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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 £13.41 per month.

Here's how to join ››

 

Sailing Handbook 2017

The sailing handbook contains an overview of all the racing at Sussex Yacht Club and functions both as a guide and as Notice of Race for each of the individual events and series listed.

It also contains the general sailing instructions, guide to mandatory safety equipment and other usefull information for 2017.

You can download a copy as a PDF here ›› 

Sailing Through History

Southwick Clubhouse Update

You will all be aware of the progress on this project reported to you some months ago via Wavelength & our website. Perhaps you feel all has gone somewhat quiet with little progress. Not so!

As you have previously been informed, we were awarded Start Up Grant Aid of £13,000 to be used for very specific purposes as set out by the Lottery Funding Committee. This enabled us to source & contract Consultants. We were also put under the guidance of a Case Manager (Joseph Minden). So far all expenditure has been funded by our Start up Grant with the exception of a committed £360 of our money “which will not need to be spent” (reminded to word as such by our worthy Treasurer at a recent Board Meeting!). The balance of these monies may well have to be refunded but provided we act within the guidelines set in the 55 page of closely typed “Heritage Enterprise Grants from £100,000 to £5 million Application Guidance” our expenditure is not subject to such conditions. So where are we?

Wavelength

Letters to the Editor
Wavelength, the magazine of the Sussex Yacht Club, will appear more frequently. The new editor, Spencer Neal, says he plans to have the Spring issue ready very soon, adding “Thanks to its members, Sussex Yacht Club is incredibly vibrant and hosts a wide range of activities. Wavelength, should reflect this. I think people would like to hear more from other members and to be more in touch with the club’s goings-on, ashore and on the water.”
Spencer is asking members to write in with their news, views and suggestions. He says “good or bad, it’s important we hear what members think about Sussex Yacht Club.”
Letters should include contact details and be marked “For Publication”.
Letters can be sent:
By email: editor@sussexyacht.club 
By post: The Editor, Wavelength, Sussex Yacht Club, 85/89 Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 6RF

Commodore's Surgeries

Every Friday Morning.

The Commodore Steve Vyse has undertaken to attend the club every Friday morning in order to look after club business with the Secretary and to be available for any member to meet and discuss pretty much anything to do with SYC.

If you wish to book some time on a Friday with the Commodore, then please contact the Secretary, informing him of your topic and to agree a date and time.

Grand Prix

Sunday 26th March

FORMULA 1
AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
 
HIGHLIGHTS COVERAGE
14.00 – 16.40

Hot Roast Meat and Stuffing Baguette £5

Add a Bowl of Roasties for additional £1

(Bowl of Roasties sold separately £2.50)

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.

Spring Series

Bandito DSC9073Sunday 12th March - Sunday 7th May 2017

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 fixture list and Sailing Handbook for further details, race dates and times.

Club Steward

Meet Natalie, our new Club Steward

We are very pleased to report that Natalie Stansell has joined us as Club Steward and has already overseen the very enjoyable prize giving night.

It is no secret that the bar and restaurant has been heavily funded by the club during 2016 and Natalie has been tasked with maintaining or improving the quality of our hospitality whilst also effecting a financial turnaround.

You may have already noticed changes being made, with the Commodore supporting the quick implementation of new menu pricing to better reflect the costs of service. If you have any suggestions then Natalie will welcome your comments.

2017 Open Cooler

Sun 8 Jan - Sun 26 Feb

The Notice of Race for the very popular dinghy racing open SYC Cooler Series has been published and dinghy sailors from SYC and surrounding clubs are invited to come and enjoy guaranteed warm sunny conditions in the Southwick canal (other conditions may prevail). Based at the SYC Southwick Clubhouse this is a brilliant series with food available aprés racing from the galley.

You can download the SYC Cooler Open Notice of Race and Entry Form here

RaceQs App

The Race Committee is trialing a free tracking App RaceQs http://raceqs.com/ to help with racing management etc. This runs on any smart phone and records a boat’s track in a consistent way so that it can be used after the event. We would like to trial it from the start of the Spring Series so please consider downloading it. We have written a few notes to help you get started.

You can download a copy as a PDF here ›› 

Club Night

Friday 7th April

Club night at SYC is a monthly gathering when members are encouraged to come along to the main Shoreham club house, treating the occasion very much like a night out at a good pub with friends. Our Steward Natalie with Chef Alan present an excellent supper with service commencing at 19:30 sharp with diners served two courses for £15 (see below for the menu), and if you are not a great fan of something featured this month then don't despair as Chef is ready to come up with an alternative meal if requested (but please give a little notice). Club suppers must be booked in advance, making a card payment over the phone or paying at the bar on the night before dining.

Remember you don't have to have supper to enjoy a Club Night evening; this is an informal occasion when members can pop in or stay for the duration, catching up on chit chat at the bar taking a friendly flutter with the ever popular Club Night Raffle or just relaxing with friends in the lounge.

New or prospective members are also welcome; just let the office know so we can arrange for somebody to welcome you and make introductions.

Spring Pursuit Series

Pursuit Racing P1010208Saturday 11th March - Saturday 22nd April 2017

A series of six fun races held on Saturdays. Sailing instructions can be found on the Southwick notice board before each day’s race but courses use the inshore marks off Shoreham, with each race taking around 1.5 to 2 hours. See the fixture list and Sailing Handbook for further details, race dates and times, or contact David Skinner who is the series organiser.

Storage under boats

31 January 2017

As anyone using the club boatyard will know we have for several years been trying to reduce and remove storage from under boats during lay-up.

There is now a very high likelihood that we will need to move boats and re-organise the boat yard on a regular basis as Tarmount Hard progresses and work is planned and then started on the proposed flood defences.

For this reason and after much discussion the moorings and maintenance committee have agreed with the club Boatswains that all unauthorised storage under and around boats on lay-up must cease so that boat movements required can be undertaken without delay or unnecessary time being spent moving personal items.

In The Wind Newsletter

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The office sends out a regular email called 'In The Wind' each month highlighting news and what is going on. We currently have circa 700 members subscribed to our email list which is only around half the membership, so if you are reading this and wondering where your copy it then you need to subscribe. The online mailing list is separate from that managed by the office so if you are not seeing your copy of the newsletter look down the right hand column of the website home page for where you can subscribe.