A Tour of Discovery Yachts - Southampton

March 2018

Discovery Yachts (manufacturers of the Discovery and new Southerly ranges of yachts) have extended a limited invitation to SYC members to have a guided tour of their premises and manufacturing facilities in Southampton.

Notice of General Meeting

To be held at Sussex Yacht Club, 85-89 Brighton Road, Shoreham, BN43 6RF

On Saturday 4 November 2017 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:

The Board of Directors of Sussex Yacht Club Ltd resolve to sell a strip of land along its frontage with the A259 Brighton Road, not to exceed 3.5m in width overall, to allow the local authority to erect a flood defence wall and new pavement with maintained access to the existing Sussex Yacht Club site. The sale price of the land will be £3.3 million pounds”

CA Lobster Pots Campaign

The petition "to improve the way static fishing gear is marked for the safety of all small craft at sea" is now back live. The original attempt was frustrated by the process of government as a result of the general election. Please consider supporting this valuable safety initiative, you can sign up directly through the news letter here.

Summer Sunday Menu

July and August Sundays

We have had a few requests for a Sunday Lunch menu more in keeping with the glorious hot weather, so always willing to please, Steward Natalie has come up with the following suggestion for Sunday lunch at SYC during July and August.

Border Patrol

People living or working on and around the UK's coastline and waterways are being asked to report suspicious or unusual activity as part of a multi-agency law enforcement campaign.

Project Kraken - a joint initiative now being delivered by the NCA, Border Force and police forces including Sussex Police - aims to increase public reporting and strengthen the general maritime industry's response to the threats.

Tony Boysons

Friday 13 January 2017

It with deep sadness that we announce that Tony Boysons, the Sussex Yacht Club Admiral, peacefully passed away on 13 January 2017.

The funeral is at 12:20 on Friday 17 February at Worthing Crematorium, and after at the SYC restaurant.

The family have informed us that Sussex Sailability is the chosen charity for donations and these can be made online here.

Frank Kay has kindly authored an obituary which can be read here.

Storage under boats

31 January 2017

As anyone using the club boatyard will know we have for several years been trying to reduce and remove storage from under boats during lay-up.

There is now a very high likelihood that we will need to move boats and re-organise the boat yard on a regular basis as Tarmount Hard progresses and work is planned and then started on the proposed flood defences.

For this reason and after much discussion the moorings and maintenance committee have agreed with the club Boatswains that all unauthorised storage under and around boats on lay-up must cease so that boat movements required can be undertaken without delay or unnecessary time being spent moving personal items.

Club Steward

Meet Natalie, our new Club Steward

We are very pleased to report that Natalie Stansell has joined us as Club Steward and has already overseen the very enjoyable prize giving night.

It is no secret that the bar and restaurant has been heavily funded by the club during 2016 and Natalie has been tasked with maintaining or improving the quality of our hospitality whilst also effecting a financial turnaround.

You may have already noticed changes being made, with the Commodore supporting the quick implementation of new menu pricing to better reflect the costs of service. If you have any suggestions then Natalie will welcome your comments.

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.

General Meeting Result

Held Saturday 4th November 2017

The resolution put to memebers at the General Meeting was;

“The Board of Directors of Sussex Yacht Club Ltd resolve to sell a strip of land along its frontage with the A259 Brighton Road, not to exceed 3.5m in width overall, to allow the local authority to erect a flood defence wall and new pavement with maintained access to the existing Sussex Yacht Club site. The sale price of the land will be £3.3 million pounds”

The resolution was passed with 165 votes in favour (including proxy votes) and 1 vote against

Some ways of Escape

October 2014

Here's a new video from the Monarchs Way Association covering the Royal Escape Race and how David Skinner and Moonlight Saunter helped deliver Trevor Anthill to Fécamp. Made by John Crix who sailed with Moonlight, it's well worth watching. 

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.

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.