Group Identity for SYC

SYC Group Identity Number for VHF/DSC radios 023200100

More and more members are using DSC radios (those fitted with an emergency DISTRESS button) and realising the benefits of these. Fewer are aware that the Club has been allocated a Group MMSI number by OFCOM/Radiocommunications Agency which alerts all of the Club rescue boats when called.

Rampion Cardinal Marks

For those boats sailing near the Rampion Wind Farm the following Notice To Mariners may be very useful as it sets out the position of the Cardinal Marks very clearly. See details here.

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.

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  23rd October 2019

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.

Keelboat Sailing Feedback

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

Pursuiting at SYC

Race DSC2596In addition to the regular racing, David Nunn continues to organise 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 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. If you want to join in then speak to David Nunn (Escape) at Southwick on the day or email beforehand, he will also arrange a handicap number for your boat if you don't already have one.

Keelboat Sailing Handbook 2019

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, guide to mandatory keelboat safety equipment and other useful information for 2019. Revised 19/01/19 and may be revised again during the season but any changes will be emailed to all registered skippers.

Download the Keelboat Sailing Handbook v2 in PDF here ›› 

Race Chart

Updated October 2019

Please use this race chart for inshore and some long inshore races.

It includes our beach start lines, Lancing & Old Fort for all races not started with a committee boat.

See the Mark Status page for the latest news on mark locations and availability.

Download the Inshore Racing Marks chart>>

Keelboat Ratings & Handicaps 2019

Zonpuka SCV0710The current NHC and IRC numbers are shown below. If you need help applying for an IRC number then please speak to someone on the Race Committee, see the Sailing Handbook elsewhere on these pages.

Whilst boats can apply for a revised IRC number a yacht will not have her rating within the club changed midway through a series. It is therefore possible that a yacht may have two different ratings when different series are run concurrently.

NHC numbers are the Base numbers and may change after each race according to the particular rules. IRC numbers shown below are currently valid for the Spring 2019 series onwards.

Pursuit Base Handicaps 2019

Zonpuka SCV0710The base handicaps for 2019 Pursuit racing are shown below with an explanation of how they are derived. They may then be amended after each race according to the Pursuiting rules, boats will then continue with their revised handicaps and these will develop during the year depending on actual performance on the water.

Skippers do not need to do anything more than turn up on the day to be able to enter a Pursuit race (there is a small £3 a race fee that will be collected later). Just turn up, read the instructions on the Southwick notice board or if in doubt ask David Nunn (Escape) and he will make sure you have an easy introduction.

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!