Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club prides itself on its active all-year racing programme. The Yacht Club is one of the hosts for the Sussex IRC Championships; and hosts the Eastbourne Regatta and Beachy Head Races each summer. We have a great racing fleet who compete year round, and enjoy the benefits of a great bar for the post race social.
Members also travel to support other Regattas and Races; for example Royal Escape, Round the Island, Cowes Week, Ramsgate Week, and more recently the Tour des Ports de la Manche and JOG week
Current Series: Autumn Series 1 & 2 running alternating Sundays. 10.00am start.
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Club Racing Notice Board
Racing Buoys – update 21/05/2018
Bates Wharf is currently off station, awaiting the arrival of new ground tackle before it is ready for deployment.
Out Fall is currently off station. The race committee have been in contact with Southern Water and Trinity House regarding replacement of the buoy, but there is still no confirmed date for a replacement. Until then, race officers may choose to use a virtual mark using the GPS coordinates of Out Fall at their discretion.
Code Zero Sails – NHC legality clarification – 11/01/2018
1. Code zero sails are legal under the NHC rating system.
2. Boats using code zero sails may be requested by the race committee to provide the dimensions of the sail.
3. After consultation with the RYA, it has been clarified that a code zero sail may count towards your upwind sail area, depending on it’s dimensions.
4. For the purposes of club races, it has been decided by the race committee that we will use dimensions set out by the IRC rating system to determine whether the sail constitutes an upwind or downwind sail.
5. If a code zero sail is deemed to constitute an upwind sail then it must be declared as such if you wish to use it, and therefore its sail area will count towards your total upwind sail area, which is used to calculate your NHC base number. This will over rule any existing base number provided in the RYA list.
2018 race calendar – Summary
Below is brief summary of some of our club racing events for 2018, see the 2018 race calendar for more detail and a complete list of our races throughout the year
Racing in 2018 commences on Sunday 14th January with the first of 7 races in the frostbite series.
New for 2018 will be : – Short-handed series ( double or single handed boats) which will race alongside fully crewed yachts in both the Frostbite and Spring series; together with regular long distance races in the spring series, with 3 long races scheduled for every other race of the 6 race series. These longer races will feature long legs incorporating marks such as the Sovereign Tower and Hastings Outfall buoy. more suitable to short handed sailing and have a target length of 4 hours. The results from these 3 longer races will form a mini series in their own right, as well as being part of the spring series and the Racing Committee Trophy will be awarded to the yacht with the lowest cumulative score over the two Autumn series.
Wednesday evening racing will begin on May 9th and will continue until September 12th split into 3 series, affording potential for some hours of darkness racing.
Sunday racing will continue into the winter months with 2 autumn series on alternate weekends from September into late December.
Racing Buoys Update 20/02/2018:
Plumbase Buoy has re-appeared on station so can be used
Out-Fall buoy (ODM) – last seen drifting swiftly towards Pevensey Bay, is no longer on station until further notice.
Bates Wharf Buoy – currently off station due to recent storms, until further notice
Away Events – the big away events hosted by other clubs that our fleet are attending in 2018.
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Many of our yachts travel to attend large events hosted by other clubs. A big part of these events is the competitive racing they offer against a variety of boats. They’re also a great chance for us to enjoy social trips away and the obligatory boat parties.
Below are some of the big events our crews are attending this year.
Ramsgate Week is the Royal Temple Yacht Club annual regatta and is widely recognised as the friendly regatta and the alternative to Cowes Week.
A great week away organised by the Granville Yacht Club. A Tour of the Channel Ports, this event involves a day sail each day racing between the ports of Cherbourg, Dielette, Carteret, St Peter Port (Guernsey), St Helier (Jersey), and Granville. Each year visits the ports in a different order, taking in challenging navigation such as the Alderney Race, Cape de Barfleur and the strong tidal currents which surround the Channel Islands. Each night is great social event, with food and plenty of drink organised by the Race Organisers.
This is a very popular event, 1 lap around the Isle of Wight, which most of our racing fleet and many cruisers attend every year. Notably one of our yachts – Manic – came first in their class in 2016!
Friday 4th May 2018 – Supported by many of our racing and cruising boats. This is a great social event with events ashore in Dieppe and an SHYC race home on the Sunday
Friday 25th May 2018-Was supported by many of our racing and cruising boats again this year. This is another great social event with events ashore in Dieppe and an SHYC race home on the Sunday
This list is by no means exhaustive, some of our boats regularly attend regattas and events by RORC and JOG, as well double handed events and the Fastnet Race.
The racing section would like to say a BIG thank you to our generous Buoy and Series & Trophy Sponsors. Thank you:
Bates Wharf Southern