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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 for those intending to make the most of our on-the-water activities and great social events, not to mention the bar and restaurant!

Here's how to join ››

Rallies Update

Updated 05 May 2021

Due to Covid and Brexit restrictions we are taking the three rallies to France out of the schedule.

These are; 

  • Dieppe - 11th June to 13th June
  • Pactolus - 9th July to 11th July
  • St Valery - 20th August to 22nd August

Opening Guidance

Covid Policy to 21st June and Club Rules

  • Face Masks - Masks are to be worn entering or moving around the building. You should only remove your mask when seated.

Keelboat Section Handbook 2021

The Keelboat Sailing Handbook contains an overview of all the Keelboat racing at Sussex Yacht Club and functions both as a guide and as Notice of Race for each of the individual events and series.

It also contains the general keelboat sailing instructions, reference to mandatory keelboat safety equipment and other useful information for 2021.

The handbook first edition was issued 30 December 2020, but may be revised during the season, with notification of any changes communicated via the WhatsApp groups to all registered skippers.

Download the Keelboat Sailing Handbook v2b (issued 3 June 2021) in PDF here

If you just want a copy of the Race Chart it is available here

David Skinner, SYC Admiral

Our inspirational new Admiral

We have a new Admiral – the inspirational eighty-five years young David Skinner.

David has been an active member of the Club since 1971, when he joined with his young family.  He was our Commodore in 1994 and, until recently, was still racing in his 42-foot ‘retirement boat’ with a crew of up to nine people.

Yachting Monthly Supports SYC

We are delighted that the UK's biggest Yachting magazine- Yachting Monthly - is adding its weighty support to the Door to Shore fundraising campaign by becoming our official media partner.  This is a tremendous coup for us and will significantly raise the profile of Door to Shore nationally.

Be part of the SYC Cowes Week Challenge

31 July - 6 August 2021

Taking place from Saturday 31st July to Friday 6th August, Cowes Week is one of the biggest and longest-running regattas in the world. Adaptations to this popular event are being made to be as Covid secure as possible.

This Year SYC plans to take up to four identical Sonar Keel Boats to join the white Fleet and for you to come and sail.

John Ramus, AKA The Squire

In Memory of John Ramus 1927 - 2021

23 February 2021

John Ramus, aka the ’Squire’, passed away peacefully in the early hours of 22 February 2021. 

Well known as a fiercely proud member of SYC, John and his late wife Lavender took part in every event and rally of note, usually crewed by his children David, Stig, Lizbet, Andrew and Simon. 

The Squire loved sailing almost as much as he loved his family and friends, and had a series of boats that grew in length over the years as the Ramus clan expanded, culminating with Crazy Daisy and then the Devils Advocate, on which the grandchildren added to the crew.

Fair winds Squire, you will be much missed.

New Clubhouse Construction

Updated 23 December 2020

As I’m sure you are aware our construction project, planned for a summer hand-over has been affected both by COVID and other reasons resulting in a very much delayed completion.

Support the Door to Shore Campaign

Watch the video below

We need your support for the Sussex Sailability Door to Shore Charity Fundraising campaign, which aims to create a centre of sailing excellence for disabled sailors right here at Sussex Yacht Club.

You can help with donations, fundraising and by highlighting the campaign to people or organisations that you think may wish to give.

Olympic sailor backs Door to Shore campaign

Sir Ben Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, has thrown his support behind Sussex Sailability’s charity fundraising campaign to build some of the very best facilities for sailors with disabilities in the UK – right here at Sussex Yacht Club.

The ‘Door to Shore’ campaign aims to raise £538,000 which will allow the Yacht Club, in partnership with Sussex Sailability, to create a fully accessible centre of sailing excellence in Shoreham.

Summer Pursuit Series

Pursuit Racing P1010208Saturday 8 May - Saturday 31 July 2021

This series follows on from the sucessful Spring series and continues to be run under Covid-19 rules. Sailing instructions will be posted on the SYC Pursuiting WhatsApp group before each day’s race, courses use the inshore marks off Shoreham, with each race taking around 2 hours. See the Sailing Handbook on the website for further details, race dates and times, or contact David Nunn (Escape) who is the series organiser who will answer any questions and add you to the SYC Pursuiting WhatsApp group.

Workparty Success

Saturday 25 Apr 2021

With a huge amount of gratitude I would like to thank everyone, over 30 of us throughout the day, who so kindly turned up on Saturday and contributed to a great day getting our new clubhouse ready to occupy.

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 contact the office and post a note on the SYC Racing WhatsApp group.

The information on this page should be used by Race Officers when planning racing.  

Racing Mark Information at 17 June 2021

SYC Annual Report and AGM

Saturday 30 January 2021

Sussex Yacht Club Limited 
Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the 95th Annual General Meeting of The Shareholders of Sussex Yacht Club will be held virtually on Saturday 30 January 2020 starting at 10:00 - details to follow.

Any member of the Club is welcome to "attend" the meeting however only Shareholders may vote on any resolution proposed

Building Progress Video

Posted 16 May 2020

Allowed and hour for exercise each day during the national Coronavirus lock down, Steve Vyse chose to keep fit by clambering around the building site that is going to be the new Sussex Yacht Club house. He took a video camera with him.

The film is in HD so you can expand to full screen if you wish.

Expanded Role for Coastwatch

The NCI lookout station on the western entrance to the harbour has, for a while, been able to respond to requests for inshore weather forecasts, radio checks, and AIS equipment checks on VHF Channel 65 (Call Sign 'Shoreham NCI').

Solent CG have now begun to request that calls to them for weather and radio checks are directed instead to NCI.

From April NCI Shoreham will join other south coast stations in broadcasting local weather conditions on Ch 65 at times to be announced.