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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 ››

Spring Series

Bandito DSC9073Sunday 24th March - Sunday 12th May 2019

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.

March Club Night

Friday 1st March

Club night at SYC is an informal monthly gathering when members are encouraged to come along to the main Shoreham club house, treating the occasion very much like a night out at a good pub with friends.

Our Steward Natalie with Chef Alan present an excellent supper with service commencing at 19:30 sharp with diners served two courses for £12.50.

Menu can be seen below...

Rule 37 Update

Changes to the rule governing the allocation of Southwick moorings

The land on which our Southwick west pontoon is built is leased from the port and this lease expires in 2019. In addition, the physical structure of the jetty is now at the end of its design life. Rebuilding this jetty in the same location is not an option as it’s location conflicts with the ports own development plans for the Lady Bee marina. Accordingly a new layout for our Southwick moorings has been designed. Various configurations are under consideration but none provide the same number of berths at Southwick that we currently enjoy.

Ladies Who Lunch

Wed 16 January

Another great idea in 2018 was for ladies informally lunching together on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, and as previously reported this function is going from strength to strength with continuing positive feedback.

Expect a single course meal with complimentary small glass of wine/soft drink at £7.50 per lady. Other courses are available to add to your meal if desired.

Come along to enjoy some female conversation and camaraderie! Don't be shy about bringing guests as all are welcome and there's no need to book. Please gather on Wednesday 16 January at 12:30 for lunch service at 13:00.

Can't make January? The ladies will also gather on 20 February and 20 March 2019.


Sailing Meeting

Sat 2 March

With the season nearly upon us it is time for the Sailing Meeting. Held upstairs at our main Shoreham-by-Sea Club House, Sailing Captain Adam Thompson and his team will introduce the sailing programe for 2019. The meeting opens at 12.00.

Learn about what's new this season and sign up for Race Officer duty on a date that suits you (otherwise duties are just allocated). The racing, pursuiting and rallying programe has been the subject of much debate and we hope you'll find lots for every skipper and crew to look forwards to.

Spring Pursuit Series

Pursuit Racing P1010208Saturday 9th March - Saturday 27th April 2019

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 27th 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.

Local Community Groups - Come and Use our Rooms for Free!

We are offering free community space

The Yacht Club is opening its doors to offer its clubhouse facilities to local community groups for free, since we are keen to help not-for-profit groups that are in need of a space to meet. 

Our clubhouse has a lift, a wheelchair accessible toilet and several parking bays for those with disabilities.   There are two spacious meeting rooms, Wi-Fi and the first floor room has a balcony with beautiful views across the harbour.

Terry Kinch, Commodore of Sussex Yacht Club said, “At quiet times, when the membership isn’t using our clubhouse, it seems a shame for the rooms to be left unused when other local groups would be grateful to have the space available to them.

“Over the years we’ve had many different local groups use our clubhouse, but it may be that the local community just isn’t aware that this resource is potentially available to them.

“If you would like to know more, then please do get in touch.”

For further information on free availability for community groups or to make enquiries about hiring a room for a meeting or celebration please telephone 01273 464868 during office opening hours (09.00 - 14.00 weekdays) or email


Sailability AGM 2019

Sussex Sailability LogoSaturday 23 February 2019

The Annual General Meeting of Sussex Sailability will take place at Sussex Yacht Club, Shoreham, on Saturday 23 February 2019, with the meeting commencing at 15:00 in the restaurant.

Anyone who wishes to be considered for election as a Sailability Trustee or as a Committee Member should contact the SYC Club Secretary by noon on Friday 25 January 2019.

In The Wind Newsletter

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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.

You can see a copy of the January 2019 newsletter online here

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.

Posh Pancake Night!

Shrove Tuesday - 5th March

£12.50 per head.  Please book to avoid disappointment.  Dine between 18.30 and 20.30.  Just book a table and time to suit you. A waitress will take your order of up to 2 filling options for the main course (two generously filled pancakes served with a side salad).  This will be taken on the night by your waitress.

Menu can be seen below...

Keelboat Sailing Handbook 2019

The Keelboat Sailing Handbook contains an overview of all the Keelboat racing at Sussex Yacht Club and functions both as a guide and as Notice of Race for each of the individual events and series.

It also contains the general keelboat sailing instructions, guide to mandatory keelboat safety equipment and other useful information for 2019. Revised 19/01/19 and may be revised again during the season but any changes will be emailed to all registered skippers.

Download the Keelboat Sailing Handbook v2 in PDF here ›› 

2019 Open Cooler

Sun 6th January to Sunday 24th February

The Notice of Race for the very popular dinghy racing open SYC Cooler Series has been published and dinghy sailors from SYC and surrounding clubs are invited to come and enjoy guaranteed warm sunny conditions in the Southwick canal (other conditions may prevail). Based at the SYC Southwick Clubhouse this is a brilliant series with food available aprés racing from the galley.

You can download the SYC Cooler Open Notice of Race and Entry Form here