Royal-Escape-Logo-2014-155pxWelcome to the 37th Royal Escape Race

The greatest yacht race in Sussex will start on Friday 23 May 2014

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.

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.

Lewmar Challenge

Lewmar-Grinder-Challenge-WebGreat news folks... the generous chaps at Lewmar have offered us the use of their amazing grinding rig which will go to France so we can hold a team competition in Fécamp.

Lewmar's grinding rig is designed to simulate the mainsheet loads delivered aboard a top flight race boat as she tacks, with the effort required increasing as the tack is completed and the sheet tension loads up. The average time to complete the challenge is around 14 seconds, which sounds easy, but the effort required leaves all but the fittest gasping like a beached fish.

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.

What happened in 2013?

fecamp rough seaFor the first time in the race history 2013 saw the Royal Escape being cancelled due to the weather; MET Office Shipping Forecasts indicated that the fleet could arrive on the French coast at low water, carried by NW F7 or above winds. Such conditions are recognised as being dangerous for craft attempting to enter Fécamp, so the decision to abandon was made.

Free Beer!

Black-Rock-Yachting-Logo-v2We are very happy to announce that Blackrock Yachting have agreed to sponsor the Royal Escape Race by standing a round of 150 free beers on race Saturday. Traditionally our French host club SRF match this figure, so there will be plenty of free refreshment going on.

Notice of Race and Entering 2014

NOR Front PageThe notice of race for 2014 race was published in October 2013 and amended in January 2014 when IRC crew numbers were clarified. The NOR can be viewed and downloaded here ›› Don't forget that the 20% 'Early Bird' discounts will only be available until 28 Feb 2014 - click on the 'Enter the Race' button above to get started with your registration.

Skippers wishing to take advantage of this special discounted rate can complete the online application and either pay online or undertake to send a cheque... the choice is yours. French boats registering online are also allowed to defer payment until we see them at the Race Briefing, whilst members of Sussex Yacht Club can have the race entry fee charged to their account.

We are hoping to repeat the discounted pre-race mooring offer at Brighton Marina and we'll bring you news of this and other developments as our planning progresses.

If you'd like to wait before entering the race then please make sure you sign up to our email subscription list so we can let you know of developments as they occur.


spinlock irc logo 160x109Spinlock IRC Limited Validity (LV) TCC. The Royal Escape Race will accept LV TCCs, and we hope that if you do not wish or need to get a full Spinlock IRC certificate, the option of racing with an LV TCC at a reduced cost will encourage your participation in this event. The Limited Validity TCC is an initiative by the RORC Rating Office for occasional IRC racers. If you are thinking of doing just one or two IRC events this year then the Spinlock IRC LV TCC may be for you. Please have a look at the introduction on the RORC Rating website to see whether it would fit your racing plans ››