Yacht Racing and Rallying Events at SYC

rya charter logoSkitter SCV0941Racing and rallying is at the heart of our club, with pursuit, inshore, long inshore, offshore and regattas 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 in the race to join in the rally. 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.

Dieppe Rally and/or Summer Cruise

Friday 14th June to Sunday 16th June/Monday 17th June to Saturday 29th June 2019

Last year was our first Night race for some time and hopefully this year will build on it. The rally starts on Saturday with the boats racing arriving before lunch time on the Saturday. Dieppe is a pretty town with a variety of eating places and a great market on Saturday morning. If you don’t want to night sail, then choose your own start time and arrive when it suits you. If partners, friends etc. don’t want to sail at all then they can take the ferry from Newhaven and still join in.

This year sees the reintroduction of an official summer rally. It will immediately follow on from the Dieppe rally, one of the advantages being that we will be on the French side of the Channel. The plan is to make our way down to Cherbourg and then on to the Channel Islands before making our way back up to Deauville before crossing back to Shoreham. Everyone is welcome to join us for all or any stage of the cruise. We will post details of our progress on WhatsApp.

For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretary, Tim Worsfield by email at sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.

Eastbourne Rally

Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th August 2019

The race on Saturday from Shoreham to Eastbourne starts at 10:00. Alternatively, boats can make their own plans for the journey, in either we will make a group booking for moorings. The people at SHYC are very hospitable and normally lay on a BBQ. There are a number of restaurants on the marina but we hope to get as many as possible joining us at the club. Sunday, the race back starts at a respectable 13:00.

For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretary, Tim Worsfield by email at sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.

Nab Tower Race

Saturday 28th September 2019

This is the 5th and final race in the Offshore Series and heads out to the Nab Tower and then returns to Shoreham. The course gives Skippers some choice of routeing making it an extra interesting race. Futher details in the Keelboat Sailing Handbook.

Spring Inshore Series

Bandito DSC9073Sunday 24th March - Sunday 12th May 2019

A potentially 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 Keelboat Sailing Handbook available on the front page of the website for further details, race dates and times.

Solent Race and Rally

Folly Inn Solent Rally SCV0854Friday 3rd - Monday 6th May 2019

The rally starts with the popular Solent race finishing between the forts near Portsmouth, then heading to Gosport Marina for Friday night and a group meal. Saturday we will continue west to Lymington Haven marina.  Then on Sunday we head to the Folly Inn (Cowes) for the night, always a popular place to stay, where we will again arrange a group meal, finally returning to Shoreham on Monday.

For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretarys, Jenny & Tim Worsfield by email sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.

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.

Wednesday Evening Series

Wednesday 10th July - Wednesday 25th September 2019

An additional series of seven races with courses set on the day using the inshore marks off Shoreham, with each race taking around 1.5 hours. See the Keelboat Sailing Handbook available on the front page of the website for further details, race dates and times.

Ho's Pinta

Saturday 28th December 2019

A stand-alone fun race for the keelboats to blow away the post-Christmas blues and get you in the mood for the New Year's celebrations.

The race starts at 11:00 and the course will be set on the day by the Race Officer.

Summer Pursuit Series

Saturday 18th May - Saturday 27th July 2019

A series of seven fun races held on Saturdays. Sailing instructions can be found on the SYC Pursuiting WhatsApp group and 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 20th July race. See the Keelboat Sailing Handbook on the front page of the website for further details, race dates and times, or contact David Nunn who is the series organiser.

Spring Pursuit Series

Pursuit Racing P1010208Saturday 9th March - Saturday 27th April 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 27th April race. See the Sailing Handbook on the front page of the website for further details, race dates and times, or contact David Skinner or David Nunn who are the series organisers.

Tala Hinna Race

The Italian Job DSC9056Saturday 19th May 2019

The long inshore Tala Hinna race to Friars Bay via Brighton and return to Shoreham.

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.

Summer Inshore Series

Sunday 2nd June - Sunday 28th July 2019

The second 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.

Littlehampton Race & Rally

Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th September 2019

An enjoyable Littlehampton race on the Saturday with ferry across the river for dinner at Arun Yacht Club on Saturday night followed by the Crews race back to Shoreham on the Sunday. Skippers will be aware that Littlehampton has tidal restrictions and they will need to satisfy themselves of entry and exit arrangements.

For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretary, Tim Worsfield by email at sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.

  

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. There may be some new signing on arrangements introduced in 2019 for other Races and Rallies, watch out for developments.

Crew: If you are already on a yacht then nag your skipper to register your interest in an event.

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

  

St.Valery Rally & Race

Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th August 2019

Sail over at your leisure on the Friday followed by dinner with our most hospitable friends at Club Nautique Valeriquais on the Saturday evening. 2018 saw the introduction of the SYC vs CNV Challenge; a match race between the two clubs. We hope to organize another race at St Valery and will be inviting SYC skippers and crew to participate. Sunday is the Seaway Trophy race back to Shoreham. Most Skippers will already be aware that St Valery has tidal restrictions and they will need to satisfy themselves of entry and exit arrangements.

For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretary, Tim Worsfield by email at sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.

Pactolus Race and Rally

Pactolus Cup Race 1970Friday 12th - Monday 15th July 2019

The photo is of the Pactolus start in 1970... the race is becoming re-established and numbers are increasing, so maybe one day we will have that many boats on the water!

There will be a Pactolus dinner on Thursday 11th July at the Shoreham clubhouse with our friends from SRF. Friday morning is the SYC race to Fécamp, but with a special invitation to SRF boats to participate. We will be hosted by SRF with free moorings and on the Saturday evening there will be a dinner either at SRF or at the Casino. Last year we were able to join in the Bastille Day celebrations at SRF on the Saturday. This year Bastille Day is on the Sunday, we hope that we will be invited to join in once again making this an extra special event.

For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretary, Tim Worsfield by email at sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.

Christmas Cracker Series

Ocean Dream Devils Advocate DSC2494Sunday 24th November - Sunday 15th December 2019

This is a series of four ‘round the cans’ handicap races, using the current NHC handicap for the first race but amended for the next race(s). See the Keelboat Sailing Handbook for the rules. The last race will be followed by a prize-giving and meal at Shoreham.

Courses will be set on the day by the Race Officer.