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.

Results 2016

Results for the 2016 race have now been published online and can be viewed here ››

The next race will be the 40th, which will be a very special edition; more news to follow by email but you should put Friday 26 May 2017 in your diary

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.

Buy Royal Escape Gear

Treat yourself to a quality memento of the Royal Escape Race…

We have ordered up a limited number of Musto Polo Shirts sporting race and sponsor logos available for order through this website (or the Sussex Yacht Club Office if you'd prefer to do things face to face) along with battle flags.