Royal-Escape-Master-Logo-2016-with-URLSail the 39th Royal Escape Race

The greatest yacht race in Sussex starts on Friday 27 May 2016

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.

Facebook Tile 2016 v1It'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.

The 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.

Brighton Berthing

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Our friends at Premier Marinas have again offered us a discounted visitors rate for boats wishing to stay at Brighton Marina in the days leading up to the race. For the period Monday 23 May 2016 to departure no later than 07:00 on Friday 27 May 2016 you will be charged a discounted flat rate of £22 per night irrespective of boat length.

We are very happy to report that skippers no longer have to fill in a paper booking form to get this offer; you are now able to book your Brighton mooring by completing a quick online application form - if you don’t fill in the online form you won’t get the offer and will have to pay full visitors rates.

As in previous years French yachts competing in the Royal Escape Race must register themselves for a berth in Brighton with Premier but will have their fees paid for by Sussex Yacht Club.

Premier Brighton Marina Booking Form ››

List of boats already booked into the marina ››

Brighton Depths 2016

marina-entrance-graphicBrighton Marina have made us aware that they currently have some silting issues and have requested urgent dredging. We have received confirmation from Premier Marinas that the dredger will be arriving within the first two weeks of May 2016.

In the meantime here are the details currently in force - these details will be amended as and when we receive news (last updated 12 April 2016):

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.

Briefing & Bus 2016

The race briefing will be held at the Sussex Yacht Club in Shoreham-by-Sea on Thursday 26 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.

Book seats on the coach ››

Spinlock IRC Single Event Ratings

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If you want a change from racing under SCCH and don't want the expense of a full IRC certificate just for one event, The Royal Escape Race will accept Single Event Ratings (SERs) issued by the RORC Rating Office, which gives you the option of participating at a reduced cost. The SER is aimed at occasional IRC racers who only want to do one or two IRC events this year. Please look at the Rating Office website to see whether it would fit your racing plans: ››

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 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.