Royal Escape Logo 2019 with URL 200pxSail the 42nd Royal Escape Race

The greatest yacht race in Sussex starts on Friday 24 May 2019

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 2019 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.

Details on how to enter and the Notice of Race will be published during late February 2019 but for now simply mark the date in your diary and make sure you have registered for our mailing list through which we publish race notices and notify our supporters of website updates.

Crew Available

Have just received the follwing email offering crew... if skippers are interested email me using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I shall forward contact details.

Hi there,
I'd like to register as available crew along with my boyfriend for this weekend's Royal Escape Race.  I know it's late but thought we'd give it a try anyway!  
We got our RYA Day Skipper this winter, loved it and are very keen to get as much as experience as we can in out free time.  We live in London but recently heard about Brighton Marina Yacht Club, we're not members yet and don't know any one there, but hoping you can help us change that?!  The race this weekend sounds amazing too!
Look forward to hearing from you, with many thanks,
Alice and Davy

If anybody else want to crew, again email me and I'll post you up here as well.

Two Weeks and GO!

The Royal Escape Race is now only a couple of weeks away and the early bird discount of just over £50 will be switched off at midnight 10 May 2019.

Each year I panic that only a few will enter the race and right now I’m frowning - the early bird discount period ends tonight and at the moment we have just 34 boats signed up. Looking at the entry list there are a lot of regulars missing, so I am hoping that they are waiting until the weather situation is clear before jumping aboard. Well for those studying the meteo my own seaweed is suggesting high pressure and ideal race conditions. Of course I have been wrong before, but my money is on a quick crossing after a westward start!

I have been asked about the loss of our race sponsor BD Foods and John himself has asked me if I would publish his own words on the matter, so here they are…

Premier Marinas Brighton Berthing

PremierMarinasLogo Newfor2012 300dpiOur 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 two days before the race  Wednesday 22 May 2019 to departure no later than 07:00 on Friday 24 May 2019 you will be charged a discounted flat rate of £25 per night irrespective of boat length.

Results 2018

Results from the 2018 Royal Escape Race as finalised before the prize giving in Fécamp on Saturday 26 May 2018 can be viewed here ››

Sailing Instructions for 2019

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Sailing Instructions for the 2019 Royal Escape Race are available from the Race Documents Area. The current correct version is V3 dated 21 May 2019.

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 23 May from 19:00 (BST).

Browse the Race Documents Area ››

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.

Studio Simoom 2018

Warwick Baker was out with his RIB to photograph the 2018 fleet after the race start and you can order either high resolution images for personal use or quality prints. He has published three galleries of photos on his Studio Simoom website.