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2018

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Following elections and a change of the club committee, SMYC is now committed to seeking new horizons and making the Club relevant, exciting and modern. Fully embracing new technology and ecological boating, while fully honouring our glorious past and achievements. Our new Commodore Capt. James Humphrys RN (Ret.) (formerly of HMS Ark Royal),...

Jun 1, 2018
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2013

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The Club joined the world of the internet by launching its first website. The new website established the Club’s presence on the internet and promoted the benefits of the Club, detailing its unique history. The site had a positive affect on the recruitment of new members and has become the prime source for new recruits.

Jun 1, 2018
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2007

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Members celebrated the Club’s centenary, holding a formal dinner at the Hotel Alias Seattle, Brighton Marina.

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2004

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Unseasonable weather greeted the P1 Powerboats when they held their British Championships at Brighton between July 23rd and July 25th 2004. Sussex Motor Yacht Club acted as the hosts to the championships with active support from Brighton Marina Yacht Club and the event being staged out of Brighton Marina.

Jun 1, 2018
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2000

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By 2000 John managed to contact around 250 of the 300 Life Members, most of whom agreed that the Club should be resurrected. Despite an overwhelming majority being in favour of reconstitution, John considered that, in itself, a verbal agreement was insufficient and he called a General Meeting of the membership which was held on 7th December 2000....

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1995

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In 1995, wishing to preserve the history, tradition and uniqueness of SMYC as being the only non-Royal club in the world to hold a Warrant for its members to wear an Undefaced Blue Ensign, the then Commodore of Brighton Marina Yacht Club (BMYC) John J Duffy, determined to see if it was possible to resurrect the historic Club; little did he realise...

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1993

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For some years the Club had been in financial difficulty and in the late 1980s SMYC applied to its membership for debentures. Some 350 members paid up but this did not halt the financial decline and in 1991 the club invited its debenture holders to surrender their debentures in favour of Lifetime Membership; some 300 members did so but this did...

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1977

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The Ship's bell from H.M.S. Sussex in Chichester Cathedral where it is currently on display. (From a private collection) The commissioning of H.M.S. Sussex By Tony Drury The Sussex Division of the RNVR (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) established its headquarters at Hove in November 1903; it was to remain operational for 91 years.  For the...

Sep 25, 2018
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1950

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Following the de-commissioning in 1949 of HMS Sussex, a Royal Navy heavy cruiser, SMYC was successful in acquiring the Ship’s Bell. This was later handed by Commodore Fred May, to the Sussex Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) but when this unit was disbanded in 1994, the Ship’s Bell was presented to Chichester Cathedral where it now...

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1947

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The Sailing Division began racing Merlins off Shoreham Beach, moving to the Lighthouse Club in 1949 and subsequently to Soldiers Point, initially on a 7 year lease but later on a 99 year lease. Until about 2015, Shoreham Sailing Club continued to use SMYC as an adjunct to its title

Jun 1, 2018
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1931

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The “Britannia Trophy” was presented to SMYC by HRH David, the Prince of Wales, subsequently Edward VIII. Originally the Trophy was for 4hp motor boat races on the Thames but fell out of use at the commencement of World War II. The Trophy was next presented in 1987 for an offshore power boat race from Tower Bridge to Brighton with an...

Jun 1, 2018
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1922/23

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The club applied for ‘Royal’ title but this was declined. SMYC became a Limited Company and One Pound shares were sold to members.

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1913

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In November 1913, SMYC in association with the directors of the London Aerodrome, Hendon, arranged a London to Brighton handicap race. The first stage, after passing over Brighton Pier ended at Shoreham airfield. Then the final stage was the return to London. The Vice Commodore of SMYC, Mr Harry Preston, presented a valuable trophy and...

Jun 1, 2018
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1910

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The  Duke of Westminster figured in an exciting accident in Cowes Roads at about three o'clock this afternoon and had a miraculous escape from drowning owing to the capsizing of his new fast hydroplane, in which he had gone out for a trial spin.

This peculiar looking craft – which...

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1909

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The use of the Blue Ensign in yachting is interesting. Some early clubs, including Royal Northern YC, Royal Western YC, and Royal Southern YC were granted use of the plain Blue Ensign during the 1830s and 1840s. Certain other clubs were awarded the plain Blue Ensign thereafter (e.g. Royal Clyde YC in 1857, Royal Cinque Ports YC in 1872), although...

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1908

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The Motor-Car Journal, for Saturday, 9 May 1908, vol. 10, page 230, under the general heading of “Motoring Notes from Brighton” states: "Brighton rejoices in the possession of the only motor-boat club “whose current balance-sheet reveals a satisfactory financial position.” At least, so said Mr H.J. Mann, the secretary of the Sussex Motor...

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1907

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The Sussex Motor Yacht Club was founded in April 1907.  The Bystander, a magazine of the day, reported in its May 22, 1907 edition, that “the inaugural luncheon of the club was held at the Grand Hotel, Brighton, on Saturday the 11th of May 1907; and, as the afternoon was delightfully fine, the opening cruise which...

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