Royal Escape Master Logo 2018 with URLSail the 41st Royal Escape Race

The greatest yacht race in Sussex starts on Friday 25 May 2018

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 2018 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 February 2018 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.

Sailing Instructions

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Sailing Instructions for the 2018 Royal Escape Race are available from the Race Documents Area. The current correct version is V1 dated 19 May 2018.

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 24 May from 19:00 (BST).

Browse the Race Documents Area ››

Briefing & Bus 2018

The race briefing will be held at the Sussex Yacht Club in Shoreham-by-Sea on Thursday 24 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 78 seat double decker bus from Brighton Marina to the briefing at SYC and back again. For this year we are offering free bus travel for all, but it is first come first served. If you miss it you'll have to make your own way.

The bus will arrive for pick up on Thursday at 17:45 outside the Seattle Hotel in the Marina, departing at 18:00 and arriving at SYC in Shoreham around 19:00 in time to sign on before the briefing (which will start around 19.30).

The bus is then scheduled to head back to Brighton from SYC around 20:30 after the briefing.

You should reserve your seats on the bus by completing this form ››

Results 2017

If you want to check how the runners and riders went last year you can see the 2017 results here ››

NEW - Early Bird Extension

We appreciate that people are busy and are unable to always get crews to commit in good time, so to help out the few that have made special cases we are extending the early bird entry  discounts until Saturday 12 May 2018. There's no excuse now not to get yourself on the RER start line.


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 period Monday 21 May 2018 to departure no later than 07:00 on Friday 25 May 2018 you will be charged a discounted flat rate of £25 per night irrespective of boat length.

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.