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.

IRC at SYC

Tuesday 8 Mar 2016

A series of FREE regional seminars have been organised to discuss:

  • Getting more people out racing
  • Race Planning
  • IRC / Local Handicap / NHC?
  • SER (Single Event Ratings for people who only race occasionally)
  • Misconceptions about IRC(Dispel inaccurate “Bar Talk” rumours)

…. And any other points of interest relevant to Cruiser / Racing

We would like to invite EVERYONE including both sailors who currently do or do not race under IRC plus those who currently race NHC or any other local handicap.

SYC Open Cooler

Sun 17 Jan - Sun 28 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, and the SYC Dinghy Sailing Instructions here.

Safety and support helms and crews wishing to volunteer, please contact Des Silverson using the.wickers@ntlworld.com

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

2016 AGM

(Report  for download updated 26 Jan 2016)

SUSSEX YACHT CLUB LTD

Notice is hereby given that the 90th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Shareholders will be held in the SHOREHAM CLUBHOUSE on Saturday 30 January 2016 at 10:00.

AGENDA

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.

Tidal Wall Scheme

There are two public exhibitions arranged about the Shoreham Adur Tidal Walls scheme concerning the reduction in flood risk for Shoreham-by-Sea and Lancing. All are welcome and members of the project team will be on hand to talk about the scheme and answer questions.

Tuesday 15 September: Shoreham Sailing Club 4pm to 8pm.

Wednesday 16 September: Adur Outdoor Activity Centre 4pm to 8pm.

If you cannot attend the exhibition you can download the documents via the Environment Agency’s website at www.gov.uk. If you would like more information please email the Environment Agency on: shorehamwestbank@ea.gov.uk 

Youth News & Photos

5-6 September 2015

West Sussex Schools Regatta 2015

The Sussex Yacht Club youth all had a busy weekend with our youngest sailors attending West Sussex Schools annual regatta at Felpham. A total of 92 boats entered with 88 on the water split into 3 fleets. This regatta was for many of them their first experience of racing in large fleets and outside the canal and we had representatives in the toppers and the laser radials.

The weather was kind for once this season and all our sailors were able to compete. We had some great moments on the water with Ella being our first topper home in the top 3rd of the fleet. The team had 2 protests lodged against them but these were dismissed by the protest committee. Henry did a fantastic port flier start arriving 3rd at the windward mark.

Barts Bash 2015

Sun 20 September

This year SYC will again be racing Barts Bash between the piers at Brighton as a combined event with BMYC and Brighton Sailing Club - a full explanation plus links to the NOR and SI's can be found below.

A lot of work has gone into trying to get this event bigger than last year and we have also included a cruisers race for those that do not wish to get mixed up with those nasty racing people but would still like to participate in the largest sailing event in the world. This year we would like to raise even more money and would ask that all skippers ensure that every member of their crew donates at least £5 and hopefully raises more in sponsorship. I look forward to seeing as many of you on the water as possible and as always should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Tim Cork
Sailing Captain