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Proud to be one of the oldest sailing clubs in the country

With the main clubhouse, extensive boatyard with modern lift and moorings on the river adur, along with the original clubhouse and locked moorings within Shoreham Port, SYC is first and foremost a members club with unrivalled facilities. Yachts of all sizes call the club home, with both rallying and racing strongly supported, as is the dinghy section where particular attention is given to encouraging youth sailors. The club has a diving section and is home to Sussex Sailability, supporting handicapped sailors of all abilities. SYC also boasts a bar and steward famous for hospitality on both sides of the channel, along with a superb restaurant enjoying the best river views in Shoreham.


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 £14.16 per month.

Here's how to join ››

Deauville Rally

Fri 3 - Mon 6 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

A message from the Steward

Club functions have recently had a poor uptake, which resulted in the hard decision to postpone the Summer Party, upsetting those that already had the date in their diary

Club events require sufficient interest in order to be viable and having only a few members signing up in advance, clearly gives myself and the house committee a problem... we are here to entertain and please you rather than gamble with club funds!

In order to book a band, produce quality food at reasonable prices and generally put on a good event, I really do need you lovely members to try and book or express your interest well in advance. Only then are we able to commit to booking a band. Please remember: No bookings = No event!

Support your Yacht Club, book your places as early as you can and join in the fun!

Natalie Brett Stansell
Sussex Yacht Club Steward

Dolphin Sightings


The Brighton Dolphin Project launched by the World Cetacean Alliance aims to connect people to the incredible marine life off the local coast. Their new Discovery Centre, based on Brighton beach next to Brighton pier, is where they are collecting data regarding Brighton’s current and historical dolphin populations. They are very interested in photos and video footage of dolphin encounters caught by the public.

If you have any information/footage of encounters with dolphins that would be good for their Discovery Centre please visit their Facebook page and report any sightings or information. Other social media includes: Brighton Dolphin Project 
Instagram: brighton_dolphin_project
 and Twitter: BriDolpProject

Wake up to your wash

From the Harbour Master

It is with sadness that I must inform you that whilst on a vessel moored alongside a quay in the West Arm of Shoreham Harbour, a person sustained an injury, of the loss of part of a finger. One of the contributing factors of this incident was other vessel movements in excessive wake/wash. 

Project Kraken

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.

Open Day 2018

Sat 11 August

  • All welcome: Sussex Yacht Club are having an Open Day: 
  • 09.00 - 11.00 - A selection of Butties with a free cup of tea or coffee - £3
  • 11.30 - 15.30 - Burgers, Hot Dogs, Cones of Chips, Bowls of Chicken or Vegetable Curry with Jasmine Rice & Thai Crackers - all at very reasonable prices
  • Cream Teas: 14.00 - 16.00 £5

We also have a Boat Jumble from 09.00 - 17.00, the RNLI boat 10.00 - 14.00 (subject to operational duties), and Fishing Protection vessel 'Watchful' 10.00 - 14.00.

Free river trips on Buccaneer, subject to tides.

Bar open all day, and reduced membership fees for those who join on the day!

Good fun for all the family - come along and visit us!

Club House Redevelopment

Update 17 July 2018

Progress on the development is steady; regular workshops are taking place involving the key professional design team of Architect, M & E, Structural Engineering  with these meetings chaired by Derek Copeman who is representing the Club at these meetings along with Tim Leigh, Club Secretary. Derek, our current Club President, as a practicing commercial architect is best placed to help us at this stage; Tim is providing administrative support and feed back/co-ordination between design and the other committees/individuals and consultants involved at this time. Technical design to RIBA Stage 4 is about 50% complete and on track.

Ladies Who Lunch

3rd Wednesday of each month:

15 August, 19 September, 17 October, 21 November, 19 December 2018

Ladies, are you missing out?  This increasingly popular event has lots of opportunity to mix and natter!  Put these dates in your diary now!

A single course meal with complimentary small glass of wine/soft drink is offered for £7.50 per lady. Other courses are available to add to your meal if desired.

Natalie will be on hand to make introductions if necessary. No booking is required, so you can leave it to the last minute to decide.

Gather at 12.30 for a 13.00 luncheon.

Women Who Launch

NEW! Starting 21 June 19:00-21:00 for 5 weeks

We are pleased to announce that on Thursday evenings we will be running sailing sessions from Southwick for female members with an emphasis on having fun and to try something new.

Mark Status

The purpose of the table below is to report any issues with our racing marks. If you are aware that one is off station or missing then please inform the sailing section by email to the sailing section or contact the office.

The information on this page should be used by Race Officers when planning racing.  

Racing Mark Information at 30th April 2018

In The Wind Newsletter

In The Wind TileAre you getting it?

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.

Eastbourne Rally

Sat 28 - Sunday 29 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

August Club Night

Friday 3rd August

As always Club Night at SYC is an informal get together for all members and their guests to enjoy a chat, a drink or three from the bar and a flutter on the club raffle.

With regards to the optional dining, Steward Natalie and her team are offering a Mediterranean flavour to this month's menu:

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.

Harbour Assist

March 2018

The new marina management system being implemented by SYC is being quietly launched through March and if you need to log in then this is where you go...

Link to access Harbour Assist ››

There is also a link in the main menu underneath the 'Members' heading.