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.
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.
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 30th April 2018
Sun 18 Feb 2018 (09:00 - 17:00)
Race Awareness and Race Skills Beginners Course
Course content and objectives:
This course is aimed at the complete novice who would like to try sailing for the first time before signing up to do Competent Crew or something similar.
The course is run by friendly instructors who understand you may be apprehensive. The emphasis is on fun and enjoyment and we are sure you will not want to leave at the end of the course.
The morning of the course will be shore based, your instructors will cover all aspects of a day’s sailing including, safety, preparing the yacht and leaving the mooring, getting ready for the race, sailing theory, race procedures and race tactics.
In the afternoon you will get the chance to put the theory into practice. You will gain experience of mooring, rigging a yacht, sail handling and a fun practice race.
By the end of the course you should feel confident about getting out on a yacht, hopefully you will find you're a natural and be hooked for life!
To book your place on the course, please email sailing section at firstname.lastname@example.org
Competitors 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.
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 email@example.com.
In addition to the regular racing, David Skinner 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 Skinner (Moonlight Saunter) or David Nunn (Escape) at Southwick on the day or email firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand, they will also arrange a handicap number for your boat if you don't already have one.
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 2018. This may be revised during the season but any changes will be emailed to all registered skippers. Version 3 issued 05/03/18.
Saturday 3 March
The 2018 Keelboat Sailing meeting was held in the Royal Escape Room and was well attended. Notes of the meeting are available here >>
Updated January 2018
If you are a racing skipper at SYC you'll need this document, so click, download, print and take it afloat. The chart is based on the position of the Marks on 22nd February 2017. See the Mark Status section on this page for current details.
The 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 number 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 2018 series onwards.
The base handicaps for 2018 Pursuit racing are shown below. These are converted from RYA NHC base numbers and will be used for a boat's first Pursuit race of the year. 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 fill in any forms or pay any up front money to enter a Pursuit race (there is a small £3 a race fee that will be collected later). Just turn up and ask David Skinner (Moonlight Saunter) or David Nunn (Escape) and they will make sure you have an easy introduction.
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!