Royal-Escape-Logo-2014-155pxWelcome to the 38th Royal Escape Race

The greatest yacht race in Sussex will start on Friday 22 May 2015

The Royal Escape is the largest offshore race on the South Coast outside of the Solent and is held annually with a mixed fleet of monohull yachts starting just off Brighton's Palace Pier, trimming sails out across the channel to Fécamp on the Normandy coast.

It's a distance of 67 nautical miles and we pride ourselves on welcoming everybody from the fastest carbon-rich teams right through to classic yachts and those wanting to adventure across the channel, perhaps for the first time, in supportive company.

Suprise  P1020302The race celebrates the escape across the channel of Charles II in 1651 aboard the coaster 'Suprise', and being a man who held a party in high regard, we think he'd enjoy the spirit of camaraderie and laughter enjoyed by all on this historic event.

The Royal Escape Race is organised by the Sussex Yacht Club from which a team of volunteers contribute energy, ideas and time to deliver you the best possible cross-channel event.

2014 Photos

084RXWarwick Baker managed to launch hs RIB from Shoreham in challenging conditions to photograph the Royal Escape Race start. Unable to procede at anything other than a seamanlike cautious pace he was too late on scene to capture the all the SCCH fleet, however he did get in amongst the IRC yachts and has published some stunning images, which are available through his website at

Sailing Instructions

RER 2014 Sailing InstructionsNEW!

An updated version of the Sailing Instructions for the 2014 Royal Escape Race has been published online and are available from the link below. The current correct version is V3 dated 19 May.

A change has been made to the course in section 16 allowing the Easterly turning mark to change from using BMYC 1 to an inflatable mark. Also a bearing from the Committee Boat to either the East or West turning mark will be broadcast on VHF. 

Everything boats need to know is in these SI's which should be studied and understood by all participating boats. We would strongly encourage boats to also attend the race briefing at Sussex Yacht Club on Thursday 22 May from 19:00 (BST).

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Living History

monarchs way logoTrevor Antill designed the Monarchs Way, a 615 mile walking route that follows the hurried path of King Charles II as he fled from the Royalist defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651, arriving weeks later in Shoreham from where he was smuggled across the channel to Fécamp, a voyage celebrated by the Royal Escape Race. Trevor sadly passed away in 2010, but the 'Monarchs Way Association' continues his work to try and get his route declared as a National Trail.

As a tribute to Trevor the association has been walking the trail in relays during 2014, carrying Trevor's sturdy walking boots, a huge effort that reached Shoreham on 17 May, and we are thrilled to say that the boots are going to carry on heading south, sailing with us to Fécamp aboard Moonlight Saunter.

Prevot Prize

The Royal Escape Race has many long standing friends in Fécamp, including Danny and Alain Prevot who run a local gift and cycle hire shop called Les Rosalies Boutique at 42 rue de Casino close to the seafront behind the beach. Danny and Alain will be joining us at the Champagne Prize Reception when we will be honoured to present a €60 prize gift voucher from their shop to one of the competing family boats with children on the crew.

French Pleasures

Ancasta-Logo-200A gourmet tasting event presented by Max of Cave Berigny and for the first time sponsored by Ancasta Brighton. Free to race competitors, the tasting features wine, cheese, chocolate and other local produce. You can revel in a taste of Normandy and the experts will be happy to guide your taste buds. We’ve made a guess and allowed for 200 people to experience the tasting and if you decide you want to take some goodies home then Max is happy to deliver wine to your boat. 


Zena came out to Fécamp as part of the organising team and had a great time until she realised her jacket was missing towards the end of the Saturday night party. If any of the competitors woke up on Sunday morning to find they had accidentally picked up her jacket she would very much like to have it back. It's a yellow 'Trespass' jacket and you can email any discovery to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fleet Splits for 2014

With entries closed the fleet splits have now been made. The IRC split may look unbalanced with more in IRC 2 than IRC 1 but with so many boats having very similar ratings, the split as published is the most equitable solution.

SCCH handicaps are as issued by the Sussex Combined Clubs Handicap Committee and not the Royal Escape Race; we have no influence over the SCCH handicaps and will not enter into any correspondence or conversations about individual boats.

Brighton depths

marina-entrance-graphicBrighton Marina have made us aware of this Notice to Mariners 07-2014 that is currently in force advising vessels with draft in excess of 1.0 meters to hold off 90 minutes either side of low water.  Premier have also told us that they have just finished drag dredging the marina fairways and intend to keep all the visiting Royal Escape Race boats in the deepest areas of the visitors pontoon with special berths allocated for the deeper boats. With regards to race day, with high water at 07:11 all boats should be able to depart without issue to make the registration gate which will open at 06:15.

Trophies & Retentions

RER Retention Prize 2014If you do well enough to pick up a podium position within the fleets you'll have your name engraved on one of our historic trophies which reside under lock and key at SYC. However you do get to take home a superb heavyweight glass retention trophy. Sponsored by BD Foods, these are worthy of display in any home or office. 

£1,000 of Chandlery Prizes

GP Barnes LogoG.P.Barnes, the large traditional yacht chandlers in the Ladybeee Marina, which is close to the SYC moorings midway between Brighton and Shoreham-by-Sea, is where the Royal Escape Race prize winners will be able to redeem the new 2014 race prize vouchers. With face values of between £75 and £25, we will be awarding competitors with vouchers that add up to a significant £1,000.

SRF Supper

Not so much an event as an option for those seeking an alternative to the restaurants of Fécamp. SRF is offering a meal at 6pm on the Saturday evening before the disco party.

It is hoped that this will be a barbecue but the final format will be dependent on the weather. Irrespective of climate, our hosts are planning a sumptious feast comprising cold platters, pies, salads, cheese etc for a reasonable €15 per person (see below for the details sent by SRF). We have been assured that the food will be excellent and previous meals at SRF have been very well recieved.

The meal is payable to SRF on the night but we do ask you to reserve places by completing the booking form which you can reach with the link below.