Race Officer Duties 2016

In order for yachts to race at SYC we need skippers and crews to take their turn to carry out Race Officer Duties.

The dates for these duties are published below and are based on skippers' choices made at the annual sailing AGM each year, with the remaining dates allocated to boats by the sailing committee.

Mark Status

The purpose of the table below is to report any issues with our racing marks. If you are aware that one is off station or missing then please inform the sailing section by emailing the sailing section or contacting the office.

The information on this page will be used by Race Officers when planning racing. Race marks are shown and updated on the Community Edits layer of Navionics charts, these are accessible through the Navionics mobile Apps and through chartplotters using properly updated Navionic charts. Community Edits needs to be "on" and the screen zoomed in; there are some obsolete marks on the main chart layer which should be ignored.  

Racing Mark Information at 11 December 2016

*Note change in position of Mark 6 (Delbuoy) which differs to that published on the racing chart*

Race Mark Name Lat Lon On Station?
E East 50 49.226 N 0 15.564 W Yes
W West 50 49.152 N 0 16.397 W Yes
1   50 48.744 N 0 18.051 W Yes
2 Beechams 50 48.500 N 0 19.500 W Yes
3   50 47.790 N 0 17.960 W Yes
4 Ambex 50 47.290 N 0 15.852 W Yes
5 New Sewer 50 47.700 N 0 13.800 W No
6* Delbuoy 50 48.543 N 0 15.074 W Yes

RYA Racing Charter

Crya charter logoompetitors should note that Sussex Yacht Club implements the RYA Racing Charter and that they will be required to undertake to sail in compliance with the Charter, which is detailed below.





To provide the framework for everyone to enjoy the sport of sailboat racing in whatever capacity and to whatever level the individual desires.

To ensure that the sport of sailboat racing welcomes all people and treats them equally.

To ensure that those who experience sailboat racing are encouraged to continue.

Principles and practices

The sport welcomes all participants; it relies largely on self-compliance and self-policing. Those that deliberately take unfair advantage of this or behave in an inappropriate manner, either on or off the water, can expect action to be taken against them.

Competitors agree to compete in compliance with the rules and behave in accordance with accepted standards of sailboat racing. When involved in a genuine dispute, all parties to the dispute and those deciding the matter will use the established procedures for achieving resolution.

Foul or abusive language, intimidation, aggressive behaviour or lack of respect for others and their property will not be tolerated.

Organizers, officials and other providers of sailboat racing agree to provide the fairest racing possible. This includes encouraging feed-back and facilitating the resolution of genuine disputes (including protests) in a timely and proper manner.

Support persons agree to encourage their competitors to behave in compliance with the above principles and practices. This Charter applies equally to those who organize, manage, coach, advise, judge, provide services and compete (including those who support competitors) in sailboat racing. The RYA encourages the adoption and implementation of this Charter, and provides guidance and support to individuals and organizations to assist implementation. This guidance and support is consistent with the practices of World Sailing. For further information, visit www.rya.org.uk/racingrules.


The Racing Charter is reproduced here courtesy of the RYA. Text updated 27 January 2017

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Sailing Feedback

If you have some feedback on the racing, rallying or any other aspect of the Sailing Section Activities which you want to put to the committee then there's a specific Sailing Section email address for you to use. Email all your constructive comments to us at sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.

Pursuiting at SYC

Race DSC2596In addition to the regular racing, David Skinner will be organising the Pursuit Racing. If you wish to try racing, train crew, tune up your own performance or just have a fun sail for an hour or two on a Saturday, then Pursuiting could be for you. No mass starts or pressures. You start in order of your SCCH handicap number (slowest go first) the courses are short and simple, very suitable for beginners to both racing and crewing. Pursuit Racing is an ideal introduction to keelboat racing and takes place on Saturday afternoons throughout the season.

Sailing Handbook

The sailing handbook contains an overview of all the racing at Sussex Yacht Club and functions both as a guide and as Notice of Race for each of the individual events/series listed.

It also contains the general sailing instructions, guide to mandatory safety equipment and the handicapping for 2016.

You can download a copy as a PDF here ›› 


Race Charts

Updated November 2016

If you are a racing skipper at SYC you'll need these documents in PDF format, so click, download, print and take them afloat. 

All the charts marked were refreshed online in 2016 with revised position for racing mark No.6.

Keelboat Handicaps

Zonpuka SCV0710With the move after the end of the 2014 Spring Series away from NHC back to the tried and tested SCCH system the current SCCH numbers are shown below. If an SCCH has not been issued, then the skipper should make an application online here

The SCCH committee continually review handicaps throughout the year. However a yacht will not have her handicap within the club changed midway through a series. It is possible that a yacht may have two different handicaps when different series are run concurrently.

SCCH numbers shown below are currently valid for the Autumn 2016 series onwards.

Help for Race Officers

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Being Race Officer is nothing to be apprehensive about; we all know how chaotic it can be on the beach when the clock is counting down and your flags are all tangled or you can't quite read the sail number of that boat that insists on staying right out at the far end of the line.... relax, it will always work out OK!