Ferguson Race 2016

SYC Number6Sun 17 Jul 2016

Dinghies can download the NOR and entry form here for this very popular open dinghy event sailed with the cruiser section at sea. Plenty of safety boats will be in attendance and we are planning a 10:00 start for the dinghies and 10.15 cruisers.

Please note that the committee boat will be to the West of the Harbour Arm.

As usual the race officer would ask that the cruisers should remain vigilant when sailing with the dinghies, especially around the starting area.

The course in the NOR is erroeous to the following is the course as confirmed by John Pryke.

Pirate Party

Tue 19 July 2016

Pirate Party for family and cadets. Expect fun and games, fancy dress, walk the plank and party food. Young pirates should make their way to the Southwick Club House for 18:00 with shenanigans occurring until 20:00. There is no chgarge for this event, although pirates must be 8 years of age or over. No need to book, just turn up! AAARRGGGHH!!!

Pactolus 2016

Thu 28 - Sun 31 July 2016


The Pactolas Race & Rally started way back in the early 1970's. The idea was for a fleet from Société des Régates de Fécamp to rally to the UK ending up as guests of Sussex Yacht Club to enjoy a supper on the Thursday evening. Come Friday the French joined us to race back to Fécamp where Entente Cordiale was cemented over another supper, prizegiving and hilarious "speeches".

The name and idea came from an SYC Member, Hermione Lady Colwyn, who visited the Normandy coast frequently on her yacht 'Pactolas'.She was quite a character and fluent in "upper class" French which had the locals in stiches. All competitors received a momento from Hermione and I still have, and use, my SYC letter opener from her.

Summer Party

Saturday 9 July

Although due to low entry numbers the regatta has been cancelled, the Saturday night party will be going ahead. You can expect a night of frivolity, salty dog tales, music and dancing with a sumptuous BBQ.

Sonar Match Racing

Friday 3 June 2016

Back by popular demand the SYC Sonar Match Racing evening returns. This event is open to teams of 3<5 and is run on a knockout basis in the canal at Southwick over 1 evening. A BBQ will be available on the pontoon and John and his team will be manning the bar.

Entry fees are £5 per person with all monies going to support the youth and sailability activities. This is a great spectators sport so please bring your supporters. Prizes to be awarded on the night.

Download Notice of Race ››

Download Application Form ››

Yard & Shed Tidying

Sunday 10 May 2016

Vice Commodore Terry Kinch wishes to remind those members with dinghies and equipment stored at Shoreham to make sure they have paid-up tally markers on their kit, as unclaimed/unmarked items are currently in a ‘sin bin’ area. Anything in this area, including spars, dinghies, trailer and trolleys etc., that is not claimed before 10 May 2016 is likely to be disposed of.

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 www.classicsailor.com/shop/ or by phoning (01273) 420730, or emailing admin@classicsailor.com

Photo Competition

Closing Friday 22 April

We are in the process of rejeuvenating the club and amongst our needs are some new images to be displayed in the restaurant and elsewhere; this competition will hopefully deliver us some amazing new shots that will look the part around the club house when blown up and framed. The subject is 'SYC in action' which is open to individual interpretation, but entries must have SYC at their heart and be of a club activity.

PG Lock Now Open

Shoreham Port Notice to Mariners

Notice No.07 - 2016

Notice is hereby given on 29 April 2016 that the Prince George Lock is now operational. Hoorah!

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.

IRC Sussex Championships

Sat 18 - Sun 19 Jun

Formerly known as “The Sussex Regatta”, 2016 will see the relaunch of this long standing racing event as the IRC Sussex Championships, though there will also be classes racing under NHC. The Sussex Regatta was started as a way to improve the standard of yacht racing in and around Sussex by promoting better competition. The event has been run by numerous yacht clubs in central Sussex including the Sussex Yacht Club, Brighton Marina Yacht Club, and Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club. The hosting club rotates between these clubs and it is Brighton Marina Yacht Club’s honour to host the first ever IRC Sussex Championship in 2016. It is hoped that a sizeable contingent of SYC boats will take up the challenge and sail to Brighton for the weekend of 18-19 June for what promises to be an amazing event with competitive racing and shore side frivolities.

More information, documents and online entries can be found at www.ircsussexchamps.org

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!

Sailing Meeting

Sat 5 March

With the season nearly upon us it is time for the Sailing Meeting. Held upstairs at our main Shoreham-by-Sea Club House, Sailing Captain Tim Cork and his team will introduce the sailing programe for 2016. The meeting opens at 15:00.

Learn about what's new this season and sign up for Race Officer duty on a date that suits you (otherwise duties are just allocated). The racing, pursuiting and rallying programe has been the subject of much debate and we hope you'll find lots for every skipper and crew to look forwards to.

Ramprasad Loss Report

It is with sadness that we publish here a report from SYC member Sam Coles detailing the loss of his yacht Ramprasad on a reef off Madagascar, though that is tempered by the news that both Sam and crew Dao are well. Ramprasad is a 37'6" ferrocement Hartley Golden Cowrie ocean cruising yacht. She was bought by Sam Coles as a incomplete project in 1985, and launched 11 years later for the first time on 1st August 1996 at Sussex Yacht Club after quite a lot of work. The picture is of Sam and Ramprasad in Falmouth on Saturday 16 June 2001 on completion of her 4th Atlantic crossing.

Loss of "Ramprasad" 27th Sept 2015 - Banc Ampamonty, Northern Madagascar

On 27th Sept 2015 my 37'6" ferrocement yacht grounded on a reef in Northern Madagascar, got badly holed rather quickly (within a couple of minutes), was taking in water at an uncontrollable rate (like from a 6" diameter hole about 3ft under the waterline midships starboard side) and filled within half an hour or so.