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.

  

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 sailing-section@sussexyacht.club

  

Spring Inshore Series

Bandito DSC9073Sunday 15 March - Sunday 26 April 2020

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.

Dieppe Offshore Race/Rally? and Summer Cruise

Folly Inn Solent Rally SCV0854Friday 12 - Sunday 14 June and Summer Cruise 14 June - Sunday 28 June 2020

We have included Dieppe in the schedule but you will see that we have a question mark against it. The reason is that the summer cruise follows on immediately from this weekend; the plan is to go to Holland and a number of people have expressed a desire to go there. Before we make a commitment to go to Dieppe, we would like to check weather conditions. If they are favourable, we will include Dieppe and continue east afterwards. If they not we may choose to sail up towards Dover so that we can make it to Holland in less time. As the race is in the schedule everyone has the right to do the race and stay in Dieppe if they choose to do so. Even if Jenny and I choose not to go to Dieppe we will be happy to help with any arrangements.

For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretarys, Jenny & Tim Worsfield on the SYC Rallies WhatsApp group or by email sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.

St.Valéry Rally and Offshore Race

Friday 28 - Monday 31 August 2020

Sail over at your leisure on the Friday followed by dinner with our most hospitable friends at Club Nautique Valeriquais on the Saturday evening. We need to win back the SYC CNV trophy, so I am making an appeal to all of our young, fit and able sailors to forget Cowes Week, the Fastnet etc and come to Saint Valéry to compete in a much more important event and help us win back the trophy. Sunday is the Seaway Trophy race back to Shoreham. Most Skippers will already be aware that Saint Valéry-en-Caux 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 Secretarys, Jenny & Tim Worsfield on the SYC Rallies WhatsApp group or by email sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.

Summer Pursuit Series

Pursuit Racing P1010208Saturday 16th May - Saturday 1st August 2020

A series of seven races held on Saturdays. 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. There will be a Pursuit Supper at Southwick after the 25th July race. See the Sailing Handbook on the front page of 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.

Nab Tower Offshore Race

Saturday 13th September 2020

This is the 5th 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. Futher details in the Keelboat Sailing Handbook.

Shake Down Club Race

Sunday 8 March 2020

A chance to get your boat ready for the Spring series. The start and course will be set by the Race Officer on the day, see the Sailing Handbook for further details.

Solent Long Inshore Race and Rally

Folly Inn Solent Rally SCV0854Friday 8 - Monday 11 May 2020

The Solent rally will be similar to previous years in terms of destinations. We will race down to the Solent and finish between the two forts. We will go into Gosport or Portsmouth for the first night and will arrange a group meal on Friday evening. On Saturday 9th we will sail west to the other end of the Solent to Yarmouth and, again we will organise a group meal. We will sail back to Shepards for the Sunday evening leaving us a reasonable trip home on the Monday.

For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretarys, Jenny & Tim Worsfield on the SYC Rallies WhatsApp group or by email sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.

Pactolus Offshore Race and Rally

Pactolus Cup Race 1970Friday 10 - Sunday 12 July 2020

The photo is of the Pactolus start in 1970... the race has been 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 9th July at the Shoreham clubhouse with our friends from SRF, followed by the Pactolus race to Fécamp on the Friday. Unlike the previous two years the Pactolus rally does not encompass Bastille Day in 2020 because it is on a Tuesday. However, it would be great to see as many people as possible at SYC when SRF come to us on the Thursday prior to the race over and I’m sure it will still be a great weekend. If anyone wants to make it a very long weekend and stay in Fécamp to enjoy Bastille Day please let me know.

For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretarys, Jenny & Tim Worsfield on the SYC Rallies WhatsApp group or by email sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.

Littlehampton Race & Rally

Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 September 2020

An enjoyable race to Littlehampton 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 Secretarys, Jenny & Tim Worsfield on the SYC Rallies WhatsApp group or by email sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.

Autumn Inshore Series

Bandito DSC9073Sunday 6th September - Sunday 1st November 2020

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.

Tala Hinna Long Inshore Race

Saturday 13th June 2020

The next Long Inshore race is the Tala Hinna race to Friars Bay via Brighton and return to Shoreham, see the Sailing Handbook for more details.

Spring Pursuit Series

Pursuit Racing P1010208Saturday 14 March - Saturday 25 April 2020

A series of seven races held on Saturdays. 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. There will be a Pursuit Supper at Southwick after the 25th April race. See the Sailing Handbook on the front page of 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.

Royal Escape Race and Rally

Folly Inn Solent Rally SCV0854Friday 22 - Monday 25 May 2020

This will be the 43rd edition of the Royal Escape Race to Fécamp. All prospective entrants need to register for the race on the Royal Escape Race website at www.royalescaperace.co.uk. The always popular rally is an informal event leading on from the race itself and usually includes, a cheese & wine do, prize giving hopefully at the Casino and a disco at the Club.

Eastbourne Long Inshore Races and Rally

Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 August 2020

The race on Saturday from Shoreham to Eastbourne starts at 10:00. Alternatively, boats can make their own plans for the journey, in either we will make a group booking for moorings. The people at SHYC are very hospitable and normally lay on a BBQ. There are a number of restaurants on the marina but we hope to get as many as possible joining us at the club. Sunday, the race back starts at a respectable 13:00.

The long inshore race on Saturday from Shoreham to Eastbourne starts at 10.00. Alternatively, boats can make their own plans for the journey, either way we will make a group booking for moorings. The people at SHYC are very hospitable and normally lay on a meal for us. There are a number of restaurants on the marina but we hope to get as many as possible joining us at the club. There is another long inshore race back to Shoreham starting on Sunday morning. Hopefully the weather will be kinder to us than it has been the last couple of years and we will get to Eastbourne in 2020! This is a great rally for everyone, including people who would not normally do a channel crossing. Also, it includes 2 long inshore races.

For further details and to register your interest, please contact our Rally Secretarys, Jenny & Tim Worsfield on the SYC Rallies WhatsApp group or by email sailing-section@sussexyacht.club.

Autumn Pursuit Series

Pursuit Racing P1010208Saturday 5th September - Saturday 24th October 2020

A series of seven races held on Saturdays. 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 front page of 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. Please note that Pursuit Suppers continue to be suspended during the current Covid-19 situation.

Summer Inshore Series

Bandito DSC9073Sunday 17th May - Sunday 2nd August 2020

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.