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Linked with Sussex Yacht Club in Shoreham, we’ve created a place where anyone and everyone can go sailing – from the complete “never been on a boat before” beginner to the pro racer, and everything in between.


On Wednesday afternoons we sail at Sussex Yacht Club in Southwick. We have access to a number of boats, from toppers and picos, to bahias.

We have a number of voluntary Dinghy Instructors among us who run these sessions. This means our dinghy sessions are 100% beginner friendly - zero experience necessary. We provide the boats, the buoyancy aids, safety boat cover at all times, and the instruction. You bring yourself, a change of clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet, and a sense of adventure! Don’t be afraid to get wet, you might fall in, but that’s all part of the fun. SYC has hot showers and a changing room, so bring a towel and a change of clothes just in case. 

For the able sailors among you, Jack is an experienced Race Coach, and along with our our DIs, can help you develop your sailing skills.



Weekends are yacht sailing time. We head over to Southwick (near Shoreham), and crew on the yachts of Sussex Yacht Club members. The boats vary widely - in size for one thing, and also in their attitude to racing, and how well-crewed they are.

Some boats are very chill about racing, and just do it for fun so aren’t too driven by winning, and more by the taking part. They often have the time during a race to show you the ropes, and let you have a go at different roles on the boat.

Some of these boats are also well-crewed already, so won’t be relying on your input. Other boats are lacking in crew and require competent sailors to help them sail. Some boats turn up every week with the aim to win, and will push you hard to be a useful member of the crew. The most important thing to take from that is this: we will put you on a boat that matches your abilities, so you will be comfortable, learn lots, and have a great time. Students often form great relationships with skippers and crew, and find themselves a ‘usual’ boat. 

Life jackets will always be provided (use of life jackets is mandatory), and sometimes skippers have spare kit to lend out if you don’t have proper salopettes or sailing jackets. Otherwise, plenty of layers are recommended, shoes with a light coloured sole to avoid marking the white decks, and waterproofs. It’s always important to remember that it’s far colder out at sea than on land, even on a warm day, so always bring 2-3 layers extra.



SYC is an RYA training centre, so there are plenty of opportunities to gain qualifications. Over the past two years we’ve put members through courses such as VHF radio, Day Skipper Theory, Powerboat Level 2, and Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory. All of these have been at well-discounted prices. We do our best to offer as many training opportunities as possible, but they usually rely on a minimum number of interested students.



Apart from sailing, and knocking back drinks in the clubhouse afterwards, our club’s activities also include:

  • Excellent socials (because who does rowdy parties better than pirates, I mean, sailors?)

  • Attending sailing events (Cowes Week, The Royal Escape, Sussex Regatta, etc)

  • Weekend or summer trips (bareboat yacht charter in Greece)

  • Laid-back theory sessions.


Everyone is welcome to join our club, including staff and both Sussex and Brighton University students. You can have up to two taster sessions per sailing type before you buy a membership, and they can be purchased for £10 in advance of a session. Once you've bought a membership, you will need to fill in a copy of our membership form for us, and so we can pass your details on to our partner club(s) for your membership with them too. If you want to get involved but aren't a student at Sussex, join our Facebook group to see all our events. If you would like to buy a membership, you will need to add both your chosen yacht/dinghy/combined membership, AND an associate membership to your basket. 

If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! You can drop us an email at sailing@clubs.sussexstudent.com and we'll get back to you, or contact us via our Facebook group.


Meet your committee:

Hi I'm Zuza, I'm the President. My job includes supporting the other committee members and making sure we're operating in line with the SU and our own goals for the year, taking care of the day-to-day things such as sending lots of emails, dealing with things like social kit orders and Freshers' Fair, as well as looking out for new opportunities to help the club develop. 








I'm Ben and I'm the Yacht Captain. My role involves working with the Sussex Yacht Club and organising weekly yacht sailing sessions as well as providing yachting opportunities for our members, including our end of year summer trip.







Hi, I'm Eliott and I'm the Treasurer. I deal with day to day payments and look for possible funding and sponsorship opportunities that can allow our club and its members to develop!




Hey there, I’m Will the Social Sec, it’s my job to ensure that everyone in the club has the opportunities to get to know each other and that all members of the club are having a good time. If you have any questions or suggestions don’t be afraid to contact me.








Hi, I'm Jack. I run our dinghy sessions, working and liasing with NSSC together with Eleni. I also organise BUCS and other dighy sailing events for us to participate in.




  Hey! My name is Eleni and I am the Dinghy Secretary. Together with Jack we organise the Wednesday dinghy sailing sessions. My role is to organise the sessions and to make sure they run smoothly by ensuring that everyone has a good time in and out of the water!






All committee members are involved in raising and discussing club matters at our committee meetings. Minutes can be found here: CLICK HERE

Members are welcome to contact anyone in the committee with concerns or suggestions, and all committee members are reachable via our club email address: sailing@clubs.sussexstudent.com



Leaf Awards

What is the Leaf Scheme?
Leaf awards reflect contributions of the society or sports club towards its members, the University of Sussex Students’ Union, the University of Sussex, the local community and the public. Leaves can be attained at bronze, silver or gold levels by meeting three, six or nine criteria. Leaves apply for an academic year as a symbol of what the present committee have achieved.

Groups can work towards nine leaves:

CLICK HERE to see our current ranking in the Leaf Award Leader Board.


Below are the Leaves that have been achieved by previous committees:


Inclusivity Leaf

The Inclusivity Leaf is awarded to groups who have taken positive steps to increase the diversity of their membership and include as many members as possible. They have made specific efforts to include students that don’t traditionally engage, without ignoring or neglecting their current membership or other student groups.


Social Leaf

The Social leaf is awarded to groups who have taken active steps to include as many members as possible and regularly engage in various social activities, including those organised by - and with - other societies/sports clubs.


Development Leaf

The Development leaf is awarded to groups who have taken active steps to develop themselves, offer development opportunities to their members, build on the successes and failures of previous years and/or worked to maintain the high standards of previous years.

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USSC Welcome Meeting
21st September
Fulton, FUL - 104
Whether you're a "never been on a boat before" beginner or a pro-racer, whether you're into dinghies or yachts, whether you're here for sailing or for the socials, come along to our annual Welcome Meeting to get to know the club and the committee!
Society meeting
Beach BBQ
25th September
Brighton beach (meet at Brighton Pier)
Come and join University of Sussex Sailing Club on Brighton beach for FREE food and pop!
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Activities Officer - Becky Doran

Email: activities@sussexstudent.com
Office: Activities Centre, 1st floor, Falmer House

Sports Development Manager - Sarah Hall

Email: sarah.h@sussexstudent.com
Phone: 01273 877322
Office: Activities Centre, 1st floor, Falmer House

Sports Assistant - Kira Couzens

Email: kira.c@sussexstudent.com
Phone: 01273 873387
Office: Activities Centre, 1st floor, Falmer House

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