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.

St.Valery Rally and Seaway Trophy

Fri 26 - Sun 28 Aug 2016

The St.Valery Rally is one of the most popular cross channel events sailed from SYC. Boats should make their own passage plans to sail from Shoreham to St.Valery; most boats set sail on Friday morning, or in the evening to cruise overnight arrive early Saturday morning. Don't forget that St.Valery dries at low water and you should aim to arrive around 3 hours either side of high water.

There is a supper arranged for Saturday night by our wonderful hosts at Club Nautique Valeriquais; space is limited so you need to indicate how many of you wish to dine with us (and at just €20 per person we would hope everybody does!). 

'LA' Race & Rally

Sat 17 Sep - Sun 18 Sep 2016 *

* Note change in date from that published in the Sailing Handbook which have been altered to take advantage of more favourable tides.

The Littlehampton Race and Rally is usually a sell-out weekend away and we have every confidence that our hosts Arun Yacht Club will lay on a great supper on the Saturday evening along with the traditional ferry boats across the river - who is going to fall in this year we wonder? Anyone Ben the Bosun?

The race to Littlehampton on the Saturday will also be eligible as the SYC entry for Bart's Bash. Arun Yacht Club will be hosting us on the Saturday evening with an appetising three course menu (£15 per person payable to AYC on the night).

General Meeting

Notice of General Meeting To be held at Sussex Yacht Club, 85-89 Brighton Road, Shoreham, BN43 6RF On Saturday 3rd September 2016 starting at 10:00h

Notice is hereby given that a General Meeting of the Shareholders will be held in the Shoreham Clubhouse to consider the following special resolution proposed by The Board:

“It is proposed that the membership accept 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”.

Rampion Kaboom!

Rampion Logo 200pxNotice to Mariners 3 Aug 2016

A pair of 500 pound bombs thought to date from WWII discovered on the inshore export cable route (NTM 12), are due to cleared from the site. Ramora EOD experts are planning on clearing the 2 x UXO's utilising the dive vessel Yorkshire Lady.

Operations are due to commence on 08/08/16 and will last approximately a week weather dependant.

The Yorkshire Lady will transmit Securité on VHF CH 16 every hour whilst dive operations are taking place.

Additionally, a Securité will be Issued 30 minutes prior to each detonation.

Download the full NTM here

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 or by phoning (01273) 420730, or emailing

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.