Coastwatch on Ch 65

Coastwatch Granted Dedicated VHF Marine Channel 65

The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) has been allocated a national licence by OFCOM for the use of VHF Channel 65. This dedicated channel has been granted to NCI with strong support from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Channel 65 facilitates communications between NCI lookouts and seafarers on a variety of routine matters. Stations are able to respond to requests from passing, as well as local sailing craft and fishing vessels for radio checks as well as actual weather and sea state conditions. They will also be able to provide on request information on a range of local facilities including, for example, local moorings, charted anchorages, water taxi contact details and local hazards.

Messing About in Boats

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SYC Member William Mills recounts a short but memorable voyage on the river from the club in his article, published on website. William has not named names to save blushes from one of our new boat owners. Read it the story here ››

Match Racing Pictures

Fri 18 July

On Friday 18 July teams gathered at the SYC Southwick Club House for the inaugural Match Racing Event. Competition was hot with the matched pair of Sonars being thrown all over the canal to raucous cheers from the pontoons and balcony. A great time was had by all and judging by the feedback we'll be holding more of these events.

In the meantime here are a few photos kindly sent in by member Dave Lee.

Shoreham Junior Team

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The Shoreham Junior Team is being started with a recruitment drive through June 2014 to give those youngsters that have done a couple of years of sailing the opportunity to improve and try racing and keelboat sailing as well as introducing teaching skills and the RYA instructor scheme.

This will be a feeder to the highly successful Shoreham Youth Team, which has been developing since 2008 and has proved extremly succesful with those that commit getting some fantastic opportunities to race and sail both at the club around the UK and abroad.

Read more about the Shoreham Junior Team ››

Club Merchandise

SYC-Embroidered-LogoNew clothing range

SYC branded polo shirts and fleeces are back by popular demand! We currently have two different styles of polo shirts along with two different types of fleece available in black with an embroidered SYC logo on the chest.

For just an extra pound you can also get your boat name embroidered below the logo.

Text Messaging

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To help keep members informed about club activities we are trialling a new SMS texting service notifiying club activities and events by text message. All members who have given us mobile phone numbers will start to receive text messages from us to advertise training courses and social events. We appreciate that not everybody likes receiving promotional messages so if you would like to opt out then please let Paula in the Office know by emaiing her on

2016 Icicle Open

Sailor Southall is King of the River!

Steve Southall retained the Langley Icicle Open Trophy raced on the river during October and December 2016 by winning the final two races held in very calm conditions. Photo is of Steve beating up towards the footbridge. Thanks to Sussex Yacht Club and John Redman’s team for another successful series enjoyed by a record 32 competitors.

Sussex Yacht Club are now preparing for winter Cooler series which begins 8 January. Held in Southwick Canal this demanding Open event continues to grow and attracts top local helms such as former national champion Tyler Harmsworth.

Big fleet, tiny wind

Autumn Series 2013

With seventeen yachts on the starting line on Sunday 15 September this was the largest fleet of the season to come under the starting orders of OOD Neil Prescott. It was just a shame that the forecast light airs turned into no airs towards the end of the shortened course.


Liz CowardSailability are an important part of Sussex Yacht Club so it was great to hear about the experiences of Liz Coward, a local freelance writer who visited SYC, and interviewed some Sailability sailors and volunteers at the end of last season.

Here is the blog that she wrote for us “A day in the life of Sussex Sailability”

John Bull Race

Sunday 1 Jan 2014

Brace yourself to ignore the crashing pain of New Years day after the SYC NYE celebrations and get afloat to compete for the John Bull trophy. You'll need a stiff upper lip to be ready for the 12:30 start on the river.

Download Notice of Race and Entry Form

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.

Joining SYC


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 ››


Farewell to Deana

Deanna P1040407Members will be sorry not to see the cheerful features of Deana around the bar these days. After 28 years service to the club she has retired to look after a member of the family.

Neil Fraser Betts writes: “Deana started work at SYC some 28 years ago. She has mainly worked Mondays and Tuesdays as well as club functions. When we first started the club quiz 20 years ago Deana would purchase the nibbles and plate them for us purely for the cost of the food only.

Milk Bottle Tops

milk-bottle-topsThere is a collection box in the office in aid of the Chestnut Tree House, details of which are available here: As you can see this is a very worthy charity which does some wonderful work with the children. Please bring your (washed) plastic milk bottle tops to the office to help this cause.