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.

Autumn Pursuit Series 2021

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Saturday 4 September - Saturday 23 October 2021

This series follows on from the very sucessful Summer series with 27 boats competing in at least one race. Sailing instructions will be posted on the SYC Pursuiting WhatsApp group before each day’s race, courses use the inshore marks off Shoreham, with each race taking around 2 hours. See the Sailing Handbook on the website for further details, race dates and times, or contact David Nunn (Escape) who is the series organiser who will answer any questions and add you to the SYC Pursuiting WhatsApp group.

Rallies Update

Updated 05 May 2021

Due to Covid and Brexit restrictions we are taking the three rallies to France out of the schedule.

These are; 

  • Dieppe - 11th June to 13th June
  • Pactolus - 9th July to 11th July
  • St Valery - 20th August to 22nd August

SYC Black Rock Race 2021

28 August 2021

The Black Rock Race, Long Inshore Series number 8, will be held on Saturday 28th August 2020 starting at 13:00. 

The Notice of Race, amendment v2 is available here>> 


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. Pursuiting, Racing and Rally activities now rely on specific WhatsApp groups, SYC Racing, SYC Pursuiting and SYC Rallies, if you are not already included please ask.

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 secretary@sussexyachtclub.org.uk


Nab Tower Offshore Race 2021

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Sunday 19 September 2021

This should be the 5th and final race in the Offshore Series, but because of Covid restrictions is the only one to have survived. It 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. Further details are in the the Keelboat Section Handbook but are repeated below.

Autumn Inshore Series 2021

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Sunday 5 September - Sunday 31 October 2021

A 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 Keelboat Sailing Handbook available on the front page of the website for further details, race dates and times.