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.

Round Rampion Race

Sunday 3 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.

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. 

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.

Solent Race and Rally

Folly Inn Solent Rally SCV0854Friday 4th - Monday 7th May 2018

The rally starts with the popular Solent race finishing between the forts near Portsmouth, then heading to Gosport Marina for Friday night. They have a really nice restaurant on the marina and would be happy to accommodate us, see www.theboathousegosport.co.uk. They quoted £18 per head and a deposit would have to be paid in advance. Alternatively there is a pub (The Castle Tavern) a 5 minute walk from the marina.
Saturday we proceed to Lymington for the night on the Dan Bran pontoon, a really pretty town with good shops for those who wish to top up their provisions. Lymington Yacht Club have a restaurant which can be booked for those who wish to eat there. Then on Sunday we head to Cowes for the night, always as popular place to stay, finally returning to Shoreham on Monday.

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

Double Diamond Race

Double DiamondSaturday 19th August 2018

This is classified as a long inshore race with the name derived from the tradition of setting the course to loosely describe two diamonds. 

Autumn Series

Sunday 23rd September - Sunday 11th November 2018

The second main 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tala Hinna Race

The Italian Job DSC9056Saturday 19th May 2018

The long inshore Tala Hinna race to Friars Bay via Brighton and return to Shoreham.

Ferguson Race

Catch-22 DSC5053Sunday 21st July 2018

A traditional long inshore race with the course to be set by the Race Officer. There are separate classes for yachts and dinghies with a separate Notice of Race published. This is an open event. For SYC yachts this will be the fourth race in the Long Inshore series.

Christmas Cracker Series

Ocean Dream Devils Advocate DSC2494Sunday 25th November - Sunday 16th December 2018

This is a series of four ‘round the cans’ handicap races, using the current IRC rating for the first race but amended for the next race(s). See the Sailing Handbook for the rules.

Courses will be set on the day by the Race Officer.

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.

Dieppe Race & Rally

Overnight Fri 8 - Sun 10 June

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 through the office.

  

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

  

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.

Black Rock Race

Saturday 1st September 2018

One of the traditional SYC Open races that brings out fleets of both yachts and dinghies that race up and down the coast, passing Black Rock, Kemp Town. For SYC yachts this race is the sixth race of the Long Inshore series.

A separate Notice of Race will be published for this event.

Autumn Pursuit Series

Saturday 15th September - Saturday 27th October 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 13th October 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.

SYC Summer Cruise 2018

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Whilst the weekend rallies have continued as usual over the last couple of years, SYC has not enjoyed a Summer Cruise since 2015. A group of skippers got together earlier this year for the purpose of rectifying that situation and this is the result.