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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 ››


Nominations for 2017

1-31 October 2016

The first of October marks the opening of nominations for Honorary Members, Flag Officers, Directors, President and Vice Presidents to serve during 2017. You can download the Nomination Form from here and it must be completed and received by the Office no later than 14:00 on Monday 31 October 2016.

General Meeting Result

Held Saturday 3 Sep 2016

As was explained at the meeting, the proceedings were recorded using two devices and the official minutes will be primarily compiled from these recordings backed up by written notes. Asst Sec Jenni is unfortunately still recovering from an injury, so her transcription of the minutes will take a little time before they can be checked and published. In the meantime we can say that the meeting was very well attended and resulted in an almost unanimous result. The original special resolution was amended during the meeting by a normal resolution approved by a unanimous show of hands, delivering the following amended special resolution wording:

‘It is proposed that the membership accept in principle the recommended option for flood defence works at the Sussex Yacht Club Shoreham-by-Sea site, including the disposal of club land directly adjacent to the A259 combined with the construction of a new club house and associated facilities subject to ratification at a later General Meeting.’

Of the 174 votes cast by voting members (including proxy votes) 172 were in favour with 2 against.

IRC Sussex Championships 2016 at Brighton

A triumph for Upstart

It was a low turnout from SYC for the IRC Sussex Championships held over the weekend of 18/19 June at Brighton but SYC's Robin Stevenson and his Upstart team won through.

For the full report from Club Member William Mills see

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.

SHYC Invitation

March 2016 Onwards

We have just had a lovely letter in from Dickie Bird who is the new Vice Commodore at Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club. In it he explains that SHYC, in association with Premier Marinas, would like to offer visiting yachts from SYC temporary membership, affording them full use of their facilities including restaurant and bar. To get the temporary membership simply ask for the Marina Welcome Pack from the Premier Marina reception on arrival, in which there will be an SHYC leaflet which can be presented at the club bar where the skipper and crew will be issued with a membership number.

Looks like Eastbourne will be featuring in a few cruises this summer!

Club Night

Fri 4 November

Club night at SYC is an informal 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. Chef Alan presents an excellent two course supper for just £12.50 which is served from 19:00 (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). You can book your dining with Jon our Club Steward on 01273 453717 or email

Race Charts

Updated October 2016

If you are a racing skipper at SYC you'll need these documents in PDF format, so click, download, print and take them afloat. 

The charts marked * were refreshed online in October 2016 with revised position for racing mark No.6.

Pactolus 2016 Report

Moonlight Saunters Home

David Skinner (pictured above) not only arranged the wonderful Pactolus Race and Rally this year but also managed to win it.

For a  report from Club Member William Mills on this long standing traditional event see

RER 2016 in Pictures

Each year Sussex Yacht Club celebrates the May Bank holiday with a cross channel yacht race to France to commemorate Charles II’s great escape after his disastrous defeat at the Battle of Worcester on 3rd September 1651.

This year the race was held on Friday 27 May and you can find a report and pictures from the start from Club Member William Mills on his website

Classic Sailor

Classic Sailor Magazine Cover

Subcription Offer

Oliver Houston, Editor of Classic Sailor magazine has contacted the club with the offer of a 25% discount on individual subscriptions delivered to their door at a total cost of £35.95 for 12 months. Sussex Yacht Club members can take advantage of this offer using the code CS16 at or by phoning (01273) 420730, or emailing

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.

Autumn Series

Sun 25 Sep - Sun 13 Nov 2016

A seven race series starting in what we hope to be our Indian Summer. Courses are set on the day using the inshore marks off Shoreham, with each race taking around 1.5 to 2 hours. See the fixture list or Sailing Handbook for further details, race dates and times.

Sailing Through History

Southwick Clubhouse Consultations and Questionnaire

Interested in Business and Community opportunities in Southwick?

‘Have your say’…

In 1926 the Sussex Yacht Club purchased the freehold of the Old Malthouse situated on the waterfront at Southwick. This property has had improvements but little structural change to either the exterior or interior to the present day. The property is the only Grade II Listed Building in the Southwick Conservation Zone and of significant historic value to the wider community and nation.

We now intend to develop the Southwick Clubhouse into a venue more fit for purpose for members, local businesses and the community. The listed building has many heritage features which must be preserved. By sympathetic re-building we endeavour to convert these historic premises into a modern training, events and conference centre, which will complement the proposed Southwick Waterfront development and local development plans.

Autumn Pursuit Series

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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 or Sailing Handbook for further details, race dates and times, or contact David Skinner who is the series organiser.

Metered Power at SYC

MeterMacs Electrical Metered Distribution System.

Please find below links to guides as PDF documents to help you register, top up, secure and use electricity at Shoreham and Southwick.

Brighton Depths

Shoreham Port Notice to Mariners

Notice No.11 - 2016

Mariners are advised that due to the current available depth within the ‘Visitors Berths’ of Brighton Marina visiting vessels with a draught exceeding 1.5m will sit in the silt on low tide. This Notice to Mariners will remain in force pending the imminent arrival of a dredger. For advice on visiting the marina contact “Brighton Marina” on VHF CH37/80 or by telephone (01273) 819919.