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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 £14.50 per month.

Here's how to join ››

SYC Cup 2019

Saturday 13 July

Get your crew together for three windward leward courses on Saturday 13 July, with first start at 10:00 and a barbecue at Southwick after the racing is done.

Entry is just £10 per boat and there will be racing under IRC and NHC.

To help you plan the day there will be no starts after 16:00 and the racing will occur within 5 miles of the harbour entrance. Prizes to 1st and 2nd with additional prizes at the discretion of the committee, so we can expect some random fun awards featuring at the post regatta BBQ.

Download the Notice of Race here ››

Richard Dobson Memorial Race

Sunday 21 July

A number of SYC members knew Richard Dobson (Sooper Trooper and RYA Race Officer) quite well. Arun Yacht Club are hosting a combined dinghy and cruiser Richard Dobson Memorial Race (separate starts but around the same, long dinghy and short cruiser course) on Sunday 21 July.  The race will start to 14.00 and will be followed by a Clubhouse BBQ. 

Conservation work ahead of our big build

We have been carefully undertaking some essential saltmarsh conservation before work begins on our new clubhouse, and have transplanted a section of the plants by hand to an area safely away from any risk of damage during the construction process.

Women on Water 2019

For eight weeks starting 16 May

We are pleased to announce that on Thursday evenings between 19:00 to 21:00 we will be running sailing sessions from Southwick for women with an emphasis on having fun and to try something new. The programme is available to all SYC lady members and non-members may also attend up to three sessions to get a taste of what the club has to offer.

New Menu 1st April


A new Menu is available from 1st April including some fabulous light snacks such as Salt and Pepper Squid, Duck Spring Rolls and Halloumi Sticks.

As well as the choices laid out below, make you you keep an eye out for our daily specials.

Take the family out on the water says David, 84

An inspirational eighty-four year old sailor is encouraging Sussex families to get out on the water together.

David Skinner has been an active member of Sussex Yacht Club since 1971 and was the club’s Commodore in 1994.  For the last 40 years he’s been sharing his passion for sailing with those who are new to the sport by taking them out on his own boat to show them the ropes.

Pactolus Race and Rally

Pactolus Cup Race 1970Friday 12th - Monday 15th July 2019

The photo is of the Pactolus start in 1970... the race is becoming re-established and numbers are increasing, so maybe one day we will have that many boats on the water!

There will be a Pactolus dinner on Thursday 11th July at the Shoreham clubhouse with our friends from SRF. Friday morning is the SYC race to Fécamp, but with a special invitation to SRF boats to participate. We will be hosted by SRF with free moorings and on the Saturday evening there will be a dinner either at SRF or at the Casino. Last year we were able to join in the Bastille Day celebrations at SRF on the Saturday. This year Bastille Day is on the Sunday, we hope that we will be invited to join in once again making this an extra special event.

For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretary, Tim Worsfield by email at

Pairs Dinghy Race

Friday 26 July

This is a new open dinghy event to be sailed in the river opposite the SYC club house with a BBQ afterwards, all for an entry fee of just £10. You don't even need you own boat to compete as both Laser and Topper dinghies can be hired for £10.


  • All entrants names put in a hat
  • OOD pulls out one entrant
  • That entrant then pulls out the team member
  • OOD pulls out next, etc, etc
  • Simple triangle course
  • Strategic applying of sailing rules allowed to benefit other team member
  • Results of both team members to count in the scoring

Download the Notice of Race and Application Form.

Summer Inshore Series

Sunday 2nd June - Sunday 28th July 2019

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

Contractor announced for our rebuild

We are pleased to announce that W Stirland, based in Chichester, has been engaged as the contractor to undertake the construction of our new £4.2 million clubhouse and facilities.

Work has begun on site and will be completed by June 2020.  Our existing clubhouse, which has been our home since 1950, will then be demolished to enable the building of planned flood defences by Adur and Worthing District Council.

Race Officer Duties 2019

In order for yachts to race at SYC we need skippers and crews to take their turn to carry out Race Officer Duties.

The dates for these duties are published below and are based on skippers' choices made at the Pre-Season Keelboat Sailing Meeting each year, with the remaining dates allocated to boats by the Keelboat Sailing Committee.

Keelboat Reporting for CASC

As discussed at the Keelboat Sailing meeting on Saturday 2nd March, we need to record the activity of both skippers and crew involved in keelboat sailing. This applies to all racing and rallies and will form part of the essential record for CASC for our section and will be used in the event of any HMRC inspection. The form is designed for a series but needs to be completed for every outing and returned after each series preferably by email to the sailing section or as hard copy through the office. Because of the importance of this requirement the Keelboat Sailing Committee will take a dim view of any persistent failures to complete and ultimately boats may not qualify for a result.

2019 Open Cooler

Sun 6 Jan to Sun 24 Feb

Although this popular open dinghy series is now over, here are the final results and there are a few pictures to be found in the gallery.

Southwick Parking Restrictions

From 1 July 2019

Shoreham Port Authority are to begin car park enforcement across all their roads, car parks and any other areas.

The enforcement is due to begin with effect from 1st July, and a private company have been contracted to enforce the parking restrictions. Fines will be £100 and any appeal will have to be made direct to the enforcing company.

Motorbikes are included in the restrictions.  If a bike has nowhere to display the permit, the registration number needs to be lodged with enforcement company.

With regard to the road in front of the clubhouse in Southwick, we have negotiated to have a delayed start date for enforcement from 31st July as the lead in period is too short. Parking permits may be issued to any valid user for a parking space.  Please note, however, these will be issued to a vehicle and not to a person.

Membership Card & Fob Usage in the Bar

1 August 2019

At the Board meeting in June it was decided that after a year of planning it is now time for the Bar and Restaurant to fully utilise the electronic till system in order that members receive the discounted prices to which you are entitled; this will come into effect Thursday 1August 2019.

You will need to have either a fob or new chipped membership card that can be scanned. If you do not have either a fob or new chipped membership card please contact the office who will be happy to help.  These cannot be sent out in the post and therefore require that you either collect it from the office or from behind the bar with prior arrangement.

Launch marks the start of our building work

On Monday 13 May we began work on our new clubhouse and amenities with a helping hand from the Leader of Adur District Council.

Our new HQ will mean that Shoreham will become the home of one of the UK’s best disabled sailing facilities, whilst enabling the building of flood defences to protect the town.

Summer Pursuit Series

Saturday 18th May - Saturday 27th July 2019

A series of seven fun races held on Saturdays. Sailing instructions can be found on the SYC Pursuiting WhatsApp group and 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 20th July race. See the Keelboat Sailing Handbook on the front page of the website for further details, race dates and times, or contact David Nunn who is the series organiser.

Group Identity for SYC

SYC Group Identity Number for VHF/DSC radios 023200100

More and more members are using DSC radios (those fitted with an emergency DISTRESS button) and realising the benefits of these. Fewer are aware that the Club has been allocated a Group MMSI number by OFCOM/Radiocommunications Agency which alerts all of the Club rescue boats when called.

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 7th July 2019