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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 Laser Bahias.

We have a number of 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 those interested in dinghy racing, we train for & enter teams to compete in BUSA (British Universities Sailing Association) team racing events, hosted by other universities across the region!



Weekends are yacht sailing time. We head over to Southwick (near Shoreham), and crew on the yachts of Sussex Yacht Club skippers. 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, Safety Boat, 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.



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.



Hi! I'm Charlie and I'm the President & Dinghy Captain. My job includes supporting the other committee members in their work, taking care of the day-to-day things such as sending lots of emails, dealing with things like Freshers' Fair, as well as looking out for new opportunities to help the club develop. 




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










I'm Alana and I'm the Social Sec. It’s my job to ensure organise social events for the club, and ensure that everyone in the club has the opportunities to get to know each other and have a good time!






I'm Chloe and I'm the Welfare Officer. It's my job to make the club as inclusive as possible, ensuring that everyone has a chance to get involved and enjoy what we have to offer! I also work alongside Beatrice to complete goals on the USSU Leaf Scheme.






I'm Alastair 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!




Hi, I'm Ollie, and I'm the Dinghy Sec. I organise our weekly dinghy sessions, working and liasing with SYC and our instructor team.




I'm Thomas and I'm the Yacht Sec. I work with Jim and the Sailing Section at SYC to organise yachting at the weekends!









I'm Beatrice and I'm the Sustainability Officer. I work with the rest of the committee & members to promote & raise awareness of environmental issues, and coordinate our participation in the University Sailing Sustainability Challenge (The Green Blue). I also work alongside Chloe to complete goals on the USSU Leaf Scheme.








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



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