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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; you could become a member for as little at £14.50 per month.

Here's how to join ››

Autumn Inshore Series

Sunday 22nd September - Sunday 10th November 2019

The third main 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 Keelboat Sailing Handbook available on the front page of the website for further details, race dates and times.

Autumn Pursuit Series

Saturday 14th September - Saturday 26th October 2019

A series of seven fun races held on Saturdays. Sailing instructions can be found on the Southwick notice board before each day’s race, courses use the inshore marks off Shoreham, with each race taking around 1.5 to 2 hours. There will be a Pursuit Supper at Southwick after the 19th October race. See the Keelboat Sailing Handbook on the website for further details, race dates and times, or contact David Nunn who is the series organiser.

New Year's Eve - Early Bird Offer

This year Natalie is planning to put on a wonderful final event in the old clubhouse with fantastic entertainment and wonderful food.  Details to be released shortly.

As with last year we are offering Early Bird tickets with any tickets bought between 31st August and 30th September being at a one off price of £50 each. The price will increase to £60 each from 1st October to 31st October. 

Tickets are available from the office.  Please be prepared to leave your email details in order that we may contact you nearer the date to obtain your menu choices.

This proved very popular last year with a sell out event on the night.  Please book early to avoid disappointment!

Boat Show Offer

13TH – 22nd SEPTEMBER 2019

Buy between 1 and 5 tickets at £13.50 each and get a FREE ticket with each purchased ticket


Launch marks the start of our building work

On Monday 13 May we began work on our new clubhouse and amenities with a helping hand from the Leader of Adur District Council.

Our new HQ will mean that Shoreham will become the home of one of the UK’s best disabled sailing facilities, whilst enabling the building of flood defences to protect the town.

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 email to the sailing section or contact the office.

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

Racing Mark Information at 11th September 2019

'Out on the Floor' Northern Soul Party

Saturday 28th September 1900 to midnight

'Out on the Floor' Northern Soul Party night at Sussex Yacht Club.  Free entry.  All welcome.

DJ Terry Hendrick.

Light bites available too.

Following hot on the heels of our Caribbean evening in August, please come along and enjoy another brilliant evening!


Sailing Section AGM

Saturday 19th October 18.00 at Southwick

Notice of the Sailing Section AGM to be held on Saturday 19 October at 18.00 at Southwick.

It is that time of year for the annual general meeting.  This is an opportunity for any club member to have their say about the Keelboat Sailing offered at SYC.

More on Southwick Parking Restrictions from the Secretary

From 1 July 2019

About a month ago, wooden posts appeared along Riverside Road adjacent to our moorings. Upon enquiring of the Port why they were there, we were advised that the Port had contracted with a car parking enforcement company, GXS, to patrol, monitor and enforce car parking in all areas of Port controlled roads and car parks including Riverside Road and Lady Bee Marina car park.

Car parking enforcement would commence in these areas with effect from 31st July and permits were made available to SYC for distribution to berth holders and visitors to the boats, moorings, stores and clubhouse.

Race Officer Duties 2019

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 Pre-Season Keelboat Sailing Meeting each year, with the remaining dates allocated to boats by the Keelboat Sailing Committee.

Take the family out on the water says David, 84

An inspirational eighty-four year old sailor is encouraging Sussex families to get out on the water together.

David Skinner has been an active member of Sussex Yacht Club since 1971 and was the club’s Commodore in 1994.  For the last 40 years he’s been sharing his passion for sailing with those who are new to the sport by taking them out on his own boat to show them the ropes.

2019 Icicle Open

From Saturday 2nd November to Saturday 21st December.

Sailed in the canal at the Southwick Club House, the Notice of Race and details for the Icicle Open for 2019 can be found here >>


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.

'Up the Creek' Charity Raft Race

Twelve homemade rafts were paddled furiously from SYC up the river and back to Coronation Green on Saturday 31st August in our first charity raft race in aid of the Sussex Sailability Door to Shore campaign.

The final figure raised is still being assessed but the popularity of the event was so high that applications to take part in the 2020 race have already been received! 

October Club Night

Friday 4th October

This month Steward Natalie and her team are celebrating the Best of British with a Cockney Pie and Mash evening!

Steak, Ale and Mushroom Pie or Roast Beetroot, Horseradish and Goats Cheese Pie served with mustard mash, carrots and savoy cabbage and a rich gravy.

For Dessert you can choose between Gypsy Tart and Ice Cream or Cheese and Biscuits.

As always this is an informal get together for all members and their guests for a chat and a flutter on the club raffle.

To dine please arrive at 19:00 for 19:30 and Club suppers must be booked in advance, either by card  over the phone or paying at the bar on the night before dining. To book call 01273 464868 or email

Membership Card & Fob Usage in the Bar

1 August 2019

At the Board meeting in June it was decided that after a year of planning it is now time for the Bar and Restaurant to fully utilise the electronic till system in order that members receive the discounted prices to which you are entitled; this will come into effect Thursday 1August 2019.

You will need to have either a fob or new chipped membership card that can be scanned. If you do not have either a fob or new chipped membership card please contact the office who will be happy to help.  These cannot be sent out in the post and therefore require that you either collect it from the office or from behind the bar with prior arrangement.

New Menu 1st April


A new Menu is available from 1st April including some fabulous light snacks such as Salt and Pepper Squid, Duck Spring Rolls and Halloumi Sticks.

As well as the choices laid out below, make you you keep an eye out for our daily specials.

2019 Open Cooler

Sun 6 Jan to Sun 24 Feb

Although this popular open dinghy series is now over, here are the final results and there are a few pictures to be found in the gallery.