The Festival of the Water

10th-12th June 2022


The Sussex Festival of the Water is a two-day celebration of watersports. Every year Sussex Yacht Club, Brighton Marina Yacht Club, and Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club gather together for a regional championship regatta. This year we are inviting watersports from multiple disciplines to join us and celebrate our love of all things water.



Stand Up Paddle Board

SUP tasters, SUP fit, SUP yoga and pilates, sunset paddle and races! If you can do it on a SUP board, we have it here. As well as an onshore surf shack with instructors available to chat equipment as well as techniques, routes and answer questions throughout all the days.

Outrigger Canoe Race

Day 1 includes an 8 kilometer offshore coastal V6 race, from Sussex Yacht club to the Rampion Windfarm and back. Day 2 will include a V12 river race on the Adur.

Sea Shanties

Stick around to celebrate with us after prize giving on the 12th June where we will be joined by the Wellington Wailers, a sea shanty group based in Shoreham-by-sea who proudly takes their name from the wonderful 'Duke of Wellington' Pub!

Pursuit Racing

On Saturday there will be a pursuit race around the fixed SYC markers. Each boat will have a different start time depending on their handicap and the winner will be the first over the line, the race will last approximately 100 minutes.

Yacht Racing

The Sussex Regatta is a 2 day round the cans event with 3 races per day, weather allowing. There will be 2 classes racing, with prizes awared based on IRC ratings and NCC ratings.

Surf Ski Race

A 6km pairs race on surfskis, from Sussex Yacht Club to Old Shoreham Toll Bridge and back to the yacht club. Pairs will be made up of one adult and one junior on separate skis. 16 skis, 16 adults!

Crab Lining

Join the crabbing competition from 3-4pm on Saturday the 11th at SYC Pontoon A, Register from 2:30pm on the day. There are some great prizes to be won and family fun for everyone!

Onshore Events

Onshore we have three days of events, refreshments, and entertainments at the new Sussex Yacht Club building including a visit from the RNLI and a post-race BBQ and prizegivings for all water events.

Dinghy Racing

ON the 12th June, the first of three battle of the beaches race days will commence! 3 Races will be taking place each day, sign on in the morning ready for the first warning signal to be flown at 10:55

NCI Visit

National Coastwatch, Shoreham, are delighted to be invited to take part in the Sussex Regatta.
We welcome the chance to explain what we do and how we help safeguard local water users.

RNLI Visit

More information coming soon