondSat 21 August 2016

This is classified as a long inshore race with the name derived from the tradition of setting the course to loosely describe two diamonds. 

Lady Helm Race

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Start time: 10:00

An inshore race around the SYC cans with the course set on the day. The helm for this race must be a lady club member.

Autumn Series

Sun 25 Sep - Sun 13 Nov 2016

A seven race series starting in what we hope to be our Indian Summer. Courses are set on the day using the inshore marks off Shoreham, with each race taking around 1.5 to 2 hours. See the fixture list or Sailing Handbook for further details, race dates and times.

Spring Series

Bandito DSC9073Sun 13 Mar - Sun 15 May 2016

A 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 or Sailing Handbook for further details, race dates and times.

Solent Race and Rally

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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 first overnight stay in Haslar Marina, Gosport allowing crew members with work commitments to easily join the rally. An evening meal at the Lightship has been booked. The Saturday night will be spent in Shepherd's Marina, Cowes on the Isle of Wight. No formal meal has been arranged for this night to allow each boat to pick and choose from the many bars and restaurants in Cowes to suit their own tastes. Finally Sunday night sees the rally stopping in the idyllic town of Bembridge also on the Island before setting off back to Shoreham on the Monday. For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretary, Ann Macey.

Black Rock Race

Black-Rock-Race-TileSun 5 Jun 2016

Start time: 10:00

One of the traditional SYC Open races that brings out fleets of both yachts and dinghies that race up and down the coast, passing Black Rock, Kemp Town. For SYC yachts this race is the third race of the Long Inshore series.

A seperate Notice of Race will be published for this event.

Pactolus Race

SYC Pactolus TileFri 29 Jul 2016

The Pactolus Race was named back in the day by Hermione Lady Colwyn after her yacht 'Pactolus' and is an ideal opportunity to see our friends at Societe des Regates de Fecamp (SRF). This race is also the fifth race in our Offshore series.

Pactolus Trophy Race

Start time: 08:00

Start between the end of the Harbour West arm and SYC Mark East, Greenwich Light Vessel to port and then to the finish at Fécamp, with boats taking their own finish time in BST with declaration handed to nominated boat (Moonlight Saunter) in Fécamp on arrival. Communications will be on VHF Channel 72.

The finishing line extends 3 cables Westward bearing 105° true from the pier head of the Western harbour arm at Fécamp. Boats must finish by crossing the line heading in a Southerly direction and may make use of the waypoint 49o 45.928 N, 00o 21.564 E which falls close to a point midway along the finishing line.

Boats are advised to leave the Rampion well to starboard.

Event is closed to SYC yachts with a special invitation for SRF yachts to participate.


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Littlehampton Race & Rally

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Sat 17 - Sun 18 Sep 2016

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 three course 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.

Starter - Cauliflower & mature cheddar cheese soup with a gruyere croute.

Main Course - Slow braised beef, pancetta & mushroom pie with mashed potato & seasonal vegetables.

Dessert - Sticky toffee pudding with a rich toffee sauce & vanilla ice-cream.

Price £tbc

The rally can be entered by visitng the SYC shop on the website. Our rally secretary, Rob reeves will be in touch with entrants closer to the event to confirm numbers of crew dining.

Christmas Cracker 2016

Ocean Dream Devils Advocate DSC2494Sun 27 Nov - Sun 18 Dec 2016

A series of four round the cans races with courses set on the day. This is a well supported series full of Christmas cheer and the racing is levelled by the handicaps being adjusted as the series progresses. In the spirit of being a fun series every competing boats comes away with a bottle!

All starts will be a gate start.