Royal Escape Logo 2015 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.

Facebook Tile v1The 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.

Sailing Instructions

RER 2014 Sailing InstructionsNEW!

Sailing Instructions for the 2015 Royal Escape Race are available from the link below. The current correct version is V1a dated 17 May 2015.

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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Briefing & Bus 2015

The race briefing will be held at the Sussex Yacht Club in Shoreham-by-Sea on Thursday 21 May with skippers gathering from 19:00 to sign on and collect their race packs and dodgers (these can be collected earlier by arrangement with the SYC Office). The briefing will commence around 19:00 and lasts around 30 minutes, with food available both before and after the presentation.

For those with boats berthed in Brighton we will again run a coach from Brighton Marina to the briefing at SYC and back again. Experience from previous events suggests that the available 78 seats will be filled quite quickly so please book as soon as you can.

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

Where does the money go?

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Over the years I've heard bar skippers pontificating at how the Sussex Yacht Club must be making a packet from the Royal Escape Race, which is just wrong. The truth is that not a single penny collected from race entries or donated by our valued sponsors goes to SYC or benefits any of the organising team, who are all volunteers. The efforts of the SYC Office is given free and even this website has been developed at no charge.

£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 2015 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.

Fleet Splits for 2015

With entries closed the fleet splits have now been made. 

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 that the Notice to Mariners 02-2015 is still in force advising vessels that recent depth estimations indicate that the dredged channel to be 0.8m or less below chart datum. With regards to race day, with low water 1.0m at 08:40 BST all boats should make sure that they depart early enough to clear the marina without issue. The registration gate will open at 06:15.

Are You £1,000 Fast?

Barracuda-of-Tarrant 45ft webThe record for the fastest crossing in the Race is currently held by John Davis in Barracuda of Tarrant (pictured) who has his name on the coveted Tettersell Cup. John Davis, who is the MD of our lead sponsor BD Foods, has decided it is about time that his 1997 record fell, so as a little incentive he has again very kindly given us a cheque for £1,000 which will be awarded to any monohull that beats his record. To pick up the cheque all you have to do is complete the course in a monohull in under 7 hours, 34 minutes and 22 seconds. Easy.

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. 

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. 

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