Historic motor yacht club returns home

We are welcoming the return of a prestigious motor yacht club to Sussex Yacht Club.

Sussex Motor Yacht Club (SMYC), which was founded in 1907, has a colourful history of powerboat racing and early aviation.  Past members have included royalty and celebrities such as Rudyard Kipling, Charlie Chaplin and Pink Floyd’s Rick Wright. 

Once based here, SMYC moved to Brighton in the late 20th century and has been without a waterside base for the last 25 years.

Getting everything ship-shape

Thank you to everyone who joined Sussex Sailability for a busy morning recently; preparing its specially adapted boats for storage over the winter months.

The hard-working team scrubbed, checked and de-rigged all 15 boats to make sure that everything was all ship-shape ready for next spring, when the charity begins sailing again.

Kevin Headon from Sussex Sailability said, “The autumn months bring a sharp drop in the temperatures of the water and the weather starts to turn.  For our sailors, who can’t necessarily move around to keep warm, this makes maintaining body heat very difficult – so we have to reluctantly finish sailing for the year.

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.

There will be a news story in the January edition about the campaign and the inspirational approach of Sussex Yacht Club in fully embracing the needs of allmembers in the design of the new clubhouse.  The editorial team is also planning a number of follow-up articles and will be visiting us next year, with the plan of writing a major feature once the build has been completed.

It is extremely rare to achieve this level of support from a major publication like Yachting Monthly.  We should all feel very proud for this recognition.

Support the Door to Shore Campaign

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. To find out more visit www.sussexsailability.org/door-to-shore

Please view our short film on this link: https://vimeo.com/365297256/6c7aa76c65

Paralympian gold medallist throws support behind ‘Door to Shore’

British sailing’s golden girl, Helena Lucas MBE, has added her support to the Door to Shore charity campaign, which aims to build some of the best facilities in the UK for disabled sailors – right here at Sussex Yacht Club

The campaign aims to raise £538,000 which will enable us, in partnership with the charity Sussex Sailability, to create a fully accessible centre of sailing excellence for those with disabilities.

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.

New Year's Eve 2019

WE HAVE SOLD OUT OF DINNER DANCE TICKETS!        BUT....

There will be a limited number of dance tickets available at £15 each from 9.00pm to late.

We only have permission for a maximum of 200 people to be in the building and therefore it will be necessary to have a ticket if you wish to come in to celebrate in any way.  We will sadly have to turn people away who do not have a ticket if we exceed the magic number.

For those who wish to know the menu having booked ahead and secured one of the prized dinner/dance tickets:

£3111 raised from 'Up the Creek' Raft Race

The final figure raised from our first charity raft race was a brilliant £3111 profit.  Our grateful thanks to all our sponsors, donors of gifts and prizes and of course our resilient rafters who made the day such fun.

Next year's race will be on Sunday 23rd August and we will be looking for helpers, volunteers and of course sponsors and course entrants once again. 

More details will be issued in the New Year, but please note the date in your diaries!

 

SYC Cup 2019

Saturday 13 July

Get your crew together for three windward leward courses on Saturday 13 July, with first start at 10:00 and a barbecue at Southwick after the racing is done.

Entry is just £10 per boat and there will be racing under IRC and NHC.

To help you plan the day there will be no starts after 16:00 and the racing will occur within 5 miles of the harbour entrance. Prizes to 1st and 2nd with additional prizes at the discretion of the committee, so we can expect some random fun awards featuring at the post regatta BBQ.

Download the Notice of Race here ››

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.

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.

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.

Conservation work ahead of our big build

We have been carefully undertaking some essential saltmarsh conservation before work begins on our new clubhouse, and have transplanted a section of the plants by hand to an area safely away from any risk of damage during the construction process.