Yacht Racing and Rallying Events at SYC

rya charter logoSkitter SCV0941Racing and rallying is at the heart of our club, with pursuit, inshore, long inshore, offshore and regattas tailored to suit our varied SYC fleet. No matter what your level and preference of sailing we have a good mix of competitive and more relaxing racing. We encourage crews at all levels to have a go, and although we don't give prizes to all comers, accurate ratings and hard work can deliver results. 

With regards to cruising, SYC organises a varied programme of rallies along and across the channel. The rallies are usually combined with a race, but it is not necessary to participate in the race to join in the rally. Yachts can join in all or part of these rallies to suit your own timetable. Cruising in company is a great way to explore our coast; you can gain valuable experience and discover new friends.

Deauville Rally

Friday 3rd - Monday 6th August 2018

This is a repeat of last year’s visit to Deauville but without a race, boats can choose their own start time depending on their expected speed and the tidal constraints on arrival. Deauville and its neighbour Trouville are both great places to visit and informal arrangements will be made between the boats attending for eating out etc. Deauville has tidal restrictions and Skippers will need to satisfy themselves of entry and exit arrangements.

For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretary, Tim Worsfield by email sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.

Eastbourne Rally

Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th July 2018

Boats can choose their own arrival time at Sovereign Harbour, moorings are available by Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club and they have a restaurant meal on Saturdays which needs to be booked in advance. The Harbour itself has a few shops and restaurants which tend to get very busy on Saturday evenings.

For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretary, Tim Worsfield by email sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.

Pactolus 2018

Thursday 12th - Sunday 15th July 2018

You will all know that I am a traditionalist and one of the longest traditions in our Club's glorious 125 plus years is the Pactolus Race & Rally.

The first event was held back in 1965 when Hermione Lady Colwyn got together with her friends at SRF in Fecamp.The tradition was born. The French sailed to the Isle of Wight & then on to Shoreham. Here a Supper was held followed by a race together back to Fecamp with a further Dinner of Celebration. In those days Hermione presented each Skipper with a momento. I still have my paper knife in use. The weekend was named The Pactolus after her yacht which is still afloat down in the Solent.

Round Rampion Race

Sunday 3rd June 2018

This is the 3rd race in the Long Inshore Series, it heads out to the Rampion Wind Farm rounds it in an anti-clockwise direction then returning to Shoreham.

Littlehampton Race & Rally

Also Crews Race

Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th September 2018

An enjoyable Littlehampton race on the Saturday with ferry across the river for dinner at Arun Yacht Club on Saturday night followed by the Crews race back to Shoreham on the Sunday. Skippers will be aware that Littlehampton has tidal restrictions and they will need to satisfy themselves of entry and exit arrangements.

For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretary, Tim Worsfield by email sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.

Dieppe Overnight Race & Rally

Friday 8th - Sunday 10th June 2018

Last year was our first Night Race for some time and hopefully this year will build on it. The rally starts on Saturday with the boats racing arriving before lunch time on the Saturday. Dieppe is a pretty town with a variety of eating places and a great market on Saturday morning. If you don’t want to night sail, then choose your own start time and arrive when it suits you. If partners, friends etc. don’t want to sail at all then they can take the ferry from Newhaven and still join in.

For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretary, Tim Worsfield by email sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.

Nab Tower Race

Saturday 29th September 2018

This is the 4th and final race in the Offshore Series and heads out to the Nab Tower and then returns to Shoreham. The course gives Skippers some choice of routeing making it an extra interesting race. 

Summer Pursuit Series

Saturday 12th May - Saturday 18th August 2018

A series of seven fun races held on Saturdays. Sailing instructions can be found on the Southwick notice board before each day’s race, courses use the inshore marks off Shoreham, with each race taking around 1.5 to 2 hours. There will be a Pursuit Supper at Southwick after the 18th August race. See the Sailing Handbook on the front page of the website for further details, race dates and times, or contact David Skinner or David Nunn who are the series organisers.

  

How to join in

Skippers: For racing in any of the Inshore or Pursuit series races just turn up on the start line and join in. The Race Officer on the beach will note your presence and include you in the results. For the Long Inshore, Offshore and Rallies and other events you need to either enter or register your interest. The Regattas and the Royal Escape Race for example require the submission of an entry form. There may be some new signing on arrangements introduced in 2018 for other Races and Rallies, watch out for developments.

Crew: If you are already on a yacht then nag your skipper to register your interest in an event.

Questions?: If you need some extra information on an event or have a suggestion to make, then you can email the sailing section using the address sailing-section@sussexyacht.club

  

Spring Series

Bandito DSC9073Sunday 11th March - Sunday 29th April 2018

A potentially chilly yet hotly contested series of seven races with courses set on the day using the inshore marks off Shoreham, with each race taking around 1.5 to 2 hours. See the Sailing Handbook available on the front page of the website for further details, race dates and times.

Spring Pursuit Series

Pursuit Racing P1010208Saturday 10th March - Saturday 28th April 2018

A series of seven fun races held on Saturdays. Sailing instructions can be found on the Southwick notice board before each day’s race, courses use the inshore marks off Shoreham, with each race taking around 1.5 to 2 hours. There will be a Pursuit Supper at Southwick after the 21st April race. See the Sailing Handbook on the front page of the website for further details, race dates and times, or contact David Skinner or David Nunn who are the series organisers.

St.Valery Rally & Race

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August 2018

Sail over at your leisure on the Friday followed by dinner with our most hospitable friends at Club Nautique Valeriquais on the Saturday evening. Sunday is the Seaway Trophy race back to Shoreham. Most Skippers will already be aware that St Valery has tidal restrictions and they will need to satisfy themselves of entry and exit arrangements.

For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretary, Ann Macey by email sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.